MAIA: Working to make the martial arts industry stronger (Photos)
Today marked the close of the 12th annual Martial Arts Super Show. Organized by the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) and held in Las Vegas within the Venetian and Palazzo, the Super Show is the place to go for school owners and instructors in search of knowledge and guidance in non-art specific areas.
Opening with two days of physical and business training for members and non-members in topics such as Krav Maga, MMA, investing and instructor development, the show packs a “punch”. Opening Ceremonies this year included an inspirational talk from Daymond John, Founder of FUBU, entertainment from Master Ken of “Enter the Dojo” and performance group Nanda, as well as presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Chief Master William “Bill” Clark. When asked what receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award meant, Chief Master responded,
“It gives validity to what we do as instructors. The award validates the importance of our efforts as instructors. For a simple martial arts instructor to be included with people like Mr. Reyes and other stars shows the value we have as instructors.”
(Master Ernie Reyes Sr., also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, walked up to us as Chief Master was speaking.)
Hosted in the Sands Convention Center, the show drew in 2100 attendees from all over the world. The heart of the show was two days of training and education for school owners and professional martial arts instructors from some of the best, most respected people in the martial arts industry. With classes on all aspects of school operations, instruction, coaching and community leadership, the show offered something for all attendees no matter how large their school or how long they have been teaching. In conjunction with the classes and training seminars the Super Show also included a trade show floor packed with over 65 vendors specializing in everything from equipment to management software. When asked what he thought of this year’s Super Show, Frank Silverman, Executive Director of MAIA, replied,
“This has been the best year yet. The show had its best Opening Ceremonies ever, incredible new products and wonderful speakers. It just keeps getting better every year!”