(814) 235-5425
253 Benner Pike, STE D, State College, Pennsylvania 16801

About Monarch Martial Arts Academy in State College, Pennsylvania

Meet Tim and Cat Cook

Owners and Chief Instructors at
Monarch Martial Arts Academy in State College
5th Dan Black Belt

Welcome to Monarch Martial Arts Academy! We are excited to offer a family-friendly martial arts school that serves people in and around State College.  Our goal is to provide you and your family with the highest quality martial arts and fitness classes – second to none!

If you’re looking for an awesome place for your kids to learn and thrive in while having FUN, Monarch Martial Arts is the place for you! We offer programs that are perfect for kids, teens, and adults who want to get fit, learn self-defense and have fun kicking, punching and striking!

We also specialize in teaching special needs kids and have an awesome program just for them! It melts our hearts to see them smile from ear to ear whenever they accomplish something big or small.

But Can I Do This? Yes, You Absolutely Can! If you’re a total beginner, you might wonder about whether you can do martial arts or you may ask if some kind of prior experience is necessary. The short answer is... no experience is necessary and you can definitely do this!

We welcome people of ALL ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels… and will train you at whatever level you are. Your goals are our goals and your success is our success.  

You can begin taking lessons and improving your health and fitness right now. The only thing you need to get started is to have an open mind, a desire to learn and a commitment to show up. That’s it – easy peasy!   

Our classes are not only fun, but they also teach your kids valuable life lessons in a safe, well-structured learning environment.

These life lessons enable kids to believe in themselves and achieve…

  • Focus, good listening skills and a longer attention span
  • Courage, confidence and the ability to be bully-proof
  • Self-control, discipline and perseverance
  • Excellent health and fitness habits
  • Good social skills and a positive circle of friends

Where else can you get so many PRICELESS benefits for your entire family… in one central spot?

Check out the FANTASTIC web special going on right now! Classes fill up fast because it’s such a great deal… and 100% RISK-FREE… so reserve your spot today!

Positive Learning & Leadership Skills. At Monarch Martial Arts, we focus on fun-filled exercise, self-defense and character-building skills in all of our programs. Your child will learn to be a leader, not a follower. We want your child to be successful in all parts of their lives – now and always.

Kids who take martial arts lessons consistently get better grades in school, as well as get leadership roles in extracurricular activities and on sports teams. Our students are the BEST and your child will fit right in and be part of the best, too.

Your child will learn how to be more confident, safe, and more aware of other people, strangers, and their surroundings. This is not a fighting class. We teach powerful self-defense techniques that are safe and effective. Your child will be well-prepared and confident to handle any situation they find themselves in. 

Our awesome instructors have the knowledge and experience it takes to ensure you get the best workout possible, learn empowering martial arts, reach your goals, and have a blast!

We would love for you to become part of our growing community of martial arts enthusiasts today. We are committed to helping you and your family reach for the stars and help make your dreams come true. See you soon! 


Masters Tim and Cat Cook have 18 years of experience teaching and training in the Martial Arts and are Kikkiwon Certified. Their experience includes teaching children and adults, as well as those with special needs or who have learning or behavioral needs.

They are involved in their community working with The Jana Marie Foundation, holding charity events for the ALS Association, teaching free anti-bully and self-defense seminars and offer self-defense and awareness training for women and girls.

They have been featured in Taekwondo Times (Black Belt Beginnings-2015 and Martial Artists of the Month-2012) and have been inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame (outstanding contribution to the martial arts-military personnel and woman of the year), and the Legends Hall of Fame (instructors of the year).

Master Tim Cook served 20 years in the United States Air Force retiring with honors in 2013. Outside of Martial Arts, he is a part-time professional magician and enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.

Master Cat Cook recently went back to college to continue her education with the goal of a Masters in Sociology. She also enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her rescue dogs, and writing.

They are high school sweethearts who have been married 24 years and are raising four beautiful children. They are passionate about passing on what they’ve learned to their students. They are also firm believers in that you never stop learning and they continue to learn from their students, as well. While never forgetting what a white belt (beginner) feels like is the key to helping all their students reach – and exceed - their goals. 



How to Get Started

Come join our State College, Pennsylvania Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Adult Martial Arts, Kids Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, and Special Needs. 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 (814) 235-5425 if you have any further questions. Monarch Martial Arts Academy hopes to speak with you soon!

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