About Vision Martial Arts in San Jose, California
Meet our Instructors
Master Kevin Waldschmidt is the current master instructor for America’s Best Karate of Almaden, located in San Jose, CA. Master Waldschmidt began his training in August 1989. Over the next five years, he flourished his skills under the direct tutelage of the masters developing his skill, vision, and aspirations. He also trained in the art of Sho-to-kan karate for three years while attending college at Chico State. He assisted the Chico State program in between the years of 1992 and 1993. He began his teaching career with America’s Best Karate in the summer of 1994 in Newark California and promoted to the Los Gatos school in February 1995. In 1997, the company made its initial public offering.
Master Waldschmidt was promoted to General Managing Instructor, directly overseeing the development of the nine Bay Area schools. In 1998, he resigned as General Manager to purchase the Los Gatos location. In 2003, he was promoted to 4th degree (Master Level). Besides Tae Kwon Do, he currently trains in the art of Chi Kung under the tutelage of Sensei Sid Fontana. Chi Kung, a Chinese martial art, is based on one’s relationship with their personal energy. It is a unique art in that it can be used for either destruction or healing. In 2007, Master Waldschmidt was promoted to 5th Degree. In 2012, Master Waldschmidt was promoted to 6th degree.
Janel Waldschmidt is one of our Pilates instructors here at American’s Best Karate. At the age of 17 years old, she fell 42 feet into a ravine. The impact fractured her lumbar 1-5, pelvis, hip and completely shattered the lumbar 2. Two surgeries later, she was left with a fused lumbar. She was told that she would be “Lucky” to be in constant pain and would lack the ability to walk properly. She then found Pilates, and is now pain free. Not only does Janel have the ability to walk, but she was able to have a normal pregnancy “twice”, which the doctor stated would be impossible! As the Senior Instructor for Almaden Pilates, she has trained in the Polestar Method of Pilates. Most recently, she completed certification through the Polestar Reforming New York Pilates Company. It is both her intention and passion to share her learning with others. At Almaden Pilates in San Jose, CA, we specialize in both rehabilitative and core strengthening through Pilates mat classes.
Heynia Cooley is another one of our Pilates instructors here at America’s Best Karate. Pilates has been an integral part of Heynia’s life for over ten years. A once avid marathon runner, triathlete, and competitive tennis player, Heynia discovered Pilates as a means to support her training and to develop core strength, flexibility and proper body alignment. She found that Pilates was an essential component in keeping herself injury free and strong while training. She also used Pilates to bounce back into shape after having her third son. Heynia is trained and certified in the BASI Pilates format and truly enjoys working with a variety of clients including teens thru mature adults. Pilates continues to assist Heynia in a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, surfing, and running.
Here at Almaden Pilates, we teach teen and adult students of all ages with all abilities. Whether you are looking to "tone up", strengthen your core, increase flexibility, rehabilitate an injury, or age in a more fluid way, we have a class for you. We offer Mat classes for both beginning and advanced conditioned students, rehabilitative classes and classes for seniors.
America’s Best Karate of Almaden specializes in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, and Pilates Classes. Our training programs are comprehensive and balanced and offer students the ability to learn technique, strength, confidence, and self-defense. At America’s Best Karate of Almaden we want our students to feel comfortable in class and to really get the most out of their time spent here. Our students will train, progress, and achieve here at our San Jose Martial Arts facility.
“Hard training requires a lot of physical stamina, but it also builds mental and spiritual strength too. ”
“We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.”
Interested in being a part of one of our amazing training programs here at America’s Best Karate in San Jose, CA? The first thing you’ll have to do is click on a program that you are most interested in. Once you have chosen a program you can then check out the schedule that is available right here on our site. You will then have the opportunity to sign-up online for one of our awesome web specials that we have to offer. And please, if you have any other questions or concerns that are not covered under our site don’t hesitate to give us a call directly – (408) 268-6639. We look forward to hearing from you and having you join our family here at America’s Best Karate, located in San Jose, California.