Guido’s Martial Arts Academy awarded Platinum Mark Of Excellence

Mike and Justa Guido of Guido’s Martial Arts Academy accept the Platinum Mark of Excellence Award from Century Martial Arts president Paul Webb (left) and owner Mike Dillard (right) in Las Vegas, July 2, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In recognition of its dedication to quality martial art instruction and community involvement, Guido’s Martial Arts Academy has been recognized with the Platinum Mark of Excellence Award from Century Martial Arts for the second consecutive year.

The Clovis martial arts studio was one of 25 businesses to receive the distinguished award in 2018, the highest honor bestowed by Century Martial Arts. The recognition attests to Guido’s Martial Arts Academy’s service to the community as a whole and the impact it has had on individual students, in both their martial arts development and their everyday lives.

“At Century, our core belief is that the martial arts have the ability to profoundly change lives,” said Century founder and CEO Michael Dillard. “That is exactly what our Mark of Excellence winners are doing — changing lives for the better in their communities.”

Mike Guido and his wife Justa accepted the award on behalf of Guido’s Martial Arts Academy on July 2 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the site of the Martial Arts SuperShow.

“This means the world to us because every day we strive to empower and educate the people of our community to live their best life through martial arts training,” said Guido.

In addition to teaching martial arts, the Academy gets involved in the community by visiting local elementary school to advocate against bullying. During these presentations, Guido and his team educate children how to handle a bully situation using their mind and not their fists.

They also hold supply drives and kick-a-thons throughout the year to help those in need.

“Every day we open our doors we teach more than kicks and punches,” Guido added. “We provide a place where kids can learn how to focus for better grades and have self control over their emotions. We provide a place where adults can have a positive outlet to relieve stress as well as strive for the goal of black belt. We teach people how to be champions in life.” ”