About Us

About Us

About Our School

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.

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Meet The JFK Martial Arts Instructors

Andrew Beaujeaux

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

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

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

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.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • I want to tell you how much JFK Martial Arts has meant to our family. Rohan's teacher wrote on his report card that he was a blessing to teach because of his infectious enthusiasm to learn. She also wrote that he was always ready for a challenge and was hard working and motivated

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