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Happy Monday everyone,

I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding with the recent closures with the weather we've had. I hope you all have had a nice weekend, and your children had a chance to go out and play in the snow. Now that we've all had the opportunity to dig ourselves out, it's Monday and time to get back to work, so let's go.


Being that the snow caused us to delay our belt graduation ceremony, we will be conducting graduations this week. If you tested last week, Children will be promoted in the Young Gladiators class Monday & Tuesday, Teens and Adults will be promoted on Tuedsay night.


On Friday night, 1/26/24 at 6:30pm, as part of our Friday night Black Belt only class... We will also be holding our Black Belt promotion ceremony. For family members attending, we will be conductin the graduation at the very start of the class, before our regular warm up. All members Cho Dan Bo and up are invited to train. Congratulations to Jocelyn and Lauren again on their upcoming...


WEATHER UPDATE: Due to the ongoing snow, classes and graduation for today 1/19/2024 will be CANCELLED. Gup Graduation and new ranks will be presented on Monday and Tuesday of next week during classes. Updates regarding tomorrow's classes will be released later, depending on what time the snow stops. Stay warm!

Master Celona


Hello everyone,

Due to the weather and freezing temperatures tonight, we are cancelling classes for this evening. If the roads are in better condition tomorrow, classes will be back on schedule. We will update everyone around 2-2:30pm tomorrow for confirmation.

Be safe out there, see you tomorrow.

Master Celona

***** from previous updates *****

1/18/24 WILMINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL Martial Arts Program.

Our newest affiliate program begins at 3:30pm on Thursday 1/18. For any Black Belts who are interested in assisting in this program should see Master Celona. You must provide your own travel.

1/19/24 GUP GRADUATION 7:00pm

Students who pass the test on Monday will be promoted Friday 1/19


In case you are unaware, we are forming our Demonstration Team for the Winter/Spring 2024 Season. The team is currently in the planning stages for its performance at the upcoming PMAA tournament. Students in the Young Gladiators class and the Warrior Class are eligible. Spots are limited, so sign up today. Practices will...


Hello everyone,


Important!! Tomorrow's,(1/15/24) MLK DAY Holiday Camp has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused, but we will not be having the day camp tomorrow. There will be an open mat training from 12:00-2:00pm however for those who may want some extra practice time, and we WILL be open for regular classes, and testing tomorrow.

The Following information is re-broadcasted from the last email.


On Monday 1/15 we will be holding our GUP testing. In the last two years we've experimented with different formats regarding testing. We want to announce that in 2024 we will be returning to our ORIGINAL format, which is: MONDAY belt exams will be given, and FRIDAY passing students will be promoted. The week long testing format in classes, did not produce the intended results. Students who wish to move up in rank, should make arrangements to be at the studio ON TIME on the day of the test to be considered for advancement. The loose format we adopted over the last few...


Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great first week of 2024. I wanted to make a few announcements and reminders for everyone. Be sure to mark in your calendars all of the upcoming dates to be sure you don't miss anything... here we go:

1/13/24 RED BELT TESTING 1:00pm

The following people are elgible for promotion if they acquire all of their progress stripes

Maddie Clark

Ronald Rosati

Michael Carbonara

Sam Shieber

1/15/24 MLK DAY Holiday Camp

In light of everyone being off from work, and school in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's holiday, We thought we might offer the opportunity for interested students to come to our Day Camp on Monday 1/15 from 8am to 3pm. Price is $50 and will be a great day to get some good training in. In addition to having a regular training class. Students who are eligible for Monday's promotional exam will be tested in the morning (to avoid having to come back in the evening for testing). This event is not for Little Champions, only Gladiator and Warrior programs. Format for the day will...

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Hello everyone,

A quick news update... TAKE NOTE.

This Friday


Friday December 15th at 6:30pm


Beginning Monday 12/18 through the week until 12/22 eligible students for promotion will evaluated during this time.

END OF YEAR TRAINING 2023 - Saturday 12/23/2023

Each year we spend the week between Christmas and New Years with family and preparing for the holidays as well as the upcoming new year. One tradition we always have is our annual year end training. I would HIGHLY encourage everyone to be there on Saturday 12/23 for classes as we close out 2023.


Studio closed on 12/24/2023 through 1/1/2024

Classes will resume on TUESDAY 1/2/2024


As we have done in the past, when many of the white belts move on to orange belt and the class shrinks in size, we tend to combine the two young gladiator groups. Refer to the following schedule (attached below) beginning on January 2. Note the addition of the extra 15 min...



Hello everyone!

I hope everyone had a great and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday. Hopefully you all had the time to spend with your family. I am reminded every year of what is truly important and I am thankful for everything that I have and that which I've been blessed with. My wife Lisa, and son Max are forever grateful for having you all as a community and extended martial arts family. We wouldn't exist as a studio without you.

I would also like to mention how grateful I am for the RMAI Staff and my Black Belts which held down the fort, and ran all of the classes during the shortened week. For Kevin Dolan, The Shoreys, The Kurchans and Maddie Clark, I want to thank you all again for a great job. I hope everyone is aware of everything they do for the studio, and the ways they all contribute behind the scenes.

and without further ado... the news.


Beginning the week before Thanksgiving and ending this week, some students have already received their new ranks, the following people are eligible for...



Happy Monday everyone,

and now.. the news.

I wanted to get this week's update out today so people can make arrangements and plan accordingly. Classes for this week are on normal times as scheduled. For those who may have missed the information posted about last week's black belt testing and other events in the past, I highly recommend following all of our social media accounts, make sure your email is current, and bookmark our RMAI-NEWS on our website so that you will stay updated on everything going on. Links are always provided at the bottom of every email... be sure to scroll down to the bottom.. We provide updates at least once a week, especially when we have events and special class times/cancellations etc.. Just like I tell the students to fix their chambered hands and stances... parents, please... I love you all... BUT PLEASE READ THE UPDATES!!

OK.. speaking of events, we have coming up this Saturday our...


We are having a Nerf Party on 11/11 from 5 -7 pm. All students ages 7 and older...



Hello everyone!!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween. I feel good that I didn't over indulge in candy this time around... (hope you didn't either). Here's what's going on...

This FRIDAY Schedule:

5:00pm BJJ

6:00pm Black Belt Only


Last fall we hosted a few FREE intro lessons for people to try martial arts. These events were a huge success, and those who participated last year, are in fact still training here a whole year later. (awesome) If you know anyone who might be interested, send them the link below. In addition, if anyone would like to help and assist in this class, let me know. These events are FREE, you just need to reserve your spot. sign up here: https://revolutionmartialartsinstitute.sites.zenplanner.com/event.cfm?eventId=F39DA1DD-7B74-4989-A79F-8C1E7970FCE9





Hello everyone!!

I hope you all are having a great week, a few quick things of note...

This Friday we are on REGULAR schedule. (5:00 BJJ, 6:30 Black Belt Only)


Regular Classes will be held at normal times... does not affect Black Belt testing outdoor portion (held separately) - meet at 9:00am at the Swarthmore College Track

Bring: Shoes to Run on the track, even better.. shoes for track and trail running. Water, workout clothes or clothes for training off the track/in the woods (long pants are ideal).

optional... bug/mosquito/tick spray. You can bring a small backpack to carry everything if you chose. (it will help you get a better workout if you wear it)

Parents may follow along to each workout station if they chose, or pick up at the parking lot after... we will have at least two adults present. ALSO... ANY BLACK BELT is invited to participate.

We're gonna have FUN!


Last fall we hosted a few FREE intro lessons for people to try martial arts....


Hello everyone!!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I want to thank everyone stopped by our promotional booth yesterday at the Media Fall Festival, and the weekend before at the Springfield Family Festival. It was a good time to be out in the community doing events and meeting people again. It was nice to run into a bunch of former RMAI students, hopefully we see some of them in class again in the near future (if you're reading this, you know who you are) !!!

Since today is Monday, I'd like to fill everyone in on a few important announcements.


5:00 BJJ

6:00 BLACK BELT ONLY - note the time change.

7:00 FREE INTRO EVENT (see below) - I highly encourage and request at least four black belts who can stay and help out with this. Quite a few people have registered for this event, and we'd like to have as many helpers as possible.


Last fall we hosted a few FREE intro lessons for people to try martial arts. These events were a huge success, and those who participated last year, are...



Hello everyone!!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I want to thank everyone who came to the Whistlekick Free Training Day Mid-Atlantic seminar on Saturday. If you weren't there, it was a great day to experience different martial arts and concepts taught by instructors from all over the region, some as far away as Vermont. Hopefully we have the opportunity to participate again next year.


Click here:



Our Black Belt testing cycle for the fall winter this year will experiment with a slightly different format. Instead of three separate qualifying exams, we will run two tests before the PMAA final in December, the physical conditioning requirement portion of the exam will also take on a different format, this portion will take place likely between...


As a student coming up through the belt system of the Pilsung Martial Arts Association, there is a certain level of general knowledge he or she must have an understanding of, along with the physical requirements, before being able to advance to each new rank.

In early stages of training, the questions start off rather basic.

10th Gup–White Belt

What is our Style? Pilsung Moo Do.

What is the name of our school? Revolution Martial Arts Institute.

Who is your instructor, and what is his rank? Master Michael Celona, 6th Dan.

Who is the Grand Master and what is his rank? Grand Master Young H. Kwon, 8th Dan.

What is the name of our organization? Pilsung Martial Arts Association.

What year was the Pilsung Martial Arts Association founded? 2009.

What does PILSUNG mean? Certain Victory.

The more evolved a student gets with their physical training, the more their general knowledge ought to build alongside it like pieces to a...


Hello everyone!!


We are bringing back the popular NO-BOHK class! All Classes THIS WEEK (9/11-9/15) will be in the NO-BOHK format... meaning students are permitted to wear regular workout clothing, NO Dobohk or Belts required. Athletic Shorts, or even uniform pants with t-shirt is ok. Jeans, winter coat and scarf... it's up to you. No uniform (dobohk). Friday's (9/15) BJJ class will be NO-GI. - EXCEPT FRIDAY BLACK BELT ONLY CLASS and SATURDAY... (9/16 TESTING) Full Dobohk!


For those who lost the link, or accidentally deleted it... or maybe it went into spam.. Here's the student manual:- RMAI MANUAL PDF


FALL Schedule in effect. (See Below) if you have any questions as to which class you should attend, See a staff member.


The following students are eligible to test for their next rank on Saturday 9/16/23.


Theodore Mirau

Rhodes Buccola

Linda Acker

Alexander Krout

Ada Buccola

Mabel Matlin

Wyatt Krout



Hello everyone!!


For those who lost the link, or accidentally deleted it... or maybe it went into spam.. Here's the student manual:



FALL Schedule in effect. (See Below) if you have any questions as to which class you should attend, See a staff member.

ALSO... ALL students MUST be in FULL DOBOHK. T-shirts will not be permitted in classes. Please be sure to pack full uniform (jacket, pants, and belt). Students will not be permitted to join class without it. Parents, please avoid unnecessary...

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Hello everyone!!

I wanted to take the time and send everyone a message with a few important updates...


From Friday 9/1, until Monday 9/4 we will be CLOSED for the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen again on Tuesday 9/5 with our new FALL Schedule in effect. (See photo) if you have any questions as to which class you should attend, See a staff member.

T-SHIRTS: Beginning on TUESDAY September 5th, ALL students MUST be in FULL DOBOHK. T-shirts will not be permitted in classes. Please be sure to pack full uniform (jacket, pants, and belt). Students will not be permitted to join class without it. Parents, please avoid unnecessary inconvenience, and confirm your child has all the contents they need for class.

SPARRING GEAR: Students who own sparring gear must bring it to every class, whether we plan on sparring or not. Being prepared is one of the lessons we aim to teach in martial arts. Beginning September 1st. Students who forget to pack it, will sit and watch sparring, and will not participate. Remember, students who are green...


Hello everyone!!

A few important details regarding this week's schedule and the BEACH WORKOUT this Saturday... here we go!

Anyone who recently tested for new belt ranks last week, but could not attend graduation will be promoted in classes this week.

Normal class times will be in effect Monday through Thursday. This FRIDAY and SATURDAY the studio will be CLOSED (See below)


9:00am start time.

This event is open to EVERYONE! For those who normally plan on coming to class on Saturdays, know that class will be held at the BEACH.


Meeting time 8:30am on the beach in between 4th and 5th street. Look for the large GREY tent.

Parking is in between 5th and 6th street (start of Boardwalk)

Public Restrooms are on 6th Street

Beach Tags: Ocean City requires people purchase beach tags to be on the beach... normally they set up a place at each entrance to buy them. They are required only for people 12 and older, they are $10. You are...


Happy Monday everyone!

Congratulations to the following people on the promotion to their new Black Belt ranks!

Magdalena Guron 2nd Dan

Eydiejo Kurchan 2nd Dan

Nathan Dur 1st Dan

Mark Bertotti 1st Dan

T-SHIRTS: For those who ordered new t-shirts. They have arrived, see a staff member to collect your order. In addition, we have put the Blue Long sleeve t-shirt, and the last remaining Red 2020, and Grey Pilsung 2018 shirts on clearance for $5.

7/15/23 - 7/21/23 GUP TESTING & Graduations

TESTING LIST: The following people are scheduled to test for their new ranks on Saturday July 15th.


Sam Randolph 8th Gup Orange Belt

Johnathan Ngo 8th Gup Orange Belt

Elodie Ackerman 8th Gup Orange Belt

Bea Perry 8th Gup Orange Belt

Jesse Saliba 8th Gup Orange Belt

Madelyn Ngo 4th Gup Blue Belt

Karter Barrett 4th Gup Blue Belt

Matteo Schuhl 3rd Gup Brown Belt

Logan Showers 3rd Gup Brown Belt

Ronnie Ferri 3rd Gup Brown Belt


Lars Heinrich 2nd Gup Red...



Happy Monday everyone!

I wanted to make sure I got this week's update out today so everyone can make plans and preparations...


Beginning tomorrow (6/27/23) we will be adding our annual morning classes for students in both Young Gladiators and Warrior Training programs. Every Tuesday & Thursday from 11:00am to 12:30pm (with the exception of the Fourth of July). This is a mixed age and rank class, so be prepared to work hard... take advantage of the ability for you to get your classes in early in the day.


Refer to the following times for this Saturday only

9:00 -9:30am Little Champions

9:30-10:30am Young Gladiators

10:30-11:30am Warrior Training.

Please make a note, this week only

7/4 & 7/5 INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY (studio closed)


We are now booking self-defense seminars for groups of about 10 or more. This is perfect for small business owners and social groups looking for team building, self-defense training, or just...


Hello Everyone,

A few quick things:

6/12/23 - 6/16/23 GUP TESTING POSTPONED

Due to the flooding experienced on Monday and subsequent clean up effort on Tuesday, we were not able to properly tests students for promotion. This will be taken care of next week. Thank you for your patience.


6/17/23 - 1:00PM


Next week is our Karate Summer Camp! Sign up at the link below for the week of June 19-23 8am to 3pm



We are now booking self-defense seminars for groups of about 10 or more. This is perfect for small business owners and social groups looking for team building, self-defense training, or just something fun and different. Seminars can take place at RMAI or at your facility. Email...


Hello Everyone,

I wanted to thank everyone who showed up to DODGEBALL NIGHT! We had a huge turnout and it was good to let all the kids run around and have fun burning off some energy. We will do it again soon!

Just a few quick reminders and announcements for today:

Saturday - 6/10/23 PMAA Black Belt Final Exam @ Revolution Martial Arts Institute

10:00am NO CLASSES! Good luck to the following people on their test:

Magda Guron

Jocelyn Kurchan

Eydiejo Kurchan

Nathan Dur

Mark Bertotti.

T-SHIRTS: (update)

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, students will be permitted to wear t-shirts in class. They MUST be OFFICIAL RMAI T-shirts. NO Exceptions... Any year or design is acceptable, it just must be one of ours. We still have a few shirts in various sizes available from previous years. If you need to order one, you can see a staff member. Price is $20. Students may also wear full uniform if they wish. We have a list in the lobby near the door, for when we re-order our shirts.

6/12/23 - 6/16/23 GUP TESTING...



Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend, and took time to reflect and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to be able to have the freedoms we enjoy today.

A few quick reminders about things taking effect TODAY!! As well as some other things coming up... here we go!

NEW SCHEDULE: (see below) is in effect now. Take a note how the Young Gladiators group is combined for the summer (as is our normal practice). Morning classes will be added June 27th. If you're confused which class you should attend, see a staff member.


From Memorial Day to Labor Day, students will be permitted to wear t-shirts in class. They MUST be OFFICIAL RMAI T-shirts. NO Exceptions... Any year or design is acceptable, it just must be one of ours. We still have a few shirts in various sizes available from previous years. If you need to order one, you can see a staff member. Price is $20. Students may also wear full uniform if they wish.

6/3/23 DODGEBALL NIGHT (bring a buddy event)

The last...


Over the last few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I wanted to make my reintroduction to this blog. Aside from still trying to nail down a catchy title, this makeshift RMAI designated news and discussion forum started off fairly well. While it wasn’t the most consistent, I was motivated to draw in readers and martial arts enthusiasts with different discussion points.

Then, somewhere along the way, writing— something that’s always come natural to me— didn’t seem so natural anymore.

The desire or motivation to write wasn’t as strong as it used to be. When I did find a suitable topic that sparked some interest, I couldn’t efficiently organize my thoughts and every sentence appeared erratic. Even now, I have a picture in my head of exactly what I want to say and how to say it, and yet, barely three paragraphs in, I'm struggling to articulate it.

Maybe I’ve lost my edge.

In the last blog post, I discussed the difference between motivation and...



Hello Everyone,

Short week this week, I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of everything coming up.

GUP TESTING All this week. Due to the small number of people eligible, we will not be having a separate test. Throughout classes, students will be evaluated for promotion.

New ranks will be awarded to those passing in classes throughout the week.

Here is the current list of eligible people:

Graham Bovard

Francis Hannon

Gloria Guo

Ethan Lin

Krish Bhatta

Lachlan Mason

Ellevina Reece

Mabel Matlin

John luke Pinakidis

Jack Kaminetsky

Linda Acker

Rhodes Buccola

Nikhil Narayan

Reese Kampf

Kian Narayan

Andrew Westervelt

Good Luck everyone!

NEW Blog post by Maddie, check it out here:


5/26-5/29 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (Studio Closed)

5/27 NAFMA NATIONALS Martial Arts Championships - Atlantic City, NJ

NEW SUMMER SCHEDULE: 5/30 All classes will...



Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend. For those who attended the PMAA Training Seminar this past weekend, I would like to thank you for your support. We will use any and all feedback to make next event that much better. It was good to get together and train with other martial artists from our member studios.

We have a number of calendar changes and summer schedule information to announce as well as some important dates for events in the near future, but FIRST...

Schedule this week: All classes are at normally scheduled times all this week. In addition, our DEMONSTRATION TEAM is getting ready to start back up again. The first meeting is this Saturday at 12:30pm. For more information, speak to Master Celona, Mrs. Shorey or Mr. Kurchan

NEXT WEEK! We are bringing back the popular NO-BOHK class! All Classes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be in the NO-BOHK format... meaning students are permitted to wear regular workout clothing, NO Dobohk or Belts required. Athletic Shorts, or even uniform pants with...


Hello Everyone,

I wanted to remind everyone of the next few things going on, take note:


Friday 4/21/23 5:00pm (if you have to retake the written exam) 5:30 Technical Exam.

Saturday 4/22/23 8:00am Physical Conditioning (the track @ Strath Haven Middle School)

2023 MARTIAL FUSION SEMINAR with Chris from Karate Unity

I want to thank everyone who attended the seminar this past weekend. It was a great time in which we explored other methods of training, and got to learn additional techniques to add to our personal arsenal. We will continue to post video content captured from this weekend. If you were not able to attend, you can see some of the videos already put out on our youtube channel. In addition, you can get additional training at the PMAA Seminar on April 29, see details below!


Saturday April 29, 2023.


Bucks County Karate

800 Bustleton Pike, Unit 1D

Richboro, PA 18954

For the first time in at least 5 years. The...


Hello Everyone,

A few quick updates, please make a note of all the things going on

Schedule this week, we have GUP GRADUATION this Friday night at 7:00pm, therefore, the 6:30 Black Belt only class will begin immediately AFTER BJJ at 6:00pm. Congratulations to those who tested for new ranks and are being promoted this Friday.

We are still open for regular classes this Saturday, for those attending the tournament in NJ this weekend (see below), best of luck to you!


River Winds Community Center - Thorofare, NJ

See Master Celona or Maddie for details if you are interested in competing and still haven't signed up.

2023 MARTIAL FUSION SEMINAR with Chris from Karate Unity

April 14-16 2023

(only open to Warrior Training members)

Joint seminar with both instructors sharing drills and exercises which will enhance and allow you to explore the deeper meanings to traditional martial arts techniques, by breaking down, extracting, and analyzing. Incorporating the techniques in...


Hello everyone!

Here is the update for today, take note there are a few important additions including dates for Summer Camp, Beach Workout, Pilsung Seminar, Tournament and more…


We would like to welcome Mr. Don Worrell as an instructor for our Friday Night Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. Mr. Worrell is not only a BJJ Black Belt, with over a decade of experience, but is also a 3rd Dan Tang Soo Do black belt and former student under the late Master Louis Marvil. Mr Worrell is an excellent instructor and an all around great person. TEAM RMAI welcomes him.

For those who may or not be aware, we have a Beginner BJJ program for those 12 and older, this class is currently on Fridays at 5:00pm.

If the program grows, we may expand to other days and times. Students who are already training in our martial arts programs can add this membership for only $50 per month. This is a great opportunity to expand you martial arts knowledge to include grappling and ground fighting to be a more complete martial artist.

Regularly scheduled Black Belt...


Good morning!

I wanted to take moment to update everyone on some of the things going on:

Friday Night (2/24) Schedule:

Beginner BJJ: 5:00pm

Black Belt Only 6:30pm

Originally we were scheduled to have GUP Graduation at 7:00pm, however due to the small group, candidates will be promoted in class.

Saturday 2/25 is normal class schedule.

INNER-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT is next week! 3/4/23 Get signed up asap! Here's the link if you haven't done so already...


Our tentative schedule is this:

9:00am - Little Champions (3 - 6yrs old)

10:00am - Young Gladiators (7 - 11)

12:00pm - Warrior Training (12 and older & Red Belts and above).

We are highly requesting some more of our Black belts to sign up to make the competition more interesting.

Events are as...


With the end of another year and the start of a new one often comes the perpetual haste to begin

a slew of New Year’s resolutions. This might be something like, ‘I’m going to give up sugar’,

‘go running every day’, ‘spend less time on my phone’, or ‘ put 20% of every paycheck in my

saving’s account.’

As with most people, we keep to these empty promises for the first week or so before finding

some excuse as to why we've given up on the goals that we so eagerly set for ourselves.

Sometimes this is due to starting off with too big of a task right off the bat. Someone who wants

to quit smoking, for example, might best find success through a gradual weaning process rather

than giving it up cold turkey. Other times, a lack of personal motivation is the culprit for our

failed resolutions.

Motivation works as our internal drive or reasoning for why we act in a certain way. Someone

who wants to save money for a new car might be motivated to work more hours. The end goal of

getting a new car thus influences...



Saturday March 4, 2023 9:00am

$35 early registration for RMAI members (includes ALL eligible events)

Test your skills in a family-friendly day of competition!

This competition is open to ALL members of RMAI, whether you train at the main Dojang, or one of our satellite locations. We will have divisions for all age groups, and all ranks 2nd Dan and under. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow with your extended RMAI family members.

TROPHIES will be awarded for 1st Place and Medals for 2nd & 3rd Place.

Register early to save $10. Early registration ends 2/25/23

Schedule of Events: COMING SOON!

To sign up click the button below:


Date: March 4, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM



Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday. I know everyone probably appreciated the time off and well deserved rest.

Now with 2023 officially underway, I wanted to send out to everyone our first batch of calendar updates as well as

some important schedule changes, so please take note:


Beginning Monday January 9th, there are some slight schedule changes. Beginner Brazilian Jiujitsu will take place on Fridays 5:00pm, and the

Black Belt Only class will be from 6:30pm to 8:00pm with the exception on days where we have our Gup Graduation. For the time being, the BJJ class

will only be on Fridays until more people sign up for the program and we are able to recruit another instructor.


Will be held during the Black Belt Only time slot (6:30pm) on January 13th.


In an effort to maximize ours and everyone else's valuable time, we've decided for the year of 2023 to run ALL of our Gup Testing...



Happy Monday everyone!

Congrats to everyone promoted in last week's testing cycle!

First thing I'd like to mention is my sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who participated in the Flyers Demo this Saturday. I had a great time preparing and planning with all of you. The first few weeks we were kind of bouncing around different ideas, but in the last month it really came together and all of you worked so hard. Your professionalism and adaptability is a testament to the passion for martial arts you all possess. The hockey team on the other hand sadly didn't win, and I feel bad that I had to leave early as Max was not feeling well. But I wanted to make sure I said a few words of thanks to you. You did a great job, PILSUNG!

This week is the last training week of 2022! Next week we have our annual Winter Break. I may be here occasionally throughout next week to take care of some maintainance and office work. If that happens I will let people know if there is OPEN MAT time available. Other than that, we will be closed for regular...


RMAI NEWS UPDATE (important FLYERS DEMO information)

Hello everyone, I wanted to give a definitive update to this weekend's event.

I'm very excited for our martial arts demonstration at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the New York Rangers.

Here's the important information...

Everyone performing must be parked in the lot and ready to enter the building at 5:00.

Meet at the entrance on the 11th Street Side.

We've been permitted to be let in at 5:10 SHARP!! (Performing members only)

EVERYONE PERFORMING has to fill out this waiver:




Event: Concourse Performance

Family members and students not performing will be let in with the General Public at 5:30pm

I would...



A few quick updates, be sure to make note of all the important information listed below.

Today is GUP TESTING. There are NO Regular Classes today. For those confused about the timing for your test refer to the time next to your name.


John luke Pinakidis

Milo Kosmalski

Jack Kaminetsky

Jesse Saliba

Evan Yokoyama

Sam Randolph

Johnathan Ngo

Stephen Massimini

Rhodes Buccola

Jaleesa Colon

Graham Bovard

Everly Massimini

Andrew Westervelt

Reese Kampf


James Hu

Kabir Almad Rawool

Markos Pinakidis

Jonas Santore

Keigo Bundschuh

Abby Thompson

Jacen Saliba

Julian Saliba

Gavin Beck

Kavya Bhatta

John Bui

Karter Barrett

Madelyn Ngo

Jocelyn Herndon

Samuel Shieber


Krish Bhatta

Dev Renjit

Cara McGowan

Eilir Grace-Duff

Nicholas McNamara

Steven Delgado, Jr.

Michael Carbonara, Jr.

Joshua Saliba

Milo D'Andrea


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Just a few items to go over about this week. Before I do that, I wanted to congratulate those who tested for their new Black Belt Ranks this past Saturday. Noah Mason, John Schuld, & Todd Liebel all represented RMAI well with their efforts in a challenging 3 hour exam. Grandmaster Kwon, as well as the other local association Masters witnessed their intensity and martial arts skills. We expect to release the results of the exam within the next few days. Again, congratulations to those people, we are all very proud.


5:30 to 6:30pm BLACK BELT ONLY CLASS - Due to the preparations in the Flyers Demo, we haven't had a Black Belt Only class in a few weeks. This Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 we will review Black Belt forms and Weapons.

6:30 - 8:00pm DEMO PRACTICE

We only have a few remaining practice dates before the Flyers Demo, We highly recommend everyone attend as many as they can so that we can feel confident going into the demo on the 17th. We've added an additional Saturday (12/10)



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Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday! As 2022 rapidly comes to a close (I know, it goes by so fast), I wanted to share with everyone a few remaining dates for the end of the year before we go into our annual winter break. Be sure to always check our social media pages, our blog page, emails and all of the normal lines of communication to stay in the loop about everything going on. We try to give a variety of different outlets to keep everyone informed.

First, we wanted to thank everyone who participated in our Annual Holiday Sale. We hope you were able to find some RMAI related gifts for the Karate warrior in your family. Thanks also to Maddie Clark who came in on Friday to run the event, she did an excellent job. I wanted to make sure I publicly thanked her for her work. For those who might not know, in addition to working behind the counter, and training in martial arts at RMAI, Maddie is also a writer. You can check out some of her work on our blog (click here:...


Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to put out a few reminders and updates about this week.


We are open for regular classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, Thursday through Sunday. Regular classes will resume on Monday 11/28


Come to the studio on Friday November 25, between 12-4pm for our Black Friday sale. Save on sparring gear sets as well as training equipment, apparel and more. You can also check our online shop. Click the link below: https://revolution-martial-arts-institute.square.site/

FLYERS DEMO - The window for selecting new people to participate in the demo on 12/17 has closed, however a few people need to pay for their tickets still, please see me or Maddie to get settled up. We do plan on adding a few extra practices before the big event, but this is what we have so far:


Friday December 2 6:00 – 8:00pm

Friday December 9 6:30 – 8:00pm

Friday December 16 5:30 –...


Good Afternoon everyone, a few quick reminders about this week!


Testing for students will be TODAY MONDAY 11/14 during regular class time for students Blue Belt and UNDER. There will be NO Classes during testing. Good luck to everyone

Carson Craig

Diego Ruiz

Ryan Sniezevage

Maddie Clark

Ronald Rosati

Ronnie Ferri

Logan Showers

Abby Thompson

Matteo Schuhl

Gavin Pedergnana

Mason Van Trieste

Max Fromme

Wisdom Gossett

Jasleen Colon

Those who successfully pass all requirements today will be striped up and invited to the graduation this Friday at 7:00pm


Hey, just letting you all know the window for getting involved in RMAI’s performance at the Flyers game is closing up fast, but there’s still time if you sign up before Wednesday (November 16th) We want you to be involved, tickets are required to enter the building, and the price is $65. Get signed up now, here is the remaining practice schedule:



Good morning everyone! A few reminders and a couple of changes to our calendar, so please take note.


This Friday night, is our final Black Belt pre-test. Test begins sharp at 5:30pm. There will be no 'run' the next morning. good luck everyone.

DEMO TEAM and RED Belt Test schedule CHANGES

Our RED BELT exam was originally scheduled for this Saturday, we have now rescheduled it for next Saturday 11/12/22 at 10:00am. There will be NO regular classes that day.

DEMO TEAM has the following changes to practice schedule:

Saturday 11/5/22 - 1:00pm

Saturday 11/12/22 CANCELLED

Saturday 11/19/22 rescheduled to Friday 11/18/22 5:30 -7pm


As you know, DOBOHK means Martial Arts Uniform. In a clever (at least I think so) play on words, we are having a week of classes where everyone will be required to wear regular clothes to class... hence the "no bohk" From Monday 11/7 to Saturday 11/12 students will NOT wear their dobohk to class. (ALL CLASSES) Comfortable workout clothes is...


When I started doing karate here at RMAI, I was mainly in it for the exercise and physical

conditioning aspects. It wasn’t until I began moving up a few belts that I really started to pay

more attention to perhaps the most important nuance of martial arts…self defense.

If you go back and study the origins of our two parent styles, Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo,

you’ll come to find that the main focus was self defense and personal safety as their techniques

were taught with the understanding of how they would be used against another person in any

type of physical attack.

For those who have taken a class here with Master Celona, you’ve probably heard him talk

about how the traditional forms were created as a way to practice a set of self defense

techniques during times when you don’t have a partner available. For example, while the first

two moves in Pilsung Il Jang appear to simply a be a low block towards your left side and a

stepping center punch, the low block can actually be used as an armbar and the stepping...


Hello everyone,

Some updates...


Due to the size of the Young Gladiators class, we've decided to add an extra session for White Belts only (9th and 10th Gups) See the schedule below. The shortened 30 minute session will enable us to provide a more beginner-friendly lesson plan and attention. Students who are 9th gup (White Belt with Black Stripe) who earn the first 2 progress stripes will be permitted to join the full hour class. Added schedule is as follows:

Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm to 6:30

Tuesday and Thursday 4:30pm to 5:00

Regular Young Gladiators schedule for Orange to Brown belts will still be held at the normal time.


As you know, DOBOHK means Martial Arts Uniform. In a clever (at least I think so) play on words, we are having a week of classes where everyone will be required to wear regular clothes to class... hence the "no bohk" From Monday 11/7 to Saturday 11/12 students will NOT wear their dobohk to class. (ALL CLASSES) Comfortable workout clothes is fine, or even jeans... choice is...



Swarthmore Charity Fun Fair and Parade

Hello everyone, I wanted to remind everyone about RMAI participating in tomorrow's Swarthmore Charity Fun Fair. We will have our booth set up in space #1 which is supposedly set up across the street from the Dunkin Donuts on Park ave, (across from the train station). Our booth will be set up by 11:30am. We will be there all day if you'd like to stop by.


We would greatly appreciate as many students as possible put on their uniforms, and walk in the parade with us. We are set to meet at 11:45am on Park Avenue, just past the Methodist Church. Look for me in uniform with the other students.

Maybe if enough of us are there, we can show some techniques!

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Master Celona



Hello Everyone!

A few reminders:


Monday September 12 we will be holding GUP Testing in our regularly scheduled classes. As of this date this is the list of names, which may be subject to change depending on student performance.

John Bui

Gavin Beck

Wisdom Gossett

Gloria Guo

Nicholas Dukaj

Zion Babbitt

Kaelyn Roundtree

Owen Saltis

Lars Heinrich

Good luck to the candidates

GUP GRADUATION -9/16 at 7pm


Like a lot of things that are coming up for the remainder of the year, we are reprising our presence at this year’s Swarthmore Fun Fair. On Sunday, September 18th, we will be hosting our own booth within the Swarthmore Village. This is a chance for us as to show off our awesome school to those in the community and convince them to be warriors in training like us. Maybe not that exact wording but you know what I mean. Students are encouraged attend in full uniform help demonstrate some skills, do a little breaking, and...

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Having just turned 24 a little over a month ago, I am, by most people’s standards, still very

young. With the average life expectancy of a human now being 78.6 years old, I technically still

have about two thirds of my life left to live.

Speaking from a karate standpoint on the other hand, I feel as though my age isn’t doing me any


During the first six months to a year of being at RMAI, I was often the oldest beginner belt in the

room while there were several kids who, despite being younger than me by more than half my

age, were still considered my seniors in terms of rank.

Though I try not to compare myself to others, which is a constant issue I have, not only in karate

but in all aspects of life, I often look at some of these “Karate Kids” and find myself a little

envious of them. I didn’t start doing karate until after I had graduated college while a lot of the

younger advanced belts started taking classes before they even started kindergarten.

For a lot of these kids who’ve been training for most...


Before I ever stepped through the doors of Revolution Martial Arts Institute and learned my first

form or threw my first kick, Ralph Macchio, the teachings of Mr. Miyagi, and their Cobra Kai

adversaries were the only references I had when it came to karate. If you had parents that grew

up in the 80s, or lived through the 80s yourself, I’m sure this is a point of view that you can also


In all the times that I would practice Daniel’s infamous match point crane kick in my bedroom or

recite Cobra Kai’s “No Mercy” mantra…”we do not train to be merciful here, mercy is for the

weak,” you know where I’m going with this; martial arts training was not something I imagined

myself doing out in the real world.

For those of you that know me from class, or have recently seen me working behind the RMAI

desk, you might know a little bit of my story. For those that don’t, it is not my intention to make

this post, or any others in the future, an all about me rant. I’ll try my best anyway. Instead, I hope

that by...


Welcome to our Blog!

We are finally doing something with this section on our site, so if you're interested in contributing to our RMAI Blog, send me an email to mastermcelona@gmail.com with the subject: BLOG POST and if approved, it will appear on this page!

Thank you!