Action Karate to Take Over Empty Route 130 Spot

Instructors there focus on teaching children and adults confidence and leadership.


In a couple of months, another vacant building along the Route 130 corridor will be occupied when Action Karate takes over the former Beneficial Bank by the new 7-Eleven.

The group is already trying to be good neighbors by getting in touch with local school districts and libraries to hold seminars—in addition to their normal classes—on anti-bullying, child abduction and more.

“It’s very fun and refreshing,” said Matthew Brenner, 21, of Action Karate. “We are able to channel their energy in a fun way, in an activity. We are teaching them something.”

Action Karate is a family martial arts center with locations in South Jersey and Pennsylvania. The group is temporarily holding classes at Temple Sinai until they move to their new location on Highland Avenue. Brenner’s brother Solomon founded Action Karate in 1994.

“What sets us apart [from other karate studios] is we teach confidence more than anything else,” Brenner said. “You learn martial arts not to hurt anyone else, but to get out of situations.”

Classes are for kids and adults and are tailored to their needs. Earlier this month, Brenner went to the Yocum School in Maple Shade for a seminar. He taught about 200 second-grade students.

“That went incredibly,” he said. “We cater toward preschools or anywhere up to middle school. The kids can see how cool and fun karate can be.”

Schools can ask Action Karate also to fit their seminars to the students’ and school’s needs.

“Yocum wanted a program on anti-bullying so we talked about teasing and exclusion,” Brenner said.

The group plans on visiting local libraries and holding seminars there.

Brenner got into karate at a young age, but sat on the mat crying on his first day,  he said laughing.

“Now I’m teaching,” he said. “It’s what I love to do. I feel like I have so much to give back. It’s given me so much confidence, it’s made me a better student and a better citizen overall.”

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Robert Scarpa January 26, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Good luck!
Sean McDonough January 26, 2013 at 01:18 PM
I just hope they don't push out Changs, which had been a cinnaminson mainstay for decades.
Mark C January 26, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Welcome to Cinnaminson!!! This is so exciting. Action Karate runs an incredible operation. Their heavy emphasis on character development and citizenship will make them a treasured asset within our community. I have seen them have a real powerful impact on our young people - and adults too. It's a great fit for that site too. Very happy to see all the new businesses continuing to come to Cinnaminson. Well done Cinnaminson.
Nancy Rinehimer January 26, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Great news! Action Karate is awesome! Mr. McQuaid visited our school (Family Co-Op Nursery School) and did a demonstration class for our children. They absolutely loved it! What impressed me the most was how Mr. McQuaid kept all of their attention focused (not an easy task with preschoolers) and was able to get each and every child involved in the lesson. Even our shy, quiet students were involved and raising their hands whenever he asked a questions! I wish Action Karate the best of luck - I am confident they will be successful!
lizabeth January 26, 2013 at 05:42 PM
why do we need two karate places?
Jenn January 26, 2013 at 06:42 PM
The same reason we need two 7-11s.
lizabeth January 26, 2013 at 06:48 PM
i still have not figured that out.
christine January 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I agree with Sarah. Chang karate has been a loyal tax payer and he has taught the same ideals along with the martial arts for decades. This new Karate business is nothing new as far as he thinks it is. Karate teaches self confidence and discipline for all the right reasons. But, pre-schoolers? Really?
FbS January 27, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Good luck to Action Karate.. Its great to see another empty building used again
Brian G. January 27, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Action Karate has given myself and my family the confidence to be the best we can be. Being able to accomplish tasks and handle everyday life to our fullest capabilities. I love the Action Karate family as if they are my own. It's great to watch them expand, it shows that the philosophy they instill into children goes a great distance. I wish Mr. Brenner and Mr. Mcquade the best of luck. Couldn't ask for better gentleman to teach our children!!
stephen January 27, 2013 at 04:23 AM
competition is a GOOD thing is it not?
Jim January 27, 2013 at 01:32 PM
That's great to hear. We've had friends go to other Action Karate schools and have heard great things. Good to see their coming to our neighborhood.
Barb Rivera January 27, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Will they be offering Adult kickboxing classes?
John January 27, 2013 at 04:59 PM
@Barb, I hope so maybe this will help U relax from the water problems, good luck...
Barb Rivera January 27, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Lol John.. At least I can take out my frustrations without getting into trouble. Thank u for your care & concern and I apologize for the backlash some give you for just stating your opinion.
John January 27, 2013 at 06:03 PM
@Barb, do not worry about that problem, I am a senior citizen and pay my taxes even thou they are our of wack with the market value and the flooding that U are facing....I know its not easy dealing with politicans who think we are a cash cow....good luck and enjoy the classes if they have them....
John January 27, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Its for the tax ratables that will generate money for the budget, update Barones gas station is almost down, great news for people and the eye sores....
Robert McQuade January 29, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Hi Barb! The answer is yes! We do have an adult kickboxing class. Is that something you are interested in? Mr. Brenner
Barb Rivera January 29, 2013 at 08:02 PM
@Matthew B, YES.. Very interested!
Robert McQuade January 29, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Okay great! We have a really wonderful program for adults! I'll give you a call to tell you more about it. What is your number? (if you don't want to share it on the thread, you can email it to me akcinnaminson@gmail.com) :)


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