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Just For Kicks Black Belt Academy educates students on both the mental and physical aspects necessary to keep in shape and defend themselves in a trying society. Our martial art’s programs teaches not only physical self-defense techniques but important life skills such as discipline, respect and confidence to stand up to peer pressure and other mental challenges thrust upon one in today’s fast-paced society.
The past 17 years have seen the JFK Martial Arts Family grow to three schools serving the Mandeville Covington area of St. Tammany Parish.
Meet The JFK Martial Arts Instructors
Master Andrew Beaujeaux - Senior Partner, Co-Founder JFK Martial Arts
Master Beaujeaux began training in 1989. After serving in the US Navy, he returned home and earned his black belt in 1991 and began teaching in 1995. In 1997, co-founder, Mrs. Jennifer Hoover, bestowed operations of the Just For Kicks Black Belt Academy location to him so that she could continue her training in Orlando, FL. He subsequently rebranded the school as JFK Martial Arts and has since expanded the program with partnerships in Mandeville, Covington and Baton Rouge, LA. In his more than thirty years of training, Master Beaujeaux has competed in the ATA Top Ten Circuit and won dozens of titles at the state and district level. He holds various specialty certifications in weapon’s training, ground-fighting self-defense, combative sparring and educating future instructors. He also earned a Master's Degree in History from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2004. With a passion for helping the community stay safe while teaching the “art” of martial arts, Master Beaujeaux teaches the life skills that work both on and off the mat to ensure students can achieve their goals and life objectives.
James Kissgen - Baton Rouge
Mr. Kissgen began his training at the JFK Martial Arts Mandeville location in 2002 as a Tiny Tiger. Highlights of his 17 year martial arts' career include competing on the ATA World Tournament Circuit as a Top Ten Competitor. He has won several District and State Titles. Mr. Kissgen began the teaching portion of his taekwondo career when he was 12 years old. In 2017 he completed his certification. He is currently a 4th Degree black belt and JFK Partner in the Baton Rouge location.
Jennifer Hoover - Covington
Mrs. Jennifer Hoover began training in Covington Louisiana, She founded the Just For Kicks Marital Arts brand than eventually became JFK Martial Arts in 1997. During a career that spans more than 30 years, Mrs. Hoover has won three World Titles as well as numerous state and district titles. She has been a certified instructor for 27 years and is currently a JFK Partner in the Covington location.
Reina Dicks - Mandeville
Ms. Reina Dicks began her training in 2007with Billiot’s Taekwondo,and joined the JFK Martial Arts family in 2011. Highlights of her 15 year martial arts career include competing on the ATA World Tournament Circuit as a Top Ten Competitor, and as a member of Team ATA-USA Legends Combat & Sparring teams. She has won 6 individual World Titles, 2 Team World Titles with Team ATA-USA, and multiple District & State Titles. Ms. Dicks became a certified instructor in 2015, and is an Assistant RTTL that helps run our local tournaments.She is currently a 5thDegree Black Belt and a JFK Partner at the Mandeville location.
Why Choose JFK Martial Arts?
OUR HISTORY IN THE COMMUNITY
We have served southeast Louisiana for almost 20 years. Come experience the JFK Martial Arts difference.
FUN, ENERGETIC CLASSES FOR ALL AGES
Our program specializes in students 3 and up. Come learn in a safe environment about personal safety and self improvement.
LIFE SKILL TRAINING TO ENHANCE MENTAL STRENGTH
Our program educates students on the importance of self-discipline, persistence and maintaining a positive attitude for a better quality of life at work or school.
Our Martial Arts Team Takes Great Pride In The Reviews We Receive
See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs
Frankie showed respect, patience, and responsibility for his actions in a difficult situation this week. While on vacation he was waiting in line to take a picture and a little boy cut in line in front of him. Frankie did not get angry and yell, instead he walked back over to us and patiently waited for the other little boy to take his picture first. He respected us and the other family by acting in a responsible manner and controlling his emotions. We were very proud of him and his choice to be the better person in the situation.
Symone has recently displayed courage at jfk by finally being able to talk to Mr. Spitnale and ask for help. That once seemed as if it was a big fear of hers. LOL! Symone's focus is getting better each cycle. She is starting to pay more attention to her moves and stances. Of all the life skills taught, Focus ranks right at the top for her and is definitely helping her get better.
By being very focused in school Jason has made straight A's on his report card for the 1st nine weeks. He got a principal award and perfect attendance. We are very proud of him. JFK Martial Arts is reinforcing what he is learning at home in regards to discipline and respect, and amplifying in areas that they specialize in with the martial arts.