About Us 2017-07-19T15:07:08+00:00


We Live To Help Train You

Revolution Martial Arts wants to help each of its students take charge of their life, to overcome their fears and face everyday life with confidence. When a person can overcome their fears and have confidence in themselves they find that their everyday life is a happier life.

When you join our karate school, it is like joining an extended family. We encourage our students to get to know each other and to get to know the instructor as well. We are always there to help each other when needed and that’s one of the many things that makes Revolution Martial Arts of Cedar Rapids stand out amongst the area karate schools. Stop in and check us out; you’ll be glad you did.

Joining Revolution Martial Arts is Easy

Get in better shape, make new friends, and feel better about yourself.



“To me there is nothing more rewarding than helping to make a difference in our community and having a positive impact in a student’s life.”
– Master Jake Swanson,
Owner/Head Tang Soo Do Instructor
Revolution Martial Arts

Master Swanson has been a trainer and instructor in the Cedar Rapids Area for nearly 20 years. A certified 4th Dan Master with Traditional Tang Soo Do International under the instruction of Master Fredrick Scott, his devotion to tradition in the martial arts is very apparent in his teaching.

He also brings an exuberant level of energy, respect, and patience to every student, no matter the age. His passion for teaching is reflected in the personal demeanor, physical control, and willpower of every student that has passed through Revolution’s doors.

Featured in:

  • Tae Kwon Do Times Martial Art Magazine (multiple Issues)
  • Black Belt Magazine
  • Become Dangerous (self-defense DVD)
  • Improvised Weapons Secrets (self-defense DVD)
  • Guinness Book of Worlds Records (Assistant to Mr. Mike Gillette)
  • Ripley’s, Believe it or Not (Assistant to Mr. Mike Gillette)
  • America’s Got Talent (Assistant to Mr. Mike Gillette)

Other accreditations:

  • Personal Trainer with 15 years experience coaching high school, college, and professional athletes
  • Co-Founder of Cedar Rapids CrossFit
  • Level 1 CrossFit Coach
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Mobility and Flexibility Coach
  • Founder of the Revolution Open Martial Arts Tournament
  • Founder of the Midnight Ninja 5k Race
  • Technical Assistant to Mr. Mike Gillette, Professional Strong Man, Martial Arts expert, fitness coach and author.

Other styles studied:

  • Muay Thai Kickboxing
  • Chinese Wushu
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Kum Do – Korean Swordsmanship

Joining Revolution Martial Arts is Easy

Get in better shape, make new friends, and feel better about yourself.