Our Academy is Family Owned and Operated

Grandmaster Art and Master Melissa Hinkelbein are a husband and wife team in the business of changing lives. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your personal best whatever your age or goals for training may be. When you become a student of ours, you will be exactly that. We do not source our classes to outside instructors. You’ll find us on the mat teaching every day because it’s what we love to do. There is no greater reward than watching a person’s life transform, knowing we are part of the process. When you train with us you’re more than a student, you’re family.

Receive Personalized Instruction from Elite Martial Artists

We pride ourselves in our personalized instruction and dedication to each student’s individual needs. Taking the time to really know each student is the key to their success. With our many combined years of experience, we believe strongly in our “if you want it, earn it” style of teaching. We feed off each other and it brings a unique balance into the school and onto the mat. What we do goes way beyond martial arts, it’s about life. It’s about creating character, helping others find themselves and setting them up for success. Teaching from the heart is the only way we know and the only way we’ll ever do it.

Learn a Practical, Well-Rounded Self Defense System

We are known for our success in developing students who are proficient in multiple areas of self defense including blocking, striking, takedowns, grappling and submission whatever their age, size or skill level may be. Our versatile mixed martial arts curriculum is designed to be effective in real life situations. Students are taught the most practical and effective elements of various martial arts disciplines including Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Karate, Muay Thai, Boxing and Kickboxing, along with our own concepts and ideas, in one complete program.

Train in a Safe, Friendly Environment

We maintain a positive learning environment where students help each other reach their goals. We train hard but train with control. Our students have a strong camaraderie and share mutual respect for one another. We are a family school.


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Based on 102 reviews
Gina Downing
Gina Downing
September 30, 2022.
We are so thankful for Master Art, Master Melissa & Staff! We knew from the moment we met them that AHMA was the right school for our child. Not only do they teach self defense but also life skills, respect and integrity. The positive influence they have had on her is invaluable.
William Ball
William Ball
September 26, 2022.
Great place for your son or daughter to be taught not only how to defend themselves and others, but taught valuable life lessons in self respect and respecting others! I’m sure it’s just as great for adults. I would recommend this place to everyone and anyone!
Jolanta Sienkiewicz
Jolanta Sienkiewicz
September 24, 2022.
Master Melissa and Master Art have created a truly unique space that positions kids for success. While the Martial Arts instruction is absolutely 5-star, including basics, self-defense, and sparring, the true gems are the core lessons in discipline, respect, self-confidence and leadership that allows kids to shine. Our son has been with the Academy for almost 2 years, and each moment spent here has been well worth the hour round-trip. He’s grown as an individual, and has applied the core values he’s learned at AHMA to his home life, academics and extracurricular sports, and has received numerous accolades in all areas. Thank you Master Melissa and Master Art for all you do - we are certain that AHMA has been an invaluable part of his life, and are so grateful to be a part of the AHMA family! 🥷
Jennifer Staples
Jennifer Staples
September 23, 2022.
My son has been going to this martial arts studio for almost 3 years now, and it has truly been a great experience for him and our family. My son started in the little ninja program, and is now a one stripe orange belt, and he is looking forward to continuing his skills with martial arts. Grandmaster Art and Master Melissa are wonderful instructors and take the time to explain new skills and lessons to the kids while teaching the children discipline and respect. They also take the time to talk to all the kids in attendance and make them believe they are all valued and important. They also take time to say hi to my daughter who just comes to watch her big brother. The students going through this program have to work hard for every belt promotion, and you can see that every child who earns their next stripe or belt is proud of their accomplishments, but so are Grandmaster Art and Master Melissa. My son loves to go to martial arts, and I look forward to him moving forward at the studio and all the skills he will earn.
Nicole Bayard
Nicole Bayard
September 22, 2022.
It's clear that every instructor has a passion for their craft...and Grandmaster Art and Master Melissa take time and care with every individual child. They are shaping and enriching their minds as well as their Martial Art skills.
Angelique Facciolli
Angelique Facciolli
September 21, 2022.
Our son started attending AHMA almost 2 years ago and quickly fell in love with Master Art and Master Melissa. They not only teach a artful sport but life lessons, encouraging respect, honesty and discipline. After watching our son excel, our daughter decided to join and has been loving every minute of her time at AHMA! It is a lot of fun to watch the interaction between our children and the instructors. We highly recommend AHMA!
Megan Miller
Megan Miller
September 18, 2022.
Our son has been going to AHMA for almost a year and it has been a wonderful experience. I appreciate that Master Melissa spends a lot of individual time with each student to make sure they are doing skills correctly and hold them accountable. They do not just go through the motions and send them to the back of the line. Students have to put in a lot of time to earn each new stripe or belt which helps them understand the importance of commitment and perseverance rather than instant gratification. Both Masters Art and Melissa make the effort to get to know each student as an individual. They have helped our son recognize his personal strengths and continue to encourage him in the areas he needs to improve.
Briana Ridgway
Briana Ridgway
September 13, 2022.
My son absolutely loves coming to his classes every week! We started attending with a free class special they had going on and the smile and enjoyment my son had when he walked out of the building I knew instantly, he said can I please go here mom and we haven’t stopped learning and thriving since. The instructors are so friendly and absolutely fantastic with the kids!! They keep him focused and teach him how he should be respectful and responsible, how things are earned and not just given to you. Also, everytime a holiday comes near they always have some fun game or activity that involves basic skills and techniques while still enjoying the holiday fun which I think is an added bonus. All around awesome martial arts school to send your kids to, strongly vouch for them!!!
Erin Chibbaro
Erin Chibbaro
September 8, 2022.
The best place to go for Martial Arts. We've had an absolutely wonderful experience this past year at Art Hinkelbein Martial Arts Academy! Master Melissa and staff have an excellent teaching style that is great for children, teens and adults. We are looking forward to enrolling our other daughter.
Danielle Saranczak
Danielle Saranczak
September 8, 2022.
AHMA has been an important part of my family for many years. 2 of my children have learned discipline, respect, and a love for Mixed Martial Arts being taught by Master Art and Master Melissa. They teach the children with a perfect combination of tough love and nurturing. They not only teach MMA, but self-defense to prepare them for what could be a dangerous world. My children love coming here and have found a forever love for MMA. I could not recommend them more.

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