My name is Brianna Clarke. I am currently the Head Instructor at LightSpeed Martial Arts and have been teaching here since 2012. I started training in martial arts at the age of 6, earning my Black Belt at age 16 under Shihan Ron Bennett at White Dragons in Utah. I have been formally trained in multiple styles of martial arts which includes a 3rd Dan Black Belt under Master Matt Salisbury of LightSpeed Martial Arts and I have a 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Sho To Kan martial arts along with Okinawa weapons. I have also trained in Judo and Aikido.
When I’m not in the studio, I enjoy taking my dogs Ludo and Rogue to the beach. I am often outdoors – hiking, kayaking and swimming in the ocean. You can also find me in any of our fitness kickboxing classes during the week!
I look forward to meeting and training with you!
My name is Jael (pronounced Hi-El) but I go by Miss J. I am the Head Instructor for our TASMA program and have been working at LightSpeed Martial Arts for the past 2 years. I love working with kids and have been involved with teaching and volunteering for schools, after school programs, youth groups etc. for the last 7 years. I am currently enrolled in Arizona State University – working on getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. In my free time, I like to hike, go to the lake, and travel. One day I would like to own a Bernese Mountain Dog!
I look forward to meeting and working with you and your families!
I’m Makayla Sutter, an instructor at LightSpeed Martial Arts. I first started training at LightSpeed 8 years ago and have since earned a 1st Dan Black Belt under Master Matt Salisbury. I love working at LightSpeed because of the amazing community, coworkers, and my passion for teaching martial arts to others. In my free time, I like to be active, play sports and read.
Hi my name is Alexis but everyone calls me Lexie! I’ve been a student/parent at LightSpeed Martial Arts for about a year. I am currently working on marketing for LightSpeed however, you may find me in the TASMA room from time to time. I have a background in retail business management and art/design. When I’m not working I enjoy taking my children to the beach, river and the park. I also love taking the Fitness Kickboxing class at LightSpeed! Hope to see you there.
Hi my name is Hunter Avilla and I have been training in Taekwondo since 2006. I currently hold the rank of 2nd Dan and have been teaching as an junior or assistant instructor since 2014 (excluding 2018-2021). I started my training here at LightSpeed in the Little Dragons program when I was 4 years old and have been training ever since.
Aside from my Martial Arts experience I am a college student at UCSC studying Research Psychology and hope to enter the PHD program in the winter of 2023. I spent the three years prior to the summer of 2022 working as a Barista and as a result I am overjoyed to be back on the mats working with many new and old friends here at LightSpeed.
Hi! My name is Sabrina Piana and I work at LightSpeed Martial Arts in the TASMA room. I’ve been doing Taekwondo since I was 15 and hold a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Han Gil style Taekwondo. Martial arts became a huge part of my life, to the point where I used to train for a minimum of 8 hours a day!Other than my martial arts training, I am a student at UCSC doing my B.S. in Biomolecular Engineering with hopes of doing a PhD directly after graduation to do cancer research. I look forward to getting to know you!
Hi! My name is Alex and I’m a first Dan Black Belt. I am a Martial Arts Instructor as well as a TASMA Instructor, so you’ll be able to find me in either room!
Outside of Tae Kwon Do, I am a Sophomore at Scotts Valley High School where I am a part of Student Government. On top of that, I really like to dance! I hope to have another wonderful year at LightSpeed!
Hey, my name is Logan Avilla and I am an instructor here at LightSpeed Martial Arts, though I have been training here for much longer. I started at LightSpeed in 2008 and trained for ten years for my Black Belt. I graduated last year (2022) from San Lorenzo Valley Highschool and I am currently enrolled at Cabrillo.
LightSpeed was my second home growing up and I don’t regret a minute I spent training. I am forever grateful for my taekwondo family and the opportunity to help preserve the culture and community built around our studio.
Hi, my name is Yanni Larsen! For almost my entire life I’ve been in love with teaching and practicing Taekwondo. I started when I was 6, and eventually worked my way up to achieving my 3rd Dan Black Belt under Master Matt Salisbury. Taekwondo has been a focal point of my life, and has taught me valuable lessons about discipline, confidence, and leadership. So when I was presented with the opportunity to become an instructor I immediately accepted, and have been teaching for the past two years. Teaching others Taekwondo allows me to help them reach their own true potential, just as it did for me when I was younger.
I am currently a senior at Scotts Valley High School, where I am enrolled in the full IB program. So when I’m not teaching or practicing Taekwondo, I’m usually doing homework! My hobbies include plants, art, and playing the piano.
discipline • goal setting • focus • respect • self-defense • fitness
Both my boys loved class from their 1st day!
“Both my boys loved class from their 1st day!! I was looking for a class that would keep their interest long term, build confidence, provide solid values and wear them out! We definitely found it! The instructors are GREAT! Very patient. I greatly appreciate the focus of the week and responsibility conversations Master Salisbury has with the kids. LightSpeed provides a fun, flexible, but also disciplined environment!”
Tae Kwon Do Dad
The teachers really “teach”!
“Master Salisbury is a wonderful teacher. He has discipline and has a way to really help the kids learn. My two children look forward to Tae Kwon Do class at LightSpeed! The instructors pay attention to each child, working one on one with them, helping them to correct mistakes and always encouraging good behavior. The teachers really “teach”!
Joining LightSpeed M.A. has been the best thing I have EVER done for myself!
“We love LMA! The instructors are great and put individual focus on the children when teaching Tae Kwon Do. My son has been training here since he was 3 years old and all of his teachers at school say he is very respectful and is a good listener! His grades are excellent and I believe it is a direct result from his training at LightSpeed! Not to mention, joining has been the best thing I have EVER done for myself!”
I HIGHLY recommend LightSpeed Martial Arts!
When you come into the studio you become part of the family
I have been an instructor at LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy for several years now, and have trained with the Master instructor for a great deal of my life. I won’t write about the teaching, as it would be a bit biased :), but instead I will talk about the people that train at the studio. They are fantastic! Everyday I teach or train in a class it is a pleasure to be there. The environment is very friendly and family oriented (my mom, my dad, and both my sisters train here as well). I have been to other gyms, and they just don’t have the same feel. When you come into the studio you become part of the family.
It’s like a big family!
LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy is such an amazing place! All the instructors take great pride in what they teach and really work to make sure their students grasp each part of each class. It’s like a big family. I am always so comfortable when I’m at the studio. Everyone here is so nice and helpful, instructors and students alike! Best place for Martial Arts in Northern California. 🙂
The instructors are very skilled working with kids
The instructors are very skilled working with kids. The kids are learning, having fun and are absorbing wonderful life lessons about respect and decency. Bravo!
Part of 60 pound weight loss
Great training, great attitude and great workout. Part of 60 pound weight loss.
This is my first time trying kickboxing. I am “hooked”!
An excellent summer camp program
An excellent summer camp program, my daughter has such a great time and they take great care of the kids.
Much more emphasis on the mental then the physical side of the martial arts and it has helped her a lot , would highly recommend.
Mr. Salisbury is patient, empathetic and really seems to love what he does!
Our two girls, 8 & 9 years old, have been going here since first grade. We have watched this group of kids grow up on this school’s curriculum. We have nothing but positive things to say about the quality of the education and the depth of their caring for their little charges. Mr. Salisbury is patient, empathetic and really seems to love what he does! Our oldest wants to add that he is, “really energetic and fun!”
A super fun and active party for little ones 3-7-ish years of age for a great price, consider LightSpeed!
I hosted my son’s 4th birthday party at LightSpeed and it exceeded my husband and I’s expectations! I called to book and they let me know that the sheet cake, decorations and goodie bags were all included in the very reasonable party fees! They also offered to send out invitations for me. The staff sets up everything for you so there’s no need to arrive super early. There is a clean and very large party room in the back where lunch, snacks and cutting of the yummy and free birthday cake takes place with a gigantic sword! The cake cutting was a highlight for my son for sure — don’t worry, it’s all very safe. Owner Matt had such an enthusiastic approach with the kids and made my son feel really special. We extended the party by 30 minutes and the kids were thoroughly entertained the entire time. If you are looking to host a super fun and active party for little ones 3-7ish years of age for a great price consider LightSpeed for sure! We would do it again in a heartbeat.
The most patient instructors I have ever encountered
I have to say the instructors at LightSpeed Martial Arts are the most patient instructors I have ever encountered. They tried really hard to help our son to acclimate to the class. I would highly recommend them!
The instructors are fantastic, and take pride in teaching martial arts
My son, my dad, and I enjoy being part of LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy. The studio is a great place for the entire family because kids, adult, and family tae kwon do classes and cardio kickboxing are offered throughout the week. I joke that this is my second home I’m at the studio 6 days a week. My son (7-1/2 years) decided early on that he wanted to take daily classes and work towards his black belt. I can’t get enough of cardio kickboxing and tae kwon do! The best part besides getting in shape, and being able to work out with my family is that the instructors are fantastic, and take pride in teaching martial arts.
My kids loved it and would have another party at LightSpeed
We were so pleased with our daughter’s birthday party at LightSpeed. The activities and celebration materials provided were more than what we expected for the cost. LightSpeed provided not only the goodie bags, paper goods, and decorations, but also gave us the option to have them get the cake as well. We were surprised by the number of children who attended, but the number of kids and the age spread (2 – 10) did not phase the instructors. Every time I was able to look up from visiting, taking pictures, and helping little ones, the majority of kids were involved in an obstacle course, breaking boards, and enjoying learning a little bit about martial arts. Best of all were the compliments I received from my fellow parents all of whom were not only impressed with the activities but with the instructors themselves. My kids loved it and would have another party at LightSpeed sooner if we had a birthday coming up.
Like a crazy hybrid between preschool and martial arts
I have a 6 year old son who came here for almost a year before he lost interest.
However, right off the bat I could see how unique and awesome LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy was going to be. The moment I walked in to the unassuming building I could see that the place is like a crazy hybrid between preschool and martial arts, and I think any child other than my own ADHD son would love the style that the teachers employ in their classes. When my daughter is old enough I will definitely be enrolling her in classes, as this place makes martial arts fun for young kids!!!
Super family friendly and great activity for people of all ages
This place is awesome! We asked LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy to put on a Self Defense Seminar for our Moms & Daughters retreat and they were amazing. Super family friendly and great activity for people of all ages to do. We appreciate these guys so much. They are a great addition to the Scotts Valley Community. Thanks for all you guys do. If you are looking for a great activity to get involved in use these guys because they are great and they know their stuff!
They offer a free introductory session
If you are shopping around for a martial arts academy for your very young child to older teenager, I highly recommend LightSpeed! The staff is amazing with the children, and just all around great to everyone. They offer a free introductory session for you to get a feel for the place, and for you to see how your child will like it. Take them up on it and see for yourself.
This place is great!
This place is great! I’ve loved working with Master Salisbury! It’s a great place to train and bring your kids to train too!!!! All ages!!!
The staff of LightSpeed really creates a family here
My daughter has been at LightSpeed for over a year now and to see the changes in her are what I hoped for! She was so shy and fearful and now she has confidence and can’t wait until she is old enough to be a junior leader! The staff of LightSpeed really creates a family here. The kids meet new friends and parents too!!! They offer classes, after school care and summer day camps. LOVE LightSpeed!