Meet The JFK Martial Arts Instructors
Andrew Beaujeaux – Head Instructor/Owner
With a passion for helping community members stay safe while teaching the “art” of martial arts, our Head Instructor believes that each student can obtain their goals and objectives in life. While teaching techniques that save lives with life skills that work both on and off the mat, our students get the best instruction possible in Mandeville, Covington and Baton Rouge, LA.
James Kissgen – Baton Rouge
Mr. Kissgen began his training at the JFK Martial Arts Mandeville location in 2002 as a Tiny Tiger. Highlights of his17 year mistrial 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.
James Szigeti – Mandeville
Mr. Szigeti earned his 5th Degree Black Belt with the ATA in 2018, after over 15 years of training. He enjoys sharing his passion for both teaching and martial arts with students of all ages. He graduated from University of Central Florida and taught high school English in Florida before moving to Texas to own a school. He joined the JFK Martial Arts Mandeville team in 2018. Some of his favorite parts of martial arts are Xtreme Martial Arts (XMA, what you see in movies), sparring, and the family culture of a karate school.
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.
LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY PARENTS ARE SAYING
It was not easy to find activities for my son with autism to get involved with, which was frustrating. A friend of mine recommended introducing martial arts. I was hesitant but looked into it and found that Martial Arts is great for physical and mental development. I signed my son up for Karate and found that the trained staff is great with teaching the lessons to kids. Now, 6 months later my son Trace has shown responsibility in practicing his stances and with practicing his forms and weapons. Also he gave up his favorite thing his iPad so he could focus on practicing everyday to get better. Way to go trace keep up the good work I’m so glad my martial arts worked for my son!
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.
Elijah has been working very hard in both school and karate. Being focused on certain goals has paid off greatly, landing him on the honor roll for the first nine weeks of school (all A's, 1 B) with perfect attendance, and 1st & 2nd place medals at the latest competition! He has come a long way since joining Just for Kicks, and we couldn't be any prouder.