Grogan's Academy of Martial Arts

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Grogan’s Academy of Martial Arts, in business since 1998, is located at 310 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville. Owner Rich Grogan, a physical education teacher in the Edwardsville School District and SIUE alumni, started training in martial arts in 1981. With 30 years of martial arts experience, Rich is a Master Instructor and 5th Degree Blackbelt and has earned all martial arts credentials from numerous visits to South Korea.

When Grogan’s Academy of Martial Arts first opened, their primary focus was exercise and fitness, fitness videos, and self defense classes. Rich operated the business from a home office and taught aerobics at a variety of health clubs. He also taught personal training & conditioning for individuals and sports teams, along with self defense for individuals & police officers. After years of searching, saving and planning, he opened his first studio location in May, 2005. The focus had shifted to martial arts, and the Academy finished that first year with 10 students, half of whom were family and friends.

Grogan’s Academy of Martial Arts is now in its third location, which is 3600 square feet. They have trained over 300 students, and currently have more than 100 active students, and their core service is martial arts instruction.

When asked what differentiates Grogan’s Academy of Martial Arts from competitors, Rich responded, “We focus on instilling courage and confidence into each and every student, with an emphasis on manners, discipline and respect. Students gain the courage to try and succeed, and the belief in themselves to stand up to peer pressure, bullying and negative influences. We also offer a one of a kind behavior incentive program that assists parents in setting limits and following through with consequences, to instill proper manners, discipline and respect at home.”

“Improved self confidence also leads to better grades for students, and better career opportunities for adults. We teach students how to properly condition their bodies, improving balance, coordination, flexibility and endurance. Students must complete hours of community service, maintain good grades and good discipline reports from home and school, and preparing mentally and physically to be invited to test for advancement. Every rank advancement is earned, and each student must put forth his or her best effort in order to advance. Students are each evaluated on their own personal best – they don’t have to be the best, but they have to try their best.”

In addition to teaching in the Edwardsville School District and running his business, Rich is serves as assistant coach for his son’s baseball and football teams, is a a member of the Soo Bahk Do Federation, and is regional examiner and board director for World Moo Duk Kwan organization. Grogan’s Academy of Martial Arts regularly contributes to the American Heart Association, Relay For Life, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

“The positive impact that Martial Arts has had on me and my family is invaluable. I have always played & coached sports since a very young age, and have always enjoyed giving back the knowledge that I have received to others, to help them experience all the joys that I have. To be able to pass that gift on to others and to see their positive growth is priceless,” said Grogan.

Grogan’s Academy of Martial Arts has been an Ed/Glen Chamber member since opening their first location in 2005. “The Chamber has had a huge impact on our overall success, and I truly couldn’t be happier with the limitless possibilities that the Ed/Glen Chamber has provided.”

Grogan’s mantras: “What we invest in our children today provides priceless dividends later,” and “Learn from the past, prepare for the future, and make the most of the gift of today.”

Grogan’s Academy of Martial Arts has a fun, safe, and very family friendly environment that is not threatening or intimidating, and the first class is always free! For more information, go to, or call 618.656.7700. Be sure to ‘like’ Grogan’s on Facebook and follow on Twitter!