(407) 947-3656 paschoemann@gmail.com


Breaking Barriers Martial Arts is a 501(c)(3) that trains persons with disabilities in martial arts. For us, it’s about creating a pathway to greater independence.
AI Katarina Eckstein-Schoemann saw the need for a new type of physical activity for persons with disabilities.  Rather than just think about it or talk about it, she led the charge in getting the organization off the ground.

To train persons with disabilities in the martial arts, leading to confidence, focus, improved physical fitness, the ability to defend one’s self, and a more independent life.

Company Overview

For information on Breaking Barriers, see our portrait reviewed by the Community Foundation of Central Florida. You can go to cffound.guidestar.org and search for us or copy the link below into your browser.



Led by Kate’ Eckstein-Schoemann, we have been running Breaking Barriers since 2011. We received our 501(c)(3) status in 2012.  We have been working with some great kids with different types of disabilities. What we’ve found is what we expected: Each of them has wonderful abilities and each of them has a great story. Now, we are expanding. Anyone with any type of disability is welcome to apply. Parents are welcome to work with their children in our classes and can advance with their children.

Currently, we have 4 classes a week:

Tuesday: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – Open to all students

Saturday: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM – Open to students preparing for black belt

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM – Open to students 11 years of age and older

Saturday: 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM – Open to students up to 11 years of age

 If you are interested in you or your child becoming a student, please contact Senior Instructor Peter Schoemann at paschoemann@gmail.com or at (407) 947-3656.  Each candidate will be interviewed to ensure proper fit.

 Thank you to all of our donors for helping us make a huge difference in the lives of some great people.



Katarina Eckstein-Schoemann
Peter A. Schoemann
Christine Eckstein


Kate’ Eckstein-Schoemann, Assistant Instructor
Tyler Townsend, Senior Instructor
Peter Schoemann, Senior Instructor

Christine Laird, Certified Instructor
Rebecca Stockton, Assistant Instructor
David Eckstein-Schoemann, Assistant Instructor
Elise Gaines, Teaching Assistant
Christine Eckstein, Teaching Assistant

Mikayla Ryder, Teaching Assistant

Caleb Emery, Teaching Assistant
Kenny Eckstein-Schoemann, Teaching Assistant

Odine Manuel, Assistant

Thank you to all of you for all that you do.