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About Us - Coram Deo Martial Arts

The Spiritual Side of Fitness
Begun in 2004, our name literally means "before the face of God." Led by Dr. Allen Sapp, who has been practicing martial arts for over 55 years, we strive to use our unique gifts to honor God. We do not just focus on the physical efforts of our students, but their mental and spiritual needs, as well.

Dr. SappAbout Dr. Sapp

An ordained minister, Sapp worked as both a pastor and an evangelist, and served as a missionary with his wife, Karen. Also inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame, he is a 12-time state champion, and has twice been named an Amateur Athletic Union National Champion, an AAU All-American, and most recently the US National Champion.

Awarded the bronze medal at the Canadian National Exhibition Championship and the silver at the U.S. International Championship, he also won the silver at the World Masters Championship. More than 50 state, national, and international medalists have trained under his expert coaching.


Karen SappKaren Sapp

Karen is a five (5) time national champion, twelve (12) time state champion, and has won a silver medal at the Canadian National Exhibition International Championships. She is also a Certified Judo Instructor with USA Judo SafeSport. Karen is Certified internationally with the United States Olympic Committee, and was inducted in to the United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame.





Mike CarrollMike Carroll

Mike is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, he is also a Nationally USA Judo Certified Coach. He's a 5 time State Champion and a local pastor.

Alex Brewer Alex Brewer

Alex is a 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo, and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate, and also does kick boxing. He has placed in the top three in the state in Judo Competitions. He is a nationally certified Judo coach and a licensed massage therapist. He brings a wealth of martial arts experience.

John Eckerson John Eckersen

John Eckersen is an investigator with the State Attorneys Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit and has been in law enforcement 26 years and has a total of 35 years in public service. John is a 2nd. degree Brown belt in judo and a registered club certified judo instructor with USA Judo. He has competed in several tournaments with medals to his credit. John is a great addition to our coaching staff and brings to the ministry his own unique perspective.




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