Martial Arts & Fitness
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Why Choose Us?
Established in 1994 and having trained over 1000 clients in Huron, Erie, and Lucas counties, it is no wonder why we are the area leader in martial arts and fitness!
Give Your Child An Edge On Life!
Let us help to reinforce the values you teach at home!
Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life!
Contact us today to learn how we’ve generated incredible results for over 20 years!
Make It A Family Bonding Activity!
The family that trains together, gains together! Martial arts is a fun and exciting learning experience that will keep your entire family mentally and physically fit!
Real self-defense for the real world.
"...he is more outgoing and laughs with all his friends..."
My son, Jacob started training when he was 6 l/2 years old. Jacob is now ll l/2 years old with a First Degree Black Belt! What a great accomplishment for someone of his age. His success with TaeKwonDo through The North American Martial Arts Institute (N.A.M.A.I.) can also be seen in his study habits and the way he respects those around him. I have watched knowledgable instructors help Jacob achieve all of this and they have also given him a gift… the chance to become a great instructor! Jacob started first grade shy and tentative, now in the sixth grade he is more outgoing and laughs with all his friends. Thanks John & Co.
"The greatest benefit from his training is the self-confidence..."
My son has been attending N.A.M.A.I. for four years and is about to test for his Black Belt. The greatest benefit from his training is the self-confidence it has instilled in him. He was a shy person before and with martial arts he has found a way to open up around family and friends. Training provides a away to meet new people and make new friends. There are many other benefits that cannot be described in just a few words!
I highly recommend NAMAI if you want your child to become a confident adult.
"He looks forward to class..."
Since my son has been attending classes at N.A.M.A.I he looks forward to his class and is more physically active outside of class!
"...helps strengthen their memory skills..."
My husband and I have been very impressed with the Lil Dragons TaeKwonDo program. It helps children to develop skills that they will need to perform well in school and in life. The program teaches such things as focus, self-control, discipline and balance. It also helps strengthen their memory skills which is very useful for the early school years. Our son was quite shy but is becoming more outgoing and self-confident thanks to these classes. We have recommended it to our friends and those who have joined have enjoyed it as well.
"...has more concentration, self-control and discipline..."
Lil Dragons TaeKwonDo has been very beneficial to my son. It has been very evident at home. He has more concentration, self-control and discipline since being in Lil Dragons TaeKwonDo. He has even tried to pass this on to his 2 year old twin brothers. He looks forward to coming to Lil Dragons each week and works on all his skills everyday on his own. Lil Dragons TaeKwonDo has been a very positive influence on him.
"It's wonderful to have her in an activity that she enjoys..."
Lil Dragons TaeKwonDo has been beneficial for my daughter in many ways. Aside from the discipline, respect, positive attitude and self-control, she has learned more about safety, teamwork, focus, memory and concentration. It’s wonderful to have her in an activity that she enjoys and that reinforces the behavoirs we expect at home. It’s wonderful that she has this newfound self-confidence and is learning to practice self-defense techniques.
"...has helped the children with their schoolwork..."
Our family has been a customer with The North American Martial Arts Institute in Norwalk for the last year, and the physical and mental benefits have been amazing. We participate in many of the activities available like Cardio Karate, Resistance Training and TaeKwonDo classes. Besides the benefits of learning self-defense and the opportunity to earn belt certifications, an unexpected bonus is the emphasis on Focus, Control, Discipline and Attitude. These are elements the children are taught to exercise in their martial arts training and in all areas of their life. This has helped the children with their schoolwork, other sports like football, basketball and baseball (they are busy kids) and in keeping peace around the house. The children are required to complete a weekly checklist that includes things like doing homework, cleaning their room, brushing teeth and showing respect for friends and family. And the real kicker is the kids are having fun and enjoy the guidance and challenges from the professional staff at N.A.M.A.I.
"...has carried over to their school and other activities..."
During the time our girls have taken training in the Martial Arts, we have noticed an increase in self confidence as well as the acceptance of their own responsibility for their actions. This has carried over to their school and other activities. While This doesn’t solve all problems in raising a child – it certainly is a step in the right direction.
"...My son loves it..."
“We can’t say enough about them! My son loves it and it has helped him so much with his ADHD. Ms. Kim and Mr. John are amazing instructors!”
"...quality instructors and professionalism at its highest level..."
I have experienced 15 years of quality instructors and professionalism at its highest level at this school. Highly recommended.
This phenomenal school has decades of success, training not only martial artists to black belt and beyond, but also instilling life skills into their students which reap ongoing benefits in school, business, relationships and more! I highly recommend this school and it’s amazing instructors.
Norwalk, OhioThe North American Martial Arts Institute (NAMAI) in Norwalk, OH opened in January 1994 and has been providing martial arts, self-defense, and fitness instruction for over 20 years. Senior instructor John Orndorff, 6th Dahn Black Belt in Taekwondo, is the founder of NAMAI. Black Belt Instructor Kim Scheel, 3rd Dahn in Taekwondo, has been training since 2003.
Sandusky, OhioNAMAI Sandusky opened in May of 2010 and is owned and operated by Eric and Malory Jones. Mr Jones is a 5th Dahn in Taekwondo and certified Ohio Peace Officer in the state of Ohio. Mr Jones has been studying martial arts locally and nationwide since 1992. Mrs Jones, 1st Dahn in Taekwondo, has been studying martial arts since 2010. Mr. Mead, who is a 3rd Dahn, has been training since 1998. Mr. Brunning is a 2nd Dahn and has been training since 2011.
Why Choose Us?
Are you confused about what school or what style to participate in? Trying to find a GOOD school is like searching for a needle in a hay stack. We know, because all the instructors at The North American Martial Arts Institute (NAMAI) are students as well as instructors. So we know how you feel when looking for the right school.
What type of student are you? Do you want to join a martial arts school to have a good workout or for the love of martial arts? Our programs are tailored for our students. So depending on what your objective is in one of our programs, you will be able to have the ability to understand self-defense conceptually as well as be able to apply the concepts physically.
You don’t have to be in phenomenal shape, be a “hulk” of strength, or have prior experience in martial arts to join us. NAMAI is for everyone, but if you don’t take the initiative to come in, you cannot experience the benefits many others enjoy. Let us show you the path and you can walk the trail. What separates NAMAI from the rest is that we care about what our students want.