American Martial Arts Academy proudly serving Chester Springs

Experience the AMAA difference, starting with our dedicated and caring instructors.

We Believe Martial Arts if for Everybody

At American Martial Arts Academy, we are all about helping people become healthier, happier, and more confident. Our philosophy is that martial arts is for everybody, no matter if you are 4 or 94, or anywhere in between. We are staffed by professional, experienced martial artists, who have dedicated their lives to sharing the benefits of martial arts with the community.


Earning a Black Belt does not entitle someone to teach. Our Instructor Training Program teaches instructors how to teach students in an interesting and entertaining way. In addition, all of our instructors and classroom assistants receive monthly training to enhance their skills and ensure a consistent teaching environment.

Our instructors are Black Belts in Shaolin Kempo Karate and are trained to teach children. They become familiar with every child by learning their names, strengths and areas for improvement. Instruction is tailored to the needs of your child in a group setting. Our instructors have all experienced the life-changing, confidence-building benefits of martial arts firsthand. In fact, most of our instructors started with AMAA as children! Because of this, we all deeply understand how a positive environment can bolster your child’s healthy development…in all areas of their life.

In everything we do, we embrace kindness, community, and compassion. Our knowledge, passion, and training provide the backdrop where your children can learn the skills that will help them thrive in all aspects of life.

Get to Know Our Wold Class Instructors

Meet Our Instructors | American Martial Arts Academy.

Sensei Paul Manili

Owner & Chief Instructor 

Meet Our Instructors | American Martial Arts Academy.

Mr. Rich Heebner

Associate Instructor

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Mr. Joe Manili


Meet Our Instructors | American Martial Arts Academy.

Mrs. Melissa Manili

Program Director

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Kids Programs

Our Kids Martial Arts Programs will help prepare your child for success at home, at school, and in life. Your child will develop skills in key areas such as self-discipline, respect, responsibility, self-confidence, and more.

Summer Camps

Help your kids create amazing memories with our flexible Karate Summer Camp that happens all summer long. Kids will enjoy field trips, karate classes, creative activities, an awesome staff, and much more.

FREE Self Defense

It’s not just a workout — it’s a life-saving skill. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones, even if an attacker is bigger and stronger than you. People all over Chester Springs turn to us for their Self-Defense training.