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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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In the musical “The Sound of Music” the main character Maria, played by Julie Andrews, famously teaches the Von Trapp children how to sing by starting “at the very beginning.” She continues singing “when you read you begin with a, b, c, and when you sing you begin with do, re, mi. Maria, makes everything fun and doable. 

 

This past week, Frankie’s Daisy Troop started working on their safety award. One of the requirements is that the girls learn their phone number. For some reason, when I presented the idea of memorizing my phone number, Frankie was super scared. She didn’t want to do it. She didn’t even want to start. 

 

What’s a mom to do? Break it down. Teach it step-by step. Make it fun. And repeat it again and again. I started with the area code. I said the numbers in a fun sing-songy way. I made it into a repeat and answer song like the ones we sing in girl scouts. After about thirty seconds of this, she wasn’t scared anymore. In fact she was ready to tackle the whole thing. 

 

I can understand why Frankie was initially intimidated by the idea of being tasked with memorizing a whole phone number. I mean a phone number probably looks gigantic to a five-year-old. What’s interesting here, is that it wasn’t Frankie’s motivation that pushed her through. Despite really wanting to earn her Daisy safety award, Frankie was initially too scared to even try. Sometimes motivation isn’t enough. Motivation is important, but it’s only the first part. Often a task requires motivation plus a fun step-by-step way to learn.

 

Learning karate at Journey Martial Arts uses this same fun and effective technique. I would like to note that step by step method is used very effectively in the adult classes as well, but right now I’m going to focus on our youngest karate kids. The kids in Excellent Journey. 

 

Excellent Journey is for 3-6 year olds. In addition to exercising their bodies, increasing strength, flexibility, coordination, and learning karate moves, every two weeks the kids learn a word about character development. Frankie has already learned “manners” “coordination” “confidence” and “respect.” The word is incorporated into the whole lesson. The kids are asked to repeat back the definition multiple times throughout the class. Both rote definition and an understanding of that definition are part of the class. 

 

The word, or the essence of the word, is often incorporated into the exercises. I personally loved, what I have dubbed, “Manner Jacks.” Frankie’s class did jumping jacks by saying “please” (arms up) “thank you” (arms down). They also did manner punches and kicks where they shouted “excuse me” (right side) “thank you” (left side). 

 

What’s brilliant about this, is the accomplishments are real. There’s a specific skill or word that is taught and the kids have to demonstrate that they know it. The skills are small enough, and the lessons are structured in a way where all the kids can learn the word or skill. The kids know they learned something they didn’t know at the start of the week. If a definition sounded long and scary at the beginning of the class, it sounds super easy, if not by the end of the class, then by the end of class the following week.

 

The kids also have motivation to learn the word of the week. Frankie is able to learn my phone number because I broke it down and made it fun, but she wants to learn my phone number because it is part of earning her Daisy Safety Award.  

 

The kids in Excellent Journey get belt tips and badges for the words they learn. After they have demonstrated their knowledge, they get a tip on their belt which is a visual marker of success. Frankie gets so excited about these tips. And then, on week two, once they have demonstrated that they can take the concept home, they get a badge for their uniform, which is another visual marker of success.

 

Motivation without a good path leads to frustration, and a good path without motivation is just a path to look at. Motivation plus a good path is quite possibly the key to everything. This applies to karate and this applies to life. 

 

I love the focused, fun, step-by-step method, that is used in Excellent Journey. Frankie loves it too. In fact she told me she loves karate more than swimming, more than ballet, and more than playdates! So, I think it’s safe to say that Frankie is definitely loving and thriving, and dare I say, having an excellent journey, in her Excellent Journey classes.