We Won the 2013 Chatsworth Best Martial Arts School.

With 2013 coming to an end we won the 2013 Chatsworth Best Martial Arts School Award from the Chatsworth Award Program.  Not too shabby for being open for 1-1/2 years.  Thank you to our students, parents, crossfitters, and everyone who comes in and supports us day in and day out.  Without all of you we wouldn’t have the EVO community.  We look forward to a bigger 2014.  

Here is press release (source link at the bottom of the page):

Press Release


Evolution Martial Arts Academy Receives 2013 Best of Chatsworth Award

Chatsworth Award Program Honors the Achievement

CHATSWORTH December 3, 2013 — Evolution Martial Arts Academy has been selected for the 2013 Best of Chatsworth Award in the Karate School category by the Chatsworth Award Program.

Each year, the Chatsworth Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chatsworth area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Chatsworth Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chatsworth Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Chatsworth Award Program

The Chatsworth Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chatsworth area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Chatsworth Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Chatsworth Award Program (http://chatsworth.awardredemption.org/PressReleaseub.aspx?cc=dcqm-pbb7-tk33)

Chatsworth Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardredemption.org
URL: http://www.awardredemption.org

Mini Cubs is a New Mommy/Daddy and Me Program We Are Trying in the Month of December.

We received a phone call last week from a mom asking us if there are classes for her 2 1/2 year old daughter.  We told her unfortunately that is a bit too young for our current Tiny Tiger Program.  She then asked if we ever thought about a mommy/daddy and me class.  Our reply was yes it was an idea but we never had enough interest to start something like that.

She said myself and a group of other moms are interested in this type of program.  We created a Facebook group yesterday just to explain how the program would work to the few moms interested and before we knew we had 28 members join the group.   
So here we are, Evolution Martial Arts Academy proudly presents Mini Cubs, we will start a 4 week free trial session.  Being led by an instructor Moms and Dads step on the mat with their child and work one on one with them.  
Just like our Tiny Tiger program we work on a variety of life skills including
  • Listening / Following directions
  • Focusing 
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Mobility drills 
  • Balance
  • Increased attention

Remember this program is to introduce kids to martial arts while having fun in a safe family atmosphere.  Even shy children will love idea because they can work with mom and dad on the mat and not be intimidated by a new instructor.  It’s also a great way to meet other children and socialize.  

Here is what you need to know regarding the program.
  • Once a week class every Sunday.
  • Free classes starting Sunday December 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.
  • Time: 10-10:45am
  • Ages 2-4 – (An exception can be made)
  • No Uniforms needed during trial period. (Uniform will be required if continuing after trial)
  • Mini Cubs have same Tiny Tigers Curriculum.  
  • Bring a water bottle (can fill up at our water machine)
  • Before first class please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a little paper work.
What happens after December 29th?
  • If enough parents feel there is value in this program and like it the Mini Cubs program will continue right into the new year.
  • Pricing – A 10 Class Power Pack must be purchased for $99.  The 10 Class Power Pack gets punched every time you and your child attends a class.  A power pack never expires so if you can’t make classes you just save the remaining classes for next time.  
  • A comparable martial arts school has a similar program which has an ongoing $115 per month membership.   
  • New parents will always receive 2 free classes to try out the program.
  • Family discounts will be offered for parents who want to take adult classes or older children who want to take martial arts.   
If you know anyone who maybe interested in a mommy/daddy and me martial arts class please share this link.  Keep in mind this is going to be a fun low key martial arts program that will just bring families closer together while building the EVO community.  
As always please email info@evomaa.net or leave a comment below with any questions.  Thanks.

Students Projected to Test at the End of October.

Click on the link below to view a list of students currently projected to test at the end of October.  Parents please save the date, the time of the actual exam may change.  Please visit this page every couple of weeks to see if a name has been added or removed.

Same format as the last test in August.  Exams will be on Friday for Juniors, Saturday will be an exam for Tiny Tigers followed by Graduation at 10:30am.

Parents please bring juniors the following day for Graduation if you do not hear from us.  No News is Good News.  Parents if your child did not meet the requirements to pass their exam we will contact you by 9:30pm that night, via phone call and email.

34 Days and 12 Hours to practice, practice, practice


View Student Testing List from Smartphone, Available Now.

Some of the parents who don’t have any kids testing weren’t sure if their child was testing or not.  As a reminder please visit our website and click on the count down timer at the top of the page regularly to view the list of students testing.

If you visit our website on your smart phone we now have a page up for you to view the list.  Click “Next Belt Exam” button to view the list from your phone.

Here is the link, http://www.evomaa.net/exams.html. Hope this helps all you parents out there.  

Important Testing Dates and Labor Day Holiday Aug 31st – Sept 2nd

It’s belt testing time again, lots of new white belts trying to achieve their orange belt and a few green belts going for blue belt level 1 our highest ranking as of now.  So here are some of the details regarding testing and the holiday weekend:

Friday August 30th
5pm – White Belts Testing 
6pm – Orange, Yellow, Green Belts Testing
7pm – Adults Testing
NO Regular Hapkido or Tiny Tiger Classes
Below is the list of the students testing as of now.


  • Liana M. (6pm)
  • Dustin L. (6pm)
  • Mimi L. (6pm)
  • Leah T. (6pm)
  • Massi T. (6pm)
  • Diego S. (6pm)
  • Ryan C. (6pm)
  • Armaan S. (5pm)
  • Yuvraj S. (5pm)
  • Rosa C. (5pm)
  • Sammy A. (5pm)
  • Manny A. (5pm)
  • Devon W. (5pm)
  • Alexis W. (5pm)
  • Jailyn W. (5pm)

  • Jay W. (7pm)
  • Catherine O. (7pm)
  • David S. (7pm)
  • Sam M. (7pm)
Saturday August 31st
9:30-10:15am – Tiny Tigers Testing
10:30 – 11am – Belt Graduation for Tiny Tigers and Jrs
NO Regular Hapkido or Tiny Tiger Classes
Below is the list of Tiny Tigers Testing
  • Aarsh S. (9:30am)
  • Alessandro P. (9:30am)
  • Kyndall W. (9:30am)
  • Jeremiah C. (9:30am)
Monday September 2nd
CLOSED No Classes Labor Day Holiday

Starting September 2nd, Minor Schedule change to Hapkido Jrs.

We are having a minor change to our Hapkido Jr. schedule.  This new schedule should help us focus more on specific belt rankings.  Starting September 2nd these are the following changes.

Monday & Wednesday:

4pm & 6pm (Green and Up)
5pm (Orange and Yellow only)

Tuesday & Thursday:

4pm & 6pm (Orange and Up)
5pm (White Belts Only)


4:30pm (Orange and Up)


10am – All Ranks (White and Up)

Please Join Us for 2 Great Martial Art Events

Attention all Evolution students we would like to invite you to please join Mr. Jason and Mr. Brandon for 2 special events, Sunday August 11th and Saturday August 17th at Team Karate Centers.

Sunday August 11th  12-2pm:

Hwa Rang Do: The Untold Story of the Formation of the Modern Korean Martial Arts

Come watch the feature documentary and hear with your own ears, the untold story from martial arts living legend and Hwa Rang Do Founder, Dr. Joo Bang Lee on the origins and development of modern Korean martial arts including Hwa Rang Do, Hapkido and Kuk Sool Won.
This is the true, yet controversial telling of the most important period in modern Korean martial arts history in the midst of the Korean War and great political turmoil, as Dr. Lee witnessed & participated in first hand.
Special Q and A with Dr. Joo Bang Lee and his eldest son and Hwa Rang Do heir, Grandmaster Taejoon Lee will follow the screening of the film, as well as opportunity for pictures and autographs for those in attendance.

  • Learn about the efforts by Dr. Joo Bang Lee and martial arts legend, Ji Han Jae, to form a unified Korean martial arts system, as ordered by then Korean President, Jeong Hee Park 
  • The backstory of the formation of the Kuk Sool Hwe by Dr. Joo Bang Lee and In Hyuk Suh, which lead to the founding of Kuk Sool Won 
  • The true story into Dr. Joo Bang Lee’s close relationship with Yong Sul Choi and Ji Han Jae, leading to the true origins of Hapkido and the dilution of one of Korea’s modern martial arts systems 
  • An opportunity to ask questions of them, live and in-person! 

Suggest Donation for Tickets: $25
All proceeds from this event will go towards funding martial arts training programs and scholarships for low-income individuals, at-risk youth and combat veterans via the World Hwa Rang Do Association – Non-Profit Organization.


Team Karate Centers
21038-A Victory Blvd Woodland Hills, CA. 91367
on August 11th, 2013 beginning @ 12 Noon

12 Noon – 12:45pm – Film Screening
12:45pm – 1pm – Q and A Setup
1pm – 2pm – Q and A with Dr. Joo Bang Lee and Grandmaster Taejoon Lee

Saturday August 17th  12pm:
One of our teachers Master Steve Sexton is having an Autobiography Book Signing Celebration.  
The book recaps the 60-year span of the 8th Degree Hapkido Master’s life from his childhood through his passion for martial arts, and how that passion saved his life on more than one occasion.
If you would like to order a copy of the book please click on the link below.
You can pick up your copy on Sat, Aug 17 and have Master Steve Sexton sign it for you.

Team Karate Centers
21038-A Victory Blvd Woodland Hills, CA. 91367
on August 17th, 2013 beginning @ 12 Noon 

If you are free we would love it if you can stop by. 

EVO Top Team Auditions August 4th & 11th.

Do you like performing in front of a crowd?  Does that type of intensity get your adrenaline pumping?  Evolution Martial Arts Academy is holding auditions to join Evo Top Team, our demonstration team. Evo Top Team will perform demonstrations at future belt graduations and other special events.  A special class on Fridays will allow these team members to work together and prepare for the next performance. 
The only requirement needed to audition is the rank of at least Hapkido Jr. Green Belt.  All students who fulfill this requirement are more than welcome to try out but NOT every student will make it.  Only 6 spots are available on this roster as of right now.  Three of the most important factors we are looking for are focus, following directions, and most importantly technical ability. 
How Auditions Work: 
  • Auditions will be held on Sunday August 4th and 11th, starting at 9am.
  • Students must make an appointment ahead of time (Sign Ups will be on the front counter).  Students can only audition one time.
  • Students waiting must wait in lobby area until their turn.    
  • Each student will demonstrate in 10 minutes a list of techniques in front of 2 unnamed judges.  (Students have done all these techniques before, list of techniques will not be known to student until they step on the mat) 
  • Once students are done they are free to leave.
  • Judges will review all notes and students who made the team will be notified a couple days later.

Parents keep in mind there is a possibly only one sibling could make it while the other(s) do not.  Students who make the team may be cut from the team at any time. Auditions will be held again in the future as we increase the number of spots on the team or have to fill available spots.      
Good luck, bring your skills.

Who’s Testing at the Next Belt Promotion?

In our constant effort to stay in 100% communication with our parents our belt testing page is now live on our website.  If you click on the Belt Testing Countdown Timer you will be directed to a page with frequently asked questions regarding testing and a list of potential students testing.  The list may change as we get closer to testing date.  Parents check the list if you are unsure so you can plan to keep this date open.

A mobile version will be coming soon for those of you glued to your smart phones.


This Friday 3:30 Tiny Tigers & 5:30 Adult Hapkido Classes Cancelled

This Friday May 3rd, 3:30pm Tiny Tigers Class will be cancelled due to Tiny Tiger Testing.  Adult Hapkido 5:30pm class will also be cancelled due to an adult testing.  Below is a summary of classes for Friday May 3rd.

3:30 Tiny Tigers Class Cancelled

4:00 Tiny Tigers Class ON
4:30 Junior Hapkido Class ON
5:00 CrossFit Class ON
5:30 Adult Hapkido Class Cancelled
6:00 CrossFit Class ON