Mr. Vic Marotta
Head Instructor of the Minnetonka Studio
Victor Marotta is the owner of The American Karate Studio and manages the Minnetonka studio. He began his training in 1966 under master instructor Jun Seon Hyon, a Master Instructor from South Korea. Mr. Marotta received his black belt from Mr. Hyon in 1968.
Mr. Marotta began teaching karate as a student at the University of Minnesota. This is where he knew he found his true calling in life: to share what karate did for him with others who wish to learn. He taught the University of Minnesota intramural club, the physical education class, and many other classes at local high schools. After graduation from the U of M in 1970, Mr. Marotta was drafted into the U.S. Army. While in the service, he taught karate to the troops at Fort Bragg, NC, and Fort Hood, TX. After being discharged in 1972, he resumed training under his instructor, Mr. Hyon, in Minneapolis at The Karate Center. He anxiously awaited to earn a teaching spot at one of Mr. Hyon’s schools. Finally, in 1974, he became the head instructor at the St. Louis Park Karate Center and has taught professionally ever since.
From 1967-1971, Mr. Marotta competed in karate tournaments, winning or placing in several tournaments across North America. By winning the 1968 U.S. Martial Arts Championships in Chicago, Mr. Marotta became Minnesota’s first national level, open tournament Black Belt champion.
In 1977, Mr. Marotta purchased The Karate Center from Mr. Hyon and renamed it the American Karate Studio. Since then, he has opened multiple studios and promoted hundreds of students to Black Belt, producing many high-quality competitors over the years.
Mr. Marotta as Head Instructor at St. Louis Park Location
Mr. Marotta testing for Black Belt
Mr. Marotta performing a side kick
Mr. Marotta with beginner class (1990)
Mr. Marotta correcting student's side kick