Kowkabany's Family Martial Arts - Martial Arts & Fitness for All Ages!

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About Our School

Kowkabany's Family Martial Arts specializes in training FAMILIES! Our students range in age from 4 to 75, and the majority of our students train alongside family members. All classes are taught by 8th Degree Black Belt Master Instructors!

Instructor/Owners Chief Master Laura Kowkabany and Chief Master David Kowkabany

Chief Master Laura Kowkabany and Chief Master David Kowkabany are nationally recognized as one of the best husband and wife teaching teams in the country! Together, they have over 90 years of martial arts training, and over 75 years’ experience in teaching children and adults. As the owners of KFMA, they both still teach a full schedule of classes.

Chief Master Laura Kowkabany is an 8th DEGREE BLACK BELT who began her training in Taekwondo in 1973 while she was in junior high school. She studied secondary education at Florida State University and began teaching Taekwondo full-time in 1983. In 1999, she became one of the first four women in the United States to earn the title of Master Instructor. She is currently the highest ranking female in the American Taekwondo Association! In 2012, Chief Master Kowkabany earned her current rank of 8th Degree Black Belt, and in 2013 she received the title of Chief Master Instructor and was inducted into the ATA Hall of Fame. During her years of competition, she was consistently ranked from first to third in the world for sparring, forms and weapons, and she holds two World Champion titles for Traditional Forms and Traditional Weapons. Chief Master Kowkabany specializes in teaching the Karate for Kids and Tiny Tiger programs and is a favorite with children and parents alike. Chief Master Kowkabany has been recognized for her teaching excellence by being named “Instructor of the Year” out of 1500 schools. Chief Master Kowkabany also carries Protech Instructor certifications in Single and Double Ssahng Jeol Bong (nunchuks), Single and Double Bahng Mahng Ee (stick fighting), Pressure Point Control Tactics, Ssahng Nat (kamas), Spontaneous Knife Defense, Kickboxing, Jahng Bong (bo staff) mid-range and long-range, Oh Sung Do (Chinese broadsword) and Tai Chi. She is also Certified as a Level 1 and Level 2 Warrior Krav Maga Instructor. For over 20 years, Chief Master Kowkabany served on the International Protech Staff teaching weapons certification clinics to instructors around the world. She is a Regional Advisor for the state of Florida.

Chief Master David Kowkabany is an 8th DEGREE BLACK BELT who began his martial arts training at the University of Florida in 1980, studying in two Japanese martial arts. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications from UNF in 1985, he began studying Taekwondo, and began teaching in 1988. During his years of competition, Master Kowkabany was ranked in the top ten in the world; he holds the position of International Judge and was previously the Assistant National Tournament Director 2008 – 2020. In 2017, he earned his 8th Degree Black Belt, and in 2018 he earned his title of Chief Master Instructor. Master Kowkabany carries the Protech Instructor certifications for Olympic Sparring, Spontaneous Knife Defense, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention, Pressure Point Control Tactics, Jahng Bong (bo staff) mid-range and long-range, Jee Pahng Ee (cane), Bullying Prevention (course designed by Olweus), Tai Chi, and is Certified as a Team Sparring Coach, and as a Legacy Instructor Facilitator. He is a Certified Level 1 and Level 2 Warrior Krav Maga Instructor. He is qualified as a Tier 4 Firearms Instructor to teach Firearms Safety, Dry-Fire training, and the College Bound Readiness curriculum (CBR). Master Kowkabany also teaches public and corporate self-defense clinics.

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