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Founded in 1975 by Master Ishmael Robles, Martial Arts America continues to be one of the finest and most professional studios in the nation.  We have taught many thousands of Galvestonians and promoted hundreds to the rank of Black Belt and beyond. 

Master Robles had a distinguished fight career and was one of the top karate fighters in the nation in the 70's and 80's.  As a kickboxer he held 2 U.S. titles and a world title.  Enjoy watching Master Robles in the world and U.S. title as well as a thrilling exhibition with world boxing and kickboxing champ Troy Dorsey!



What we aim to instill in our students

Goals               Respect               Attitude               Discipline               Esteem

meet the staff


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grand master ismael robles

One of the greatest fighters from the state of Texas, Master Robles is a 2 time United States karate champion, a 2 time (WKA/PKA) U.S. champion and the former KICK welterweight kickboxing champion of the world.

He is a member of the Texas, AmeriKick, Battle of Atlanta and United States Masters Halls of Fame and was promoted to 10th degree Black Belt in 2017 by the American Karate Black Belt Association. 

Involved in the Galveston community he has served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Historical Association, Community Action Council, KIWANIS Club, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee.  He was twice named "Man of the Year" by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.  He served the City of Galveston as the Director of Parks and Recreation for 5 years.

 His students include 33 time world champion Regena Thompson, GrandMaster Al Garza, and 7 time world kickboxing champion Cliff Thomas. 

Master Robles' personal instructor was GrandMaster Jhoon Rhee known as the Father of American Tae Kwon Do.  The system taught at Martial Arts America is Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do.  


Ismael Robles



(409) 740-2467  |

6123 Avenue R, Galveston, TX 77551

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