Utah’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: United Studios of Self Defense

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that United Studios of Self Defense is a 2018 award winner for martial arts schools in Utah!

Whether you’re looking for a martial arts school in Sandy because you want to lose weight or help your child learn confidence and self-defense, there’s one school that can’t be beat — United Studios of Self Defense.

United Studios of Self Defense has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 4.86 stars, a spectacular Rating Score™ of 96.55 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 martial arts schools in Utah!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews they’ve received from their happy students and families:

“I could not write enough positives about my experience at the studio. The instructors are professional and courteous, as well as phenomenal teachers. My son (eight years old) has been attending for almost a year, and he is always excited to go to classes, private lessons and special events at the studio. Thank you so much for all you do.” – Gordon H

Not Your Average Martial Arts School

There are many things that set United Studios of Self Defense apart from other martial arts schools in Sandy, but according to Jason Covey, the co-owner of United Studios of Self Defense, it’s their focus on private lessons that makes the biggest difference.

In a private lesson, it’s all about the student, and the focus is on that student’s individual achievements. The instructors will start by teaching their students the basics, and then they’ll build up from there moving at the student’s individual pace.

At United Studios of Self Defense, it’s not just about punching or kicking; it’s about taking care of people. And they don’t have to trap students in with contracts either. Their students come back because they enjoy the programs provided, as well as the competitive rates.

We asked Jason why they do what they do at United Studios of Self Defense. Here’s what he had to say:

“Our mission is to teach martial arts to as many people as possible. We are martial artists first, and teaching is a big part of who we are.

Building Success Through Referrals and Community Involvement

Jason credits United Studios of Self Defense’s strong online reputation to his team’s commitment to maintaining their online presence through blogging and posting on social media.

At United Studios of Self Defense, community outreach is the name of the game when it comes to growth, and they participate in a variety of community events, including festivals, career days and school assemblies. They also get a lot of referrals from the students and families they work with.

We asked Jason what advice he has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are his words of wisdom:

“Structure your program so that you are providing long-term value with your classes. As a school, cleanliness is key, and it really makes a difference. It’s also important to treat people fairly and to recognize that, at the end of the day, the students must come first.”


Congratulations to the team at United Studios of Self Defense for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jason, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you or your child is interested in learning martial arts for any reason, we highly recommend United Studios of Self Defense. If you’re hesitant about trying martial arts, the best lessons come from the basics, and you should never be afraid to start! It’s super fun, and the team at United Studios of Self Defense is nice and caring. Visit their website today to sign up!

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: The Dojo – Perry’s Martial Arts

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Dojo – Perry’s Martial Arts is a 2018 award winner for martial arts in Utah!

Whether you’re interested in martial arts for learning self-defense or building confidence, look no further than The Dojo – Perry’s Martial Arts in Orem!

The Dojo – Perry’s Martial Arts has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, a fabulous Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 martial arts schools in Utah!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews they’ve received:

“I decided to try a class here just out of curiosity seven years ago. Right from the start, I could tell this was a special place, and I’ve never looked back. Master Perry is an amazing martial artist and instructor. He has a very clear way of teaching and a great sense of humor along with it. We have fun, we work hard and, most importantly, Master Perry helps us learn the material well. I love this dojo!” – Tiffany S

Not Your Average Dojo

The instructors at The Dojo are very experienced, and in addition to the many programs they have available for people of all ages, they also offer private lessons for people looking for more personalized instruction.

The Dojo is open six days a week, and they don’t charge extra when their students want to spend additional time there. Also, students aren’t locked into memberships at The Dojo, which makes it possible for people to try out classes without having to make a commitment.

The Dojo is a family-friendly martial arts school that offers customized classes that are made to fit the individual wants and needs of their students. They also have separate classes for different age groups, and they never put kids in with the adults.

We asked Joe Perry, the owner of The Dojo – Perry’s Martial Arts, why he does what he does. Here’s what he had to say:

“I’m wired to teach; I love teaching. I get more excited to see my students grow more than myself. Martial arts helps you grow as an individual; it makes your life better. “

Building Success Through Experience

The Dojo has been in business for 30 years now, and Joe credits his company’s strong online reputation to the fact that they have been in business for so long and their commitment to serving their individual students.

In addition to building a powerful online reputation, The Dojo has done postings in The Yellow Pages, Facebook ads and, every so often, direct mail marketing, which Joe has had good success with. They also have a decent location where they get a lot of visibility, and they get many referrals from happy students.

We asked Joe what advice he has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are his words of wisdom:

“You have to treat people how you want to be treated. Treat people with respect. Earn respect; don’t demand it. Keep your facility clean and professional. If you want to last in business, you have to be professional and show results. You have to walk the talk in martial arts.


Congratulations to the team at The Dojo – Perry’s Martial Arts for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Joe, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re interested in learning martial arts in Orem and you’re looking for a great school, we highly recommend The Dojo – Perry’s Martial Arts. Visit their website today!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Starworld Martial Arts

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Starworld Martial Arts is a 2018 award winner!

We are thrilled to announce that Starworld Martial Arts has placed in the top 10 martial arts academies in Arizona thanks to their awesome 96.00 Rating Score™. They’ve earned this phenomenal ranking through the many positive online reviews that have been left for them by the ecstatic parents, guardians, and students. Here are a couple of reviews that we believe really exemplify what makes Starworld Martial Arts special:

“My grandson was recently moved to the leadership program at only five years old, and he has improved his focus and confidence tremendously. He has been in the program for just over a year, and his progress from where he started is amazing. The instructors from the headmaster on down have been instrumental, patient, and caring in helping him get to the level [where he is now]. He really enjoys being a ‘leader’ and seeing what it takes to be successful. The program has helped his confidence and self-discipline at home and school also, which he had been struggling with. I highly recommend Starworld to everyone.” -R.C.

“My children started here at the end of May and have done nothing but impress me with their improvement. This program has helped my children learn more than just martial arts techniques. This program has taught them to respect others and themselves, show self-control, demonstrate patience, and taught them to never give up, even when the task seems hard. I would and do recommend this program hands down!” -D.G.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Academy

We spoke with Master Williamson, owner of Starworld Martial Arts. Through our conversation, it became abundantly clear that this academy is unique. Focused on self-defense, Starworld Martial Arts Academy offers a kid-friendly, yet challenging approach to martial arts, specifically Tang Soo Do. Their instructors, more than anything, are dedicated to helping students become better people and improve their confidence.

Building Success By Going The Extra Mile

We wanted to know how the team at Starworld Martial Arts built up such an incredible online reputation. According to Master Williamson, “Most people like to express their opinions when they have a great experience. We truly care about people succeeding, and we go the extra mile to help out. My door is always open, and I talk to parents often about their child’s work with us at the studio but also about school, attitude, and how to be a great friend. There is so much more to our program than martial arts.”

When asked what advice he had for other business owners who want a stellar online reputation, Master Williamson said, “It takes times, don’t be in a rush. Treat people correctly and have fair policies and procedures in place. Remember we are all here for a purpose: to help each other. Your business has to be there to help. We have to serve and have a mentality of service. Also, build a strong team with people who have the same mentality and commitment to service. When there is a problem, it’s simply a miscommunication, and you need to go in and communicate more effectively.”


Congratulations to the team at Starworld Martial Arts on being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Studio Award Winner: Universal Tae Kwon DO

Due to their fantastic 96.33 Rating Score™ and phenomenal service to their students, we are proud to announce that Universal Tae Kwon DO is a 2018 Top Rated Local® award winner!

Here are a couple of the terrific reviews that got them here:

“My husband and I love Universal Tae Kwon DO, they helped build our daughter’s confidence. She has improved so much from the shy girl to who she is now. Master Mike and his staff are so amazing and an awesome crew. They are patient with each student. Thank you, Master Mike, for an incredible school.” -F.T.

“My child has been a part of this organization for over a year now. His progression has been very noticeable from coordination to balance to overall strength. It’s really amazing. Master Michael and his instructors all do very well with the students from age 4 to age 60. I think the most impressive part is, the younger high belts really have been brought up to pass on the knowledge and encouragement that they received from their black belt instructors. I highly recommend coming in and trying it out. You won’t be disappointed!” L.R.

Owner, Michael Preisendorf, took a minute to speak with us about his business’ online reputation and success. This is what he thought we should know:

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

The atmosphere inside our school is a huge part of it. Most businesses in my field are high pressure and don’t offer high-quality instruction. The martial arts skills we teach are top of the industry here.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

We focus on the social, emotional, and physical attributes of our students. Every day, our focus is to make our students stronger in each of these categories, which builds their confidence. All of our instructors walk the walk. Typically, instructors of our high level will tell students one thing and do another. Universal produces well-rounded people.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

I’ve done this for 23 years, and I love it. What keeps me going is that I still benefit from the process, All of our instructors are here to give, not just to get paid. They love helping develop people. They recognize, as I do, that we’ve benefited from this program and want to give back.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

We get involved with local schools. Our after-school programs form a love of martial arts in a lot of kids. Each school has about 100 participants.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Make sure your leadership is strong on every level. Everyone needs to work in sync toward the same goal and be disciplined. Know your clients and make them family.


Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Michael! Congratulations to you and everyone at your studio on your 2018 Top Rated Local award!

If you’re looking for an excellent martial arts studio in Thornton, we highly recommend Universal Tae Kwon DO. You can get in touch with them over the phone at (303) 457-2426 or via email at universaltaekwondo34@gmail.com.

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Kaizen International Black Belt Academy

At Top Rated Local®, we’re proud to announce that Kaizen International Black Belt Academy is our 2018 award winner for martial arts in Colorado.

Kaizen International Black Belt Academy (IBBA) is an academy that believes that martial arts is about more than just the forms you practice; it’s about bettering yourself and giving back to those around you. They offer a wide range of programs that teach practical martial arts, like self-defense and bully protection.

Kaizen IBBA is 100-percent focused on their students, and that focus is reflected in their many positive reviews, which has helped them earn an award-winning Rating Score™ of 98.9. Here is just one of their stand-out reviews:

“Enrolling our son in the classes at IBBA was by far the best decision we made. There are a lot of other martial art facilities in Fort Collins, and we checked out most of them. The instructors here are top notch, and you can really feel that the instructors want the children to succeed. Mr. B is absolutely amazing with all the children, as are all of the instructors that my son has had so far!” – Jeremy G

So, how has Kaizen IBBA managed to get so many glowing reviews and build such an incredible reputation? We sat down with Owner Shelly Jauch to find out.

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

Really, the number one thing that’s helped us build such a strong reputation is that we’re entirely student focused. We actually don’t seek out reviews, input or ratings. Instead, we seek to be the best business that we can be, and we serve our students and our families to the best of our ability. It’s really that simple.

We just purchased the school a little over a year ago, and the thing that really solidified that decision was the fact that Kaizen has always been a family-friendly environment that focuses on character development. Every day, we bring our best, and that’s where the reviews come from. Marketing 360 and Top Rated Local have made a huge difference, though. We’ve received a lot of new reviews, and I think that consolidating them so they’re easier to find was really key for us.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

What really sets us apart is the personal touch we provide.

We also have three pillars that we live by.

#1. Quality martial arts is number one. We’ve built a quality program with a structured curriculum. Our students always know what they’re going to be doing, when they’ll be doing it and how it ties in as a building block to the rest of our program.

#2. Ohana is the family feel we offer; with us, everybody belongs. Instead of trying to approach students with a cookie-cutter mentality, we acknowledge that everyone’s journey is different.

#3. Character development is the last cornerstone. We have six key, character-building concepts that we teach — respect, perseverance, citizenship, integrity, self-control and responsibility.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

Kaizen means “constant, never-ending improvement and growth.” We want to see ourselves grow as leaders and teachers; we have as much to learn from our students as they do from us! And, we want to see our students develop in key areas of their life based on their goals.

We love working with people in unique situations, too. Our students include single moms, kids without a father figure and even people with disabilities. We want to build confidence in our students and help them bring out their very best self despite factors that others may see as shortcomings.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

Apart from digital marketing, we rely most heavily on word-of-mouth referrals to market and grow our business. We always invite people to tell us if we can do something better, and if they enjoy what we do, they will tell others! In fact, 90 percent of our students are here because of a referral. Some of our referrals even come from students who don’t come to our studio anymore.
For example, the other day, we met a family who was referred by a former student of ours from eight years ago.

We’ve tried print advertising, we’ve tried flyers, and we’ve gotten absolutely no success from those whatsoever. But, we love being involved in the community, and aim to help out as much as we can. We’ve had great success through our outreach events.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Our first piece of advice is to always focus internally. If what you’re doing inside your doors doesn’t reflect what you’re advertising, you’re set up for failure. When you have integrity, though, people will know, and the word will spread.

Second, there’s no question about it, you need an online marketing company on your side. It makes a HUGE difference when you have a focused strategy, and it’s worth the investment. When we compare our performance before partnering with Marketing 360 and after, there’s a world of difference, especially when it comes to our reputation. When you’re new, your reputation is everything. In fact, it’s the only thing you can rely on when you’re new!

Last but certainly not least, always be kind and always be compassionate.


From all of us at Top Rated Local, we’d like to congratulate Shelly and the amazing team at Kaizen IBBA for their tremendous impact on the community, for their incredible advice and for being a 2018 Top Rated Local Award Winner!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Business Award Winner: Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy

Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy is the premier location for Taekwondo, Martial Arts, and Self Defense in Parker, Colo., which is highlighted by multiple awards.

Top Rated Local® is pleased to highlight Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy with yet another award to add to their list of accolades: The #9 Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Business in Colorado, based on their excellent Rating Score™.

Striving for personal achievement through focus and fitness for the students, Owner and Head Instructor Cam Weber ensures his academy meets his standards of excellence by personally teaching classes and other instructors. This establishes a consistent experience for all students, no matter who is teaching.

The co-namesake for the Taekwondo Academy, Kim, is Master Cam’s original instructor. Kim has taught Cam since he was 6-years-old. This instruction has led Cam to victory at two national championships.

Cam has also trained in Korea, so he has unique experiences to bring back to Colorado and share with his students.

It was nice chatting with Cam about the Taekwondo Academy and how they’ve earned themselves such a positive reputation in the community.

“I love helping people become the best version of themselves,” said Cam.

The motto at this premier martial arts school is 100% Effort!

Cam and the rest of the team encourages each student to give all of their effort both inside and out of the dojang, striving to create champions in the Martial Art of Taekwondo, sport, and life, according to their website.

It seems that Cam’s mission is true for the students at the Academy and in the community. The Rating Score™ is compiled from their 70+ reviews online, in addition to some other factors. The best part is, Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy averages 5 stars in all 70+ reviews — an amazing accomplishment!

Here are some of our favorite reviews:

My daughter has been going to this place for 3 months now and she LOVES it. She is what would be defined as a “spirited child” and has had a very hard time trying activities and liking them enough to stick with them. She asks every day if she can go to taekwondo and when she is in Master Cam’s class she has a steadily built focus and respect that she desperately needed. I can’t recommend this place enough!” – Breanne, May 2018, Facebook

One of THE best Taekwondo schools in Parker, and the greater Denver area, and indeed the state of Colorado. Especially for competitive Taekwondo training. Master Cam is dedicated, talented and totally committed to improving the skills, capability and mindset through training at the school as well as joint training sessions with other competitive schools. Our son competed at the AAU Nationals thanks to the training at KC TKD. Although it is a competition focused school, it is a fun, family oriented school for the entire family. I would highly recommend this school.” – Rahul, August 2018, Google

Our team asked Master Cam about his secret to such a strong online reputation. His answer was simple.

“We provide outstanding instruction and service,” said Cam, “When somebody tells us about a great experience they’ve had with the academy, I simply ask them to leave a review. Also, if someone sends a nice email to us, I shoot them back some links for where they can leave reviews.”

It is pretty simple indeed. Cam puts in the hard work to make sure people have a positive experience with the Academy. Then, he asks people to leave a review when they share their happiness.

We’re proud to recommend Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy as a Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Business in Colorado. Congratulations!

Click here to see the full list of award winners for Martial Arts Businesses in Colorado.