Friday, February 25, 2011

Parenting Summit Online

When you find something good, pass it around!HappyKids

I know several of these presenters.  They are tops in their field and I’m sure the information will be very helpful for parents.



Home - Parenting Summit

Parenting Summit Home

Time: On-demand, watch what you want… when you want.

Cost: Free! This is a resource meant to equip parents of all types.

Monday, February 7, 2011

BBLC 2011

What a great time we had at Black Belt Leadership Conference 2011.  So many terrific seminars and wonderful guest instructors.  452

Special thanks to our staff, all of the students who attended, and our guest instructors; Master Rick West, Sensei Tom Borrows, Sensei John Nelson, and Colin McGarty.

I especially want to thank all the students who sparred with me.  That was wicked fun!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

From Detroit to Barrington

Ladies, attacks against women don’t just happen in Detroit, although the news media chooses to publicize cases like the one in Detroit because it is more interesting to them than a small town in NH like Barrington.  But don’t let them fool you, women in NH need protection just as much as major cities.

Ga. man arraigned on Barrington sex assault charges – 1/11/11

Join us for a FREE Women’s Personal Protection course on Thursday, January 20th, 515pm at our Dover academy.

Register here:

Another Rape Reported, Police say it's Not Connected to the Serial Rapist:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Finding Time to Focus

This is some great advice that is well worth spending an hour listening to.  Just put on the headphones and sit there with a note pad.  You will feel better, really.

The 50-Minute Focus Finder from Dean Jackson on Vimeo.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Are you 100% American?


What does it mean to be 100% American?

Are you?

Its an attitude as well as a birth right. 

Check it out and share your 100% American story at:

While you are there, purchase some 100% American made clothing to show your American spirit and support 100% American business.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Trivia

If you are a fan of trivia, like I am, then you might want to peruse this website:

Lots of fun information to share with and impress your relatives this weekend.

Did you know that the poem “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was written for the Montgomery Ward Company and given away to customers in 1939?

Where does “Santa” come from?

Why do we have Christmas trees?

What does the 12 Days of Christmas really mean?

How many kisses can you legally get from Mistletoe"?

Merry Christmas to all,

Master Randall

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



From our family to yours, all of us at Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academies wish you the very merriest of holidays and blessings for a happy and prosperous New Year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Photos of our events

Mr. Gene Paltrineri, master photographer craftsman, does a wonderful job of capturing all out events on film.  Photos of graduations, tournaments, seminars, and more can be found at:

If you see one you like, please email Mr. P with the photo number and he will generously email you the photos back for free.

For more information, please contact Gene Paltrineri Studios at:


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

20 Things I’ve Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years


20 Things I’ve Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years

You really don’t know how great the US is until you get outside and see the world a bit.  This is a terrific article that both makes you want to see the world and makes you appreciate our own world a little more.

I have travelled to more that a dozen foreign countries and I love coming home the good ol’ USA.


Master Randall

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FREE Women's Personal Protection class


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Ladies, tell all your friends!

Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy is hosting another of our wildly popular Women’s Personal Protection Classes on Tuesday, November 9th at 515pm. 

Pre-Registration is required.

Click on the link above for details and to register.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coming Soon! Talking with Your Kids About Safety

Another new title from Master Randall will be Talking with your kids-coveravailable soon – Talking with You Kids About Safety includes some great information about safety that will inspire you to have meaningful conversations with your children about common safety issues.  This book will give you ideas backed by statistics so that you are well-armed for those challenging conversations like:

Fire Safety – Internet Safety – Stranger Danger – TV and Movie Ratings – Gun Safety – Bullies – Drugs and Alcohol – How to choose a Martial Arts School – How to Dial 911 - and more.

A special chapter also includes all the techniques Master Randall teaches in his very popular Stranger Danger classes.

This book will be available soon through and other retailers.  Stay tuned for a special pre-order offer in the next few weeks.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Somersworth Health Fair

Article published Apr 7, 2010 –
Somersworth school fair teaches healthy habits
SOMERSWORTH — Students danced, punched and ate their way through a recent Health Fair designed to promote healthy living and eating practices.

2010 Health Fair

(EJ Hersom/Staff photographer Matt Randall, a sixth degree black belt and world competitor in Tae Kwon Do, gives a quick seminar in martial arts during a health fair at Somersworth High School.)

The event, which was held in the high school's cafetorium, was a free night of dinner and activities geared toward all students and parents in the Somersworth School District, said Sean Miller, the SAU 56's food service director.

He said the purpose of the fair was to reach out to the community and raise awareness about healthy habits, as well as provide education to the attendees.

"I think it's teaching the kids the right way to eat," he said. "You can eat things that are kind of fattening, but as long as you eat them in the right portion size then it's good. As the kids grow up, the healthier you eat, the healthier your body is going to be, and that's why we're promoting this so much in Somersworth."

Miller said the fair was organized by the Rollinsford/Somersworth Wellness Committee, which meets once a month and its members include himself and all five of the district's school nurses. He said this event wasn't the only attempt to get the students eating healthy, as there are initiatives in place every day in the schools, such as a program that provides fresh produce as daily snacks. He said all food items in the schools are also labeled with nutritional information so students know more about what they are putting in their bodies.

While several students said they came out to the event for the free dinner, which featured a chicken and broccoli Alfredo dish made with whole grain ziti and low-fat cream and milk, many said they came out for the activities.

2010 Health Fair2(EJ Hersom/Staff photographer Above, from left, Bradley Tousignant, Shaylen Ayotte, Kassidy Benson and Amanda Marcin kick during a martial arts demonstration at the health fair in Somersworth. Below, dancers from Studio 109 put on a show.)

Jeremiah Quirion, a fourth-grader at Hilltop Elementary School, said he enjoyed getting involved in the karate demonstration from Matt Randall's Black Belt Academy.

"I just wanted to come out and have fun," said Quirion, 10. "I liked punching things."

He said he thought it was important to keep your body healthy, and said he frequently eats healthy food such as oranges, his favorite fruit.

Tiara Phillips, a third-grader at Hilltop, attended because she said she thinks it's important to be active and practice healthy eating habits, two things she does often. She said she thinks students her age are fairly healthy, but suggested eating more fruits and vegetables as a way to be healthier. She said she noticed the biggest change in the way she felt when she made one particular diet change in 2008.

"I don't drink soda anymore," said Phillips, 9, who plays soccer. "It was kind of slowing me down during my running."
Parents without students in the district also came out to the event.

Patrick Kinneavy, a member of the Somersworth High School Class of 1997, said he wanted to get involved because he wants his 11-month-old daughter, Danielle, to eat healthier than he did growing up. Kinneavy said he remembers the school providing "a variety" of healthy menu options, but said he often bypassed those items in favor of the snack line, a decision he said he's "still paying the price for."

"I want to make sure when my kid gets to this age that I don't have to worry about her health," said Kinneavy, 30, who said he also came out to support his wife, who teaches at Maple Wood Elementary School. "I want to make sure (Danielle's) healthy."
Other activities at the health fair included dancing organized by Studio 109 in Gonic, jumping rope, music, and educational information from Blackman Chiropractic Center, McGregor Memorial EMS, and NH Healthy Kids medical insurance, among others.

A healthy dessert made by the Somersworth Career Technical Center's culinary program was also offered, although attendees with a sweet tooth had to go on a mile walk through the school led by high school students before they could eat the dessert, said Pat LeBlanc, the middle school's nurse.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Martial Arts training improves confidence and grades.

Thank you Mr. Woodburn for a terrific testimonial.  You are an inspiration to all of us and a great example of what it really means to be a martial artist and a leader. – Master Randall


Jake Woodburn said: 7/6/2010

I've loved mixed martial arts for a long time now, but only recently did my friend Stefan invite me into the class at the academy. And only recently did I discover what the martial arts are really about, discipline, respect and honesty. Since joining the academy I have been told that I have improved in many aspects of my life. My dad was the first to notice that I now have a much easier time approaching strangers and introducing myself than I previously had. My confidence in myself has sky rocketed, and I now feel comfortable in many situations that I would have been uncomfortable in before. I have become more of an honest person now, and I see many things in my life progressing as well. Since joining MRBBA, my grades have actually gone up. I now have a 3.1 GPA and am proud of my improvement over time. I also have learned to handle things better. I used to be a very emotional kid, and would get flustered fairly easily. But now I'm stronger and I know how to effectively manage my thoughts and emotions. I have to give a sincere thank you to everyone at MRBBA for helping me achieve all of this, and hopefully more in the future.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cinema, local group join bullying fight

Cinema, local group join bullying fight |

By Jennifer Feals
June 11, 2010 2:00 AMPORTSMOUTH — Community groups and a popular entertainment destination are teaming up to help stop bullying.

Today's opening of the new "Karate Kid" movie will jumpstart an anti-bullying informational fair hosted by Regal Fox Run Stadium 15 and the Community Diversion Program. The fair, which runs today through Sunday, will include resources on how parents, children and the community can help prevent bullying.

"We want to reduce the impact of bullying and build communities where bullying is unacceptable and the horrible consequences are dealt with so they don't come into being," said William Meub, youth service coordinator for the Community Diversion Program, a youth court diversion program that aims to help locals make healthier choices.

From 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, centered around the 7 p.m. showing of "Karate Kid," the Community Diversion Program will offer information, a video workshop and tips on what bullying is, how it can be stopped and what adults can do. Community organizations and businesses like Matt Randall's Black Belt Academy, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast, and Awareness Unlimited will provide demonstrations and information. Information will also be available in the theater's lobby throughout the weekend.

With its messages of self-confidence and positive mentoring relationships, "Karate Kid" was a perfect film to associated with the fair, Meub said. The film tells the story of a young bullied teenager with nowhere to turn until he finds a mentor, who teaches him martial arts and how to overcome his challenges.

"In learning those martial arts skills, he gains self-confidence, self-discipline and he basically stops being a victim and gains control of his own life," Meub said. "And he starts developing that really important mentoring relationship. Mentoring relationships with an older person are really important for the healthy development of youth. While that is key, so is physical activity that builds self-confidence."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Congratulations to our new Black Belts!

Saturday, June 12, four students ranging in age from 9 to 39 graduated to First Degree Black Belt. IMG_0586

Bryan Truong

Nicole LaMarco

Diane DeVries

Greg Notaro

All did a fantastic  job and were very well prepared.

Pictured above are the black belt candidates sparring and some of our 15 black belt judges who stepped onto the mat to give them a good test.

Congratulations to all!

If you would like to view our Black Belt Family Tree and read their essays prepared for the test, visit

The New Karate Kid Movie Opens


The Karate Kid movie opened this past weekend to sell-out crowds.  Our demonstration team was there to celebrate the opening show and received great reviews from the captive audience of 200 in the theatre. 

Mr. Dobson, our very own karate kid, staffed a table in the lobby to give everyone free information about our upcoming Bully Proof courses on June 22-23. 

Register at

Thanks also to Mr. P, Master L, and Ms. Hayes who helped hand out information as well.

Let’s all help put an end to bullying by providing kids with the confidence to stop being victims. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce

“I love receiving the Chamber’s ‘Peek at the Week’ to keep up with everything going on in Dover.  I recommend that our families register for this free email each week.  There is really a lot that Dover has to offer and I think many families miss some great activities because they just don’t get the news.  This is a simple way to stay involved with more family activities in Dover.”

-Master Randall

From the Chamber: Please feel free to share this link with customers, employees, family and friends that you think might be interested in signing up to receive this type of information in the future.  It's easy to register for the "Peek" - simply use the "Click Here to Sign Up" or click the "Join Our Mailing List" button, both of which can be found on the left-hand side of the "Peek," and then provide an email address to receive weekly information about upcoming local events and entertainment, as well as special offers and promotions from local businesses.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Silat Seminar with Master MacKay

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The Silat seminar with Master MacKay was terrific. Our staff had such a great time.

There will be more…



Members of our Instructor Training Program:

(front row left to right) Mrs. Christie, Mr. Dobson, Mrs. Lane.

(back row left to right) Mr. Lane, Mr. Christie, Master Randall, Master MacKay, Master Lindquist, Mr. Paltrineri, Mr. Bell.

We are soon to open more locations and looking to add members to our great line-up of instructors.  If you are interested in an exciting career as a professional martial arts instructor or school manager, visit

Getting started is easier than you think and you don’t need prior experience to start training.

6.12 Irish Festival + Fun&Games Night - a winning combination Great for the whole family!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Train for a career as a martial arts instructor/school manager.

Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy is the only martial arts school va_sealin the country approved for VA/GI Bill benefits as a career training and technical college. 

That means our Instructor Training Program has passed the rigorous standards required by the VA to be approved for college credit and tuition reimbursement. 

For more information, give us a call at 603.743.6500 or visit

Call your local VA to check on your college tuition benefits package.  You may qualify to train for an exciting career as a martial arts school manager.

Confidence for Kids!

Is your child shy, withdrawn, bullied, childad1a loner not a leader?

Download this free newsletter with tips for helping your child become more confident.

Free information for parents including:

  • The Fear of Failure
  • Small acts and big goals build confidence
  • Getting bullies to stay away
  • Why it hurts to be shy
  • The look of confidence
  • Turning loners into leaders Portrait of a study group

Black Belt Graduation – June 12th!

Tickets are now on sale for our June 12th Black Belt Graduation.


There are only 100 seats available and they tend to sell fast.

Order yours now at:

See exciting performances by our new black belts including:

  • self-defense
  • board breaking
  • weapons forms

Come help us celebrate and support our newest black belts!

Summer Camp 2010

July 26-30, 2010

Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academies are hosting our annual Leadership Summer Camp.  100_1141

Summer Camp is full of fun, games, martial arts training, and leadership development.

For more information and to register visit

Silat Seminar with Master MacKay

Join us for a fun and very practical seminar on the Indonesian art of Silat.  Master MacKay is a fantastic seminar presenter.


For more information on the art of Silat, Google the name or visit 

for some history. 

Date: Friday, June 4

Time: 6:00pm

Registration is required at

Friday, May 28, 2010

Black Belt Graduation June 12th. Get your tickets now for the best show in town

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Martial Arts Summer Camp focuses on developing your child's leadership skills, confidence, discipline 603.743.6500
Fun&Games Night (Parent's Night Out) Saturday, 6.12 from 6-9pm. 3 hours of supervised fun just $10! Ages 4-11 welcome

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Black Belt class this evening was so much fun. Do you know any black belts who want more from their training? 603.743.6500

Another fun black belt class

This evening we covered some of the kali techniques that I learned from the Dan Inosanto seminar in RI.  What a great time!

Do you know a black belt who needs to learn more than just another form?  Call us at 603.743.6500.

Master Randall only trains with the top instructors in the world, like Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee's top student People who only train with the best, train at MRBBA.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Black Belt Graduation June 12th! Get your tickets now for the best show in town
We have had some terrific testimonials come in lately. Thank you to everyone who takes the time.

Thanks for another great testimonial

Melissa Hayes said: May 24th, 2010 4:16 pm

Since joining Matt Randall Black Belt Academy, I have noticed significant changes in both my son and husband. They have begun to think more about being in better shape and taking care of themselves. As well as having more discipline in achieving goals. They are able to set and achieve goals that help them with chores around the house.

KwanJang-Nim note:

The Hayes family is awesome.  Not only do they train hard with exceptional dedication, but they always invite their friends to join them in class.  We couldn’t find better students anywhere.

Thanks for being terrific - KJN

Demo Team members needed

We have some fantastic demonstration opportunities coming very soon.  Do you really love weapons forms?  Then join us this Friday, 5/28, at 5pm in Dover for  some serious weapons forms training.  Take your forms to performance level in this class taught by KwanJang-Nim Randall.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Dan Inosanto seminar was amazing! See the group photo here.

Dan Inosanto Seminar

Holly Cow!  What a great weekend.  If you missed it, well…you really missed it.  At 73 years old he still moves like he’s in his twenties.  There is a reason why he is called a living legend.

I can’t wait to share this information with our black belts and instructors.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

WOW! So much new information to bring back for our black belts. My mind is mush and there is 6 more hours tomorrow.
Getting ready for the big seminar with Dan Inosanto. Very exciting!
Getting ready for the big seminar with Dan Inosanto. Very exciting!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thanks for the testimonial

Melissa Gahr said: 5/20/2010 1:57:15 PM (GMT)

My 5 year old just started at Matt Randall’s and she loves to practice at home. She is really enjoying herself and I never knew how confident she could be until I saw her in class. Please add this to your testimonial page for me.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We have so much fun in Black Belt Class! See this short clip This is reality MMA. 603.743.6500

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Are you a black belt looking for someplace to continue your training and keep your rank?  Call us at 603-743-6500
Are you a black belt looking for someplace to continue your training and keep your rank? Call us at 603-743-6500
Just another great night in black belt class with full contact reality street fighting. Http:// Wicked fun!
Just another great night in black belt class with full contact reality street fighting. Http:// Wicked fun!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Silat seminars with Master MacKay. For kids and adults. What is Silat? Very fun stuff.
Systema Seminars with Kevin Secours. Ground skills, weapons, empty hand, and more. This is not for kids! Tell your friends.
2010 Leadership Summer Camp flyer just uploaded. Your kids are going to love this -

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A fun group of kids at Grand Master Summers in NC. Thank you KwaJanNim for the opportunity to meet your students.
A fun group of kids at Grand Master Summers in NC. Thank you KwaJanNim for the opportunity to meet your students.