California’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Studio Award Winner: Academy Of Self Defense

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Academy Of Self Defense is a 2018 award winner!

“I did the two-week trial, and I was immediately hooked after my first class of Krav Maga. This place is full of great staff who care about what they teach and who teach very relevant skills, all while kicking your butt with a hard workout. Others students at this place are very friendly and welcoming to newcomers, creating an open environment that helps learning. If you come to learn how to defend yourself and get a good workout in, look no further.” -Daniel C.

That’s just one of the more than 500 fantastic reviews Academy Of Self Defense has received on verified review sites, giving them a 98.33 Rating Score™, a 4.83 average star rating, and a spot among the top five martial arts studios in California.

A One-of-a-Kind Martial Arts School’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

Neal Newman, the owner of Academy Of Self Defense, took some time to speak with us about his business’ reputation and success online,

Getting down to brass tacks, we asked about Neal’s secret to success. He told us, “The services and training we provide are top-notch. We are a true hybrid — what UFC is trying to accomplish with the big-gym feel. We combine diverse fitness programs with muay-thai, krav maga, and combat hapkido. We offer unlimited fitness memberships and total memberships — you can take four fitness programs for $49, or the whole kit for $99 (includes self-defense).”

Neal and his team of instructors are committed to providing a place where people can not only get a good workout in, but build community and learn self-defense. “We always have the same comment when people come in: the facilities are so clean, our staff is engaging and doesn’t intimidate our members even though they’re trained fighters,” he said. “Our goal is to develop every client to his or her highest ability. We know people have different proclivities and abilities, so we give every person the best chance to maximize their innate skills. We’ve taken diversity to a new level wherein anyone can walk through the door, get fit, and learn how to defend themselves.”

Making the World a Better Place By Helping People Get Fit

We wanted to know how Neal and his team work to serve their community and make the world a better place. “We want to give the average person the opportunity to learn how to get fit and defend themselves to the best of their ability, and this can often be very difficult when it comes to self-defense, since instructors are strong, powerful, fast athletes, and it can often be far too intimidating for regular people. Everyone knows that it’s about the customer — we offer a network of support and favor it over the tough-guy machismo that usually sells. We are adamant about safety and nurturing our clients’ abilities,” he said. “I’ve been in business for 14 years, so we have a culture of support. For a fighting gym, it’s really hard to pull that off. I don’t look for guys with chips on their shoulders, badass complexes, etc. We actively monitor what’s going on and do not allow trainers whose personalities can become liabilities.”

Here’s Neals advice to other business owners:

“Customer service is the most important thing. You can have an unbelievable marketing campaign, but you absolutely must give people value at all times. The customer might not always be right, but he’s NEVER wrong.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Neal! Congratulations to the team at Academy Of Self Defense for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Centers Award Winner: Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in Alabama!

If you’re looking for expert Jiu-Jitsu training for all ages and experience levels, look no further than Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu in Mobile.

Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu has received dozens of reviews on two verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 84.60 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts centers in all of Alabama!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We love Corey and everyone at Gulf Coast. Our daughter loves training, and at six years old, she is already establishing some serious ground game! I look forward to watching her grow in class, and I also appreciate how she takes home the ‘off the mat’ life lessons from Corey!” – Julie S.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We sat down with Corey James Richardson, the owner of Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu, to learn a little more about who they are, what makes them unique and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what sets Gulf Coast apart from the many other martial arts centers in Alabama. Here’s what Corey had to say:

“We focus on traditional Jiu-Jitsu. We come from the Hicks and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. I earned my black belt from one of ten people trained by Hicks and Gracie. Self defense is our number one focus: our first priority is making sure our students are able to prevent being punched in the face. You don’t have to be a master of Jiu-Jitsu, but with a little instruction, the average person can effectively defend themselves. We always teach to the lowest experience level in the room, so everyone benefits from the training session. Every class starts by putting our students in a tough situation that shows flaws in perception or skills that are lacking. By the end of the class, we have worked through these issues and trained our students how to be successful in these types of scenarios.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s Corey’s response:

“We’re here to make sure the average person can protect themselves and be confident in their community and day-to-day interactions. In order to be eligible to test for the next belt level, we require our students to complete a certain amount of community service hours. This allows us to expand our mission to the local community, and has also allowed us to retain customers and get referrals at a high level. We want our students to reflect our own values of preventing violence and supporting the local community, and to continue to share this message. We are true mentors to our students, not just their technical coach.”

Building Success by Living by Their Mission and Values

Corey credits Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always living by their mission and values, and to always training their students in a way so that they are an extension of that culture. They currently don’t ask for reviews very often, and they’ve had plenty of students write reviews on their own, so asking for reviews has never been something they’ve focused on.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, all of the growth at Gulf Coast is a result of word of mouth from their happy students.

“We live our values, and it shows through our actions and the actions of our students. By staying true to who we are and why we are doing this, we have been able to continue to attract new students who believe in and appreciate what we are doing.”

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Corey’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Figure out what kind of business you want to be, and align every interaction and goal with that mission. People who align with your business’ values will stick along and be advocates for new customers. Treat them right, be honest and consistent, and your business and reputation will grow.”


Congratulations to the team at Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Corey, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you or your child is interested in learning Jiu-Jitsu in Mobile, we highly recommend Gulf Coast Jiu-Jitsu. Visit their website today!

Alabama’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Studio Award Winner: Tiger Rock Martial Arts Madison

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Tiger Rock Martial Arts is one of the top 10 martial arts schools in Alabama for 2019!

A 92.72 Rating Score™, a 4.87 average star rating on verified review sites, and dozens of positive reviews make Tiger Rock Martial Arts Madison a 2019 award winner! This is just one of the awesome reviews they’ve received:

“My children have never moved so fast to get out the door. My husband and I knew when we walked out of the door the first night and our seven-, five-, and four-year-old were begging us to bring them back, that THIS was the best activity for them. All three children were engaged, moving, having fun! The staff is amazing. They knew our children’s names by the second night and the studio is very clean. Plenty of seats and space for siblings and parents to watch. The owner is very personable and helpful. Loving this so far! I wonder if I can convince them to buy recliners because I feel like I am going to be living there!!!” -Christie F.

A One-of-a-Kind Martial Arts School’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

Greg Goff, the owner of Tiger Rock Martial Arts Madison, took some time to speak with us about his business’ impressive online reputation.

If you ask Greg, the Tiger Rock Martial Arts Madison secret to success is simply having a great team of instructors.

What’s the difference between Tiger Rock Martial Arts Madison and all the other martial arts schools in the state of Alabama? “It’s the Tiger Rock System. It’s the cutting edge, number one franchise nationwide for martial arts,” Greg said. Countless students have benefited from their unique approach to martial arts instruction, both building their confidence and their skill.

Making the World a Better Place By Empowering Students

Greg and the rest of the Tiger Rock Martial Arts Madison team take great pride in the influence they have on their students. Actually, that’s exactly why they do what they do. Greg said, “We love that we are able to create a positive influence in the community.”

Here’s Greg’s advice to other business owners that want to build up a tremendous online reputation:

“Business is work so work at it and hard work pays off.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Greg! Congratulations to the team at Tiger Rock Martial Arts Madison for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing is a two-time 2019 award winner in New Mexico!

No matter if you’re looking for a martial arts class for yourself or your child, there’s no better option than Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing in Las Cruces.

Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing has received hundreds of reviews from three verified sites with an average rating of 4.92 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 95.19 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards — one for ranking among the top 100 businesses in New Mexico and one for ranking among the top 10 martial arts schools!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Guzman Karate has taught my two boys respect, discipline, self-confidence, self-defense and dedication!! The instructors are amazing! The classes are never the same and always fun, which keeps my young children interested. Thank you, Guzman Karate!” – Jessika H.

Not Your Average Dojo

Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing is a one-of-a-kind martial arts studio that caters to students of all ages, starting at just three years old.

The owner and Chief Instructor at Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing, Eli Guzman, is an inductee in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame for instruction, and he’s been voted “Best in Las Cruces” for training.

When asked why he does what he does, Eli shared with us that he simply wants to give back to his community.

Building Success Through Consistency

Eli credits Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing’s strong online reputation to his team’s commitment to consistency in both their classes and the service they provide.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Eli has gotten the word out about Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing through radio and newspaper advertisements, as well as social media marketing.

There are so many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Eli’s simple yet powerful words of wisdom for those business owners:

“Provide a great service to all your customers.”


Congratulations to the team at Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Eli, for taking the time to speak with us!

Whether you want to learn self-defense or instill confidence in your child, we highly recommend trying a class at Guzman Sport Karate Kickboxing. Visit their website today!

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Studio Award Winner: Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy is a 2019 award winner!

As the number one martial arts studio in the entire state of Virginia, Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy has a 97.20 Rating Score™, a 4.92 average star rating, and dozens of positive reviews across a wide variety of verified sites. Here is just one of those enthusiastic reviews:

“Great system, relies more on body structure than muscular strength, making it accessible to all body types. Don’t wait to get ‘in shape’ to learn kung fu, training will get you there. This is a great place to learn with excellent teachers… [They] can even help you train if you’re working around injuries. Everyone who comes and stays is here to learn and make themselves better in body and mind and are willing to help others do the same.” -Catherine B.

A One-of-a-Kind Martial Arts Studio’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

We got a chance to speak with Ryan Marsh, the program director an instructor at Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy, about the business’ amazing online success.

We wanted to know what it is that sets this studio apart. “First, it’s our history,” Ryan said. Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy started in 1986 and we have been open to the community and participating in the community since then… People are invested and stay within the school and the community. We have classes for both kids and adults, and even have classes for women that are led by women. We’re really good at helping people get started and making them feel comfortable with learning self-defense. People who learn the system may immediately use the benefits in everyday tasks like problem-solving, or they can go on to learn how to teach and have a lifelong practice.”

Making the World a Better Place By Helping People Defend Themselves

So, why do Ryan and the rest of the Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy team do what they do? He said, “For me, Ving Tsun Kung Fu shows me a blueprint of how the body moves and acts which translates to a twofold study — both health and wellness, as well as self-defense. I’m not getting bored by doing the same thing over and over but instead being challenged with new things that are continuously bigger and better. This gives me the freedom of being balanced and relaxed when doing so. I love introducing people to the same system and sense of freedom within their lives.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Ryan! Congratulations to the team at Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Centers Award Winner: Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in Virginia!

Whether you’re interested in martial arts for you or your child, there’s no better martial arts center to turn to than Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy in Chesapeake.

Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy has received dozens of reviews from four verified sites with an average rating of 4.88 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 97.75 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts centers in all of Virginia!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Mr. Baker and the entire TaeKwonDo instructor staff are nothing short of exceptional in every facet of this academy. Their ability to connect with the students, even at the earliest ages, is truly impressive. Beyond the valuable physical training they receive, Mr. Baker delivers tailored life skill lesson instruction related to each age grouping. His attention to detail, more than likely fine-tuned during his extensive military experience, is evident as soon as the parents and students enter the facility and take note of an immaculately clean space, which is always ready for training. We feel lucky that he and his staff are able to develop the minds and bodies of our two children and help them become productive parts of our community.” – James W.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

As evidenced by many of their reviews, there are so many things that set Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy apart from other martial arts centers, but according to Scott Baker, the owner, it’s their mission that makes the biggest difference.

“Our mission is to empower students to enrich their personal, artistic and professional lives through traditional TaeKwonDo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training, while providing students with the various benefits resulting from highly functional training.”

The program at Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy is family-oriented because they feel that “the family that kicks together sticks together.” Better yet, their pricing reflects that by only charging $35 for each additional family member. No other martial arts center in Hampton Roads can compare with those prices.

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Scott had to say:

“We believe the highest purpose of our programs is to prepare students for the responsibilities of citizenship. Our programs are about real and powerful experiences, resulting in the discovery of innate capabilities and a heightened sense of responsibility. To that end, we encourage our students to use their knowledge to improve our communities through one act of leadership, public service and mentoring at a time.”

Building Success by Making a Difference

According to Scott, Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy doesn’t have such a strong online reputation by accident. It comes from the difference the academy makes in the lives of their students.

“Community” is one of the tenets of TaeKwonDo, and giving back to their community has helped to grow Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy. They get their name out there by doing community projects and women’s self-defense classes, and by working with local businesses and the government to provide services to the community.

There are many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here is Scott’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Find yourself a good mentor and get a game plan, and then execute that game plan.”


Congratulations to the team at Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Scott, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend giving Virginia TaeKwonDo Academy a shot if you’re interested in martial arts. Visit their website today!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Blue Dragon Dojo

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Blue Dragon Dojo is a 2019 award winner for martial arts schools in New Mexico!

Whether you’re looking for a martial arts class for yourself or your child, Blue Dragon Dojo in Las Cruces can’t be beat.

Blue Dragon Dojo has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 91.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 martial arts schools in all of New Mexico!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“The Blue Dragon Dojo is a great place to learn martial arts. Come train in the traditional arts of Muu Duk Kwan and Hung Gar Kung Fu, from a great instructor, Sifu Francisco Jorge, who has trained for more than 30 years and is a fifth degree black belt in his chosen style. It is a great place to have your children learn while you take classes yourself. This is a great way to stay fit while learning how to defend yourself and your loved ones.” – Joe O.

Not Your Average Martial Arts School

As a family-owned and -operated dojo, the focus at Blue Dragon Dojo is always on maintaining a family-friendly environment. Blue Dragon Dojo is run by Francisco Jorge and his wife, Jennifer Gonzales, and they have three kids who grew up there. The business is truly a family affair.

Many commercial dojos focus on competition and winning at all costs, but at Blue Dragon Dojo, they concentrate on learning to be better and learning from their experience.

Francisco started doing martial arts when he was 12 years old. At first, he started training in order to learn how to defend himself, but he saw how the training made him more centered and balanced, and martial arts become so much more for him. Francisco became very passionate about training, and he started Blue Dragon Dojo to share that passion with others and to bring that same balance to them.

We sat down with Francisco to find out why they do what they do at Blue Dragon Dojo and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what he had to say:

“Martial Arts gives you purpose. You set goals and you become disciplined, self confident and learn the value of respect. It helps you build character and leadership skills, it helps you be a better person, and you carry that over to everyday life — work, school etc.”

Building Success Through a Strong Community Presence

Francisco credits Blue Dragon Dojo’s powerful reputation and success to their strong community presence. They are very involved in their community. They speak at public schools about the benefits of martial arts training and bully prevention, and they get involved with many community events, like the Southern NM State Fair.

“People know who we are and appreciate what we do for the community.”

One way they give back to their community is by working with local counselors who help troubled youths. For example, they’ve helped kids with high-functioning autism feel more included through martial arts and taught them how to be more focused, which benefits them both at home and in school. They are looking to expand on this in order to help more kids with autism and other difficulties.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, word of mouth has been the main source of growth at Blue Dragon Dojo, and many of their students refer them to others via Facebook, Instagram and other social platforms.

We asked Francisco what advice he has for the many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are the words of wisdom he shared with us:

“Be involved in your community — have a strong presence. Get involved in community events. Make sure the community knows who you are and what positive things your dojo can offer. The community and students will give you lots of positive feedback on social media.”


Congratulations to the team at Blue Dragon Dojo for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Francisco, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you or your child is interested in experiencing the many benefits of martial arts training, we highly recommend giving Blue Dragon Dojo a visit. Check out their website today to learn more!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Award Winner: New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA is a 2019 award winner for martial arts schools in New Mexico!

If you’re looking for the right martial arts school for your child in Santa Fe, look no further than New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA.

New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.90 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 85.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top martial arts schools in all of New Mexico!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My son is extremely active and was having difficulty behaving at school and during after-school programs. New Era was a godsend. Tim is a genius when it comes to dealing with willful, energetic kids, and my son has totally turned a corner after having started at New Era. He is much more confident, happy and disciplined now. Anyone who has an energetic kid should absolutely swing by New Era and watch Tim in action. You’ll be amazed.’ – Nick

Not Your Average Martial Arts School

We sat down with Tim and Melody, the owners of New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA, to find out what sets them apart. There are many things, but according to Tim and Melody, it’s the overall quality they provide that makes the biggest difference. According to Tim, they are the best in the business when it comes to customer satisfaction.

When asked why they do what they do at New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA and how they work to make the world a better place, Tim and Melody had this to share:

“[We’re here to] instill confidence, to give back to the youth, to empower children and to try to make a difference in the community.”

Building Success Through Customer Satisfaction

Tim and Melody credit New Era’s strong online reputation to their commitment to customer satisfaction in everything they do.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA has grown through local advertising, but they rely the most on word of mouth from their students and their families.

We asked Tim and Melody what advice they have for the many other business owners out there looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are the words of wisdom they shared with us:

“Just give the customers what they want; always over-deliver and go above and beyond.”


Congratulations to the team at New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Tim and Melody, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re looking for the right martial arts school for your child in Santa Fe, we highly recommend checking out New Era Jiu Jitsu & MMA. Contact Tim at (505) 913-0080 today to learn more!

Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do is one of the top 10 martial arts schools in the entire state of Virginia!

As a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do has a 96.07 Rating Score™, a 4.91 average star rating, and dozens of positive reviews across three verified review sites. The following is just one of those reviews:

“[I] love, love, love this studio. My nine-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son started classes at LBE Fair Oaks about three years ago, and now, my youngest is participating. My three-year-old son is new to the sport and loved [Tae Kwon Do] immediately. I truly believe that is because of the wonderful children’s program. Tae Kwon Do is a big part of our lives. The values and skills my children have learned and are practicing every day at Tae Kwon Do and outside of Tae Kwon Do are so important. They are more confident, they are respectful, more flexible, they are able to memorize forms, and they are also learning self-defense. [The] instructors really do care about their students, and their passion for Tae Kwon Do shows each class. Safety is their number one priority! I visited another studio prior to this one, and there was no comparison. I highly recommend Lead By Example!” -Blair S.

A One-of-a-Kind Martial Arts School’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

Tommy Lightfoot, the owner of Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do, took some time to speak with us about his business’ phenomenal reputation online.

Getting right down to business, our team wanted to know the Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do secret to success. “We take pride in every single student that comes in, and put the effort into communication from the start. When they have a good experience with us, we ask that they share their experience online,” Tommy said.“We are a family-run business. All of our employees are picked from our students. They share the values we share. We also focus on the tradition of martial arts. We’re not a daycare. It’s what sets us apart.”

Making the World a Better Place By Helping People Grow

We asked why Tommy and his team have dedicated their careers to teaching martial arts. Here’s what he said:

“Two main things: I do it because I love seeing what it does to help people grow mentally and physically, and I also love to share my passion of martial arts and Tae Kwon Do.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Tommy! Congratulations to the team at Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

Texas’ Top Rated Local® Martial Arts School Award Winner: National School of Martial Arts

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

With a 98.00 Rating Score™, a perfect five-star rating average, and dozens of positive online reviews, National School of Martial Arts is one of the top five martial arts studios in Texas for 2018! Here is just one of the stellar reviews they’ve received:

“My granddaughter started her third year learning Taekwondo at National School of Martial Arts this year. I am as pleased as I was the first day of class. I can see big changes in her form, sparring, and enthusiasm to learn while in class. Both my granddaughter and I are impressed with the dedication and skills of all Taekwondo Master Instructors. A great place where all students work together as a team. Master Michael runs a five-star school.” -S.M

Not Your Average Martial Arts Studio

We spoke with Mike, the owner of National School of Martial Arts, to find out more about the business’ terrific online reputation.

“We have [developed] a program that is tried and true over years of operating in the industry. In fact, our high-energy instructors are almost entirely promoted from within. We very rarely hire outside because we believe consistency is key to success,” Mike said, when asked what sets National School of Martial Arts apart from other studios in the area. “Some of our instructors have been with us for a decade, and we know they will always go the extra mile for their students. Other schools tend to focus on upselling clients or stuffing their classes, but we want everybody who works for our organization to be focused on developing the student, in whatever form that may take. On top of all that, we have an incredibly strong competitive team that competes nationally.”

Building Success By Putting People Over Money

So, what’s the National School of Martial Arts’ secret to success? “Our entire business focus is making sure we have the most family-friendly environment,” Mike said. “We have been in business for years, and we have felt like the key is to never actually treat it like a business. The money and rewards will come organically if you treat your clients and students the right way first. In fact, we were surprised we even won this award because we don’t even ask anybody to leave reviews about our service!”

Here’s the wise advice Mike has to offer other business owners that want to improve their business’ online reputation:

“The best advice I can give you is that you should always start small, and don’t fall into the trap of expanding too quickly. Focus 100 percent of your attention on what the client needs and you can’t fail.”


Thank you for speaking with us, Mike! Congratulations to the team at National School of Martial Arts for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!