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

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

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

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.

Smith Family

Justin and Misty Smith – Mandeville

Our JFK Martial Arts Mandeville location is family owned and operated. Justin and Misty Smith joined their boys on their black belt journey at the JFK Martial Arts Covington location in 2016 and fell in love with the sport and family atmosphere. Justin serves in the U.S. Army as an active duty National Guardsman while Misty, who is a 2012 graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Master’s Degree in Education, has taught in college and public school for a total of nine years, five of those being in the St. Tammany school system. Having been part of the instructor training program, they decided to make taekwondo their full time passion and became operating partners. Mr. Smith still works for the US Army and assists at the school while Mrs. Smith switched her teaching skills from the school system to the taekwondo school full time. Each possess a black belt and several special teaching certifications.

Their sons play an intricate role at JFK Martial Arts Mandeville as Junior Instructors. They show the results of our Karate For Kid’s (7-11 years old) and Tiny Tiger (pre-school) Programs. Both began training as Tiny Tigers: Cayden at 3 and Thomas at 2. Cayden achieved his black belt in 2020. Thomas is currently training in the Karate For Kids program working toward his black belt.

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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  • 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 was very impressed with the Instructors at JFK Martial Arts ability to reach the kids and keep them wanting to come back. My daughter loves the active pace and the dojo. Livia has been working very hard this year to stay on the honor roll. She has also been helping out around the house, making things easier for Mom!

  • 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.

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