Sanano Martial Arts
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Sanano Martial Arts
3411 South Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite D
Tampa, FL 33629

The Sanano Martial Philosophy: "Learn to Fight, not to fight."


The physical training people receive to defend themselves includes the understanding of when to do so and when it is unnecessary.  Ethics and a moral responsibility to protect not only ourselves but others, even if that means protecting them from themselves. 

We can choose not to harm others, even if they mean to harm us, but that requires skill, and skill requires training. 

Students, adults and children, are taught and cultured in the discipline of learning and knowing how to fight, and this usually means no longer needing to do so under all but the most exigent circumstances. 

The more able to defend themselves the greater the self esteem of the student, and the better they feel about themselves, and therefore the greater the ability to deflect insults and threats which are the catalyst for most fights. 

Strength is found in the ability to walk away from a fight unless given no other way to survive.

(2 hour instruction class)

   $60 per participant. 

Discount of $20.00 for mentioning where you heard of us or bring a friend - pay $30.00 each ($60.00 off)


We also do customized martial arts theme photography.   Custom Photoshop, layouts, and print sizing. 

Children receive a free 8X10 (photo only) print with their first promotional testing.  ($40 value with sitting and print)

View a few sample layouts at

You do not need to be a student here at the school to sit for a photo shoot and a print.  Discounts are still available and call us for details.

Photographic layouts are designed in an 11x17 inch format with school logo/patch design and martial style write up with photo and name.

One afternoon at a nearby coffee shop we were asked what we were going to teach when we opened the door of the studio.  We responded to the small gathered crowed with an answer they likely had not expected.    I am sure everyone considered we would offer a type of martial skill with which we understood or had mastered.   We answered with the real reason for the existence of the martial arts.

 - We teach Human Development.
- We teach how to be better human beings, more capable, more confident, and better able to handle conflict both physically and verbally.  We teach how to be self disciplined and in self control of our actions and language when dealing with people that are impolite to potentially dangerous. 

From young children to retired adults, everyone has the right to feel safe.  We teach self-defense on both a physical level and how to use words to redirect negative comments and deflect verbal abuse.  Regardless of age or physical condition there is a program you can follow and practice within the Sanano Martial Arts System.  All are welcome if they are of good character or are willing to develop it. 

We conduct karate training in the Japanese style of Shotokan, the Korean style of Tae Kwon Do, light training in soft styles from China and the hard style of Combat Judo.  We have a particular focus on the martial styles of the Philippines with Arnis de Mano, what you would refer to simply as the art of stick fighting, and the hand-to-hand combat styles so often seen now in movies like the “Jason Bourne Trilogy” starring Matt Damon, “The Book of Eli” with Denzel Washington, “300” with Gerard Butler, “Mission Impossible” with Tom Cruise, and with Liam Neeson in the movie “Taken”.   Andy Sanano is a Grand Master in the Philippine Martial Arts and a recent Hall of Fame inductee.

There is also instruction in Practical Meditation and Yoga for you if you’re interested.   The circular philosophy of a “Total Defense System” is completed as we also teach how to use words skillfully during conflict with a program called Verbal Judo where Lee Fjelstad has been the Vice President of the Verbal Judo Institute for over 30 years.  Trained and presented to over 1,000,000 people on four continents, Verbal Judo is a program created by Dr. George J. Thompson for police and initially transformed by Lee into applications for business and corporations, government agencies, the airlines and cruise lines, medical facilities, sports officials, and even private and public schools and public libraries.

In all our training we stress awareness, control, safety, and respect as a priority.

Sanano Martial Arts

3411 South Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite D. Tampa, FL 33629

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Morning Class: Adult and Teen

9:00am to 10am Monday and Wednesday  "Defensercise" Ladies Self-Defense

9:00am - 10:00am Tuesday and Thursday  Meditation

10:00am to 11:00am Monday and Wednesday Filipino (FMA) Martial Arts Karate/Sikaran

10:00am to 11:00am Tuesday and Thursday  (FMA) Stick Fighting/Arnis/Escrima/Kali


Afternoon Class: kids ages 6 yrs to 8 yrs (Beginners - White belt)

3:15pm to 4:15pm  Tuesday and Thursday Karate


Afternoon Class: Youth ages 9 yrs to 12yrs (Intermediate / Advanced - Yellow belt and Up)

4:30pm to 5:30pm Tuesday and Thursday Karate


Evening Class: Teens and Adults

6:00pm to 7:00pm Monday and Wednesday Filipino Martial Arts/Karate/Sikaran

6:00pm to 7:00pm Tuesday and Thursday (FMA) Stick Fighting/Arnis/Escrima/Kali

Special pricing is available for adults and teens wishing to attend both types of evening classes

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