Honor and Remember

Martial Arts Reflecting the Values of Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, we are reminded of the courage, sacrifice, and dedication of the men and women who have served our country. At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, the values we uphold in our martial arts training—discipline, respect, and valor—mirror the qualities exemplified by our nation’s heroes. This Memorial Day, we reflect on the profound parallels between the martial arts principles we teach and the virtues celebrated on this solemn day.




Discipline: The Backbone of Service and Martial Arts

Discipline, a cornerstone of martial arts, is equally vital in the military. It’s about more than just following orders; it’s a commitment to self-control, excellence, and a continuous pursuit of improvement. In our dojo, discipline is cultivated with every practice, echoing the rigorous training and steadfast determination of those who serve in the armed forces. We teach our students that discipline is not just a martial arts principle but a way of honoring those who have disciplined themselves to ensure our freedoms.


Respect: A Foundation of Gratitude

Respect is at the heart of martial arts. Respect not only for one’s self and peers but also for those who have paved the way for our rights and liberties. At Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, we emphasize the importance of respecting and remembering the sacrifices made by veterans and active service members. Through dedicated classes and events around Memorial Day, we aim to instill a deep sense of gratitude and reverence in our students for those who have served our country with valor.


Valor: The Courage to Stand for What’s Right

Valor, the courage in the face of adversity, is a trait shared by martial artists and military personnel alike. In our training, we encourage students to embody valor by standing up for what is right, defending those who cannot defend themselves, and facing challenges with bravery. We draw inspiration from the valorous acts of our servicemen and women, teaching our students that true courage is about making sacrifices for the greater good, much like the heroes we honor on Memorial Day.


On Memorial Day, as we honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, we at Crabapple Martial Arts Academy are reminded of the deep connection between the values we teach and the virtues of our nation’s heroes. Through discipline, respect, and valor, we not only pay tribute to their memory but also commit to living by the principles they fought to protect.


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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