White Tiger Martial Arts Academy
At White Tiger Martial Arts Academy we are a family, and our school is bound to become our students’ second home. We are a judgment-free zone, where mistakes are viewed as growth opportunities and your instructors and fellow students are your #1 supporters. You’ll learn a lot of impressive skills and gain many new abilities at White Tiger Martial Arts Academy, but the most important thing you’ll acquire during your time here? Our community.
White Tiger Martial Arts Academy
Here White Tiger Martial Arts Academy, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in martial arts and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below!
Mike Mason Opened WTMA in 2003 in hopes of creating something as rare as a white tiger. Mike holds many years of martial arts experience in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Brown belt) and Tae Kwan Do (6th degree Black Belt) and just as many years of teaching, making him an expert instructor and coach.
Kids BJJ Head Coach/Adult BJJ coach
Court Shaw began his martial arts journey under Mike Mason in the early 2000’s. Now, at 25, He competes professionally in both Gi and Nogi Brazilian jiu jitsu and is highly involved in other Combat Sports while heading the Youth BJJ program and coaching the Adult BJJ as well.
Assistant coach/head coach little kids tkd
Trinity is a BJJ blue belt and TKD 3rd Degree. He enjoys working with our youth programs and is excellent with the kids!
Jada Mason- Office/Receptionist
Aidan Fernandez- Junior Instructor
Advanced/Comp team BJJ coach
Chris (BJJ brown belt) began his Jiu Jitsu journey in Little Rock, Arkansas. Upon moving back to Georgia, Chris found WTMA and met Mike Mason. Chris was drawn to the family atmosphere and people of the gym and is now a part of our BJJ family, earning his Brown belt under Gustavo Machado in 2019.
Lineage and Affiliation
Our affiliation is an extension of our BJJ family and our Jiu Jitsu heritage. We are proudly affiliated under Gustavo Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and, through extension of him, R1NG BJJ.
Professor Gustavo Machado
White Tiger has been a godsend for our family. The instructors are top notch, the owner and manager are highly ethical, and the facility is excellent. Our experience there has been highly positive and we are so glad to have discovered such a family-oriented facility in Valdosta.
Very nice facility, awesome staff, and a wide range of classes for any age and/or skill level!
White Tiger has a great atmosphere for families. Instructors are always willing to help. White Tiger provides opportunities for all ages and levels to learn.
Mike is a very talented instructor and faculties are top level! Definite 5 stars!
Excellent summer camp for my grandson. Not only can he run off that ton of excess energy that is pent up from months of Covid 19 quarantine, he learns self discipline, discovery, overcoming challenges; respect for elders, others, and himself. He will learn self worth and develop the kind of pride that winners experience. So glad my little man is here. Wonderful experience.
I am so happy to be a part of such a positive family friendly gym. I feel comfortable with each and every one of my team mates. The instruction is top notch 🙏