Fathers, Fitness, and Fellowship

Building Stronger Bonds Through Martial Arts

As Father’s Day approaches, Crabapple Martial Arts Academy turns the spotlight on the incredible dads in our community. They use martial arts as a conduit to strengthen family ties, enhance their fitness, and find common ground with their children in an engaging and meaningful way.

A Unique Bonding Experience

Martial arts provide a unique platform for fathers to engage with their children. The environment has them sharing the challenges and triumphs that come with training. “Training with my daughter has given us a shared journey full of goals to reach together,” says Michael, a dedicated dad who joined the academy alongside his 10-year-old. This shared journey fosters deeper mutual respect and understanding between father and child. Martial arts help in creating memories and bonds that last a lifetime.


Stress Relief and Personal Growth

In the fast-paced world we live in, finding an outlet for stress is crucial for maintaining mental health and well-being. Martial arts offer just that, with the added benefit of physical fitness. “After a long day at work, there’s nothing better than hitting the dojo with my sons. It’s our time to decompress, work out, and just have fun together,” explains Alex, a father of two. The rigorous physical activity coupled with the discipline and focus required for martial arts training provides excellent stress relief for dads, while also setting a positive example of healthy coping mechanisms for their children.

The Joy of Shared Goals

One of the most rewarding aspects of martial arts is the sense of achievement that comes with mastering new techniques and progressing through the ranks. For families training together, these milestones are an opportunity to celebrate each other’s successes and encourage one another through the challenges. “Earning my black belt was memorable, but seeing my kids achieve theirs was unforgettable,” shares David, a father who’s been in the program for over five years with his children. This camaraderie in pursuit of common goals strengthens the father-child relationship in a profound way.


At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, we believe in the power of martial arts to bring families closer together. For fathers, the dojo offers a space to connect with their children on a level that’s often hard to find elsewhere, blending physical fitness with emotional bonding and mutual respect. This Father’s Day, we celebrate the dads who are not just participants in their children’s lives but active partners on their journey through martial arts.


we are a black belt school and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White is a 5th-degree Black Belt in Karate and 6th-degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and Master Instructor. Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has Karate lessons for pre-school children to elementary kids ages 4 and up. These classes are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for each age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Crabapple Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program. This is for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay) in shape, or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 770-645-0930. You can also visit our website at

About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu Jitsu. He is a master instructor with the title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years. He has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator, and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Sensei Robert Reed there or directly at (770) 645-0930.

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