Ascend Martial Arts

About Our School

About our School

For over 20 years, we have instilled leadership within the Reno-Sparks Community using certified practices from the National Martial Arts Alliance

Our History

“Together, We Rise.”

Ascend Martial Arts (formerly Cancino’s Black Belt Academy, LLC) has been teaching the Reno-Sparks communities since 1999. Our students learn a variety of life skills that empower them throughout their personal and professional lives, and learn self-defense techniques that can be used in practical application. We teach traditional Taekwondo practices with a modern, competitive edge to assure that our students are grounded in martial arts ethic, but have fun and feel energized after each class.

All of our classes are taught by instructors that hold world-class titles and are up-to-date with National Martial Arts Alliance certification and first-aid training

Our Instructors

Mark J Cancino

Chief Instructor & School Owner – 5th Degree Black Belt

As the original founder of Cancino’s Black Belt Academy, he had led one of the most prestigious martial arts schools in Northern Nevada for over 20 years. He is a world champion title holder and is the lead instructor for over hundreds of students.

Leanne Dayao

Program Director – 3rd Degree Black Belt

Teaching the Lil’Dragons program, manning the front-desk and being the first face you see in the gym – Ms. Leanne does it all!

Alysha Cancino

Assistant Program Director – 3rd Degree Black Belt

In-between teaching our Leadership program, Legacy program and all level classes, Ms. Alysha is an accomplished World Champion.


We believe as long as you or your child are accomplishing your personal goals and having fun, it shouldn’t matter what type of martial arts you decide to take. Taekwondo is competitive, physically challenging, mentally engaging and teaches life skills beyond typical exercise. If you’re looking for a well-rounded experience, then you have arrived to the right martial art.

As our team grows and attendance becomes overcrowded into our current locations, we will consider other areas of Northern Nevada. Stay up to date on our news page for any updates regarding what’s happening in our gym.

Our team is fully committed to teaching you or your child in accomplishing goals. If you’re looking to become a competitive black belt champion – we can get you there! If you’re looking for a weekly activity that bonds your family together – we can help!

We are a dedicated Taekwondo gym; however, we do provide bully prevention classes, parent-bonding classes through self-defense, and host parties to promote camaraderies amongst all of our students. Feel free to check out our schedule for special events.
















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