Walker’s American Martial Arts is on a mission to help kids learn self confidence and conflict resolution without resorting to violence. Children today need a safe outlet for their energy, where the coaches and instructors are worried about more than winning the next game. Where they are taught respect for their elders, their peers, and most importantly, true respect for themselves. All of this in an environment that fosters their individuality and creativity, while helping them to understand and respect the traditions of the past. And most of all, it’s really fun!!!

Adults have a different focus. Adults today need a place to blow off the steam of the day from school, work, or just life. They want to get in a good workout to help them get in better shape. All that along with learning some practical, effective self-defense. Fitness today is more than just diet and exercise. People have stress related issues. The confidence, self-esteem, and yes, the physical boost that martial arts gives them is just the thing to help blast that stress and live a more peaceful and centered life.

WAMA started in a tiny Dojo in Bartonville Illinois August 2012, lead by Sensei Joseph W. Walker II, a martial artist with 4 decades of experience. WAMA has never deviated from its  mission of bringing the best martial arts experience to every member, no matter what they are looking for. Our instructors have over 50 years of combined training in the martial arts! Not only are they knowledgeable in their system, they are passionate about the growth of every student and committed to a life long martial arts education. It is evident to our students and their families that our instructors love what they do and do what they love! And our commitment to excellence means that each student, regardless of ability, will receive the best instruction in Central Illinois!


Joseph W Walker II

Renshi Joseph W Walker II started his martial arts training around age 5 and studied throughout his childhood and into adulthood with his father in Peoria Illinois. He has gone to seminars and competed nationally throughout his life. He was promoted in 2012 to Yondan (4th degree black belt) by Hanshi Michael Ceballos, as well as a team of other black belts, including Kuma Warner. In February of 2019 Sensei Walker went before a distinguished board in Jackson Tennessee to test for his Godan, or fifth degree black belt. He was promoted by such distinguished martial artists as Grandmaster Craig Hamm (10th degree, World Budoshin White Tiger Hopkido Federation) Grandmaster Kirk VanDegrift (10th Degree, Yamatora Ryu Combatives), Kioshi Sherwin Moore (6th degree, Fudoshinka Dojo, Kempo Karate), Sensei Nick Franks (6th Degree, Goju-Ryu Karate) as well as a panel of other distinguished martial artists. He was also accepted into both the PROMA and Tenbukan associations and given the title of Renshi in June of 2019.

Renshi Walker has competed in traditional karate tournaments and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights alike. The MMA fighting has given him a more realistic understanding of self-defense. He says that the history and tradition of traditional karate should be respected and admired. However, the more real-world approach of the MMA fights can not be ignored either. If a person trains only in the complete control of the dojo, how can they be ready for a real self-defense situation? But if you only train to fight, there is so much you miss out on in how the martial arts can improve your life. It is balance to practice both kata, kumite, and bunki, traditional and modern is much the same.

Renshi Walker teaches at his small dojo in Hanna City Illinois, as well as being invited to teach at multiple seminars all over the country, such as the Kobudo Martial Arts seminar in Jackson Tennessee, and the Tenbukan Summer Camp in Etowah, North Carolina. He holds tournaments and Seminars as various times of the year, bringing the BEST in martial arts to central Illinois.

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