CHIPLEY — Trinity Martial Arts of Chipley was honored with a Mark of Excellence Award during the recent Martial Arts SuperShow in Las Vegas.

CHIPLEY — Trinity Martial Arts of Chipley was honored with a Mark of Excellence Award during the recent Martial Arts SuperShow in Las Vegas. 

“Trinity Martial Arts has always sought to deliver quality martial art instruction, while making a difference in their community,” according to a news release from the Martial Arts Industry Association, the supply company that hosts the annual event. “That’s why receiving the Mark of Excellence Award from one of the most respected organizations in the industry for over 35 years, Century Martial Arts, is an honor martial art schools across the world hope for each year.”

Chief instructor and owner Jason Smith, a fifth-degree black belt, began Trinity Martial Arts in Wausau in 2008, and he has been located in Chipley for the past two years. This is also the second year in a row that Trinity Martial Arts has been recognized with a Mark of Excellence Award.

“My current instructors and mentors are Mike Chat, Mike Metzger and Derek Frader,” Smith said. Besides himself, Smith’s staff includes instructor Philip Draayom and instructor trainee Ashton Kirkland.

“The award is based on what you are teaching, and what you are doing for the community,” Smith said. “They look at your programs. We don’t want to just teach kids to punch and kick, we want to teach them the skills that they need to become successful adults.”

The Mark of Excellence Award is the highest honor bestowed by Century Martial Arts to a select group of businesses each year, according to the release. The Mark of Excellence Award was earned by the extraordinary level of dedication Trinity Martial ARts exhibited to help students in this community achieve great personal growth, in life and in martial arts. “At Century our core belief is that martial arts has the ability to profoundly change lives,” said Century Martial Arts founder and CEO, L. Michael Dillard, “and that is exactly what Trinity Martial Arts is doing— changing lives for betterment of their community.”

Smith accepted the Mark of Excellence Award on behalf of the school at a ceremony on July 2 at The TAO Nightclub in The Venetian in Las Vegas during the Martial Arts SuperShow, the world’s largest martial art industry tradeshow and educational event hosted by the Martial Arts Industry Association.

Trinity Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, and offers Cage Fitness classes for adults who may not want to learn traditional martial arts. Smith said he plans to host the martial arts performance team Sideswipe in September, and hopes to be able to present them to the Chipley school students.

Classes are offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.