Who We Are
About the Instructor
7th degree Black Belt, Shelly Walrath has been studying martial arts since the age of 8. With over 33 years of experience and 27 years teaching experience, she balances patience with firm discipline when teaching children. She is the 1991 PKL National Woman Fighter of the Year and PKL Hall of Fame inductee. Shelly has won over 300 local, national, and international competitions and medaled in England, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Canada in the World Championships. Shelly is a two-time World Champion winning the Gold in both 2001 (Austria) and in 2009 (Spain). Her passion in life is to teach children how to Choose Success through the martial arts.
2nd degree Black Belt, Douglas Walrath is the husband of Shelly Walrath, and an instructor at New Vision Martial Arts. Given that he used to compete on the wrestling team as a high school student and having made the international kickboxing team for the World Championships with Shelly, he knows a good bit about martial arts and teaching is but one of his numerous skills.
One of the skills taught at New Vision Martial Arts is leadership, and what better way to learn how to be a leader than by teaching? As students become experienced and begin to take initiative, Shelly may delegate them as assistant instructors, teaching them the values of patience, discipline, and confidence. Our assistant instructors Madison Walrath (15), Christian Wilson (14), Sydney Walrath (12), and Iain Snoddy (9) learn and grow as they help others learn and grow, and that is what makes teaching an important part of the martial arts experience.
Doug Walrath - 2nd Degree Black Belt