National Recognition for Southlake's Spicar's Martial Arts
Since 2008 Spicar’s Martial Arts has been a staple in providing exciting Taekwondo training for Southlake residents and surrounding communities of Grapevine, Keller, Westlake, Colleyville and Trophy Club.
What Adam and Lucie Spicar started in a small store grew into 2 full time locations where over 400 students, ages 4 to 60, train and enjoy their journey to black belt while improving both their physical and mental fitness. The Spicar’s martial arts program is also being taught in local Primrose, CarpeDiem and Creme de la Creme private schools.
Next to traditional training children can enroll into a Leadership Program where students ages 6 and up practice important public speaking, body language and voice management skills. Public speaking is the #1 fear in America. However, communication skill is the backbone of our society. It allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. Without communication skills, the ability to progress in the working world and in life, itself, would be nearly impossible.
The Spicar’s Leadership Program is a cross between Toastmasters International and Scouts. Students get to practice in small and large groups in being a leader. During the leadership classes they get to stand in front of other students and speak, give commands and even read aloud from their leadership binders. Through careful guidance students quickly progress in their communication skills, giving them an important edge over children that participate in sports without any direct leadership training.
The Spicar’s have been recognized for their program quality, teaching methods and customer service. They have been featured in Living Magazine, Southlake Style, Impact Newspaper, North Texas Kids, Southlake BubbleLife and also on CBS DFW NEWS and ABC WFAA Channel 8.
Recently, in July 2018, the Spicars traveled to Las Vegas to be awarded the Platinum Mark of Excellence by Century and the Martial Arts Industry Association for their dedication to martial arts and exemplary service to the community as a whole and the remarkable impact it has had on individual students, in both their martial arts development and their everyday lives.
And, in August 2018, they were awarded with the Best of North Texas Reader’s Choice award by Living Magazine as the best martial arts school in North Texas.
The awards and recognition keep coming in as the Spicars and their team are featured in the national MASUCCESS Magazine in the upcoming February 2019 issue.
The 9 page article, titled Living The American Dream, tells a story of how Adam and Lucie Spicar immigrated to the USA, built a successful martial arts career and have been positively impacting thousands of local children, teens and adults.
Here is an excerpt:
Adam and Lucie Spicar immigrated from the Czech Republic in 2001 to make a new life in the United States. From teenagers who barely spoke English to a married couple running two thriving and growing schools in a Dallas suburbs, they embody what it takes to be successful not just in the martial arts business but in America itself.
“We came from a totally different culture,” says Lucie Spicar, “with two suitcases and just $1,500. Money we were supposed to return. It took us a couple of years to pay it all back. We didn’t even know how to rent an apartment. What is credit history? What is social security number? We had no clue!”
“We had a mattress on the floor for years before we decided we could buy furniture. And we ate a lot of ramen noodles and Hamburger Helper,” laughs Adam.
From the humble beginnings to now, where their hard work is recognized both locally and nationally, the Spicars’ attention has always been their great team of instructors and students with their families.