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LaVonne Martin

Martin Academy of Martial Arts

6341 Porter Rd. STE 5

Sarasota, FL 34240


SiJe LaVonne Martin has been in martial arts for 34 years training with some of the top instructors around the world. She is one a handful of women to attain FULL INSTRUCTORSHIP in Jun Fan /Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts under Dan Inosanto, the late Bruce Lee protégé.


Her Current Credentials Include:

  • Full Instructorship in Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do

  • Full Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts of Kali / Silat

  • Instructor Level 1 Maphalindo Silat

  • Full Instructor in Wing Chun Kung Fu under Sifu Francis Fong in Atlanta.

  • Associate Instructor under Ajarn Chai Sirisute in Muay Thai Thai Boxing.

  • Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Prof Pedro Sauer

  • Coach Level 1 in Combat Submission Wrestling – Erik Paulson

  • She has studied several different types of Pencak Silat including Mande Muda with the late Pak Herman Suwanda and Serek with Pak Victor DeThouras


LaVonne Martin Attained Rank In The Following Arts:

  • 3rd Dan Shuri Ryu Karate

  • 5th Dan Shintoyoshin Jiu Jitsu

  • 2nd Dan Tae Kwon DoBrown Belt Kempo Jiu Jutsu


In 1997 she started Martin Seminars, Inc moved to Los Angeles to train under Guro / Sifu Inosanto full time. During that time she was Guro Inosanto’s personal assistant. Along with assisting at the academy she was his training partner in his personal privates with various instructors and periodically assisted on seminars. Martin Seminars scheduled seminars for Dan Inosanto, Francis Fong, Rigan Machado, Erik Paulson and Rita Suwanda. She has been exposed to and trained in many different types of arts through out her 7 years in Los Angeles and 34 years in the arts.She has worked with law enforcement in various states and countries, hockey players and the military. In 2004 Sifu Martin started working with the ATF in their Escape and Evasion and Spontaneous Knife Defense courses, traveling to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia.In 2004 the decision was made to return to Sarasota turning her focus to opening a school.


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