Louisiana’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Church’s Karate Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Church’s Karate Academy is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in Louisiana!

With classes for kids and adults, Church’s Karate Academy is the martial arts center to turn to in New Orleans for the whole family.

Church’s Karate Academy has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.97 stars, earning them a magnificent Rating Score™ of 98.70 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five martial arts centers in all of Louisiana!

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

“Church’s Karate Academy offers a dynamic karate experience for my nine-year-old son. He finally found his sport. Master Church is very intuitive and meets the individual learning style of each child. It’s fun to watch. I started their kickboxing program this summer with some friends, and it’s an intense workout. [It’s] great for the whole family!” – Connie T.

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

Church’s Karate Academy has managed to build the kind of reputation any business owner would envy, and to learn a little more about that reputation and this one-of-a-kind business, we sat down with the owner, Jason Church.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Church’s Karate Academy unique compared to the many other martial arts centers in Louisiana. Jason told us about the flexibility he offers his students, allowing them to choose whatever option best fits their needs and schedules. He also allows his students to make up classes they’ve missed.

When we asked what the secret is to such a solid online reputation at Church’s Karate Academy, Jason pointed to the fact that he teaches classes and treats students like he’d want to be treated, as well as to the fact that he leaves people with a good experience.

Making the World a Better Place by Creating Leaders

We also wanted to know what the mission is at Church’s Karate Academy and how it works to make the world a better place. Jason said:

“I try to create leaders. I make sure that when people test for their belts, I have a form they have to fill out at home. Their parents have to say that they’re following directions at home, doing their homework, acting the right way. At school, the teacher has to sign off saying that they’re working hard, doing their homework, acting right in school. We’re trying to ensure that, outside of the karate school, they’re living the characters we’re trying to teach.”

Jason went on to add:

“We run an after-school course. All of the money goes to the school. I donate to auctions for different schools. My donation packages include three months of martial arts, which includes a uniform; a six-week kickboxing course, which includes a glove; an hour-and-a-half birthday party; and a full week of camp.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Church’s Karate Academy has grown mostly through word-of-mouth referrals from its students and by getting the word out about its camps through camp guides.

It’s clear that Jason knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Be proactive in making sure that people get the service that they would expect. I feel like there are a lot of businesses with problems, and they aren’t proactive in fixing them. When you respond to a negative review, it’s important to come at it with an idea of understanding, and do everything in your power to help them change their viewpoint. I think it’s important for them to take a step back and realize that there’s more than one side of the story.”


Congratulations to the team at Church’s Karate Academy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

We highly recommend Church’s Karate Academy in New Orleans. Visit their website today!

West Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Spectrum Martial Arts Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Spectrum Martial Arts Academy is an award winner for martial arts in 2019.

If you are looking for a highly recommended, local martial arts academy, look no further than this award-winning company!

Spectrum Martial Arts Academy has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across multiple verified sites with an average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 95.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three martial arts academies in West Virginia!

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

“I love this academy and all of the teachers and people I have met here. It’s a great place to train, learn, and build relationships. I love the women’s class on Friday nights. I have made so many friends, and my confidence has grown to make me more comfortable inside and outside of the class. I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow! I absolutely recommend this place to everyone!” – K.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Spectrum Martial Arts Academy is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Martial Arts

We were excited to learn all about Spectrum Martial Arts Academy and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Raymond Miller, who co-owns the company with his brother, Seth Miller.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Spectrum Martial Arts Academy stand apart from its competitors. Raymond said that they are the only Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu school in the area and that they are very happy to be able to provide this service to the community.

“The main thing that makes us different is that my brother and I, the people who own the academy, are actually educators. We have degrees in education, so we not only know martial arts, but we also know how to run a classroom. I think that’s very comforting for parents. Parents see that, and they understand that their kids are going to be in a really safe environment, an environment that can really build them up, not just physically as martial artists, but also mentally and emotionally as well. On top of the coaching aspects that we do, we’re really happy to provide that to our parents.”

Building Success, Online And Off

Spectrum Martial Arts Academy has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Raymond how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. Raymond said that it starts with great customer service and by offering the best value they can.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Spectrum Martial Arts Academy has spread the word about who they are and what they do by providing their customers with useful content on their YouTube channel. They sell great gear and merchandise that their clients wear around the community. Raymond said that the number one thing, offline, that has helped them to grow has been word of mouth.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Spectrum Martial Arts Academy has managed to. We asked if Raymond could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“When it comes to an online presence, one of the most important things you can do is really try to brand yourself and really have something that people relate to you. Whether that’s a logo, or a motto like we have, [it’s important to] really find a way to brand yourself and have a cohesive style and aesthetic. I think too often, especially with martial arts schools, they use prepackaged advertising material. They use salient, very outdated aesthetics. I think living in the 2020s, [you need to make] sure that you’re really pushing boundaries and trying to be modern and having a great, super, understandable aesthetic is probably one of the most important things. Really try to brand yourself and have something unique that sets you apart from your competition.”


Congratulations to Spectrum Martial Arts Academy for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Raymond for taking the time to speak with us!

West Virginia’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in West Virginia!

If you’re looking for the right martial arts center in Fairmont for your child, look no further than Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC.

Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC has received dozens of reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 94.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five martial arts centers in all of West Virginia!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“My name is Gerald Kelly. I’ve been a student of Instructor Davis for a little over a year. When I first started classes, I thought to myself that this wouldn’t be fun or fulfilling. But I was wrong. He is an unorthodox, humbling, caring, smart and strategic person. Everything has its purpose with him. And for that, I’m very thankful and blessed to have him as an instructor, mentor and friend. If you want to learn to fight, this isn’t the place for you. If you want to develop into a better person and make others better, then you’ve found the right place.” – Gerald K.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Jason Davis, the owner of Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Jason about what it is that makes Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC unique compared to the many other martial arts centers in West Virginia. Jason told us:

“Our system is street-effective self-defense, not a sport. A lot of people nowadays are in the business of selling the sport of martial arts and calling it self-defense. We don’t do that. We teach true, traditional self-defense.”

We also asked Jason about the Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC mission and how they work to make the world a better place. Jason shared with us a little bit about how they give back to their community:

“We host a backpack and school supply drive every year. We’ve done it for the last seven years…”

Building Success by Following the Golden Rule

Jason credits Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC’s strong online reputation to the fact that they follow the Golden Rule:

“I just believe in treating people like I would want to be treated if I were the customer.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC has grown by being there for their community:

“What we do is geared towards the street. In our community right now, we have a lot of people who are addicted to drugs and what we would call less-than-desirables. We don’t forget about those people. We accept them if they come into our door. We try to help them get clean.”

Jason went on to say:

“In addition to that, we treat everybody like family. …We’re part of the Hawaiian Kenpo family. Ohana, or the principle of everybody being part of the family. It is huge for us. Nobody’s treated any better or worse than anyone else, and we work to help each other out. We have parents on staff who help kids who might fall behind in school work. We’ve had parents in the past that were psychiatrists and psychologists and counselors who have helped kids and parents who have had issues… So we keep everything tight and family-oriented.”

There are many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Jason’s expert advice for them:

“Stay true to the essence of what it is that you do. Be consistent.”


Congratulations to Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jason, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Kyumei Ju Jitsu LLC in Fairmont. Visit their website today!

Idaho’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in Idaho!

If you’re looking for a martial arts center that will help you feel empowered, disciplined and respected, look no further than Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo in Meridian.

Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo has received dozens of reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five martial arts centers in all of Idaho!

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

“Our family has been a part of this dojo for over three years. My children love their Sensei. He is patient with the children and will take the time to show proper technique, not only during the class but also after class if a child asks for help. He is very knowledgeable about the origins of Bujinkan and shares his knowledge with both the adult class and the children’s class. It also helps to know that he goes to Japan to train with the Grand Master. I highly recommend this dojo!” – Cheri T.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to learn all about Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Muir Sensei.

The first question we had for Muir Sensei was what is it that sets Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo apart from their competition in Idaho. Here’s Muir Sensei’s response:

“The martial arts that I teach has a deep history that goes back 1,000 years. We have a Grand Master that is over the whole martial arts system, whom I regularly travel to Japan to train with. That’s something that very few dojos offer.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Muir Sensei had to say:

“Essentially, the vision for the dojo is to teach Japanese military arts, along with enlightenment philosophies that originated in the 12th century, in modern-day Idaho.”

Building Success by Focusing on the Students

Muir Sensei attributes Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo’s strong online reputation to his commitment to always focusing on the students:

“As a Sensei, I focus on what I can do for my students versus what they can do for the dojo or for me. My focus is on making the training focussed towards my students so they are learning and improving, and in turn, I grow also. I think that translates to students who feel respected and that their time is well-spent training with me.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo has gotten their name out there through word of mouth and a Google ad. They also have an incentive program to help them get referrals, where they offer half-off one month’s tuition to students who make referrals.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo has. Here’s Muir Sensei’s expert advice for them:

“Focus on what students are looking for, and try to meet those needs as best as possible. But also take the time to understand the expectations of new students, and if your core model doesn’t reach their expectations, then have somewhere you can recommend them to try out instead. For example, if they really want to compete in the MMA, a traditional Japanese martial arts dojo may not be what they are looking for.”


Congratulations to the team at Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Muir Sensei, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Bujinkan: Living-Warrior Dojo in Meridian. Visit their website today!

Wyoming’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: American Legacy Martial Arts LLC

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that American Legacy Martial Arts LLC is a 2019 award winner for martial arts in Wyoming!

If you’re looking for the right martial arts school for your child or for yourself, look no further than American Legacy Martial Arts LLC.

American Legacy Martial Arts LLC has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.90 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 93.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five martial arts centers in all of Wyoming!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“I have LOVED this place from day one!!!! My oldest daughter has been there for over three years, and my youngest started six months ago… Karate has helped both of them break out of there shy-shell, and my oldest has learned to lead a class and help to teach others. The entire staff is AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend this place to help your child break out of their shell.” – Missi S.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Chauncy Emerine, the owner of American Legacy Martial Arts LLC.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Chauncy about what it is that makes American Legacy Martial Arts LLC unique compared to the many other martial arts centers in Wyoming. Chauncy told us:

“Our environment sets us apart. Everyone works; everyone trains, and we feature a family environment. We really focus on the kids and do a lot of work with people with disabilities.”

We also asked Chauncy about the American Legacy Martial Arts LLC mission and how they work to make the world a better place. Chauncy shared with us that they give back to their community by doing bully talks in schools:

“It’s not about fighting your way out of the situation, but rather about identifying the situation, de-escalating when possible and being able to protect yourself when you can’t.”

Chauncy went on to say:

“Nobody cares about how much you know until they know how much you care. My goal in martial arts, from the start, was to help people.”

Building Success Through Organic Reviews

Chauncy credits American Legacy Martial Arts LLC’s strong online reputation to their many organic reviews and told us that they have a sign hanging up in the lobby asking for reviews.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, American Legacy Martial Arts LLC has grown through occasional Facebook promotion, but most of their business comes from word of mouth.

There are many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Chauncy’s expert advice for them:

“Always do the best you can. Make sure you love it, and the results will speak for themselves.”


Congratulations to American Legacy Martial Arts LLC for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Chauncy, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend American Legacy Martial Arts LLC in Cheyenne. Visit their website today!

District of Columbia’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate is an award winner for martial arts in 2019.

If you are looking for an excellent martial arts studio for you or a little one, look no further than this award-winning company!

DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across multiple verified sites with an average rating of 4.74 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 91.38 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five martial arts studios in District of Columbia!

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

“It has been almost two years since I started going to DC Aikido, and I love it. I was nervous to start a martial art, but Sensei Michael Veltri, all of the instructors, and all of the students make DC Aikido incredibly welcoming. I’ve befriended a great group of people; I, somehow, now get along better with all of the other people in my life, and have gotten in great shape. Training at DC Aikido is tremendously fun.” – J.L.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Martial Arts Studio

We were excited to learn all about DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Ryan Bausch.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate stand apart from its competitors. He told us about the programs they offer for both kids and adults, and about the benefits of each program. He said:

“For our kid’s program, we are a full-time, professional martial arts school that specializes in teaching ages three through high school. We will help them gain the skills needed to be confident in what they are facing, day in and day out. For adults, we have a great community. Not every school has that. Everyone helps each other learn and grow, and that is what sets us apart.”

When we asked him about the DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate business mission, he told us:

“We are here to be part of the community, improve the youth, and be a positive impact.”

Building Success, Online and Off

DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Ryan how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. He told us that, for the most part, the reviews are organic, but that they will occasionally ask their clients for feedback.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate has spread the word about who they are and what they do by keeping their website updated and through word of mouth. They also love it when they get invited to participate in special events at local schools.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate has managed to. We asked if Ryan could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Be very intentional about what you are doing and about your relationship with the client. When you are passionate about what you are doing, people can tell.”


Congratulations to DC Aikido Martial Arts and Kids Karate for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Ryan for taking the time to speak with us!

Tennessee’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in Tennessee!

Whether you’re interested in learning self-defense or you want to gain more confidence, there’s no better martial arts center to turn to than Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate in Murfreesboro.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate has received more than 130 reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a stellar Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five martial arts centers in all of Tennessee!

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

“What a wonderful school with great caring instructors. My daughter has been going for two years and has more confidence because of it. I think of Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate as an addition to her education. The things they are teaching her [are things] she will use [for] the rest of her life. She is learning, among other things, how to stand up for herself and for those who can’t.” – Korina T.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to learn all about Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Program Director Jorge Oceguera.

The first question we had for Jorge was what is it that sets Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate apart from their competition in Tennessee. Here’s Jorge’s response:

“We’re the largest and most professionally run martial arts studio in the area, and we are also the oldest.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Jorge had to say:

“Our mission statement is to improve fitness and develop discipline in adults and children while teaching simple, classical and hard-hitting self-defense skills. From the ages of three to 99, we give people a positive outlook to come in and improve themselves a couple of times a week.”

Building Success by Asking for Reviews

Jorge attributes Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate’s strong online reputation to their commitment to asking for reviews once they develop a relationship with their students.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate has gotten their name out there through mailers and by advertising with local businesses. Jorge added:

“Bill Taylor does free seminars at public schools and works on getting our name out there and making a reputable and respectable name.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate has. Here’s Jorge’s expert advice for them:

“Be available to the community; give your time and any type of resources you may have to build relationships with the community.”


Congratulations to the team at Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jorge, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate in Murfreesboro. Visit their website today!

Kentucky’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Ichiban Karate School

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Ichiban Karate School is a 2019 award winner for martial arts centers in Kentucky!

Whether you want to learn self-defense or you’re looking for a martial arts program for your child, there’s no better option than Ichiban Karate School in Burlington.

Ichiban Karate School has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them an outstanding Rating Score™ of 97.05 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five martial arts centers in all of Kentucky!

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

“Best karate school in Northern Kentucky! [They teach] life lessons as well as self-defensive lessons in a family-safe environment, and Sōke Chris is the best instructor!” – Sara K.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

Chris, the owner of Ichiban Karate School, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Ichiban Karate School apart from the many other martial arts centers in Kentucky. Here’s Chris’s response:

“We have one of the larger and nicer facilities, but what I think really makes a difference is that I am a great teacher. My students respond to that. They enjoy themselves in class, and I think it is important for them to be relaxed. I have high standards for behavior and performance, but within that, I have fun with my students. When they have a good time, they are willing to go on the internet and say positive things about us.”

Chris went on to tell us that Ichiban Karate School has been open for 16 years now, and say:

“We have a very strong sense of family at our karate school and offer three different classes. I teach students from age four up to adults.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Ichiban Karate School and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Chris had to say:

“The most wonderful thing I did in my life was to earn my back belts. I opened my school to share that feeling with others… We train for one reason and one reason only: personal defense. Karate was meant to develop the entire person, and I believe that. I believe that what I am doing is to develop young people.”

Building Success by Treating Their Students Right

When we asked Chris about Ichiban Karate School’s secret to such a strong online reputation, he said:

“It all has to do with how you treat your students. We have a strong program here, and we have a well-planned-out curriculum. I offer an open membership so students can come as often as they want to class. I keep communication open with my students and the parents of the students as well…”

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Ichiban Karate School has spread the word about who they are and what they do through word of mouth, by being active in their community and by being located on a busy street that has a good amount of traffic.

Clearly, Chris knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“It all comes down to customer service. People want to talk about it. They say that a happy customer will tell two people and an upset customer will tell 10…”

Chris ended our conversation with this very important shout-out:

“Thank you to my students and their families; they have become a part of the family here. Without you all, I wouldn’t have a school.”


Congratulations to the team at Ichiban Karate School for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Chris, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Ichiban Karate School in Burlington. Visit their website today!

Hawaii’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy is the number one martial arts center in all of Hawaii for 2019!

Whether you’re looking for a martial arts program that can help your child learn confidence and discipline or help you learn how to defend yourself, there’s no better option than Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an impeccable average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for being ranked the number one martial arts center in all of Hawaii!

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

“Coach Jason is a dedicated Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who cares deeply about his students. He is a strong coach who demands respect, focus and discipline at all times. He leads by example and always has the students’ best interest at heart. He teaches values that build strong character in each individual and is sensitive to each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Children gain much more than quality Jiu-Jitsu skills with Coach Jason. Students gain life skills that prepare them for all of life’s challenges and triumphs. His students are blessed to have such a passionate and compassionate mentor in their lives.” – Carol C.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to know what makes Hawaii’s number one martial arts center so special, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Jason Izaguirre.

The first question we had for Jason was what makes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy unique compared to their competition in Hawaii. Here’s what he had to say:

“In general, it is about being polite and teaching the best Jiu-Jitsu to people.”

We also asked Jason about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy’s mission and how he works to make the world a better place. Jason told us:

“[My mission is] to reach out and give the lifestyle of Jiu-Jitsu. …I want to show people that Jiu-Jitsu can be for the average person. It is not just about being a tough guy. It is a great way to exercise and relieve stress. Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone.”

Building Success by Earning Reviews

When we asked Jason what their secret is to such a strong online reputation at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy, he attributed it to the fact that he’s always respectful, family-oriented and lenient:

“People see that and go online to leave reviews.”

Apart from building the kind of online reputation any business would envy, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy has spread the word about their service solely through word of mouth.

Every business owner wants to grow their business and build their online reputation the way Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy has. Here’s Jason’s advice for them:

“It doesn’t matter if you own a coffee shop or are selling newspapers. If you are genuine and respectful to people, you will slowly build and people will prefer your business…”

Jason ended our conversation with a couple of very important shoutouts:

“Thank you to all my students for all their hard work and dedication. Without them, I wouldn’t be there. Thank you for all the support and help from the community as well.”


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

We highly recommend Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Kailua Academy. Visit their website today!

New Hampshire’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: White Tiger Karate

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that White Tiger Karate is a two-time 2019 award winner in New Hampshire!

If you’re looking for a martial arts center that has a program for your entire family, look no further than White Tiger Karate in Franklin.

White Tiger Karate has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a marvelous Rating Score™ of 98.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 50 businesses and the number one martial arts center in all of New Hampshire!

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

“This is such a wonderful school for people of all ages and abilities. Sensei Sharyl is incredibly dedicated to each and every one of her students and their families. She uses her love of martial arts to instill and strengthen the respect, self-esteem, independence and also team-work into each class. She makes sure that her students get the individual attention that they need and will work around any schedule to make sure you can attend her school. Every class is so fun while also being a great workout for the mind and body. The kids get to make a lot of friends in their age group that go to different schools, and they are all so supportive and helpful with each other. They learn how to treat others with love and respect, and how to combat bullying. There are many programs offered for all age groups. I encourage everyone to come try a class at least once; you won’t regret it!!” – Megan F.

Not Your Average Martial Arts Center

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Sharyl Geisert, Chief Instructor and owner of White Tiger Karate.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes White Tiger Karate a one-of-a-kind martial arts center in New Hampshire. Here’s what Sharyl had to say:

“Our staff is trained as child development experts. The Skillz program is where science and psychology meet martial arts. I am such an advocate against bullying, and we want our students to be able to stand up for themselves and have confidence.”

We also asked Sharyl what their mission is at White Tiger Karate and how they work to make the world a better place. Sharyl told us that she founded White Tiger Karate after seeing a need in the community for a place where kids and adults can work hard together and support one another:

“We want to help them build confidence and get healthy. We try to teach them respect and a good work ethic.”

Building Success by Being There for Their Students

Sharyl attributes White Tiger Karate’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always being there for their students, inside and outside of the dojo. She also pointed to the great program they have and the fact that they truly care about their students.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, White Tiger Karate has gotten their name out there by giving back to their community, which includes doing the Morgan’s Memorial Haunted Hike, which is aimed at helping families in the community that have gone through catastrophic events. Additionally, Sharyl has just recently hired a company to help them redesign their website.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation White Tiger Karate has. When we asked Sharyl what advice she has for those business owners, she said:

“Be honest and compassionate.”


Congratulations to the team at White Tiger Karate for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Sharyl, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend White Tiger Karate in Franklin. Visit their website today!