by AMY LEHRER

At nearly three decades old Manna’s Martial Arts, Inc., Grandmaster Brian Manna, Master Janet Manna, and Master Chris Brandt use martial arts to teach valuable life skills to their students. Each class taught, from the Tiny Tigers (ages 3-4) to the Songin (minimum age 30), is the most important class taught, and each student is the most important, deserving of the best opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Master Brandt explains, “We empower, inspire, and educate the whole person, both mentally and physically.” In addition to the obvious physical fitness benefits and the practical self-defense training, students develop camaraderie, self-discipline, self-confidence, leadership skills, integrity, and respect.

Friendly, family oriented classes are taught within a 10,000 square foot air-conditioned state of the art facility that includes two training floors, a school aged California licensed daycare that picks up from local elementary and middle schools, a large multi-purpose room, a child sitting area, and changing rooms. The goal is for Manna’s Martial Arts to be an oasis, a place where daily problems do not exist, a place where all belong and learn to better themselves.

In order to uphold Grandmaster Manna’s standards of excellence, Manna’s instructors attend an ongoing training program. Further, all staff members are TB tested, background checked, and CPR and First Aid certified. Grandmaster Manna is the director of the Traditional Program (ages 12-29) as well as the Songin Program (minimum age 30). Master Janet Manna directs the Tiny Tigers (ages 3-4) and the Little Dragons (ages 5-6). Master Brandt is the chief instructor and director of the Dragons (ages 7-11) and the Outreach Enrichment Program taught at eight PUSD elementary schools. Jennifer Brandt is the director of the school aged licensed daycare which picks up from fourteen PUSD schools.

Because of the quality of the facilities and the instruction, many think that Manna’s will be expensive, but it is actually less expensive than most other martial arts programs. Because the Manna’s owners are committed to having their families want to remain, no contracts are required. Families pay month to month, and the flexible class scheduling allows families to change day to day and week to week. In addition, family discounts are available. The entire Manna’s staff invites the public to visit and experience what Manna’s has to offer.

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Name of Business: Manna’s Martial Arts, Inc.
Owners: Brian and Janet Manna
Years in Position: 28
Year of Establishment: 1985
Address: 12285 World Trade Drive Suite B, San Diego, CA 92128
Website: www.Manna.us
Phone: (858) 487-6470
Email: office@manna.us
Description of business: Manna’s Martial Arts teaches the art of Tang Soo Do through age specific classes. The facility includes a school aged licensed daycare with pickups from local schools.

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