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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.

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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
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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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The Challenge of Change

The Kaizen Challenge has begun! We’re here. Are you jumping in with excitement?


This is the part where most bloggers for a martial arts studio would show you nothing but eager anticipation for this coming challenge. It’s going to be fun. I’m going to get in better shape. Everything is going to be awesome. 


I do believe it’s going to be fun, and that I am going to get into better shape. I also believe that when it is all said and done it will feel awesome.  


Right now let’s talk about the hard. The Kaizen Challenge is in fact a challenge. It’s supposed to be hard, or at least a little hard. Hard comes in many flavors. There’s the hard because you don’t know what to do. There’s the hard because you aren’t strong enough or flexible or skilled enough yet. The flavor of hard I am struggling with will not paint me in a positive light. It is the “I don’t want to” hard. This is the flavor of hard that those of us who present ourselves as motivated industrious people don’t often talk about. 


The thing is, I do want to be part of the Kaizen Team. I want the camaraderie. I want to be part of the Kaizen Team. I want the sweatshirt. I also want to get in better shape. I want to get stronger. I want to increase my self discipline. I want to change how I view myself from someone who is only moderately active to someone who is athletic and fit. I want to feel the sweet feeling of accomplishment that comes from doing something hard and outside of my comfort zone. 


I definitely want to complete the Kaizen Challenge. The struggle is in the doing. Now that The Kaizen Challenge has officially begun, I’m looking at those push-ups and going, oh yeah, now I need to actually do those push-ups (and sit-ups and classes). Now I need to implement my action plan. It’s time to do the things. Complete my daily kaizen goals.


A frequent expression by writers is a quote by Dorothy Parker, “I hate writing, I love having written.” Of course the only way to experience “having written” is by writing. The only way I can experience “having kaizened” is to start doing some push-ups. 


My point is, even when the path is clear, one’s greatest hurdle is often one’s self. Humans are not machines. We are a complex mix of emotions and motivations. The action plan, the kaizen goals, make doing hard things manageable, but they don’t eliminate the hard. 


To kaizen; to change for the good, we have to change. We have to change ourselves, our habits, our mental outlooks, our perceptions of ourselves, and so forth. We have to change, and change is hard. It’s okay that it’s hard. It’s okay if the hard part is not the actual actions we are taking, but our internal struggle with doing the actions. Knowing if our struggle with ourselves is greater than our struggle with the actions might just be the self-knowledge we need to push ourselves to just do the actions even (or especially) when we don’t feel like it. As we change for the good, our new actions become less of a struggle. Through doing the actions we gradually move from who we are to who we want to be, and then suddenly who we want to be is who we are. 


We will experience the glorious feeling of “having kaizened” 


And now it’s time for me to do some push-ups. What’s it time for you to do?