Congratulations to Impact Martial Arts, the winners of our second annual Keep It Local small business contest and recipients of $10,000. Read more about their nomination below and watch the video to see us surprise them with the good news!



Impact Martial Arts first opened in Aberdeen in 2008 just before the Economic Recession. After a year of struggles, they were forced to find a new location. Re-committed to their goals, Impact Martial Arts found its place and has been serving the community of Cecil County ever since. They go beyond teaching kicks and punches, but discipline and respect too. They teach increased focus, self-assurance, and perseverance that are translated into everyday life. As Master-level instructors, the owners continuously train, learn, and lead by example. They provide free programming to local libraries for martial arts, fitness, and self-defense. They've hosted fundraisers for the Perryville Police Department Outreach Program, food drives for the Ray of Hope Mission Center, and a supply drive for the VA Center. The 2009 and 2011 Studio of the Year winner is most proud to have helped 500 people gain confidence, develop leadership skills, and learn the benefits of hard work and dedication, developing 28 students into Black Belts. Moreover, their greatest accomplishment is the students who began their training 10 years ago and are now teaching the newest generation of aspiring ninjas. The leadership skills they have developed and share with others is most inspiring. If Impact Martial Art were to win the $10,000, they would use the funds for new student recruitment, makeover their lobby, and sponsor a partnership with the Perryville Police Department Outreach Program to provide children access to martial arts training.

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