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This is such a great school! They honestly care about you as a person first, not just a member. They also honestly teach you the arts and how to apply it in real life situations. This school dosen’t “sell belts” like other schools in the area; trust me... I did my homework, and did the trials; this is the best school in the area, maybe even Richmond

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I have been a student of martial arts for more than 20 years and am a certified instructor in more than one art. I took my 2 young children here 5 years ago, and was impressed by the teaching acumen and the firm but fair attitude of Master Hubley and his cadre of instructors. While it may not be the most “martial” of martial arts schools, the children learn discipline, manners, self-respect, leadership, physical fitness, teamwork and myriad values that aid them them in achieving higher plateaus in their journey of life. Master Hubley is a true master in his mannerisms with children and his martial arts acumen. I am proud to send my children here and will continue to do so because it has been such a positive influence on their lives (self confidence, fitness and overall well being). Not my primary concern, but it is also one of the most affordable and enriching after-school programs available.

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Martial Arts of West End has been in my life for 7 years, and has become a passion of mine, I haven't only grown as a person physically, but in other aspects like mentally, morally, and financially. From utilizing strong self defense to beautiful traditional forms and breaking your limits even when you think you can't, Martial Arts of West End is the place to be, with amazing instructors and the one and only Master Erik Hubley, you can accomplish anything. MAWE becomes your family always backing you up and being there for you, I don't know what I'd do without it, I love it!!!

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Martial Arts of West End is fantastic! The instructors are top notch, the curriculum is fast paced & fun and everyone treats you like family. Such an amazing workout and great life lessons. My son and I love MAWE!

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I simply can't say enough about Martial Arts of West End! Each instructor is fantastic and unique and brings their own style and perspective to the common values of the teachings. The family culture is welcoming and inclusive and creates an atmosphere that is always positive, encouraging, and supportive. Going to class several times a week has become a special bonding opportunity for my daughter and me to which we truly look forward. Whatever your motives -- be it learning self-defense, physical fitness, or just a hobby to keep busy -- Martial Arts of West End will no doubt exceed your expectations and help you become the very best version of yourself in the process.

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Martial Arts of West End is a fantastic place to train martial arts. Classes are fun, the people are friendly, and the instructors take the time to tailor instruction to the individual. They work with people with any sort of obstacle or challenge to best meet their needs. Training at this school is rigorous and challenging, but it is also accessible to anyone, young or not-so-young, fit or ready to become fit, new or experienced.

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I can't say enough about this place. My kids have been there a few years now and I couldn't ask for a better place for them. Master Hubley not only teaches martial arts, but true deep down core values that so many children lack today. He also maintains great relationships and communication with parents. He truly cares whole heartedly for each individual child and their families. For our family martial arts of west end is not just an after school program- they're also a PART of our family

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We were fortunate to become part of the Martial Arts of West End family a few years ago. I had studied martial arts many years earlier, but wanted to begin again and give my kids the benefit of martial arts training. Master Hubley and all the instructors immediately drew us in with their family-friendly program and their genuine interest in our success.

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Master Hubley and his team run a wonderful program. They teach kids discipline, respect, self-confidence, and the power of setting/achieving your goals. If you are up for it, they will teach parents the same thing. Join a great program that you can do with your children. Its well worth it.

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Martial Arts of West End provides outstanding after school and summer camp care for kids!! We've been members of Master Hubley's school for almost 7 years for two kids and I can honestly say that we've never considered another option once we started! Outstanding in every aspect!

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Me and my 5 years old son joined the martial arts seven months back with apprehension because this was our first time but I am happy to say that Master Hubley, Master Davis and all other instructors and members are very cooperating, helpful and patient with us as well as with all other students. I highly recommend this martial art class. This is a great place to learn taekwando.
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10 Tips for Martial Arts Training at Home

10 Tips for Martial Arts Training at Home

 

During the COVID19 pandemic, many martial arts students were forced to train at home.  Some were lucky enough to have live virtual classes, pre-recorded lessons, or other training methods provided to them from the studio they train at.  Even before the outbreak altered our way of life, training at home was still an essential part of becoming a lifelong student in martial arts.  I have put together below, ten tips for successful at home training, in no particular order.  I hope you find these helpful.

 

 

  • Stick to a set schedule

 

When you trained at a studio, there were set class times.  You knew Monday/Wednesday at 6pm was my training time.  Now that you are training on your own at home, there is more flexibility and less structure.  The flexibility can be good to a certain extent but if you want to stick with something, setting up a consistent schedule and training routine will go a long way in ensuring your success.

 

 

  • Have a clear plan for at least 2 weeks ahead of time

 

It is very likely your instructor had several weeks if not months of classes planned out ahead of time.  This was to ensure all of the curriculum was taught to every student in order for them to progress and improve.  If you are now training at home, you need to chart your course.  I recommend planning at least 2 weeks in advance.  You will be less likely to stick with training if you are coming up with what to do on the fly.  Plan out and write out the topic you want to work on for 4-6 classes at a time.  You will look forward to training because you know what you want to accomplish.  It will also help keep you on track as you are progressing through a plan you created.

 

 

  • Set a goal

 

Your instructor has probably told you numerous times the importance of setting goals for yourself.  Now that you are training at home, this is even more important.  Goals help motivate you and keep you on track.  They are specific and have a timeline associated to them.  You need to have a clear objective to your training and not just exercise.  Be sure your goals are doable.  Rather than setting a goal of learning the entire black belt curriculum in one month, set a smaller, more manageable goal of learn the movements of the next form this month.  If that was easy, set your next goal to be tougher.  If it was unmanageable, bring your next goal back down to reality a bit.  Adjust your goals as needed but don’t give up on them completely.  Don’t beat yourself up for not meeting a goal.  Simply evaluate and make adjustments.

 

 

  • Challenge yourself

 

Tip 3 above was to set a goal.  This tip is similar in some ways.  Setting a goal is one way of challenging yourself.  You need to go into every lesson with the following 3 things in mind: get a great workout, learn something new, and have fun.  Challenge yourself to do more pushups than you did last time or maybe to do one more set of kicks or spend an extra 5 minutes working on your flexibility.  If you try to challenge yourself every lesson, you’ll see way more improvement and stay motivated longer.

 

 

  • Get a partner

 

Training by yourself is boring, even for those extreme introverts like me.  Having someone to train with is a lot more fun and is something to look forward to.  Grab your mom or dad and ask them to join you.  Get your brother or sister off the couch to practice with you.  Call up a friend or ask your neighbor.  The person doesn’t have to be an active student in martial arts, just having someone along your side makes training much more enjoyable.  This is one of the reasons many people enjoy training at a studio; they greatly value the friendship and community of their fellow martial artists.  If you bring this to your home training, you can strengthen your family bond while exercising the mind and body.

 

 

  • Teach someone something

 

Who feels confident when they are teaching someone something really cool?  Everyone!  Once you achieved one of your goals, pick a small aspect of it and teach someone else what you’ve learned.  This will not only be exciting and fun, it will also be challenging and take what you’ve learned to the next level.  You may find that you don’t know something as well as you thought you did.  Don’t make it too challenging for the person you are teaching, especially if they are not a martial arts student.  Teach them something that takes only 5-10 minutes to learn.  They may come back for more and now you have a training partner!

 

 

  • Learn something totally new

 

For this tip, I don’t mean learn the next form or self-defense technique in your style’s curriculum, although that is not a bad idea if you are feeling idle at home.  I mean learn something totally new.  It doesn’t need to be a physical skill.  Perhaps you have always been interested in the history of the founder of your style.  Find a book and start reading.  Maybe you have always been into weapons forms but your style is limited in that respect.  Find a video and start learning.  By doing something that really excites you, it will help motivate you to stick with all aspects of your training.

 

 

  • Dress the part

 

I don’t mean go train in a ninja turtle costume or dress up as your favorite power ranger.  I do mean that you should put your uniform and belt on if not all the time, then at least most of the time.  Every time you put that uniform and belt on, you should feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Even if you are at home by yourself, you represent something when you put that uniform and belt on.  You are representing your studio, your instructor, all the people you’ve trained with past and present, and people who have trained in your style throughout history.  It is a big deal.  If you treat it as such you will feel a sense of pride and obligation to train hard and stick with it.

 

 

  • Use all resources available: books, DVDs, youtube, etc.

 

Bust out the DVD or VHS player and learn some tricks from some pros.  OK, it is more likely you will go to youtube but the concept is still the same.  Use all the resources at your disposal.  There are a lot of great books, videos, and magazines out there that can help you in just about every aspect of training.  It is also inspiring sometimes to see people doing awesome things you want to be able to do whether its aerial kicks and tricks for teens or flexibility types for the more senior crowd.

 

 

  • Free your mind

 

As Morpheus said to Neo in the Matrix, “Free your mind”.  During class at many studios there are rituals such as bowing and mediation.  It is important to maintain these rituals when training at home.  Meditating for only one minute prior to and immediately after training can have a profound impact.  You will be able to clear your mind (which is especially important these days) and have a focused training session.

 

I hope these tips help you maintain your training regimen!