My name is Alan Maymo and I am a French, martial arts and art instructor and have taught all for many years. I have taught in France, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Now, I live in Florida with my wife and cute puppy and continue my passions and teaching.
My French classes are open to all ages; my purpose is to help people develop their communication skills in French, whether it is for work, travel, academic purposes or pure interest.
I am also a professional artist (www.maymoart.com) and certified art instructor with a unique system for teaching art from beginners to advanced. I had my own art school in Switzerland and have done many exhibitions around the world.
As a 5th degree black belt with a specialty in self defense systems, I take pride in teaching people how to protect themselves in various situations. Private and group classes.
FRENCH: I love helping people reach their goals and communicate in a new language. I also enjoy sharing French culture. Language is culture, so you can't really separate the two and there is always a cultural exchange between a student and teacher.
MARTIAL ARTS: One of my greatest passions is helping people develop self confidence, self protection and other important martial arts skills (perseverance, self esteem, determination, discipline, etc.,) and to apply these skills to every day life.
ART: Teaching art is a passion as I love to help people open their mind and express their creativity!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
All students receive a FREE first lesson to discuss goals and learn about my methodologies.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied my undergraduate at the University of Strasbourg, France. I have a Berlitz certificate in teaching French. I speak 4 languages fluently and I am a professional interpreter of English/Spanish and French. I have taught French for many years.
I am a certified art teacher and attended art school in France and Switzerland. I teach complete beginners to advanced students.
I am a 5th degree black belt and master founder of JUSAMKIBO, a recognized self defense martial arts system. I have been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Spain.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Yes, we have a set pricelist. The more lessons you buy, the bigger discount you receive.
How did you get started teaching?
Growing up trilingual it became natural for me to be a lover of languages and to cultivate that background into a profession. My health and fitness interests have spanned my whole life and led me down the warrior path of martial arts. My love of art started as a child and creative expression is one of the best gifts of life.
What types of students have you worked with?
Professionals, scientists, non-profit organization workers, doctors, teachers, fitness enthusiasts, retired people, teenagers, women and men from all walks of life.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
For French: Check that they are native French speakers, qualified to teach.
For Art: Look at their portfolio and get a free first class to see how they teach. Patience and the ability to customize art instruction is very important in being an art teacher.
For Martial Arts: Make sure the person is qualified with bonafide martial arts qualifications from a professional organization.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Why do I need French? How many hours a week can I dedicate? Do I have time to do homework?