Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts is owned and operated by lifelong Sturgis residents Bret and Katie Hamlin. SAMA is extremely fortunate to benefit from a staff consisting of several talented instructors.
We offer instruction in both Chung do Kwan Taekwondo and Chun Moo Kwan Hapkido. Taekwondo emphasizes striking and blocking techniques, but also employs some joint locks and throws. Hapkido is heavily focused on self-defense using joint locks, throws, grappling, and striking. It emphasizes redirection of energy rather than meeting an opponent's force with force.
SAMA has been located in Sturgis' classic Midwestern downtown district since 1997. We are a member of the North American Taekwondo Association led by Senior Grandmaster Steve Travis and the Chun Moo Hapkido USA Association under Chief Grandmaster Rick Jessee.
We love going to SAMA! It has been fun and challenging for my boys! The instructors are knowledgeable and personal and have created an excellent training environment. I highly recommend this gym!
- Anita H.
Such an awesome atmosphere! Bret, Katie and other instructors do such a good job training. Hands down the best gym around.
- Nina W.
As a 50 year veteran of the martial arts, I've seen the good and the bad. I highly recommend this organization and school.
- Grandmaster Rick Jessee, 10th Dan Founder, Chun Moo Hapkido USA