• Michael Cranwell

    Head Instructor

    3rd Dan Black Belt

    Phoenix Martial Arts was established in 2015 by instructor and founder, Michael Cranwell. Mike is a Kukkiwon-certified, 3rd Dan Black Belt in WTF Taekwondo, a Purple Sash in Kung Fu, as well as a former minor league professional football player. He has worked with youth, seniors, and disabled people in a variety of settings since 2001. Mike has taught Taekwondo since 2005.  Mike has trained in well over a dozen different martial arts since 2003, has won several tournaments in both Poomsae and Sparring, and brings both his vast level of experience and his unique life experiences to his teaching.

    The focus of Phoenix Martial Arts is on improvement. Phoenix Martial Arts uses Taekwondo as a vehicle to teach life lessons. Your skill level does not matter here, what matters is your effort. For parents looking to teach their children that hard work breeds success, this is the program for you. There are no short cuts here. Children will learn that hard work, dedication, and determination are the keys to success, be it here or in the real world. 

    The self defense/anti-bullying program is unique to this school and was put together with a multi-time World Champion Kung Fu master. It has been designed to give both you and your child the best chance to survive should you ever be in an unavoidable situation. This program is for people who want to challenge themselves, who want to better themselves.

    Iron Sharpens Iron.

    Phoenix Martial Arts is designed with everyone in mind, because the same traits are needed to be successful regardless of one's surroundings. Having previously taught large classes with both competitive and recreational students grouped together, Mike is well-versed in working with all levels of students at the same time. Mike has also been a personal trainer since 2004 and a nutritionist since 2005, and offers specialized programs for anyone looking to get healthier.

  • Faith Ashford

    1st Degree Black Belt

    Faith has trained in Taekwondo since the age of six, and been a Black Belt for five years now. Faith has been working with children for nearly a decade, both in Taekwondo, swimming lessons, and various camp settings. Faith teaches our L'il Kickers youth program, in which her unwavering patience and positive attitude help children build their martial arts foundation. She is an invaluable member of our club and we are very proud to have her. She will be away at school this fall finishing her Degree, and we look forward to her return next April.