“ Nick's passion is about empowering regular, everyday people and that's at the heart of his approach to everything. It's a great class if you're just looking for a great low-impact aerobic/anaerobic workout or would like to learn situational awareness and how to use your head to stay safe. Nick is great at leading classes that benefit both beginners and experienced attendees and gives lots of individual attention to each student. And he'll never yell at you or make you feel bad if you're not some super athlete--no "boot camp simulation" here in case anyone is worried about that. His classes are all about building up people's confidence and you'll think of him as more of a teacher than just an instructor. ”
— Alvin on Nov 17, 2015.
“ Fantastic! ”
— Beth on Sep 6, 2015.
“ Delivers on all aspects, physical fitness, self-defense training, while remaining engaging and challenging. ”
— Lewis Turner Jr on Jun 25, 2015.
“ What a fantastic class! Nick is a great teacher and guide, and a very kind and open soul. We're learning a lot in a short period of time, but Nick is always careful with our movements and makes sure we pay attention to our form as well as our strength. This group is a great opportunity to provide our bodies, minds and spirits with great workouts! Thanks, Nick! =D ”
— Verónica on Apr 20, 2015.
“ I've attended many sessions now and feel I have a great handle for the instructor, class structure, what they're offering/teaching, and if it's worth my time/money in order to now write an adequate review. Very reputable instructors teaching what they're extremely passionate and knowledgeable about. The value goes far beyond the classroom. You walk away feeling better about yourself (coordination/strength/agility/memory), improving your health, and being able to defend yourself. What resonated with me is that this is truly practical & functional fitness. In the 2 hrs of this class, I learn how to improve my health/physique as well as learn self defense skills. I don't get that at the gym from my 2-hr workout. At the end of the day I'm investing in myself and that's really invaluable. I get a great workout and don't need a gym membership. It's really fun, educational and you feel pretty bad ass ;) You have nothing to lose. See you on the mat! ”
— Angela on Apr 15, 2015.
“ You won't find better prepared or more knowledgeable martial arts instructors in the region. The instructors genuinely care about their students and are passionate about teaching each and every member how to better protect themselves and their loved ones, as well as how to achieve their personal fitness goals (whether that means working on your strength, flexibility, and coordination, or train up to the level of the instructors themselves; and that is no easy feat!). It's an intense workout, but when you start to fit again into your old jeans and skirts, there's no better feeling!!! Ladies, am I right? ”
— Elena on Apr 1, 2015.
“ Well educated, knowledgeable and very patient with new members. ”
— Lucinda Lawrence on Mar 28, 2015.
“ I recently decided to get in shape beyond walking and hitting the heavy bag . I knew this was the place for me after the first class. Nick is a great teacher who genuinely cares about your learning. All of my experiences were and continue to be amazing. I go to the 2 hour session on Saturdays. The time went by so fast, that by the first time I looked at the clock, the class was almost over. It's fun, energetic, and will make you realize how much you can improve yourself no matter what shape you're in. The lessons that are taught can also be used at home for really great workouts. If you stick with it, your life will improve beyond where you are at now, in a very noticible way. You will become faster, stronger, and think more clearly. I drive about 45 minutes one way to get there. Because of how much I enjoy this class and how awesome Nick is as a teacher, I'd drive an hour and a half each way and look forward to the drive every time. Try it, you will love it. ”
— Lee on Mar 1, 2015.
“ I went to the first class - a little early. I met a couple of he instructors. I was impressed. The class was fantastic. Nick taught the class. He has a solid workout. He is a great teacher with an strong connection to his students. Then. Then I got sick. One of those do not be seen in public sneezing, coughing, etc...I have not been back. This weekend I will return. The class is worth it. Give it a try. ”
— Andrew Horan on Feb 9, 2015.
“ I enjoyed this class. I managed to work up a sweat with the drills that Nick taught us. He's an excellent teacher and rather approachable. He takes the time to help us each have the proper form if he sees that we're struggling with the moves. This is a great fitness class that also utilizes moves used in certain martial arts. ”
— Natasha Young on Jan 25, 2015.
“ Great! Enjoyed the first session and look forward to more. ”
— Derrick Do on Jan 17, 2015.
“ This is something I did not really expect, this is not a regular run-of-the-mill martial arts training. Lots of real-life actionable advice and Nick speaks from experience. I was expecting it to be all about stick-fighting techniques but significant portion of the meetups is about self-defense tactics, how to act in unexpected/dangerous situations, how to protect yourself and others etc. Fair amount of insight into psychology/cognitive science, believe it or not. Brain-boosting music, anyone? Nick has a very authentic way of delivering his teachings and you can tell he cares very much about the bigger picture which is teaching people to protect themselves while getting healthier. The workout itself starts off very mild, you basically learn to swing the stick until you start putting basic moves together, and then you are all of a sudden exhausted physically as much as mentally. And it is never boring, not like going to the gym. ”
— Jamal Soltobaeva on Apr 2, 2017.
“ I've been doing this a long time...training in the martial arts for over 45 years. I was blown away by a video that I saw on YouTube, then I tried some private classes with Nick before joining this group. Nick is a younger guy...30's maybe? But he's certainly one of the finest martial arts instructors I've crossed paths with. At 30 something he has accumulated skills I've only seen in 70 year old masters. Nick insists his program is a "fitness" program, but what he's teaching is cutting edge in the martial arts world. He's offering more than any training program I've come across, and older folks like me can do it because it doesn't require superior athleticism. It does build athleticism, though. These guys are using bo/jo fighting and sword fighting (rare skills indeed) to build up our footwork and movement, which is crucial when defending against knives. VERY smart indeed! Nick won't tell me who his teacher is, but he's a master, no doubt. ”
— Roger Morris on May 15, 2017.
Your footwork for the 4 direction stick fighting drill is brilliant. Keep right on doing what you're doing, you're on to something big. I would love to see Musashi's philosophy and two-sword system be updated and presented in a practical 21st Century format that could be taught in your curriculum.
This is awesome. Attended first class tonight and the instruction and information was amazing. I'm hooked. The week can't go by fast enough. I'm ready to keep learning and improving on all the skills that come with this!
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