Meet the owner’s!
World Champion Jason Brown and Grandmaster Monte Brown.
With over 75 years of combined martial arts experience!
Jason began his martial arts training around 6 years old. His father introduced him and his brother to martial arts early on in their lives and they trained at Burlington Martial Arts for about 8 years. He trained up to a high ‘Red-Belt’ but did not finish to retain his ‘Black-Belt’ there.
His brother Jeff eventually grew up to teach martial arts at the Canadian Martial Arts School in Ancaster. When Jason became a teenager, he took a break from martial arts until he turned 18. Throughout his teenage years, he would often find himself in troubling situations and martial arts eventually became his way out and calling. He began competing and thoroughly enjoyed it but in 1999, the owner wanted to close down the school where he had been practicing. Because Jason and his dad Monte had a genuine love for the arts and were capable of running the school, they were offered the opportunity to take over and continue to train others. With only 15 students left at the time, they accepted the offer. Up until the year 2005, the school had gained about 80 students but continued to grow in the years following gaining 100 more by 2007. At that point, they found a new home at a different location.
The father-son duo managed to open another location in Ancaster and 16 years later, the Brown’s Martial Arts School both locations flourish. Jason and his dad have always been involved and interested in all different types of martial arts including wrestling. They may not have been formally trained and gone through the different ranking systems but it’s always something they’ve been a part of and managed to train with other people.
Jason especially enjoyed competing when he was younger and by watching other students at a higher level, he became more confident that he too could get there so he decided to train with others in his community. Jason set his sight on winning a world title in each organization and managed to achieve that goal, receiving awards in WKC, WKA, WAKO and NASKA. After 15 years of practicing martial arts and feeling content with his achievements, Jason retired himself from competitions. As he continues to to grow and face life’s challenges, he still, at times, feels the urge to compete once more since it helped him to overcome difficult times growing up.
With both locations up and running, his vision for Brown’s Martial Arts is to have continued growth and to continue to refine his proven business model.
For Jason one of his biggest rewards that he had never anticipated was seeing people have careers at Brown’s Martial Arts and earning their livelihood through it. It is his vision to eventually open locations in other areas including the Hamilton community and the GTA. He hopes to give others the platform to have a successful career doing something they love and maybe even avoid some of the struggles that he had to face over the years. He hopes to one day hand down this family business to his children so they may continue to grow the vision and brand.
He’s also observed that after 17 years, some his students that weren’t the best at martial arts when they started, with dedication and hard work, ended up being some of the best Black-Belts to date. He uses this as an example to encourage any student who struggling with their confidence. Being a humble instructor, he continues to take pride in any student that may even surpass his own accomplishments and cherishes this to be his ‘greatest reward’.
With his 3 boys and other family members now practicing martial arts, Jason hopes for this family tradition to continue for generations to come.
Monte was first introduced to the practice of martial arts as a child. His father, who was in the army, taught a lot of the troops that were preparing for combat. With the knowledge he gained, he had shown his son various moves that he learned in the military.
Monte became interested in martial arts and was eager to learn more. His father began teaching him many self defence skills, including knife attacks and how to defend himself should he be in danger. He and his dad spent much time practicing wrestling techniques and this made Monte more interested in judo around the age of 12. While he was never formally trained in judo, taekwondo was next on Monte’s list of martial arts training. Lee Sukhi’s Taekwondo was the first Martial Arts school he attended which was located close to his home. They also taught karate and before he began his training, Monte would sometimes visit the school just to peek through the window eager to see all the moves they would teach their students.
Even though he was involved in football, baseball and basketball at his own school, martial arts definitely caught his interest early on. By the time he got to high school, Monte tried his hand at wrestling but didn’t gain a lot of training until around age 18 after he graduated. He began practicing more and officially started his training in taekwondo with Lee Suki in 1970. Back then, taekwondo was better known as Korean karate. Monte trained with them for 4 years and was 3 weeks away from his final test when an altercation with his instructor cost him his shot at becoming an official ‘Black-Belt’.
After the incident, Monte began to do a lot of the training on his own. In the mid-70s, he did more extensive training with this judo master Mike Johnson who eventually awarded him an honorary ‘black-belt’ based on his skill level. Like Monte, Mike was also a firefighter and one of the best Judo trainers in Canada. He was set to attend the Olympics and was favoured to win but was unable to fulfil that dream after he was blown off a building and injured his back while on the job. Regardless of his injury, he would still watch the boys practice their martial arts techniques. He had taken them to many festivals and taught them various knife-techniques that they were able to do in a live show.
By the time he was well into adulthood, Monte had trained in various types of martial arts including karate, taekwondo, judo, jitsu, hapkido and close-quarter combats of all kinds.
Monte’s son Jeff got involved in martial arts around 1983 at the age of 6. His younger son Jason also began training at the same age. Monte thought it would be a good form of exercise, help the boys with their awareness and also help them to be more prepared for self-defense.
To this day, Monte thinks his biggest accomplishments in martial arts lies within his sons and he shares the view that no matter how long you’ve participated in martial arts, you will always continue to learn the art throughout your life. Even though many would think he would be close to calling it quits, Monte is still very much eager to continue to teach and learning more martial arts techniques.