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Mallica Skyler Cooper

Hey there! My name is Mallica Cooper, and my whole life i've been dedicated to empowering personal, physical, and emotional growth in individuals of all ages. At Beyond Karate we develop tailored programs aimed at boosting confidence and enhancing well-being. My journey began with a passion for sports, particularly karate, instilled in me by my father, Vassie Naidoo Hanshi, an 8th Degree Black Belt. As I navigated challenges of relocating from South Africa to the United States, karate became my anchor, shaping my desire to support others facing similar struggles.

photo of sensei mallica posing in the park

Drawing from my experience working with special needs students in the Los Angeles Unified School District and teaching karate, I recognized a need for inclusive programs where all individuals feel valued and supported. In 2009, I established karate and camp programs tailored for kids with special needs, promoting understanding and acceptance among neurotypical peers. Additionally, as a woman in the martial arts community, I'm committed to empowering women through self-defense programs, fostering confidence and solidarity among participants. Each day, I strive to inspire others to believe in themselves and embrace their journey toward personal growth and self-care.



  • Program development and implementation. 

  • Family and individual children/ youth counseling. 

  • Individual & group instruction for those with special needs. 

  • Sports Education & Adaptive Wellness. 

  • Organizing & Managing People & Teams. 

  • Ran 70 strong teams to implement programs


  • LAUSD Special Education Certification

  • Director of Children’s Ministry 

  • Community Based Instructions (CBI) Certification

  • Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai USA Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

  • Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai USA Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) 

  • Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai USA Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt) 

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