Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Mayid.
Dan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Freehold, NJ. My mother is Italian American and my father from Bangkok, Thailand. When I was young, I was very shy. My parents wanted to find an activity to help get me more confident and out of my shell. At the Time “The Karate Kid” movie was popular. Most of my family referred to me as “Daniel San” and this definitely sparked my interest in Martial Arts. I had tried a couple of different studios but could not build the courage to actually step on the mat. It wasn’t until I walked into Art Beins Karate in Howell, NJ that I found an instructor that helped me take that first step. From that moment, martial arts became a huge part of my life. After training and receiving my black belt, I began assisting and teaching classes. I found that I learned a lot more about my art when I was helping others overcome obstacles on their journey. Here is where I found my passion for teaching. There is nothing more rewarding then helping someone else achieve their goals.
My love for teaching also led me to delve into other forms of martial arts. I began exploring Sanucus Ryu Jujutsu, Kickboxing, and Capoeira. I believe it is important for artists in all forms to keep an open and mind and continue to explore possibilities.
In 2001, I was at a martial arts convention in Atlantic City. I saw one of my childhood heroes, Don “The Dragon” Wilson” with a booth and had to get an autograph. As I approached, he stopped me and started asking me questions about myself. “How old are you?” “What is your background?” These questions took me by surprise but not more then what he said next. Don asked if I would be interested in auditioning for a role in his next movie. They were trying to cast someone to play his son. I told him I would love the opportunity, but in my head I figured he was just being friendly. We exchanged info and I left the convention without any high expectations. About two months later, I received a call from one of Don’s reps. He mentioned that they had been auditioning for the film with no success. Don had asked about “that kid in Atlantic City”. Lucky for me his rep had still had my contact info. Mind you I had never acted a day in my life. Long story short, I submitted my audition tape and booked the part. Next thing I know, I am on a plane to Los Angeles to star in a film. Being on set in a martial arts film was a dream come true. It is still one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I definitely got bit by the bug and had to move to Los Angeles.
I relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. I immediately looked for opportunities to teach and found myself at the world-famous House of Champions in Van Nuys. I am forever grateful for my time there and will always cherish those years. Teaching there allowed me to explore other forms of martial arts and granted me other opportunities to teach and coach students and fighters of all ages. I also began teaching at Muay Thai School USA in North Hollywood and was even granted the position of Head Instructor. With all that I had experienced and learned in my martial arts career, it was time to take the next step.
In 2015 I had the honor of marrying my incredible wife Addisa Goldman. It was around this time that I had decided it was time to open my own studio. With her support, I began to reach for this childhood goal. In September of 2017, we were blessed with our amazing son Kai Anthony Mayid. This added so much more fuel to my fire. I wanted nothing more than to be able to provide for my family using all that I have obtained.
Hitting some bumps along the way, my dream of opening kept getting pushed back. A lot of this was due to finding the perfect location. I have had a lot of years to ponder on what my studio would look like and it was important to me that I stayed true to that. Finally, it happened. I found a home for my students in Northridge, CA. What better way to bring my “Karate Kid” fantasy full circle than by the kid Daniel from Jersey opening a Karate/Muay Thai studio on Reseda Blvd. I signed my lease on March 1, 2020. We all know what happened from there. Unfortunately, my timing was not great since the world shut down on March 15th. Although I was discouraged, with the support of my family and friends, I am determined and am continuing to push forward. I am proud of what we have built here at Mayid Martial Arts and cannot wait to share my vision of how Martial Arts can make the world a better place to live in. When people walk into my facility, they will see what 30 plus years of hard work and passion look like. I am dedicated to creating a safe space for people to come and experience the benefits of self-confidence, self-defense, focus, respect, self-discipline, and love can bring to your life.
Has it been a smooth road?
Not at all lol. I think I answered this on the last page. Unfortunately opening in a pandemic and seeing my life dream and five years pursuit of it be jeopardized was very stressful to say the least.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My goal is to create a safe space for people of all ages and backgrounds to come and enjoy the benefits of martial arts. I believe that this art form is for everyone and its ideals can be implemented into all aspects of one’s life. I am most proud of how I have seen my teaching change people. I have had the pleasure of seeing my students grow from children on the mat into successful adults in many different professions. I put a lot of thought into approaching every student as an individual. Everyone is special in their own way and everyone learns in their own way. I believe a great teacher has a way of communicating a lesson that can reach every student in the room.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I love the city I have chosen to open my business. What attracting me to this location in Northridge was the amount of families I saw. There is no better way to approach something then as a family unit. I love this about Northridge.
- Address: 9719 Reseda blvd Northridge, CA 91324
- Website: Www.mayidmartialarts.com
- Phone: 818-818-6290
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Mayidmartialarts
- Facebook: Mayid Martial Arts
Photo by John Young aka Dreadie John