The Martial Arts Learning Community, Inc. --- Mission, Vision, Values

By Dennis Lawson
Published on Apr 29th, 2010

The Martial Arts Learning Community evolved into its second year in 2010. We've published a number of articles on Organizational Behavior and what makes TheMALC different. We still get many questions about membership, testing criteria, hierarchy, etc. Yet, the most important question hasn't been asked. "What do you stand for?" In an effort to clarify the underpinnings of what TheMALC stands for, I offer the following:

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything!" Rev. Robert Schuller

The Martial Arts Learning Community, Inc. --- Mission, Vision, Values

The Martial Arts Learning Community (TheMALC) is a not-for-profit agency supporting various physical education services. In service to its clients, TheMALC is committed to the following Mission, Vision, and Values.


TheMALC seeks to support and advocate for a safe, efficient, and profitable Martial Arts industry across all styles and systems. Our mission stands regardless of studio or club size, organizational affiliation, type of operation, or country of origin.


TheMALC seeks to serve the core needs of all Martial Artists while proactively working to improve the laws, perceptions, and industry practices that enable Martial Arts amateurs and professionals to train, teach, and compete in a safe, profitable, and socially responsible manner.


  • Respect --- "Do not criticize any other martial arts or speak ill of others, as it will surely come back to you. The mountain does not laugh at the river because it is lowly, nor does the river speak ill of the mountain because it cannot move." This statement has been equally attributed to both Gichin Funakoshi and Koichi Tohei.
  • Walking the Walk --- "Be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi
  • Absolute Integrity --- "Knowledge does not grow like a tree where you dig a hole, plant your feet, cover them with dirt, and pour water on them daily. Knowledge grows with time, work, and dedicated effort. It cannot come by any other means." Knowledge is bound when one is compelled by tradition; knowledge is endless when tradition is bound." Ed Parker
  • Excellence --- "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." Vince Lombardi
  • Stewardship --- "A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." Gandhi

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." Margaret Mead

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Author Bio :: Dennis Lawson

Dennis Lawson has trained for 4 decades in Ed Parker's Kenpo. During his varied career, Mr. Lawson has been an IKKA Regional Director for Region #3, has acted as Master of Ceremonies for the International Karate Championships, and has published numerous articles in publications for the International Kenpo Karate Association, The Martial Arts Learning Community (TheMALC), and Kenpo 2000.

Mr. Lawson has had the opportunity to study other Martial Arts and holds advanced rank in Aikido and Takemusu Aiki Budo. Dennis taught, competed in, and promoted events in the New Orleans area for 20 years. Among his list of favorite achievements is choreographing and performing Kenpo for the Dance Council of New Orleans. His academic background in psychology and love of music allow Dennis to offer a unique and entertaining approach to tailoring "the Art" to the individual. Dennis has taught seminars in Ireland, Jersey Channel Islands, The Netherlands, Portugal, and throughout the United States.

Dennis holds a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Ed Parker's Kenpo and was awarded the title “Professor” under the auspices of The Martial Arts Learning Community (TheMALC). Mr. Lawson was inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year for 2006.

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