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Mission & Story


Our mission at The M.M.A. Foundation is to use the unique power of the martial arts to engage students through training, empower them with life skills through mentoring, and enlist them to become mentors to others. Our primary focus is to serve at-risk and underprivileged youth, and women survivors of abuse. We foster what is intrinsic to martial arts: focus, balance, strength, self-control, respect, integrity, perseverance, and courage.


The year of 2012 ended with a local tragedy in an elementary school in Sandy Hook, CT, that reverberated shock and horror nationwide. With the growing number of similar calamities, Master Doug Paik felt profoundly challenged to help prevent such senseless violence. With all the skills and resources that he's acquired over the years, Master Doug's personal mission is to bring hope and inspiration through the profound benefits of martial arts.

With over 30 years of experience as a student and instructor of the martial arts, Master Doug believes in its unique power to inspire and influence one’s character. Training in the martial arts develops skills to rise above adversity and overcome obstacles both on and off the mat. At The M.M.A. Foundation, we want to serve vulnerable communities and focus on the development of emotional health, social competence, and resilience to deal with challenges and adversities of all kinds by mentoring them in the martial arts.

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