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Have you noticed that most schools do not publish their fee structure?  We did. However, instead of spending time on sales commissions and various fees we devote our time to instruction.  The cost is simple because we are straight-forward folks and we’d rather be teaching then selling.  We firmly believe that training 3x per week will change your life.  That’s why our pricing is straightforward and we offer a variety of ways to do it.

One class per week (beginners only option) $75.00/4 weeks

Two classes per week (regular program) $125.00 month

Pee Wee Fee $48.00/4 classes (deducted only when you attend)

Sometimes one parent wants to enroll their child while one parent is reluctant.  If this is you, if you are wondering why you might want to consider an education in martial arts, read on:


Bruce Lee said to “Be like water.”  We agree.

Now that we think about it, martial arts training is a lot like swimming lessons. 

Like martial arts training, swimming is taught as a fun, recreational skill, but everyone understands that knowing how to swim can save your life.  

Like martial arts training where kids are encouraged to play fight, swimming can be highly imaginative.  While pretending to be mermaids and divers, children and perfect their skill,  and accrue health benefits.  

Like martial arts training, in swimming one may choose to go to the next level and become involved in competitions to win a big trophy.  Or one might choose to be a teacher, or a lifeguard.

Swimming opens a lot of doors and allows kids to explore more of their world.  Think about it, do you want to go diving?  Water skiing? Snorkeling? Rafting down a lazy river? It’s all available if you have the basic skill.  Martial arts is the same, it instills confidence that allows you to trust your instincts, and go out into the world, be braver than you knew you were, speak in public, all that.

Like martial arts, once you are proficient and know the basic movements, you can refine your alignment and master economy of motion.  You can then re-visit these skills over a lifetime in many different situations.

Like martial arts training, swimming is on its deepest level about self defense.  You learn when to float away, when to dive in, when to swim parallel to shore until you are out of danger.

Furthermore, It’s one thing to be an expert in a controlled environment like a pool, it’s another thing to be able to know what to do in a swirling eddy or a crashing wave.  This is why we train sparring, to learn to read the signs and how to react appropriately, to refine our distance, balance, and timing.

 We train to learn physical literacy…to understand not only how to care for and improve our own body,  but to also read the strengths and weaknesses of other bodies as well. We hope this leads to compassion toward all and malice toward none, but being able to read a body and intent is an essential skill for self defense as well.

Ultimately we train in order to have a strong sense of personal worth, to be able stand up for ourself and our needs in any situation including the most dire.

If you’ve never taken a self defense class, it’s like you don’t know how to swim.  That said, like swimming, you can learn skills in a weekend.  Some training is better than none!  But proficiency and essential habits come with regular practice and refinement and that’s what we are here to do.

Martial arts training has a deep history and is deeply intertwined with the practice of yoga.  Like yoga, we think martial arts is an art form worth practicing your whole life.  Although we initially strive for belts and ranks to keep track of curriculum, there’s always more because as we age our bodies change and each day we train, we must the body we have today.

Unlike swimming, martial arts skills are somewhat counter-intuitive and so some of these skills can be perishable.  Obviously, if you can throw a roundhouse kick you will be better off than someone who never learned how to do it,  but consistency builds good habits and helps to maintain quickness, agility, flexibility, and balance.

When you enroll, we understand that not everyone will love training these skills as much as we do and that not everyone will make it to black belt and beyond.  But, we also know and firmly believe that you will be better off for the time spent here.   


Erik Lee and Maria Young

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