Our goal is to be the number one sport karate coverage site for competitors, spectators, judges, promoters and parents. We strive to make competition exciting and easy.
SportMartialArts.com: A Little Idea That Grew
In 2000, SportMartialArts.com founder Emily Cooper realized that a great way for the parents of her martial arts students to be able to see what happened at tournaments was to broadcast it on a fancy thing called the Internet. She learned a little html coding and started posting photos and videos on a site called maslinc.com. About 50 people found the site after the first month. After the fifth month, the views had grown to thousands and SportMartialArts.com was born. The driving force behind the site has never been money, all of the crew have other “real” jobs that pay the bills. Everyone involved from the beginning is involved because he or she loves this sport and wants to see it grow.
Since 2000, there have been tremendous advancements in technology and huge changes to the site. The SportMartialArts.com crew has covered nearly every major sport karate event in the world and has traveled all over the world to do it. The site is now the largest site dedicated to sport karate tournament coverage and is the original and most innovative provider of sport karate information.
The site continues to grow and our coverage crew gets better each season. And, more importantly, we continue to have fun. We hope that is reflected in everything we do!
Our Viewers, Our Supporters, Our Goals
Whether you compete in sport karate events, are a parent or instructor or are just interested in the sport, SportMartialArts.com has something for you. The website is a veritable history of the sport, with photos, videos and stories that tell where the sport has been and where it is going. If you have favorite competitors, our site has probably covered them. For competitors, it is easy to find information about upcoming events, track results from our premiere events and improve yourself to get ready for the next competition.
Our goal is to be the number one sport karate coverage site for competitors, spectators, judges, promoters and parents and to make competition exciting and easy.
Meet the Team
The main SportMartialArts.com crew is an interesting bunch. We meet almost weekly to brainstorm and catch up on site content as well as to see if Jeff can eat himself into a diabetic coma…
Emily Cooper – CEO
Emily is the founder of SportMartialArts.com. In her past, she has run a karate school and a tournament, used to compete in sport karate tournaments like a maniac but is now all settled down, kind of. She has a real job that has nothing to do with this website but she still loves going to events, covering the sport and trying to come up with new ways to make this sport better. You will find her at events taking photos, filming, talking with people for far too long and texting other crew members to make sure they are focused. Some of her favorite things are clouds, cotton candy, puppies, Chipotle and Coke Zero.
Jeff Langlois – Director of Media
After building his resume by developing some great video work for SportMartialArts.com, Jeff took off for Los Angeles to work in film production. He still comes to various events and is the main reason why we spend money on high priced equipment that he wants to experiment with and use, like remote controls and drones. Jeff is known for spectacular things like cutting open his head with his own kamas prior to competing and missing return flights. He also gets cavity searched by TSA on about 90% of our trips.
Nick Schneider – Chief Creative Officer (COO)
Sometimes we worry about what Nick is thinking about when he goes into his deep vacant-stare trances. And Nick invented our favorite Twitter hash tag of #getit. Nick does most of the creative graphic work behind the scenes and is the second in line with the site. Nick owns his own successful martial arts school and somehow manages to DJ during weekend evenings. He’s been friend-zoned by numerous hot girls and there is a two out of five chance that he will vomit at the Quebec Open each year. When paired with Jeff, it is likely that Nick will also miss his flight home from any given event.
Mallory Woods – Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Mallory Woods brings lots of experience and enthusiasm to the team as well as a ton of computer nerdiness. As a former member of Team CJB and a long time competitor, Mallory knows his stuff when it comes to competition – and he also goes great interviews. If you start talking about Superheroes or computers, you will hold Mallory’s attention for hours and he might pull out his own figurines to reenact his favorite scenes.
Jamie Cravens – The Life Coach
Like Peter Pan, Jamie has never grown up. The difference is that Peter Pan stopped growing around age 14 and Jamie waited until age 21 so he could be legal in all 50 states. Despite Jamie’s mental ability to party like a high school senior, his body parties like his true age which is in the executive divisions. Surprisingly, Jamie holds a very prestigious full-time position with a top company. During the moments when Jamie is focused, he takes fantastic photos, captures great video footage and his tweeting from events is totes redonkulus. As the older of the three male crew members, Jamie fancies himself a Life Coach and really tries to help Jeff and Nick to become better people at the tournament after parties.