Grand Master Dave Sixel providing Youth and Family Martial arts programs to the Northwoods community since 1997. All of our classes are designed to build on lifelong skills that will ensure your child and entire families success well off the mats!
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Sixel's USA Martial Arts a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that's a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master instructor. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.
Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Promotions for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
Not only the physical aspect but also the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research.
"Five is usually a good age to start classes," says Mimi Johnson, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. By that time a child should have enough muscle control to punch and turn properly and safely—essential to getting a real kick out of the martial arts.
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Sensei Dave Sixel 715-617-6170
David Sixel started out his martial arts career in 1971 under the training of Master Joseph Parks, Master Ok Hyung Kim and in 1998 Master John Townsley. David’s current rankings are purple belt Jiu-Jitsu, 4th dan Tae-Kwon-Do, 4th dan Hakido, 4th dan Judo, and 8th dan Pankration. David has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career ranging in his capacity as a student, competitor, instructor, coach and referee.
David is currently the president of the USA Federation Of Pankration Athlima and Vice President of the World Federation Of Pankration Athlima. Dave is also a certified instructor in Cross Training.
Sixel's USA Martial Arts and Cross Fitness mission is to improve the quality of life and health of each client through the innovative effective fitness training and nutritional coaching. These tools are needed to become healthier, physically stronger, to motivate others to live well, and challenge others in creative ways to live out fuller, smarter, and healthier lives. Our goal is to invoke long-lasting change that will positively impact our community .
Awards and Achievements
Purple belt Jiu-Jitsu
4th dan Tae-Kwon-Do
4th dan Hakido
4th dan Judo
9th dan Pankration
1975-1981 out standing junior martial arts competition
1982-1983-1984-1986-1989-1991 Black belt of the year
1982 outstanding asst. instructor
1985 Received white house flag from congressman Toby Roth for M/A contribution in the U.S.
1992-1995-2000 Instructor of the year award
1994 outstanding referee and judge award
1995 Most dedicated award
1999 Gold medal sparring, gold medal forms, Pan American games
2000 Part of team USA receiving the gold medal at world pankration championships, Athens Greece
2001 Inducted into the hall of fame society, Purdue University
2002-Silver Medal at the clan challenge, Perth Scotland
2003-Ranked number one in Wisconsin in sparring and forms
2004-Recognized as one of the top ten premier martial arts schools in the United States.
2004- Host of the Masters Camp with Joe Lewis, Arlene Lumis, Roger Greene, Walt Lysak
2005-Silver medal in the Puerto-Rico open world championships.
2005-Inducted into the martial arts legion of honor
2006-Gold medal at the European championships, England.
2007-Team captain and manager of the U.S. team to Barnaul Russia
2007-Became FILA world pankration referee, Geneva Switzerland
2008-Elected USAFPA President
2008- Team captain and manager of the U.S. team to Ivanano Russia
2008- Team captain and manager of the U.S. team Tirana Albania
2008- Team captain and manager of the U.S. team to Brussels and Paris France
2009- Team president of gold medal team in Lithuania
2010- Team captain, Jamaica
2010- Team president and manager, Cracow Poland
2010- Team president, World Combat Games, Beijing China
2010- Coached and cornered Mike Sixel at USA vs Russia challenge, Moscow Russia
2011- Team president of the silver medal team in Belgrade Serbia
2011- Team sponsor, Budapest Hungary
2012- Inducted to the Karate Masters hall of fame.
2012- Team leader Sparta Greece
2012- Elected Vice President to World Pankration Athlima Federation
2012- Received certification as a International Proponitis and Hellanodikis
2018- Team USA coach in Australia winning the Les Scar Cup
2018- Received 9th Dan Certification in Pankration by the World Federation awarded in Moscow Russia