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Our Instructor’s Qualifications…

Our Instructors are the best qualified – in any activity – on the planet!

I am sorry if that sounds outlandish to say but it is true! Before I explain, what I want to also do is let you know how poorly and sometimes dangerously trained – or background checked – some people are before they work with you (or your children). Many people who work with kids:

  • Are not background checked by third party independent companies
  • Are not CPR certified (important in case of emergencies)
  • Have little to no supervised instruction – often they are just practitioners of the sport (like they played football or played baseball. In martial arts they might be a black belt).
  • They often haven’t had any formal training in how to teach.

It seems obvious (and critical) that at LEAST these four things are prerequisites to be an instructor at anything but sadly it’s so true that in a vast majority of cases – especially with kids – this seems to be the situation. And even more unfortunately in my favorite field – martial arts – it’s even more prevalent.

The martial arts organization our KarateBuilt schools license curriculum from – the ATA – requires background checks and we have been background checking and vetting our instructors before they even required it (In fact, they used the company we found for their initial system of background checking)!

In addition to the minimum CPR certification we require, over 300 hours of formal supervised live instruction, hours and hours of classroom work and even after that the KarateBuilt Schools repeat that training again and again as long as they are active instructors in our school.

In addition to all that the curriculum and instruction is designed by me from white belt (for you beginners – that’s the first rank you start with) through 7th degree Black Belt (that’s a LOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGG time – like 30 years). We know and plan our teaching so far in advance the instructors know EXACTLY what they are doing and can train on what to teach with me so they continue to be the best.

Nobody does this – or has these kinds of standards. This makes our instructors the best in the martial arts and I feel the best outside of academic institutions (teachers rule so they are awesome too)!

If you’re not sure – well I guess you can always come in and try us out! :)


Ch. Master Greg Moody, Ph.D. and KarateBuilt Martial Arts have been selected as the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW!

KarateBuilt L.L.C. was founded in 1995 by Dr. Greg Moody, an 8th degree Black Belt and Chief Master Instructor, KarateBuilt Martial Arts and Karate for Kids offer lessons for preschool children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

KarateBuilt Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program 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 of the day, 7 days a week at 866-311-1032 for one of our nationwide locations. You can also visit our website at

About Dr. Greg Moody:  Dr. Moody is an eighth-degree black belt and chief master instructor.  He has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Arizona State University (along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – he actually is a rocket scientist). He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years and has owned eight martial arts schools in Arizona and California. Chief Master Moody is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world. See more at

Dr. Moody is also a licensed psychotherapist and maintains a practice at Integrated Mental Health Associates ( where he specializes in couples therapy and men’s issues.

The KarateBuilt Martial Arts Headquarters at KarateBuilt LLC is in Cave Creek, Arizona at 29850 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 105, Cave Creek AZ 85331. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Master Laura Sanborn there directly at ‭(480) 575-8171‬. KarateBuilt Martial Arts serves Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley Arizona as well and Grand Rapids, MI.

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