Grandmaster Art Hinkelbein


Grandmaster Art HinkelbeinGrandmaster Art Hinkelbein
9th Degree Black Belt
Owner & Grandmaster Instructor
2003 North American Black Belt Hall of Fame

Grandmaster Hinkelbein has been active in the martial arts for over 50 years. He is an innovator in the martial arts world, combining his own ideas with some of the most practical concepts from more traditional styles, to create his own martial arts system called Mixed American Freestyle. His system remains at the forefront of the industry, with the promise to provide contemporary ideas and fresh concepts all designed to prove effective in today’s real world. Grandmaster Hinkelbein has many accolades, but for him, his most important accomplishment is having had the opportunity to change so many lives through martial arts.  Over the years he has passed down his knowledge to thousands of students and has created countless champions in life.  In 2003, Grandmaster Hinkelbein was inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the martial arts community.  After all his success, he continues his teaching journey daily and remains committed to the integrity of martial arts by providing one of the most interesting and versatile mixed martial arts systems available.


“What makes Master Art’s school the best.. Master Art himself.”

“What makes Master Art’s school better than the rest.. well it is Master Art himself. Master Art doesn’t only teach martial arts, he teaches the kids how to have confidence in themselves. Even if he has to correct a child’s technique, he does it in a way that picks them up, not puts them down. He would never destroy a child’s confidence. He has instilled in my boys it’s not what you do it’s is how you do it. He truly cares about his students and wants them to succeed in everything they do in life. Master Melissa and him work hard to develop each student into the best martial artist they can be.– Amy Clancy