Michael S. Celona, Head Instructor

About Revolution Martial Arts Institute in Swarthmore, PA

Meet Master Michael S. Celona

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Revolution Martial Arts Institute in Swarthmore
5th Degree Black Belt

Revolution Martial Arts Institute, located in Swarthmore, PA was founded in January of 2012 by Master Michael S. Celona, Currently a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do & Tae Kwon Do. Master Celona brings over 16 years teaching experience and martial arts knowledge to the greater Swarthmore, Springfield, and Ridley areas. He received his 4th Dan in March of 2007.

Master Celona began his martial arts training in 1990 at Shin Karate Institute in South Philadelphia under the instruction of Louis Marvil. Since then, Master Celona has developed a passion for the Martial Arts; his thirst for knowledge has been the driving factor in turning a childhood activity into a full blown lifestyle and career. As a young Martial Artist, Master Celona witnessed the many exciting demonstrations and performances of his instructors, and was inspired to someday perform as well. In 1992 he was selected as the only brown belt child out of many red and black belt teen and adults to be a member of the East Coast Demonstration Team. Out of 20+ candidates, only Master Celona and a Black Belt were chosen. Master Celona received his Black Belt in 1994 and in 1997 started teaching part time for Sal Zangari at Top Gun Karate in South Philadelphia.

From 1997 to 1999 Master Celona attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he earned a degree in Computer/Traditional Animation and Graphic Design. After his graduation, Master Celona worked as an Animator for MTV, VH-1, and AOL, all the while still making time to train and teach. Later, Master Zangari opened another studio branch in Southampton, PA and the school was renamed American Black Belt Academy. Master Celona took a more active role in teaching students. While teaching at American Black Belt Academy, Master Celona's passion for demonstration enabled him to be the studio's Demo Team Captain and coordinator for the years 1998 through 2002 in South Philadelphia and 2002 through 2007 in Southampton, PA

In Late 2007 Master Celona opened his first studio in Northeast Philadelphia. It was there that he learned about being a studio owner. Master Celona honored his teaching style during this time and produced many fine martial artists and successful competitors at his first studio. In 2010 he merged his studio with Master Marvil's Top Gun Karate, and continued his full time teaching at the Chichester branch.

Always an avid competitor, his belief is that competition brings out the best in us. In color belt divisions at the WTSDA regional 8 tournaments, Master Celona brought multiple medals home in 1992, 1993 & 1994. In 1998 Master Celona began entering Adult Black Belt divisions. His accomplishments include a 1st and 2nd place at the 1998 and 1999 Ozzie Wright Championships, Multiple 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes at Kwon's Tri-State Open in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 all in Forms, Fighting, Weapons and Breaking. Master Celona also has Multiple 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes from the National Fight for Cancer in Atlantic City 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Also Multiple 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the Battle of Baltimore World Championships from 2005 to 2010. Master Celona has won 4 Grand Championships and has been a Finalist for Grand Champion an additional 5 times. In Team competitions either as a member or team captain Master Celona has placed 1st four times.

Today, Master Celona's focus is primarily in teaching and bringing the best out of his students.

The Mission of Revolution Martial Arts in Swarthmore, PA is to provide you with the absolute best martial arts instruction! Not only will we teach you how to kick and punch and get in shape, but we will use martial arts as a vehicle towards your own personal REVOLUTION!

We blend Traditional Martial Arts techniques and skills with modern Self-Defense and Fitness methods. Combined with the latest teaching principles in Character Development to bring you a facility where you can have fun while strengthening your Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Interested in being a part of one of our awesome programs that we have to offer here at Revolution Martial Arts in Swarthmore, Revolution Martial Arts Institute? All you have to do is click on a program that most interests you. Whether you're interested in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, or Fitness Kickboxing, we have something for you! Check out our class schedule online and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site. Also, feel free to give us a call at (610) 544-7624 if you have any further questions or concerns. Our Swarthmore Martial Arts facility looks forward to hearing from you soon!

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