MAFF was founded in 2002 by Grandmaster Dave Wheaton, his wife Master Mel, and their sons Master Austin & Master Garret. They had previously lived in Hawaii – where they owned and operated a school for many years. The boys attended college in Santa Barbara, and together the four of them managed to teach all of the classes and run the business. Within a year, MAFF had established itself as a great place for fitness and martial arts training, and to date more than 10,000 Santa Barbarians have walked through the doors to experience a great workout.
The business is still family owned and operated today. In fact, Mel & Dave’s 3 grandkids are growing up training in the same tradition, and are already talking about teaching one day as well. When you walk into MAFF, you become a part of the family. We hope to see you soon!