Thursdays, 5:30PM – 6:30PM
OpenMAT YOUTH Program – A Student-centered, and all inclusive Martial Arts-based Movement Program for ages 10 & UP.
Built on a foundation of Mutual Respect, OpenMAT evolves as the student develops practical skills through practical applications with a critical thinking oversight. OpenMAT Program is a learning through movement playground, a space we hold safe for everyone, regardless of their skill levels and/or individual differences.
Explore Movement and Partner Work using Martial Arts Training principles and elements revised and adapted to our present day reality within an exploratory and practical context while taking individual factors into consideration.
What PARENTS Say:
“It was a pleasure to have our child attend Grasshoppers martial Art class. The teacher, Bo, has a unique way of training the students by making them understand the technique and encouraging movements that are in-sync with mind-body-brain system. This is a holistic way for teaching anything. As a teacher, Bo demonstrates high skills, in-depth knowledge of his subjects, yet, maintaining a playful atmosphere and friendly approach! We wish Grasshoppers club the best!”
~ Kuldeepa VM, Mom, Founder, Co-organizer – Ascending Aesthetic
“Coach Bo was structured, disciplined, and organized with his classes he provided for the kids. He maintained high expectations but was also fun and engaging at the same time. The kids loved every moment with Coach Bo!!”
~ Callie Stout, Mom
“My son took a short course with Bo and didn’t want it to end. This was his first introduction to body mind awareness, which I think is a vital skill in this day of overstimulation. Although my son hasn’t quite mastered the meditation portion, I appreciate the applicable skills Bo taught as well as the blast the kids had rolling and jumping!“
~ Melissa, Mom
“Bo has been so great for my two boys. The skills and lessons were so well thought out and executed but beyond that Bo is a wonderful calm presence. It is often hard to find good male role models today but Bo has been that for my boys.”
~ Sarah, Parent
What TEACHERS Say:“The positive impact that Bo has had with our students takes your breath away. Some of our students have significant challenges with trust, boundaries, confidence, etc. Bo is able to help them see things in a different way. His teachings provide life-long tools that students can draw from as they face obstacles. Bo truly is a gift in our community!“~ Debbie Caperton – SOS Learning Lab, LLC
“Bo has had a great impact on the students at the Northern Michigan Partnership. I highly recommend him. He draws respect from his students and captivates their interest while at the same time maintaining high expectations.”
~ Chris Davis – TCAPS
About the Instructor
Bo has accumulated 40+ years of practice and 20+ years of instructing Martial Arts at different levels and ages.
Started Okinawan Goju-Ryu at the age of 13, became one of the Founders of the first Romanian Martial Arts Federation, and later an Aikido Instructor with the Romanian Aikido Federation under Dan Ionescu Shihan. Over the years, he has expanded his movement vocabulary to incorporate everything useful and practical for achieving and maintaining a healthy mind inside a healthy body.
After years of practice and exploration, Bo shifted focus from the ritualistic and often unilateral nature of traditional martial arts training to researching and incorporating teaching methodologies across various Martial Arts styles, with the goal to support a Developmental, Enhancement, Performance, and Recovery Movement-based Program for all ages. He recently started The Grasshoppers Club and welcomes everyone interested to explore and discover ways to Re-Think Martial Arts in a modern and intelligent ways.
While still practical from a “martial” perspective, Bo’s classes are adapted to a modern society that demands mental and emotional resilience, critical thinking, and teamwork.
Bo’s open invitation to everyone is to Re-THINK Martial Arts, and his favorite quote is “A teacher is a student who teaches in order to continue his study” (Mochizuki Minoru Sensei)