For many years I was urged to run an independent school by friends, students and colleagues. After much reflection, I chose a path of independence from those who have instructed me towards a new level of success both as a martial artist and as a person.

My role as Sensei is something that I take very seriously and hold dear. It is my calling and I am grateful to all those who have contributed to my growth, both instructors and students. Teaching is the sustenance of my happiness.

My vision is to provide an academy of learning; a place to provide growth for students and instructors in a martial arts sense and in a personal sense. Steiner Academy of Martial Arts is a place to become a better martial artist and better citizen of the world. Martial arts is a vehicle by which we grow; it is not to be taken lightly. It must be pursued with vigor and commitment.

May our journey together be exciting, fruitful and fun. I am thankful to my students: future, current and past. Without them I would not be able to pursue my dreams. I strive to return to my students all that they have given me.

In closing, be true, be diligent and be a shining example of martial arts study. You are able to become better than you can currently imagine if you are willing to do the work.


Letter to students
Sensei Shawn Steiner