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Sam Kalinoski reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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

Doug Beisch

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.

Aleric Harris reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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!!!

Charli Barber reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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!

Todd Soren reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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.

Shannon Carr reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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.

Jeneva Hockett reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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

Courtenay Fisher reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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Exceptional, nurturing, empowering, confidence-building, mentally and physically challenging, and so much more. These are just a few of the words I could use to describe this wonderful school.

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.

Bill Norris reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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.

Kelli Cannon Brown reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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!

Smita Lal reviewed Martial Arts of West End
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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.
Front desk staff is also cheerful and helpful. Lots of respect to Master Hubley! Thank you Sir.

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“Be Prepared” — It Means More Than You Think!

For many of us, the reason we take adult martial arts classes is to prepare ourselves for situations in which we have to defend ourselves physically. We train for hours on theories, applications, strategies and tactics. We learn a thousand ways to counter every possible attack, we practice blocking, trapping, grappling, striking, and throwing. We discuss ways to be aware of our surroundings in order to avoid attack, ways to present a confident face to avoid being a victim, and ways to deter attackers using everything from our voice to our shotgun. We train to be prepared.

But, there is more to self defense than just getting out of the situation. There are many factors to consider beyond simply what the best possible take down might be.

Before we even think about striking back at an aggressor — and preferably long before we even face that aggressor — we should consider the legal ramifications of what we are doing. There are many laws regarding what constitutes self defense and what does not. Did you verbally provoke the physical response by entering into a heated argument? Did you move forward to enter into the striking range even if it was the opponent who initiated the first strike? Did you continue to fight after the attacker ceased forward momentum? Did the event occur in school? A positive answer to any of these questions may work against you if you use a self defense excuse with authorities.


Laws in many states and municipalities are very specific and yet in other areas they are extremely vague and open to interpretation. Do the research for yourself, speak with law enforcement professionals, school principals, and lawyers about what your rights are. If you ever find the need to defend yourself, consider all of these things first; once combat begins there is no rule but survival! When all is said and done, always be the first to report the incident to the appropriate authorities.

As many of our military veterans can tell you, the war does not end when the battle is over. There are many emotional issues associated with traumatic situations. Are you emotionally prepared to continue fighting, even if it means taking a life? This is something you need to ponder well before you need to find out. Adjust your training to conform to your personal beliefs. If you are unwilling to take a life, then adapt your training to include more evasion, submissions, joint dislocations, etc. No matter what, be prepared to go beyond your comfort zone. IF you are morally against taking a life, your outlook may change drastically when you find yourself fighting for the life of a child or loved one.

Assemble a team to help you deal with the internal consequences of combat. People on your team should include a physician to assess for physical trauma and document all injuries (including a rape kit… rape is never the victim’s fault, and getting immediate medical attention is a necessary first step toward dealing with everything else), a counselor to help you deal with emotional trauma, a lawyer to help you deal with the legal impact that just may continue for years afterward, perhaps a spiritual adviser to help reconcile what you have done with what you believe.

Be prepared for the feelings of paranoia that may arise as you try to resume your life, be aware of victim’s guilt: while it is never the victim’s fault, very often we internalize the situation and think “If only I hadn’t walked down that street.” Or, if things turned out favorably, beware the flaring of the ego that may spur you toward attempting more dangerous superhero antics.

We train to be prepared, but as you can see, there is far more to consider than simply physical conditioning. Just as our personal life experience is a microcosm of all that occurs in the greater human experience, our time spent in the gym, dojang, or kwoon must be a microcosm of the entirety of what we will experience in a self defense situation. If we want to be lucky, and make it through this journey in one piece, we must remember that luck is simply a convergence of preparation and opportunity. Opportunity is always out there waiting, for good or for ill, but the completeness of our preparation is always and solely up to us.

Will you be prepared?