About Us

Maximize Your Potential with Martial Arts.

How Everything Started

For some people, success comes easily.

Others create success on their own terms, no matter the conditions.

Today Victory Martial Arts is one of the best martial arts schools in the US and its program is being taught in over 1000 schools worldwide. 

But it wasn’t always this way. 

Our story begins in Paraguay, where one boy decided that victory will always be his only choice.

His name is Chief Master Von Schmeling.

He was born into poverty, number seven of 10 kids. At the age of seven, he was already helping his family financially by working with his father.

But regardless of the financial struggles, his parents instilled in him the will to be different, to be special, to aspire for more. And he spent his days dreaming of a better life.

One day, when he was just 12 years old, he discovered the world of martial arts.

Finding hope and heroes in surprising places

He was committed to being the best. He knew that he could achieve anything through persistence, determination, and the steady support of his parents. 

At the age of 18, he already had earned his Black Belt. His dedication made him one of the most successful athletes in the country.

The next logical step for Chief Master Von Schmelling was to open his own school. 

With new opportunities come new challenges but instead of seeing them as obstacles, he decided to conquer them. Five years later, he became the leader of hundreds of students and developed enough instructors to open five successful schools.

The lessons he learned then are now the foundation of the Victory life skills program.

Follow your dreams, even when they lead you somewhere you’ve never been

But his story doesn’t end there.

He had bigger dreams for his martial arts school and his life.

Have you ever heard the saying that when a student is ready, the teacher appears?

Something similar happened to Chief Master Von Schmelling because his many victories got him noticed by Grand Master Lee, who invited him to be his special guest in America.

The moment he arrived, he knew this was the place he was destined to thrive.

From a boy born in poverty to a leader of thousands

Chief Master Von Schelling was different. His program was different. His students would be different.

Training that goes beyond martial arts would give his students both life and leadership skills to become the next generation of community leaders.

Since 1993, Victory Martial Arts has been helping people build confidence, improve focus and achieve their goals through discipline and fun.

Just like Chief Master Von Schmeling learned so many years ago.

Just like what you will learn….

Let Victory Martial Arts pass on to you lessons of leadership that create champions in life.

Join us today and find victory in you.

Our Mission:

To inspire, educate and help children, families and communities reach their highest potential

Beyond attaining a healthier lifestyle, our martial arts philosophy shapes successful human beings – true champions – ready to make a positive impact on our world. By reinforcing family values such as respect, honesty and integrity, and sharing traditional martial arts knowledge, our students grow in self-esteem and essential life skills for success. They are able to overcome their fears in order to live a fulfilling life. 

With more than two decades of experience, our professional instructors continue to make Victory Martial Arts a safe and empowering place for your family.

Structure

Accomplish anything with the right structure. Build a strong foundation that is based on discipline, doing what is right, and respecting rules and other people.

Emotion

Empower yourself with the strongest energy - emotions. Engage your emotions to speed up the learning process.

Knowledge

Reach your true potential by implementing the power of knowledge in your physiology. Build a life filled with joy and victories.

Meet Your Victory Masters

Each one of our Masters holds a 6 degree black belt and has a minimum of 10 years of training.

Master Von Schmeling
Chief Master Von Schmeling has been teaching martial arts for over 30 years now. His students respect him not only for his teaching style and for his tremendous experience but also for the way he helped them grow in different stages of their lives. “One of the most valuable lessons I teach my students is how to become the best possible version of themselves.” Therefore, it’s amazing to see how martial arts help kids. “It teaches them the discipline to make the right choice at the right time,” Chief Master Von Schmeling explains. That unique view of discipline is what separates Victory Martial Arts from other schools. “We make discipline fun.” But what made Chief Master Von Schmeling interested in martial arts? “Lack of confidence I had as a teenager. Martial arts helped me boost my confidence to build the lifestyle I have today.”

Master

Von Schmeling

8th Degree Black Belt

Master F. Casco
Chief Master F. Casco has been teaching martial arts for more than 40 years and holds an 8th Degree Black Belt. “A demo team came to my small town to do a presentation, and I was so impacted,” says Master Casco. “At that moment, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” The thing he loves the most about his job is the ability to teach his students. “Martial arts guides my students to be consistent, persistent, focused, and be a winner - never give up!” And that’s something only Victory does. “We use martial arts as a tool to change a person’s life in a positive way with life skills like discipline and confidence,” explains Master Casco. “Our class balances life skills such as discipline and self-esteem with the fun of learning new martial arts skills. Every student has the opportunity to shine, and improve every day!”

Master

F. Casco

8th Degree Black Belt

Master Leonardo Nery
“Martial arts build my character and guide me in all stages of my life!'' Master Nery starts his story. He was just a 5 year old when he joined the martial arts world! “My parents took me to a class and I fell in love with it!”, he explains. He has been teaching for more than 30 years now. “I love seeing students progress and grow,” he says. “Training martial arts helps children develop discipline, grow self-esteem, and improve their focus and social skills.” And his classes help kids to adopt some valuable life lessons. “Structure, discipline, fun…this is how you can describe my classes. Immense knowledge, so my students can apply what they’ve learned in everyday life. They become role models for others,” explains Master Nery.

Master

Leonardo Nery

8th Degree Black Belt

Master Luiz Zamboni
One thing Master Zamboni loves the most about his job is how martial arts help his students. “One of the most valuable lessons kids learn in my classes is how to overcome fears,” he explains. “It also teaches them discipline and self-esteem they need to be successful in school and life.” And with over 30 years of teaching experience and a 7th-degree black belt, Master Zamboni knows how to teach these valuable lessons in the best possible way. But not all kids join the martial arts world for fun. Some, like Master Zamboni, join to learn how to protect themselves. “I wanted to learn self-defense,” he says. “But martial arts have changed my life. I am who I am because of martial arts.”

Master

Luiz Zamboni

7th Degree Black Belt

Master Espinosa
“My desire to take care of myself, be more confident around others and not be bullied made me join the martial arts world in the first place,” Master Espinosa starts his story. “I was a young, impressionable kid seeking social acceptance with no strong direction,” says Master Espinosa. “Martial arts provided tools that navigated my life's journey with integrity, physical and mental strength, and an unquenchable appetite to win and succeed!” He has been teaching for more than 30 years now and has a 7th Degree Black Belt. “The thing I love the most about my job is seeing parents' joy and pride witnessing their kids overcome adversity and experience a level of personal victory,” he explains. But reaching goals is not an easy task. That way, one of the most valuable lessons students learn at Victory is the importance of small victories. “We teach them the habits of success-starting with simply believing in yourself to then reaching your highest potential!” says Master Espinosa. “We also help them develop healthy habits of structure and personal discipline to make responsible choices. They realize that learning discipline can be fun!”

Master

Espinosa

7th Degree Black Belt

Master H. Von Schmeling
Master Hermann Von Schmeling has been teaching martial arts for more than 27 years and holds a 7th Degree Black Belt. He first joined the martial arts world as a young boy amazed by the legacy his father created. “One of the things I love the most about my job is our team members and families of Victory,'' says Master Hermann Von Schmeling. “The delivery of the life skills and community is what separates Victory Martial Arts from other schools.” “At Victory students learn how to be the best version of themselves through martial arts,” he explains. “They learn how to be young independent self-sufficient human beings.” But teaching martial arts had a huge impact on his life too. “Martial arts has changed my life,” says Master Hermann Von Schmeling. “I’ve been teaching these life skills and reinforcing the same values as a parent now.”

Master

H. Von Schmeling

7th Degree Black Belt

Master John Faett
Master John Faett struggled with the lack of confidence as a kid. “I joined the world of martial arts because I needed confidence as a kid,”starts his story Master Faett. “I’ve been teaching for more than 26 years now and I have a 7th Degree Black Belt,” he says. “ Everything great in my life comes from martial arts.” That’s why he loves helping families. “Families that kick together, stick together,” he explains. “Kids learn valuable skills through structure and discipline.” And that focus on families makes Victory Martial Arts unique. “You can’t find that family environment anywhere else,” says Master Faett.

Master

John Faett

7th Degree Black Belt

Master B. Von Schmeling
Mrs. Master Von Schmeling has been teaching martial arts for more than 25 years and holds a 7th Degree Black Belt. “Martial arts gave me the confidence to go after what I want, the discipline to persevere and the emotional regulation I needed,” says Mrs. Master Von Schmeling. “But above it all, I met the love of my life.” She started training at the age of 12. “I was a very hyperactive child, and when I was 12 years old I was going to a psychologist, who recommended me to do an activity with my dad,” she continues. “As he used to take martial arts when he was younger, that was his choice.” She truly loves teaching martial arts at Victory. “I don’t know any other organization that dedicates so much time and resources in training their staff,” explains Mrs. Master Von Schmeling. “Plus, the leadership and caring of Chief Master Von Schmeling towards the team members reflects on how they take care of their students.” One of the things she loves the most about her job is witnessing the positive effect martial arts has on her students by being around them and their families. “Martial arts gives my students the tools they need to develop stronger physical, social and emotional skills,” she says. “I always want to make sure students learn something they can apply in their lives, have a great physical workout, practice discipline and have tons of fun.”

Master

B. Von Schmeling

7th Degree Black Belt

Master Indalos
As so many of us, Master Indalos wanted to improve himself physically and mentally. This led him to discover the world of martial arts. “Training martial arts has pushed me harder physically, mentally and changed my mindset to a teacher's mindset,” says Master Indalos. He has been teaching for more than a year and a half now. “I love teaching kids and helping them learn in a fun way.” And he does that in the unique atmosphere of his classes that helps kids build determination and a desire for learning. “One of the most valuable lessons children learn in my classes is to always keep trying and learning, not only from their mistakes but from others' mistakes as well,” adds Master Indalos. “For me, training martial arts is the best way to strengthen our bodies. It also teaches us how to defend ourselves and the ones we love.” And learning martial arts at Victory has some additional benefits. “ We help our students by teaching them how to create good habits,” explains Master Indalos.

Master

Indalos

7th Degree Black Belt

Master Wilson
Master Wilson has been teaching martial arts for more than 30 years now and holds a 7th Degree Black Belt. When growing up, he wanted to be like martial arts actors and that was what made him interested in coming to his first class. “For almost 35 martial arts has been a steady relationship in my life, “ says Master Wilson. “My path was set a long time ago. While others were still figuring out what they wanted, I was able to embrace what was God given and natural at an early age”. He loves his job for many reasons. “I love the smile students give me when I impact their life the right way. That long lasting bond you create lasts no matter how old they become,” explains Master Wilson. But that long lasting bond is created with parents and teachers too. “We give parents another tool to help sharpen their child’s attitude and fitness level,” says Master Wilson. “We give the teachers the support they need by having another figure that teaches the same core values the school systems incorporate.” That’s why martial arts has strong impact on students' lives and helps them thrive both in school and life.

Master

Wilson

7th Degree Black Belt

Master Aguilar
The positive influence of martial arts goes far beyond one individual. And sometimes, love for martial arts runs through the whole family. “My father had done martial arts and got me involved,” says Master Aguilar. “And also, I used to watch Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers as a kid.” Love for martial arts changed Master Aguilar’s life. “It’s given me the confidence to tackle any obstacle and the courage to have higher aspirations,” adds Master Aguilar. He has been teaching for more than 20 years now and holds a 7th Degree Black Belt. Students love the structured atmosphere of his classes because they are not only energetic and engaging, but also super fun. But training in martial is so much more than having fun while learning different techniques. “Martial arts has a positive influence on families,” says Master Aguilar. “It teaches kids the importance of having the self-discipline to make the right choices. And most importantly, it helps children understand that they have the potential to be great.”

Master

Aguilar

7th Degree Black Belt

Master D. Parrish
Master Parrish has been teaching martial arts for more than 45 years and holds a 7th degree Black Belt. He fell in love with martial arts by accident, when one of his friends took him to the class. Since then, martial arts has completely changed his life. “In my younger days I would change jobs, move to different cities, thinking it would be better somewhere else,” starts his story Master Parrish.  “But no matter where you go, there you are. Stability and discipline are two of the most important traits I have taken from Martial Arts.” These are the lessons he wants his students to learn. “One of the most valuable lessons kids get from my classes is how to have the self-discipline and confidence to persevere no matter how difficult something may seem,” explains Master Parish. “The life skills and leadership skills we teach carry over into their everyday life. The lessons we teach and instill are not just for sometimes, they’re for all the time.” And this is why Victory is unique. “Victory is always evolving and setting the standards high in the Martial Arts industry. We’re progressive in thought and traditional in values,” adds Master Indalos.

Master

D. Parrish

7th Degree Black Belt

Master Souffrant
Master Souffrant has been teaching martial arts for more than 17 years now and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt. “Martial arts have changed my life,” he says. “It made me who I am today.” He loves his job for numerous reasons, but the biggest one is the team he found here in Victory. “What separates Victory from other martial arts schools is our culture,” he adds. And Victory culture is one of the reasons why so many kids love training martial arts with us, because it makes our classes unique. “My classes are all about discipline,” explains Master Souffrant. And we make discipline fun! “Martial arts helps kids both in school and life,” says Master Souffrant. “It helps them deal with day to day challenges and adventures. Therefore, one of the most valuable things children can learn in my classes are important life skills,” finishes Master Souffrant.

Master

Souffrant

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Mike Chat
Master Chat has been teaching martial arts for more than 38 years and has a 6th Degree Black Belt. His love for old school kung-fu movies was his biggest motivation to join the martial arts world. “One of the things I love the most about my job is creating a positive impact in students and communities,” says Master Chat. “And Victory is different from other martial arts schools,” says Master Chat. “People come for the training, but stay for the community.” But there’s more to Victory than community. “Victory Life Skills form the solid foundation, and the community creates the confidence and security of having consistent support in their lives,” explains Master Chat. “The hashtag #Victoryforlife evolved from the instructors and their commitment to helping their students and communities. And the empowerment through our life skills programming is one of the most valuable benefits for our students.”

Master

Mike Chat

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Chambers
“Martial arts changed my life by making me a confident, strong person who loves themselves and wants the best for others,” Master Chambers starts his story. But he wasn’t always full of confidence. “I joined the martial arts world because my parents wanted an activity that would help boost my confidence and self-esteem,” he explains. “My brother started training first and when I saw class I couldn’t wait to start too.” He has been teaching for more than 20 years now, has a 6th Degree Black Belt, and he adores his job. “I love being able to make an impact on so many people’s lives. From students, to the team, and beyond,” says Master Chambers. “I find it so fulfilling to be able to help others.” He also stresses the difference that martial arts makes in his students' lives. “Martial arts helps children have more focus and motivation to do well in school and life,” he says. “The tangibility of earning stripes because of good behavior at home and school is a motivational tool to bring out the best in children.” And Victory uses martial arts as an avenue to help improve students’ confidence and discipline. “I believe Victory is one of the few schools out there that focuses on self-improvement on purpose. You also can’t find a community like the Victory community where everyone feels like they are on a team,” explains Master Chambers.

Master

Chambers

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Lindsy Pederson
How often have you heard stories of parents who enrolled in martial arts classes after their kids? Ms. Master Pederson shares the same story. “My 2nd eldest son started as a Tiger, so my oldest son and I decided to join,” she explains. She has been teaching for more than a year and a half now and has a 6th Degree Black Belt.  “I love the interaction we have with students and their families,” says Ms. Master Pederson. “And I love to make a difference in people's lives.” And what a difference training at Victory makes! “Martial arts help children with self-confidence,” she explains. “They learn the importance of having structure and discipline.” But learning these valuable lessons may seem boring to kids. That’s why at Victory they always add a sparkle of fun. “Our classes are fun. You get to work hard, learn new things, but you also need to have fun” says Ms. Master Pederson.

Master

Lindsy Pederson

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Scott
Master Scott has been teaching martial arts for more than 20 years and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt. His desire for connection made him join the martial arts world in the first place, but he stayed because martial arts changed his life through discipline and gave him a sense of purpose. “One of the things I love the most about my job is the opportunity to teach people to love themselves,” says Master Scott. “Students train to become the best version of themselves while inspiring and encouraging others to reach their goals as well.” Victory is different from other martial arts schools. “We make discipline fun,” explains master Scott. And that’s one of the most valuable lessons kids learn in his classes. “Martial arts help children thrive in school and life because it teaches them that through discipline anything can be accomplished,” says Master Scott. “We can do anything we set our minds to.”

Master

Scott

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Andrew O’Hara
Master O’Hara has been teaching martial arts for more than 22 years and has a 6th Degree Black Belt. He loves his job because it gives him an opportunity to see the change in his students when they achieve something that maybe was difficult for them at first. “It isn’t about the techniques but the confidence they earn,” explains Master O’Hara. “They see that their discipline helped them reach their goals.” And discipline is an essential part of success. “If children learn at a young age what discipline is and how to apply it, then their grades start to improve, their listening skills increase, and they learn much more than they ever could,” says Master O’Hara. Another important lesson kids learn at Victory is the true power of confidence. “The confidence to try new things and to take intelligent risks. Being confident isn’t just saying you can, it’s truly believing that you can,” continues Master O’Hara. “That is why most of our students will grow up to become successful in any area of life.” But discipline and confidence aren’t what makes Victory different from other martial arts schools. It’s the delivery of Life Skills. “ We connect every technique with a Life Skill,” explains Master O’Hara. “Also, our instructors and their ability to deliver the lessons in a fun, structured way to increase effectiveness and make discipline fun is another reason why Victory is unique.”

Master

Andrew O’Hara

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Jeff Pederson
Master Pederson started training martial arts because he wanted to spend more time with his brother. “It soon became my life’s passion,” he says. “It also has helped me gain confidence, strength and discipline.” He has been teaching for more than 19 years now and has a 6th Degree Black Belt! One of the things he loves the most about his job is seeing the positive impact martial arts can make in the lives of his students. “One of the most valuable lessons children learn in my classes is how to be confident, strong-physically and mentally, and love who they are!” But that’s just the cherry on top!“ Training at Victory Martial Arts can be a beneficial activity for children in both school and life. In school, martial arts training can improve focus and concentration, leading to better performance in the classroom, ” explains Master Pederson. “It can also help children develop discipline, respect, and self-control, which can translate into better behavior in school. In addition, martial arts can improve physical coordination and strength, which can help children excel in physical education classes and other sports.” “In life, martial arts can help children develop confidence and self-esteem, as well as important social skills such as teamwork and communication. It can also provide children with a sense of accomplishment and give them tools to handle difficult situations and conflicts,” says Master Pederson.

Master

Jeff Pederson

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Chris Black
Master Black has been teaching martial arts for more than 17 years and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt. “I first joined the martial arts world because I wanted to get away from the wrong crowd, focus on fitness and improve my confidence,” starts Master Black. “But training martial arts has changed everything in my life. I met my wife through Victory, gained confidence and health,” explains Master Black. “I also created meaningful relationships with students and other victory team members.” His students learn some valuable life skills in his classes. “Victory is different from other martial arts schools. We teach important life skills, have an outstanding community and have a high level of professionalism,” says Master Black. “One of the most valuable things students learn in my class is how to have more discipline while also having fun. Victory Littleton maintains a high level of structure in each class while reinforcing our victory life skills and having fun. We also teach them to be leaders in their social circles, not followers,” finishes Master Black.

Master

Chris Black

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Brett Moore
Master Moore has been teaching for more than 18 years and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt. “I joined the martial arts world because I had a desperate need for discipline,” Master Moore starts his story. And that has changed his life. “Martial arts taught me everything I know about holding myself to a high standard and working for my goals,” says Master Moore. He loves teaching people how to succeed. “Martial arts teaches my students that working hard and doing your best is the most fun,” he explains. “And one of the most valuable lessons students learn in my class is the power of Yes, I can mindset.” His classes are fun but challenging. “An optimal challenge regardless of age or ability,” says Master Moore. “That’s how I’d describe my classes.”

Master

Brett Moore

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Preston Hopkins
“I first joined martial arts world because my parents thought it would improve my listening skills and my confidence,” says Master Hopkins. “Now I realize that martial arts has bettered my life in every aspect physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.” He has been teaching for more than 17 years and has a 6th Degree Black Belt. “One of the things I love the most about my job is that I can help families train together,” says Master Hopkins. And being able to witness how martial arts affects his students is priceless. “One of the most valuable lessons children learn in my class is the ability to direct all senses and energy towards improvement and progressing towards specific outcomes,” explains Master Hopkins. “Martial arts helps kids feel they are held to a higher standard and that someone other than their parents and teachers are holding them accountable for their actions.” In Victory kids learn while having fun. “In every class we sweat, learn, and have fun. The combination of structure, emotion, and knowledge helps the lesson of the life skill be received whether the person is taking class or spectating,” finishes Master Hopkins.

Master

Preston Hopkins

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Amy Catlin
Master Catlin has been teaching for more than 20 years and holds a 6th Degree Black Belt. “My husband and older daughter started training together when she was 4,” starts Master Catlin. “When my younger daughter turned 4, it was our turn to join them in training. Since then, martial arts has given me the opportunity to take my personal values and strengths and put them to the best use, passing along my life lessons to the younger generations.” And she truly loves working with her students. “I love what the students are learning in class - to be confident, structured, physically active, and supportive of each other,” explains Master Catlin. “Every day I get to work with students and watch as they grow and strive to become leaders, each in their own way.” “At Victory, it’s not just about the “kicking and punching.” It’s about helping our students learn to set and achieve goals, overcome obstacles, and maximize their potential - and then help others do the same.” Martial arts helps her students thrive both in school and life by teaching confidence and discipline. This prepares them to tackle and overcome challenges that come their way. But that’s not even the most valuable lesson her students learn. “I love the details, and pass these along to students,” says Master Catlin. “Students will learn the importance of fitness in any of my classes, and they always leave having worked out hard and learned something new. I hope to encourage them to always challenge themselves, and remind everyone that it’s never too late to start something new (since I started training later in life).”

Master

Amy Catlin

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Singer
“I was bullied as a kid and my parents wanted me to stand up for myself,” says Master Singer. But it didn’t take long for Master Singer to understand the power of martial arts. “Martial arts taught me confidence and discipline. It also taught me structure and gave me the ability to defend myself if needed.” But maybe the most valuable, “Martial Arts has given me a purpose,” he explains. One thing he loves the most about his job is being able to impact kids who need guidance and make a positive change in students' lives. And with over 19 years of teaching, he has helped many of his students. “We don’t just teach Martial Arts, we focus on life skills and having fun,” he says. “At Victory, we are as involved as we can be with our students. We use task sheets for home and letters from the school to help reinforce the life skills we teach.” All of these help his students learn the importance of discipline and structure in order to achieve their goals and build a happy life.

Master

Singer

6th Degree Black Belt

Master Davidson

Master

Davidson