American Martial Arts Institute

American Martial Arts Institute

5.0 (4)
1 hire on
10 employees
17 years in business

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Featuring classes in Chinese Martial Arts for children as young as 3 years old to Adult. Classes are age and goal specific to meet your needs. If you are looking for a traditional martial arts experience or to get in shape and have fun, AMAI is 4 U!

We pride ourselves on putting the goals and training needs of our students first. Our team of instructors are dedicated to arming our students with skills of success, confidence, a positive self-image and perseverance.

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Bear, DE 19701
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4 Reviews


  • Marie Hunt

    Amazing kung fu program! I am challenged each quarter by learning new self defense combos, new forms and they help me grow individually as I achieve my path towards black belt!

  • Stacey Gonzon

    My family became involved with the American Martial Arts Institute 10 years ago when my (then) 7 year old son expressed an interest in learning martial arts. AMAI was the only school in our area offering Chinese Martial Arts, and also one of the few martial arts schools that appeared to focus more on the students as individuals, rather than their trophies displayed in the front window. Over the years, our entire family has participated at some level in the full range of classes that AMAI has to offer - Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Combat Fitness, as well as a variety of seminars focused on specific skills. My son has also been a member of their Leadership team for 6 years; in addition to self defense skills learned through kung fu classes, Leadership class has enhanced both his critical thinking and problem solving ability while enabling him to accumulate the skills he needs to teach martial arts to others. The instructors are top notch and model the qualities of perseverance, modesty, courtesy, discipline and self control that true martial arts strive to instill. I urge anyone interested in leaning kung fu to give AMAI a try.

  • Deb Nichols

    While martial arts studios are becoming a dime a dozen, it is now more important than ever to find a school with an impressive lineage and long term teaching goals. Unlike chain operations, AMAI is personal training by the owner and his staff. You leave class feeling accomplished and validated while you focus on your specific martial arts or fitness goals.

  • Cameron Nichols

    A real authentic Chinese martial arts school that is family friendly and has a staff dedicated to each students success. I started at age 7 (now 20 years old) and I haven't stopped training since.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We begin all new students with our trial lesson program. Prices for the trial rage from $19.95 - $29.95 depending on the program and includes either two - 30 minute private lessons, two group classes or a combination of the two (depending on the program). Our trial also includes the basic uniform for classes or MMA gloves for our Combat Fitness program.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Master Ron Succarotte has been a student of Chinese Martial Arts for nearly 40 years. He has been teaching martial arts and fitness programs in New Castle County since 1993. In addition to perfecting his skills in the martial arts, he has been a member of some of the country's leading organiozations that teach school oweners the art of teaching students of all ages and ability levels. Organizations like United Professionals, MAIA and NAPMA. Master Ron became a board of director and a national consultant for martial arts school owners with United Professionals in 2003.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Some of our programs offer unlimited classes for a monthly membership such as our Combat Fitness and Tai Chi programs Our martial arts programs offer pricing to meet a familiy's busy schedule. These programs offer memberships based on how many classes you wish to attend or have your child attend. We offer great family discounts and unlimited family plan memebrships as well.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching when a co-worker found out I had studied martial arts my entire life. When asked if I would teach him, I sought the approval of my teacher. From there, my school grew from fellow co-workers. After being frustrated with the banking industry, I took the chance to quite my job to start teaching full time. My full time school began in 1996.

What types of students have you worked with?

AMAI has students from all walks of life and start from all degrees of ability. We have students with special needs such as Down Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, HDHD and ADD. We train the begineer with no experiance and we have trained other school owners who wish to expand their knowlegde in a new art form. We have trained students that have needed to lose 300lbs or more and we have trained professional athletes. The bottom line, anyome who has a need or desire to learn, we are here to help you reach your goals.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The most important thing to look for in a school is a place you feel comfortable. The environment of the school and the vibe you get from being there will tell you rigjht away if the school is right for you.l If it doesn't feel right, it probably isnt't the right fit for you. Our trial programs are designed so you can "Check us out". Do you like the way we teach and the message we present?

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What goals do you have for yourself or for your child? Most people are looking to matial arts to learn discipline, improve focus. Confidence, control, self defense and or fitness.

How much time does your schoedule allow for training and do we have a schedule that fits with yours?

Does your school use contracts and require downpayments? Our school does not use contracts nor do we require a downpayment.

Do you offer programs for the entire family? Yes we do.