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International Initiatives for MAIA

Uncategorized Nov 01, 2018

In the production process of MASuccess magazine, when I write a column based on an activity or event, there’s a natural time delay between the event, my writing about it and the date it’s published. Therefore, as I write about the Martial Arts SuperShow Europe, held in August in Dortmund, Germany,

the report appears in the most current issue possible.


With that said, it was an honor for me to have participated in the recent Martial Arts SuperShow Europe. The event, spearheaded by Markus Liedtke, Sascha de Vries and Toni Dietl, was, in a word, phenomenal. It was well-attended and, more importantly, wellreceived.


Participants trained, attended business seminars and participated in a show that is sure to become a yearly event, just as the original SuperShow is in Las Vegas every year.


This event was not limited to just schools in Germany; schools from all over Europe attended. In addition to me, attendees from the United States included Caitlin Dechelle, Ricardo Liborio and Annika Kahn. All of them presented various seminars. I flew in and out in less then four days, but truly had a wonderful



Becoming better acquainted with my fellow international martial artists in Germany was a great experience. We had co-hosted a SuperShow in Germany about eight years ago, but the Show in August far surpassed that first event. Participants, much like those at the SuperShow in Las Vegas, provided great feedback on the quality of the seminars. That is an indicator of good things to come with our European Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) partners.


At the Show, I met with David Lowe, who previously headed up MAIA in the United Kingdom. Together, we forged a new commitment to grow the martial arts industry in the UK. Between the UK, Germany and the rest of the European countries, we will be hosting a series of shows and seminars and will bring MAIA consulting to schools in Europe.


Additionally, we are recommitting to bringing back our consulting program, MAIA Elite, to Australia. Through our longtime partner, Fari Salievski, we will again be hosting seminars there.


MAIA is an international company with members in Australia, South America, Europe, the Middle East and even Asia. Now more than ever is a great time for us to grow abroad even more aggressively than before. MAIA’s mission has always been to grow the industry, and not just in the United States. This column officially announces our recommitment to doing just that.


When the industry grows, no matter on which continent, we all grow. When schools and clubs grow, we all benefit, no matter the country we call home.


It would be great to see the 2019 MASuperShow filled with school owners and instructors from all over the globe. In 2018, we had members and attendees from Holland, Israel, Germany, Canada, South Korea and the UK. In 2019, it would be great to see even more international participation and, through our new overseas initiatives, I am confident we will see it happen.


Be sure to schedule the 2019 MASuperShow dates on your calendar, and your plans to attend June 30 through July 3, 2019 at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.


Contact Frank Silverman at [email protected]. Follow Frank on Twitter and Facebook @franksilverman


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