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Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Matt Salisbury

About LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy in Scotts Valley, CA

Meet Matt Salisbury

Owner at
LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy in Scotts Valley
5th Degree Black Belt

Who We Are

LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy is a family focused Academy, where you and your child can take personalized training to reach your own ultimate goal. Whether that goal is simply getting fit or learning self-defense, our professional staff are here to support you! You and your family will have fun and make lifelong friends while gaining the benefits of training at LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy Academy. Family owned and operated for 20 years, our school has been voted Best Martial Arts School in Santa Cruz County, and it shows in the quality martial artists and instructors who train at our Academy.

OWNER BIO – Master Matt

Master Instructor Matt Salisbury began training in the Olympic sport of Taekwondo in Whitby, Canada in 1992. He moved to the United States to train under Master Randall Smith, receiving his black belt in 1996 at the age of 15. He has also trained under Soonho Song, the Grand Master who originally brought Taekwondo to Santa Cruz County in 1971.

Master Matt’s energetic instruction style marries traditional methods with new and dynamic ones to help students reach their goals in the art and in life. He keeps his focus on best practices in the industry to ensure students are receiving the highest quality martial arts mentoring possible. Master Matt holds a California State Champion title, has trained in Judo, Hapkido, Aikido and has trained in many weapon styles. Master Matt became a professional martial artist in 2007 taking ownership of his Academy at the age of 25. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from San Jose State University.

OWNER BIO – Mrs. Salisbury

Alexis Salisbury has been training since 1999 and has been teaching since 2002. A 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, she is warm and friendly, teaching perseverance, respect and integrity through her martial arts guidance. She brings care and focused instruction to each student, building a solid foundation for success. Alexis holds a State Champion title in forms and through her mentoring, many students have medaled at tournaments, reached Black Belt and are winning in life.


Julian Jacobson, LightSpeed’s Head Instructor, is full on excitement every time he steps onto the training mat. His classes leave students happy and well worked out! He leads with a passion that fosters perseverance, humility and integrity in students while making classes fun and dynamic. Children can’t help but be inspired and awed by his high spinning and jumping kicks. Julian often needs to check the ceiling height when volunteering in school classrooms before performing his techniques! He greatly inspires students to be their best in the Martial Arts and in life.

How To Get Started

Come join our Scotts Valley, CA Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Fitness Kickboxing, Summer Camp, After School, and Birthday Parties. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at 831-438-6068 if you have any further questions. LightSpeed Martial Arts Academy hopes to speak with you soon!

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