History
Our style of martial arts is in the direct lineage of the Song Moo Kwan which was founded by Grandmaster Byong Jick Ro. The teachings of Grandmaster Ro were brought to the United States from Korea by several trustworthy students. One of whom was Il Joo Kim.I J Kim2
One of Grandmaster Kim's first students was Bob Chaney.
Master Chaney1
Grand Master Chaney continued to carry on the traditions of the Song Moo Kwan Kuk Ki Ryu while pursuing the knowledge of Muay Thai kickboxing as well as other martial arts. The teachings of Grand Master Chaney were entrusted to Master Gary Mattevi who continues to carry on the traditions of the Song Moo Kwan Kuk Ki Ryu, the teachings of Grand Master Chaney while pursuing the knowledge of other martial arts.


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Master Gary Mattevi
Master Mattevi is currently a seventh degree black belt, an inductee in the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame and an inductee in the Martial Arts Museum of America.

Master Mattevi began his training in September, 1974 under Grand Master Bob Chaney. His martial arts and life accomplishments include:

  • Promoted to first degree black belt under Grand Master Chaney, 1977
  • Founded Gary Mattevi's Martial Arts Academy, Inc, a full-time professional martial arts academy, in 1994
  • Inductee in the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame, 1996
  • Promoted to sixth degree black belt under Grand Master Chaney, 2001
  • Received the title of Renshi (martial arts expert technician), 2002
  • Promoted to seventh degree black belt under Grand Master Chaney on March 6, 2007
  • Earned the Master of Education degree in 2013, UNCG
  • Licensed ESL teacher (K - 12)
  • Promoted to Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Master Pedro Sauer, October 20, 2011;
  • Promoted to Purple Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Master Pedro Sauer, October 25, 2014.

Master Kim Mattevi
Master. Mattevi is currently a fifth degree black belt, the founder and head instructor of On Alert Self-Defense and program director of the Mini Ninjas (preschool karate). She was an adjunct Instructor at Lake Superior College (2003 - 2010) and co-owner of the martial arts academy.

Mrs. Mattevi began her training in 1993 in the Song Moo Kwan. Her martial arts and life accomplishments include:

  • Promoted to first degree black belt, 1998
  • Over 10 years of tournament competition
  • Diamond Nationals Karate Tournament first place winner, 1997
  • Certified personal trainer
  • Certified rape prevention instructor
  • Participant in Minnesota Police Defensive Tactics
  • Developed the curriculum for the pre-school karate program
  • Founder and Master Instructor of On Alert Self-Defense™, 1998
  • Promoted to third degree black belt, 2003
  • Promoted to fourth degree black belt, March 6, 2007
  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Education, UNCG, 2013
  • Licensed teacher in Early Childhood Education (Birth - K), 2013
  • Licensed teacher in Deaf Education (K - 12), 2013
  • Promoted to fifth degree black on July 7, 2015