“We’re here to help families to deal with today’s issues,” she said. “We’re not the martial arts studio that’s going to teach the violence side. We are a martial arts studio that teaches about bullying and predators, and we use karate as the vehicle to teach the different skills that we teach.”
A national health and fitness franchise, Pro Martial Arts has a patented Armor program where children learn about bullying and predator prevention and how to defend themselves against threats to their safety.
“I was looking for a franchise that I could get involved in that would be something that could help the community,” said Alka, a resident of Chamblee.
She said she chose to open the studio in Alpharetta because of the family friendly atmosphere. Children as young as age 4 can take lessons.
“We provide a Little Rhinos class, which is just an introduction for kids that are between the ages of 4 and 6,” Alka said. “There is nothing cuter than a 4-year-old getting out there and learning balance and learning stamina and learning how to focus.”
There are different classes for older children and also for adults.
Alka said business has been picking up since opening in early December.
“We have a lot of people who really want to get involved in something this time of year,” she said.
The Alpharetta studio is at 12850 Alpharetta Hwy., Suite 2300, in the Kroger shopping center.
“We’ve already had some great traction in the community,” said Christina Madison, program director. “We are Greater North Fulton Chamber members as well as contributors to the Alpharetta Public Safety Division. We have some partnerships with local businesses … [and] we’re working with the community doing things for American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts.”
Alka said the staff has given martial arts demos at North Point Mall and a local senior center and is planning a bullying presentation for parents.
For those wanting to learn more about its programs, the studio is offering free trial lessons.