“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Grace Martial Arts had its beginning in 1971. Mark McGee became a Christian and began teaching martial arts from a Christian perspective. He became involved with Judo and Karate for Christ in 1972.  Mr. McGee started Grace Martial Arts and GraceLife Ministries in 1990 and began the online version for both in 1995. He worked with Grand Master Robert Xavier to start Grace Martial Arts Fellowship in 1997 and with Masters Ron Shively and Joseph Lumpkin to re-start Karate For Christ International in 1998. Mr. McGee continues to work with and support KFCI.


Mark McGee is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Yon Ch’uan Martial Arts, 7th Degree Black Sash in Shaolin Kung Fu, 6th Degree Black Belt in 15 Animal Kung Fu, Senior Instructor in Hwa Yu T’ai Chi Ch’uan, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Karate-do, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Korean martial arts, and 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate-Jitsu. He is a member of the Yon Ch’uan Martial Arts Federation, Hwa Yu T’ai Chi Health & Well-being Society, Pyramid Karate Association, Karate For Christ International, International Network of Christian Martial Artists, and Christian Hapkido Federation.  Mr. McGee is also a founding member of the Fitness Ministers Association. He teaches private martial arts classes (including traditional weapons arts) and public self-defense clinics in the Huntsville area and is also an instructor with Christian Soldiers Karate at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville.

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Sensei McGee’s Yon Ch’uan Martial Arts, 15 Animal Kung Fu, and Hwa Yu T’ai Chi instructor is Grand Master Robert Xavier. Master Xavier’s teacher was Grand Master John Chung Li who brought Hwa Yu T’ai Chi from China to the United States in 1968. Mr. McGee’s Shaolin Kung Fu and Seito Matsumura Shorin-ryu Karate-do instructor is Grand Master Stephen Van Camp.


For more information about Grace Martial Arts classes in Florida and Alabama, email gracemartialarts1@gmail.com.

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  1. I have a question. If I was looking for a Martial Arts class, and never taken one before, would it be a good idea to take Krav Maga?

    1. Hi, Emma. Krav Maga is an excellent system of self defense. Bottom line is that Krav Maga works in real-life situations. It can also be pretty intense, so suggest you sit in on a class to make sure it’s how you’d like to begin. That’s a good idea for any class you’re interested in attending. Is the class structured? Are the instructors focused on student safety and effectiveness of the martial art for real-life situations? Hope that helps!

  2. Interested d in your classes just wondering how far from me where are you classes held (location)?

  3. I would like to teach something similar at my Church in California. Do you have any material or resources you are willing to share or where I can find material on the many topics you teach on such as defense against rape, violent assault, robbery etc….

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