Founder • 9th Degree Black Belt
Grand Master Max F. Pallen Jr. was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He then, went on to Bishop O’Dowd High School and graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1991 with a B.A. in (Child) Psychology.
At age 20, He took over his first dojo while he was attending U.C. Berkeley. At the same time, he taught martial arts and Special Education at the Oakland and Berkeley Unified School Districts. It was a very rewarding experience that would help develop his ability to teach and motivate students.
He had been competing in martial arts tournaments, since age 6 and won his first Grand Championship Title at age 14. He competed throughout high school and college winning nearly every Martial Arts Title in Northern California at the time. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, He earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Karate Team, and trained diligently at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Lake Placid, New York. He fought against the world’s best fighters for eight years and Ranked #2 in the country before retiring in 2000. Three years later, He was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Los Angeles.
For 20+ years, Max F. Pallen Jr. refined his fun and energetic teaching style and curriculum to make sure his classes were exciting and motivating for adults and kids of all ages. However, his program is based heavily on teaching respect, discipline, and giving 110% effort
Since then, his wife Fe, their two sons and his Instructors have dedicated themselves to following in his footsteps and continuing the legacy of PallenM2. They teach Life experiences that go beyond the technical aspects of martial arts and into the depths of Inner Strength, Life Skills, and living a Martial Way of Life which focuses on the Mind, Bodyand Spirit.