John Graden Bio
John Graden and his brothers are all world kickboxing champions, which proves that everyone and his brother can earn a martial arts title.
However, not everyone can create the first professional association, trade journal, and universal instructor certification program like John did in the early 1990s.
Widely credited with leading the martial arts school business into the modern age, John was first called a visionary by MASuccess editor, John Corcoran and dubbed the martial arts Teacher of Teachers by Martial Arts World magazine.
John is also the author of many of the best selling books on martial arts business and personal development.
Now the Executive Director of the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association (MATA), John’s renegade leadership style has landed him on the Dr. Oz Show, the Wall Street Journal, the A&E Network and many more international media platforms along with many small podcasts that only his wife listened to.
A Tampa Bay, FL resident, John Graden is married with two children.
Mr. Graden is Not a Paper Tiger
For those of you who think he is all about the business, his WAKO World Championships with the USA Team and legacy as a Joe Lewis protege might change your mind. In fact, Black Belt magazine did a cover story on Mr. Graden and his brother Jim’s relationship with the late legend. The story was called, “Passing the Torch” and it was Joe Lewis saying that when he passes on, he was passing the torch to the Gradens.
John Graden’s Career Timeline
2019 – Launches the Martial Arts Teacher's Association Rank Advancement Program
2018 – Launches the Martial Arts Teacher's Association Certification Program
2016 – Author, The Martial Arts Teachers’ Certification Manual
2015 – Author, Who Killed Walt Bone?
2014 – Founder, Empower Kickboxing
2012 – Founder, Empower Boxing
2011 – Author, The Art of Marketing Without Marketing
2008 – Author, The Impostor Syndrome
2004 – Founder, Martial Arts Teachers’ Association
2003 – Author, The Truth About the Martial Arts Business
1998 – Author, How to Open and Operate a Successful Martial Arts School
1996 – Founder, The American Council on Martial Arts (ACMA)
1995 – Founder – Martial Arts Professional Magazine
1993 – Founder – National Association of Professional Martial Artists
1987 – Host and Producer of the USA Karate TV show in Tampa Bay, FL
1986 – Opened USA Karate – Prior Fighter, Coach, and Official for many World Champion WAKO USA Teams