Okinawan Martial Arts established a studio downtown Marion about a year ago. They have great presence on the west side of the Courthouse Square, located at 314 S. Washington St. Main Street is seeing Downtown growing as an Arts Community and we are thrilled to have the Okinawan Martial Arts Center here. Get to know Okinawan Martial Arts from a Q&A we conducted with owner, Mike Jones.
1. Why did you decide to open this business?
I have been training for almost 40 years and have operated a school since 1994, after I retired from the police department, I decided that I wanted to continue to serve the community but in a different capacity. We strive to leave better citizens to our world.
2. Why did you choose to open it downtown?
The downtown area is revitalizing, we wanted to be part of the revitalization. We are hoping to help rebuild the beauty and status that it had before.
3. What do you like/love about downtown, Marion?
The downtown area is the heart of Marion; it is visually pleasing. The flow of the traffic and the community through the area makes it a great place to have a business.
4. What do you wish people knew about your operation?
We offer a variety of training programs for children and adults. We have been connecting people with their Personal Power through martial arts since 1994. All of our classes are conducted in a safe and supportive environment by fully trained professional instructors. We offer the best martial arts instruction, life skills program, and training experience anywhere.
5. What are some other important features about your business (what else is offered)?
We offer the most comprehensive martial arts education available in the area. No other school in the Grant County area offers the same depth of training in traditional Okinawan / Japanese martial arts of Karate, Jujutsu, Kobudo (weapons) and Iaido (Samurai Sword).
6. What advice do you have for someone wishing to open a business?
First, do your research and make sure you understand the importance of running a business. It requires a lot of heart, drive and dedication to run a business. The downtown area is a great place, with open spaces worth revitalizing. If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough.
7. What would you like to see downtown?
I would like to see some restaurants.
8. What is your greatest need?
9. How do you hope to grow/improve in the next 3-5 years?
We would like to do more community projects and be able to offer scholarships for underprivileged children.
10. What is the best way for people to find out more about you?
Our website www.okinawanmartialartscenter.org or you can also find us on Facebook, Google and Yelp.