Still Water Martial Arts proudly serving Arlington Heights

Still Water Martial Arts has classes in Arlington Heights, perfect for kids, teen, and adult martial arts lessons.


All martial arts instructors at Still Water Martial Arts are trained to ensure that our martial arts classes are safe, effective and fun.

Our instructors and assistant instructors are trained to focus on more than just teaching martial arts skills; our staff are taught how to work with all students, tailoring their martial arts teaching methods to fit the individuals of all ages and abilities. Emphasis is put on encouragement and positive correction.

We are committed to teaching the physical skills of martial arts while applying attitude-shaping exercises aimed at bringing out the best character and physical potential in each student.

Through regular training, instructors advance their own knowledge, skills, and abilities to become even more effective martial arts instructors.

Still Water Martial Arts is proud to be a member of the World Tang Soo Do Association  and has been a member since it was founded in 2024.

Instructors at SWMA are required to maintain their personal level of martial arts knowledge and a high level of personal growth. They are expected to take classes on a regular basis and regularly evaluate their progress. Our martial arts staff at Still Water Martial Arts looks forward to working with you. Here is some additional information about our Tang Soo Do instructors:

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Mister Zachary C Mashburn

Mr. Zachary Mashburn is our Owner and Chief Instructor. Mr. Mashburn began his training with the World Tang Soo Do Association in August, 2009 while he was in college and has never stopped. The World Tang Soo Do Association, one of the premier Martial Arts Associations in the world with over 300 master instructors and 500 locations across the globe. He learned his first degree black belt in 2013, his second degree black belt in 2016, his third degree black belt in 2019. The next step is to be invited to Masters camp and begin the two-year testing process.

Mr. Mashburn has been teaching in the Martial Arts since 2010. He started as the karate club president at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. In 2015 he began teaching at Northwest Indiana Martial Arts Academy in Schererville, IN. During the 8 years that he taught at this location he saw it grow from 100 students to over 300 students in 2023. Today, Mr. Mashburn operates SWMA’s new 2000+ sq foot location at 2300- B Rand Rd in Arlington Heights, where the he is excited to bring focus, confidence, and leadership to the Northwest Suburbs.

Mr. Mashburn has a passion for teaching the Martial Arts and our Anti-Bully program. He not only enjoys teaching at the studio, but he also enjoys the opportunity to go to other locations like schools, churches or scout troops to share his knowledge.

Mr. Mashburn’s goal is to build SWMA into the premier family Martial Arts Academy in the area. His own family participates! His wife will be testing for her black belt in October of 2024.