Interview with Dr. John Malmo by Antonio Garrett (Marketing ’18)
The School of Business is proud to announce a new professor who has joined the Buccaneer family this fall, Dr. John R. Malmo. Dr. Malmo is coming from Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, as a visiting assistant professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from John Brown University in 2011. Upon completion of his bachelor degree, he received his Master’s (2013) and Doctorate (2016) in Recreation and Sports Management from the University of Arkansas. In conjunction with his educational achievements, he owns a martial arts studio, Malmo Martial Arts, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, where he is the chief instructor. He is also the CEO and owner of the Arkansas Fight League which was established in January 2009. He is married to Rosemary Malmo and has three children. I was able to meet with Dr. Malmo and ask him a few questions. Check out the interview below.
Q: What led you to Memphis and CBU?
A: I am focused on student development and application. I believe higher education should provide an environment for personal growth and experience in all areas of students’ lives in addition to providing exceptional opportunities for learning. CBU’s mission and vision are very much in line with my own beliefs and opinions about education and teaching. The Department of Management, Marketing, and Economics and the Sport Management concentration are well designed and offer me the ability to utilize my background and education to prepare future leaders in the industry.
Q: What sparked your interest in martial arts?
A: I have always had an interest in martial arts. I still remember scenes from TV and movies that displayed various aspects of the martial arts that I saw as a child. Growing up, I did my best to be involved in martial arts. This wasn’t easy since I was at the mercy of my parents’ schedules and willingness to support my interest. Once I was able to drive, I fully immersed myself in the martial arts world. I found tremendous instructors who opened my eyes to the numerous styles and systems that exist and showed me what can be accomplished in, with, and through the martial arts. When I found the Filipino martial arts, Silat, Kuntao, and other similar arts, I knew I found where I belong.
Q: What led you into teaching?
A: Teaching is, or should be, a natural extension of learning. One of the best ways to learn is to teach. When teaching, you have to fully explore and understand the topic. This forces you to research and analyze everything so you can help others learn. I enjoy helping others and thoroughly enjoy teaching.
Q: What are some of your current goals with your martial arts, education, personal life, etc.?
A: In the martial arts, I have reached numerous milestones. I am at the point where my responsibility is to preserve and pass on the legacy that was passed down to me. I continue to strive to prepare students to be able to protect themselves and their families while also sharing this legacy. In education, I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I earned a terminal degree (Doctorate) in my field so I attained that goal. Now, I am focused on continually improving how I teach and conducting more research to give back to education and the industry. At some point in the future, I would like to pursue a law degree (Juris Doctor) as a major interest of mine is sport and recreation law.
Q: If you wanted the CBU community to know one key thing about you, what would it be?
A: First, my door is usually open, and I genuinely like building relationships with students. My martial arts students are a part of my family. I want my CBU students to feel this way as well. Second, anyone interested in Sport Management (or Recreation Management) should stop by and visit. I am happy to explain what the degree is and what you can do with it. Finally, I am always open to sharing the martial arts and the multitude of facets it encompasses – self-defense, culture, etc. If any students, faculty, staff, or campus groups are interested in learning more about what I do or would like to train, I encourage them to contact me.