Our Instructors & Staff Members
Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.
Here are a few of La. Martial Arts Academy's instructors and other staff members, starting with Frank Caracci:
Frank Caracci (Chief Master,HanMuDo/ Hapkido, 6th Dan, Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt)
Over my 34 years of study I have trained in HanMuDo, Hapkido,TaeKwonDo, Japanese Ju-Jitsu, Okinawan Shorin Ryu-Karate, Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Israeli Haganah F.I.G.H.T and now Japanese Judo. Over those years I have met and trained with some of the greatest masters of the world and had the privilege to train overseas in South Korea, Japan, and China.
My method, whether HanMuDo/Hapkido, Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or Judo, is based on my experiences from all of these arts and teachers. My methods are simple in nature. The best techniques in either system are effortless. My techniques are unique in that they are different from student to student. Once they are part of you, your martial arts becomes very unique in that they are now yours to pass on to another.
Chief Master/Professor Frank Caracci has achieved the following ranks:
Hapkido, 6th Dan, Chief Master, World Kido Federation, Seoul South Korea, ranked by Grandmaster In Sun Seo
Korean Kido Federation/ Grandmaster He-Young Kimm
HanMuDo, 5th Dan, Chief Master, World HanMuDo Assn.,ranked by GrandMaster He-Young Kimm
Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Ranked and Trained directly by BJJ World Champion Master Carlos Machado, 8th Dan, Gracie family member
Japanese JuJitsu, 6th Dan, Renshi, The Welcome Mat, A Ju-Jitsu Society
Japanese Judo, Brown Belt, Ranked and trained by Sensei James Wall
Israeli Haganah F.I.G.H.T, Instructor, Trained directly under founder Mike Lee Kanarek, Black Belt Magazine Self Defense Instructor of the Year
Certified Monadnock Defensive Empty Hand Tactics System and Expandable Baton, Police Defensive Tactics Instructor
My other efforts focus on teaching and training all ages from 3 years to 75 years of age. I enjoy passing on my martial art knowledge and experiences to my students, operating my academy as the Master Instructor, as well as coaching my competition team. My goal is to help Pre-Schoolers, Kindergarten, Juniors, and Adult students achieve their fullest potential whether their goals are discipline, confidence, physical fitness, self-defense, or competitions as I oversee and train students as the chief instructor in all of these programs.
Hence, this is the BEST academy to train at in our metro area. Even more unique, the most qualified HanMuDo/Hapkido and Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors are right here!
Christy Caracci (Program Director)
This is the person that makes sure everything off of "The Mat" goes smooth.
Christy is the Program Director who handles enrollment related questions, billing questions, as well as equipment orders.
E-mail her with any of those related issues and she will get back to you as soon as possible.
For more information about the La. Martial Arts Academy staff or training programs, please contact us at 504-467-4501 or by clicking here