Martial Arts at 4 Winds Martial Arts

Welcome to 4 Winds Martial Arts Serving the Apex, NC area.

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Teen Martial Arts

Teen Karate

Adult Jiu-Jitsu

Adult Martial Arts


Tai Chi/Qigong


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4 Winds Martial Arts

200 Brierridge Drive
Apex, NC 27502

(623) 910-1675

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After 10+ plus years of wanting to take martial arts I went out on a limb and emailed 4 Winds one random night. I got a response within hours and was greeted with open arms from Sifu. I had no prior martial arts experience and not once felt intimidated by his instruction or others in the class. He has a way of making everyone want to work harder while also making us feel at home. Sifu’s introductory classes are a great way to witness all the wonderful things people have said in the reviews. I was ready to commit within 15 minutes of my first observation so I have a good feeling you will want to try it out! I don’t think you’ll find a better place.

Kristin Ledford

I have found the style of martial arts training I have been looking for. Over the years I have tried multiple disciplines and now I have found a home with Sifu Bob Melander. His teaching, understanding and knowledge is effective for beginners and advanced students of all ages. The instruction is very efficient and effective. Sifu makes a personal connection with each student and is very patient with all learning styles. I look forward to class every time! It’s wonderful for practical self defense, self awareness, mind and body, physical fitness and is just fun! Sifu is truly a hidden gem here in the triangle!

Robert Patterson

Sifu Bob provides training different from most schools. I have taken Gung Fu and Tai Chi in college and his training adds a different dimension to the martial arts mind set which provides me with a new perspective. As a 55 year old, I find the training exceptional and pushes me to limits within my realm. Kajukenbo Tum Pai provides a unique perspective on mixed martial arts that’s not about cage fighting but survival in self defense scenarios you might encounter..Sifu Bob is a great person and cares deeply about his students to learn in a respectful and positive environment that all should prosper. Helps with physical and spiritual fitness too, check it out if interested!



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Welcome to 4 Winds Martial Arts

Welcome to the 4 Winds Martial Arts website!! We hope that you will choose to become part of our martial arts “family”. If you are looking for an environment that gives you real world, practical self defense training, exercise, and fun all wrapped up in one then you have to check out our fantastic martial arts program specifically designed for teens and adults. We invite you to come and enjoy our 3 free lesson introductory program and you can experience being empowered through martial arts yourself! We guarantee you will leave each and every class with the positive inner feeling of self-accomplishment (not to mention 800 calories lighter). Our head instructor is Sifu Bob Melander has over 30 years of martial arts training and teaching experience, and along with our small classroom size, you will be guaranteed to receive the individual attention you need to achieve your martial arts goals.

Why Choose 4 Winds Martial Arts?


The self-defense system taught at 4 Winds Martial Arts is a true mixed martial art, meaning the best elements of Kung Fu, Kenpo Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Krav Maga and Escrima/Kali are seamlessly blended together to form a perfect combination of the External and the Internal Arts (also referred to as Hard Style and Soft Style Arts).

The self defense system addresses virtually every conceivable self defense scenario, including defenses against punches, kicks, grabs, and multiple attackers. In addition, defenses against gun, knife and club threats and attacks are part of our all inclusive system. It is based upon two essential principles: first, will the techniques work in the “streets” and second, can it be easily executed regardless of the size or gender of the defender.

Our curriculum includes learning how to properly punch, strike (open hand techniques) and kick with power and accuracy. Students also learn how apply joint locks (Small Circle Jujitsu), and the use of sweeps and throws (Judo) to take an opponent to the ground. In addition, we train in kickboxing, close-quarter combat (Chi Sao and “soft” sparring), ground fighting and the use of weapons knives and clubs to defend ourselves (Escrima/Kali). If a student is interested in tournament fighting, “Point” Sparring is also included in our curriculum.

One of the best workouts ever! Both Physically and Mentally!

One of the greatest benefits of martial arts is how your body changes without you realizing it. Constant sessions and training will certainly have an effect on your body! Because you’ve become so focused on learning new techniques, you don’t realize how much weight you’ve lost or how much flexibility you’ve gained in the process. Any workout that doesn’t seem like one is definitely a plus.

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Bob Melander

Meet Owner Bob Melander!

Sifu Bob Melander is the owner and chief instructor of 4 Winds Martial Arts. He has been teaching and training in Martial Arts for over 30 years and currently holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo Tum Pai and a 5th Degree in Chu’an Fa. Additionally, Sifu Bob has Grappling/Wrestling background, and has also taught Krav Maga. As a part of his Martial Arts program, he also teaches Kung Fu, Karate, Tai Chi/ Qi Gong, Judo/Jujitsu, and Escrima (Philippine Knife/Stick fighting).

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Teen Karate

Teen Karate classes at 4 Winds Martial Arts are a great way to instill integrity, courtesy and respect with teenagers in the Apex, NC community. 4 Winds Martial Arts programs teach teenagers the valuable life lessons of respect, self-discipline, self-control, and the ability to safely defend themselves when needed. The life skills taught by our professional instructors are instrumental in shaping confident, capable, and successful people in today’s society. Interaction with the community, starting at an early age, can be an enriching and pivotal experience for any person.

4 Winds Martial Arts serves the community with some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in Apex, NC. Our Teen Karate program has an age appropriate curriculum featuring classes specifically aimed at the physical development and mental capabilities of adolescents. By measuring the results of the individual student, and by establishing specific goals in the context of the curriculum at 4 Winds Martial Arts, our Teen Karate program carries over to many other activities, studies, and pursuits in life, particularly for young students. Teaching the skill of dedication to completing an activity, setting and reaching goals, is an important part of the program designed by our instructors.

Together with others their own age, every Martial Arts student can grow with the self-confidence that only a high quality Martial Arts program can deliver consistently. The course of self-improvement and leadership offered at 4 Winds Martial Arts can ultimately be a key turning point for teenagers. It’s not hard to see the impact our lessons have on young people – more confidence from within.

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Adult Martial Arts

The classes for teens and adults offered at 4 Winds Martial Arts feature quality curriculums tested and approved by expert Martial Arts instructor Coach Bob Melander. All material is designed to train individuals through incremental development into skillful Martial Artists. Coursework is influenced by a number of popular competitive disciplines. The training system utilized at 4 Winds Martial Arts is crafted so that any student with the willingness to try, to learn, and to persevere can become proficient Martial Arts practitioner.

In our Martial Arts for Adults classes, students learn through repetition alone and with partners in diverse, practical applications of techniques realistic scenarios. Other benefits of training in our system include development of skills that help in managing conflicts, reducing stress by releasing tension, and resisting temptations that commonly occur in modern daily life. Classes are designed offer so much more than just kicking and punching at 4 Winds Martial Arts. Our Martial Arts for Teens and Adults classes give you the profoundly important ability to gain self-confidence while improving your personal safety and physical, mental, emotional, and social capacities.

Our loyal, motivated Martial Arts students are provided all the tools necessary to enhance the body’s basic functions such as increased flexibility, core strength, and endurance. Self-defense is taught in a safe, enjoyable environment that emphasizes the values and practical application of Martial Arts prowess that could one day save a life. Successful students dedicate themselves to pursuing mastery of the Martial Arts techniques, life skills, and leadership traits. Here at 4 Winds Martial Arts, we strive to help our students achieve “personal victory” in Martial Arts and in life. It is not hard to understand why so many people train under the direction of Superb Jiu Jitsu instructor Bob Melander in Apex, NC.

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Tai Chi/Qigong

Sifu Bob is also a certified Tai Chi instructor and teaches Qi Gong (Chi Gung) and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan (Taiji). Because of Tai Chi and Qi Gong’s gentle, low impact movements, it can be practiced by everyone, regardless of age.

Also known as the “Grand Ultimate Discipline”, Tai Chi’s many benefits include:

• Meditative Aspects – a “moving meditation”
• Relaxation
• Managing Stress
• Better Posture and Balance
• Learning to “live in the moment.”
• Generating Qi for energy and health
• Better Sleep
• Conditioning the microfibers of muscles for better overall strength
• Reduce Blood Pressure
• Eliminate Joint Pain

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