The Mat Martial Arts Reviews

Paul McCaughtry, The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

This is a great place to train. For adults, the primary draw is Krav Maga based self-defense that goes beyond traditional Krav Maga, filling in gaps most Krav Maga programs reproduce. There is also a children's program that is very popular. The instructors are knowledgeable, friendly and have varying experiences and martial arts backgrounds that add to training insights.

There are other popular classes including heavy bags as well as striking, combatives and mixed skills. You'll get a good workout but won't skimp on technique and application. In addition you'll find a nice selection of seminars and special topics for both the adult and child classes.

Paul McCaughtry

William L. Foster II, The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

My daughter is seven and she really loves practicing martial arts with Alec. He is a gifted sensei and works well with kids, teaching respect and discipline.

William L. Foster II

Joe Gleinser, The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

Great place. The instructors are friendly and competent. Class is an excellent work out while teaching self defense in an accessible manner to all skill levels.

Joe Gleinser

Rania Kandil , The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

All the trainers I've taken classes from are very knowledgeable and passionate about the classes they put together as well as supportive and motivational. They REALLY watch your form and care about your safety and go out of their way to make sure you are benefitting from and moving forward with your training. I've been to many gyms and have had many trainers in the past and I truely feel like I finally found my fitness home. Not only are the trainers great, the owners are very friendly and make you feel like home as well as the community of people who train there.

Rania Kandil

Bill Schehl, The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

I've had my boys here for several months now and am considering joining myself. I like the approach of teaching the kids movements appropriate to their age and the discussion of why the movement is important.

Bill Schehl

Miranda Sterling Rains, The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

After training for years and earning my black belt in one style, I found the nuances of learning a different style to be very difficult. Alec was able to break things down in ways that made sense to me. He has this uncanny ability to do this for every student he teaches, no matter how they learn. He makes connections to his students that effect them not only as martial artists, but on a deeper level as well. I've never encountered such a calm and patient, yet fun teacher in all of my years of study. I know my opinion may seem a wee bit bias, but it is Alec's confidence and his gentle and wise nature that attracted me in the first place. I felt at ease with him right away, as most people do. The world of self-defense and martial arts can be an intimidating one, but with Alec teaching, students feel safe to try new things and are eager to improve with Alec's encouragement. We hear from many former students that have matured into adults, but still fondly recall training with him and how his teaching touched their lives. I know you will love him, too!

Miranda Sterling Rains

Derick Alderman, The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

I really did not know what to expect when my son (5 yrs old) mentioned he would like to take Karate classes. Seemed like a good thing for him all around, to learn about focus, following directions, being physically active, etc. Unlike my son, I do not expect him to come out of The Mat with Ninja skills, but rather to learn simple and effective reasoning and self defense skills he can utilize as he grows. Alec and Miranda have absolutely impressed me. The approach they take with their kids gozen karate curriculum is spot on with what I would like to see a 5/6 year old learning in a class like this. It's not a belt factory, not about how hard you can kick or punch, but the skills you can acquire to go through life with self confidence. I would highly recommend The Mat, especially for kids karate classes. The other classes look great as well, for adults and teens, but I have not partaken yet.

Derick Alderman

Alex Kincell, The Mat Martial Arts Testimonials

The Mat has intelligent, experienced instructors. It's a great place to either begin, or pick up and continue your training in self defense, combat awareness, and all things martial. here you can learn to "walk in peace".

Alex Kincell



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