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Justin M.

Beautiful and clean facility with AMAZING and HIGHLY MOTIVATING instructors!! I would highly recommend this Martial Arts Academy. Five Stars all the way!

Erika M.

Journey is a place of positive energy and growth! The owner, Virginia's extensive experience in martial arts and as a mom of five means that your children will be challenged and supported as they take classes. And as a mom myself, I love taking classes from her because she creates an atmosphere of support and friendship that is motivating. If you want to get in shape in a fun and positive community, join Journey! If you want your children to be active, learn, and have fun, join Journey!

Jessica C.

My son started training with Virginia as a pre-schooler and until K, only because we moved out of state. Initially, we just wanted to have him spend some energy, but we got much more than that. I loved her approach to discipline and values, and that she included parents on every class. My son responded so well to her style. Then my husband and I joined Virginia’s kickboxing class. She is an amazing instructor and great person to have around. I personally benefited greatly from her class; it was an outlet and I grew stronger, physically and mentally. We miss her classes so much. We highly recommend Virginia and her business.

Emily T.

I've never met a more humble, inspiring, and dedicated leader who has such a respect for martial arts and its core values- living by example. Virginia DeYoung, founder of Journey, is passionate about sharing the Journey we all walk together, pulling from its strength and finding common ground in its challenges. Her vision is shared through her children's programs and adult programs alike- includes Karate-Kempo and Kickboxing. This is a martial arts school that focuses not only on building knowledge, strength, fitness, and awareness through the discipline, but also building on the morals of living the "journey" knowing that the power you gain is not in the final destination but in the journey you make along the way. I highly recommend as a current student and hope to see you there!

Amber B.

Virginia is amazing. She was so welcoming to me and my family. Her facility is clean and very comfortable. We attended a bday party there along with classes. The bday party was so much fun for the kiddos. She did such an awesome job keeping the kids interested and they did so much in the few hours if the party! She also did a parents night out which is awesome as a single mom!!

Colleen S.

Ms. Virginia is fantastic with the kids. She takes the time to get know each of her students personally and works with each student to bring out the best in each of them. My son has thrived at Journey. Journey has strengthened his confidence not only in himself but in his martial arts. The studio is very welcoming and you feel like family right when you walk in the door. I would recommend anyone looking to start their marital arts journey to go to Journey.

Alysha R.

My daughters and I have been taking classes with Ms. Virginia for a few years, karate for the girls and kickboxing/max HIIT classes for myself. We all love the energy and focus brought to every class along with the awesome sense of community. The life skills incorporated into every class mirror the values and lessons we discuss at home.

Shannon I.

Thrilled to be part of the JMA family! Such a welcoming and open environment. My daughter has FINALLY found a sport that she enjoys and begs to go to every week. Thank you Ms. Virginia!!

Kaye P.

Virginia, the owner of Journey Martial Arts, is exceptional in her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. I highly recommend Journey Martial Arts!

Kimberly K.

I've been taking the 6am MaxHtt classes with Virginia since this past winter, each classes is different which keeps them interesting. Her dojo is very clean, welcoming and in a very convenient location. When the Covid crisis hit she immediately offered virtual classes and continues to do so which I am very greatful for, allows me to continue class without interfering with my work schedule. Thank you!!

Jessica G.

Journey and Miss Virginia has been a wonderful experience for my son and our family! When COVID hit, she immediately offered other options and didn't skip a beat- even offered socially distant driveway lessons! My son has grown in his Martial arts, but also his character. Highly recommend!

Kristen E.

Virginia has been absolutely amazing with my kids, especially catering to their special needs and incorporating trauma informed care into her 1:1 lessons with my daughter.
The birthday parties she hosts are also phenomenal. I would highly recommend Journey Martial Arts for lessons and parties for your family.

Jennifer H.

Journey is amazing. Ms. Virginia is professional, kind, and compassionate. She has taught our daughter virtually during the pandemic karate and how to be a kind person. This place is one of a kind and we are thrilled to be part of it.

Aimee H.

Virginia is so patient and kind with our children. She does a good job focusing kids' energy and pushing it toward quality activities.

You can tell the passion that Virginia has for what she does in her enthusiasm and care.

Anna D-s reviewed Journey Martial Arts
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Virginia is an amazing person strong loving and caring. As true martial artist always is.

Lorenzo Sandoval reviewed Journey Martial Arts
5
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Head instructor Virginia DeYoung is literally amazing. She has a very well decorated resume when it comes to martial arts. She has taught thousands of kids and has an amazing program. She consults other school owners from around the world with her ability to teach to young children and she is literally an expert in it. As a school owner myself I own a martial arts school and I wouldn’t learn from anyone else if I lived here. If you haven’t tried her classes, do it!

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School Bells and Falling Leaves, Welcoming A New Season

The leaves are just starting to fall, and the school bell is once again ringing. This year that school bell might clang on a campus full of new rules and regulations, or it might ping in a student’s bedroom as she logs onto Zoom. But however it calls us, it marks the end of one season and the beginning of another.

 

This is not a lament. There is a time for work and there is a time for play. Both are needed for growth. Work gets a bad rap. It is often viewed as being synonymous with drudgery. It is not. Or rather, it does not have to be. 

 

The work of the child is to learn and grow. Learning and growing happen all of the time. And just as there is a time for work and a time for play. There is a time for structured learning and a time for unstructured learning.

 

School covers the academic standards that society has determined are necessary to succeed in life, but lifetime success is not determined by GPA alone. 

 

Success in life is more often determined by one’s character. Does your child have discipline and grit? Is your child filled with self-confidence? Does your child understand respect, courtesy, and manners? Does your child feel at home in his body? Is she coordinated? 

 

These are the things that martial arts teaches. And, at Journey Martial Arts, these generally elusive and intangible skills and characteristics are made concrete. The kids can even earn badges in them. It’s very cool, and my daughter for one gets super excited and proud of herself every time she gets a new badge on her uniform.

 

And also fun. Did I mention fun? Because kids love learning. They don’t always like the way they are forced to learn in school, but kids love to learn new things. And martial arts teaches them so many new things. And it also teaches them how to do new things. They get to be the cool kid who can say that they have legit broken a board with their bare foot. Not every kid can claim that. 

 

My daughter has done karate at Journey Martial Arts both in person, and virtually, and both offer her that sweet spot of challenge where she is in the zone. She’s learning and growing and having fun all at the same time. She’s also becoming a more responsible and respectful kid.

 

And so as the leaves turn to gold, and the school bells clang, buzz, or ping. Welcome this new season of industriousness. And come join us here at JMA to welcome the lessons of martial arts.