The Sensei

Master Eric Maggio M.Div.

Eric E. Maggio Founder and Head Instructor of the Next Level Martial Arts and the Christian Martial Arts System graduated from Baylor University in 2000 and received his Masters of Divinity Degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2003. He has served on the pastoral staff of several churches in Texas, Virginia, and California.

Sensei Eric has been teaching Tang Soo Do Karate since 1996. While at Baylor University Eric was the head instructor for the Baylor Tae Kwon Do Club and also started the Baylor Martial Arts Club. Later while in grad school Sensei Eric taught karate in 7 urban schools in Central Texas as part of the “Texas Lighted School Initiative” to offer programs to at risk children. From 2000 to Present Eric has started martial arts programs in churches and schools in Texas Virginia, and California. Including San Diego Schools like Calvary Christian Academy, UCHE Academy, and Heritage Christian School San Diego.

In 2016 Eric was inducted into the USA Martial Art’s Hall of Fame as The Christian Martial Arts Instructor of the year, and in 2017 he was inducted as Black Belt of the Year. He received congressional recognition and the silver presidential award the following year for his years of work providing free martial arts to at risk kids in urban communities. Currently he is on the Board of Directors for Heritage Christian School and serves as the Senior Pastor of Mar Vista Baptist Church in Imperial Beach, CA.

“Eric Maggio is one of the best instructors I have ever seen! He makes the program fun for the kids and explains everything in a way that all the kids can understand.”

Principal Rick Handloser
Calvary Christian Academy