There are thousands of martial arts schools in the United States. Here in Fairbanks, a city of over 90,000 people, we have around 10 schools. So why start another Martial Arts school? Why Casiano’s Martial Arts?
No doubt that this business is a way for me to make a living. I have six children; two currently in college. So I want to make money; plenty of it, so that I can provide a decent living for my family. However, the reason for Casiano’s Martial Arts’ existence goes beyond making money.
I desire to make a difference in this community by offering a martial arts program that goes beyond kicking and punching. I desire a martial arts program where my students can truly exercise their bodies, their minds, and their spirits. I want my students to go beyond just learning how to fight. They must learn something far more useful; how to defend themselves and others. I want my students to learn not only practical self-defense, but self-defense that does not require throwing a punch or a kick; and they can achieve this by avoiding certain places, certain situations, certain behaviors and yes, certain people.
At CMA, we are interested not only in our student’s physical ability to throw punches and kicks, but we care even more about how they are doing at home. We want to know that our students respect and honor their parents. Students are expected to do well in school with good grades and good behavior. We want to positively affect the way our students carry themselves in their daily walk. We want to impart strong values of commitment, honor, loyalty and hard work. We want to be fountains of encouragement for excellence and success. We want our students to have a vision for their life, to establish goals, and to exercise a passion to improve their own communities.
Furthermore, we present God and our Lord Jesus Christ as the way of life. Our moral teachings are not the traditional martial arts oriental teachings, but the teachings and lessons found in God’s Word. Nevertheless, we will not reject anyone just because they are not Christians. Everyone is welcome.
We want the youth, we want the troubled, the children, the broken, and the adults that have always dreamt about learning martial arts; and we want you. Whatever your experience is, your motivation or abilities; you will always find something in our program that you will be able to carry for the rest of your life.
When we started our program in Jacksonville, Florida and later in Gates County, North Carolina; I saw how grateful many of the parents were as they told me how this program helped their children in school and in their physical conditioning. I remember how all of the mothers in my program got together and asked me to open a summer camp as they would rather pay me than anybody else to care for their children. I will always remember that!
We started our program in Jacksonville, Florida. We expanded the program to North Carolina. Now, we are proud and excited to be a part of the family of the golden city of Fairbanks, Alaska. Come and experience the Power!
Where: JP Jones Community Development Center
Address: 2400 Rickert St, Fairbanks, AK 99701
When: We are set to start in August; registration dates will be announced.
For more information please call Sensei Angel Casiano at
Also visit our Facebook page at,
Today is the end of our Martial Arts Program in this region. We will close with a Rank Testing at 1:00 PM. After the test Angelo, my son will bless us with some homemade pizzas.
Today, the best of the best of my students will be testing; I must add to that list Mr. Pat Brabble from Ahoskie, who supported our program faithfully.
Many started, but only a few made it all the way to end. We will never claim to be the best, but we, without a doubt, did our best. Your children exercised their body, their souls and their spirit. The Gospel was presented and we made ourselves available to disciple.
Perhaps, this Martial Arts Program was a small contribution to this community; but without a doubt it was my greatest contribution. I love you all and will remember you in my prayers.
In a couple of weeks my family and I will be starting our new lives in the great state of Alaska. Only God knows if I will continue teaching Martial Arts. If this is the end, I am well pleased! I sincerely thank all the parents that trusted us with their children. No one can take away what they learned from us.
God bless you all,
Sensei Angel Casiano
In a violent street fight there are no rules, no point-system hits, no tap-outs, no break every three minutes, no referee, no rules that protect the back of your head or below your waist. A violent street fight is not about belts, it’s not about a trophy or how perfect your kata looks, or about a title. It’s not about looking good or promoting your style.
A real violent street fight is about one thing and one thing only, Survival. If when faced with somebody that wants to steal from you, you are able to live to tell the story, you are a winner. If you can talk yourself or run out of that situation unharmed, you are a winner.
In a violent street fight everything around you is to be used to your advantage; any object, the floor and the wall are there for you to use if need-be. In a violent street fight no part of your opponent’s body is off-limits. On the street there is no such thing as fighting dirty, you are fighting for your life.
As a Martial Arts Instructor I find it irresponsible for us not to recreate, as much as possible, real street fight scenarios. Our dojos are consumed with the point-system approach of fighting and with Katas. Many dojos, even when presenting self-defense techniques are really failing to present real life scenarios.
The primary goal of traditional martial arts is to develop character. That character development will help us to stay away from people, situations and places that will lead to violence. Character helps us to fight without throwing a punch by being alert and aware of what is around us.
The second goal of traditional martial arts is for the martial artist to be able to effectively defend himself, his family, the innocent and the weak, even if that means to loose his/her own life in the process.
There is nothing wrong with the belts, trophies and tournaments, but we must keep in mind what the priorities are.
We had a wonderful time last year in our First Gates County Summer Camp; however, we should get better every year. In our pursuit for excellence, we feel compelled to make a few points very clear to avoid misunderstandings:
1. Our summer camp is not a place where kids come JUST to have FUN:
Our summer camp is hard, challenging, and serious; not to say that we will not have fun. If your child is allergic to sweating and challenges, this may not be the camp for him/her. We will be challenged spiritually, mentally, and physically.
2. Our summer camp is not a place to hangout or a baby- sitting center:
We have a minute-by-minute schedule of activities. All students MUST participate in those activities; unless, he or she is unable to due to physical impediment. Students don’t come to do whatever they want; students come to learn what we have to teach. This is not Burger King; sorry but they can’t have it their way!
3. Our summer camp is not a place to find your next girl friend or boy friend:
Last year, we dismissed a couple of students that brought in a lot of drama over there little romantic involvement. We don’t have time for that!
4. Our summer camp is not for students that just want to come in for a week or two:
Our summer camp is for students that are willing to work hard in order to be able to test at the end of the camp. We have two students that could become black belts at the end of the camp. We have students that will try to move up to Purple Belt, Blue Belt, Brown and others that will try to come out of the lower ranks. We have a lot of work to do to get those students prepared and we would rather focus on them. We understand that our students may miss a day or two or even a week as they enjoy family summer vacation…there is flexibility for that, but unless the student has an intention to test at the end of our seven-week summer camp, it is best that he/she finds another camp.
5. As always, I will financially work with anybody:
However, if you are looking for freebies, you may want to consider other camps.
6. I am not here to follow up with the Baptist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian or any other denominational doctrine:
We will teach directly out of God’s Word and we will be challenged to change and be more like Jesus as we learn to make HIM the Lord of our lives. For those that are not saved, they will be presented with the Gospel. We are not looking for numbers or just a mouth confession with no heart involvement; we are looking for fruit.
7. The ages for the camp are eight to seventeen years old: There may be some exceptions!
8. New students that have never taken martial arts are accepted with the same conditions as everybody else.
Second Gates County Seven Weeks Martial Arts Summer Camp
I am so excited about this summer camp. It’s going to be a great experience where our children will be challenged spiritually, physically and emotionally. Our daily schedule is as follow:
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Attendance and Prayer
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM One hour of cardio (Walking and running)
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Martial Arts Class
12 Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Devotional
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Break
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Martial Arts Class
2:45 PM to 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Diverse Games
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Martial Arts Class
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Clean Up
5:00 PM – Time to go home!
*Schedule is subject to change.
Ages: 8 to 17 years old
Dates: June 10th 2012 to July 25, 2012
Location: Gates County Community Center
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Days: Monday through Thursday
Prices: $60.00 a Week (No Registration Fee)
For more information please call us at 252-506-5374 or visit our Facebook Page for more detailed information regarding this very exciting camp at facebook.com/gatescountymartialarts
Dear students, parents and friends:
I am so happy to introduce our Good Fight Taekwondo and Kickboxing Academy logo. This logo captures the fact that our program is more than just Martial Arts. As I look at this logo I see a profound meaning. I see a father leading and teaching his son. I see the Great Commission of Jesus as He tells us in Matthew 28:19
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
On this logo you can also see that as the son follows his father, the father is also following the cross of Christ. The cross becomes the center between the proper father-son relationship. The Red Cross obviously represents the sacrifice of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ; the red represents the blood of Christ shed in Calvary for the remission of sin.
As you see, even as the silhouettes in this logo are my sons and mine, we are faceless, establishing very clearly that it is not about us, that all glory, honor and praise belongs to our Father.
I want to thank God for answering our prayers… to God be all the glory! I want to also thank God for my son Angelo Casiano for administering this task and a very a special thanks to the man that prayerfully made this Logo possible, and who worked so very hard, Mr. Troy Fitz. I hope you like it!
Please make note of the following announcements:
1. We will not be offering classes at The Gates County Community Center from Wednesday December 19, 2012 to January 4th 2013. We will return with a new schedule starting Monday January 7th 2013. Our new schedule, starting in January 7th 2012 at The Gates County Community Center is as follow:
Mondays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)
Tuesdays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)
Wednesdays: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM (All Ranks)
Thursdays: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (All Ranks)
2. Our last Rank Testing for 2012 will be on December 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM at The Gates County Community Center. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after testing. Do not eat less than one hour before testing.
3. Registrations for Vidant Wellness Center in Ahoskie starts now. Our schedule there is as follow:
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM (All Ranks, children 8 to 12 years old)
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (All Ranks, 13 years old and older / ADULTS)
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM (All Ranks, children 8 to 12 years old)
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (All Ranks, 13 years old and older / ADULTS)