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!

Vermont’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Martial Way Self-Defense

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Martial Way Self-Defense is an award winner for martial arts in 2019.

If you are looking for a trusted martial arts studio that can accommodate all ages and skill levels, look no further than this award-winning company!

Martial Way Self-Defense 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 94.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three martial arts centers in Vermont!

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

“David Quinlan and his team of excellent instructors create an analytical, inclusive, and motivational training environment. Everyone, from beginners to experts, was consistently challenged. Keep doing an amazing job!” – G.P.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Martial Way Self-Defense 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 Martial Way Self-Defense and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, David Quinlan.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Martial Way Self-Defense stand apart from its competitors.

“I think we take a very personal approach to working with individual people. [We figure out] the best ways for them to learn and achieve their goals. The connections we develop are personalized, even though it is a group class.”

David told us that he has been around for 31 years, so he has been able to see multiple generations of students. He also shared that they offer two very different forms of martial arts, Brazillian and Kempo. He told us:

“A lot of times, martial arts businesses don’t offer a lot of different options. I have offered these two because I think they are the best, and I offer age differences and levels within those.”

David also told us a bit about the overall business mission at Martial Way Self-Defense, saying:

“Our mission is to teach the best possible programs to a variety of people at different ability levels. I believe that we have achieved a really good balance between beginner level classes and still being able to accommodate some very high-level practitioners. I have a lot of members here that have gotten black belts with other programs in the past, and they still came to me and tried my program out.”

Building Success Through The Years

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Martial Way Self-Defense has spread the word about who they are and what they do by growing the programming they offer.

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

“Provide a good service, and treat people well. Make sure what you are doing is something you are good at and is something that you love.”

David ended our chat with this touching sentiment:

“It is incredible to have been doing this since 1988. When you coach most sports, you only have the kids for a year, but I get to make relationships with the people that come to me because… we [have] coached kids as young as age three to as old as age 60. I want to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to coach them for so long.”


Congratulations to Martial Way Self-Defense for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to David for taking the time to speak with us!

Maryland’s Top Rated Local® Martial Arts Award Winner: Bowerhouse MMA

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bowerhouse MMA is a two-time 2019 award winner in Maryland!

Whether you’re looking for martial arts classes for yourself or your child, there’s no better option than Bowerhouse MMA in Federick.

Bowerhouse MMA has received more than 150 reviews on four verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them a remarkable Rating Score™ of 97.65 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one martial arts center in all of Maryland!

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

“Bowerhouse is an excellent place to train and make new friends. They have expert instructors who are very patient and knowledgeable. They make learning fun. There is a wide variety of programs to choose from. They also will let you have a free trial to check the gym out. I highly encourage anyone to come give it a try. Whether you want to learn martial arts or to just join a fitness class, it is definitely worth it.” – Phillip M

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 Chris Bower, the owner of Bowerhouse MMA.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Bowerhouse MMA a one-of-a-kind martial arts center in Maryland. Here’s what Chris had to say:

“Our success in competition blows everybody away around us. We actually go out and do what we say we’re going to do and lead by example. We’ve created a culture and an atmosphere here for families… It’s a very welcoming and energetic atmosphere. I think that’s important. We’ve created a good community.”

We also asked Chris what their mission is at Bowerhouse MMA and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“Our mission is to have fun and change people’s lives.”

Building Success by Asking for Reviews

Chris attributes Bowerhouse MMA’s strong online reputation to their commitment to asking for reviews.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Bowerhouse MMA has gotten their name out there through lots of word of mouth, which says something about the kind of programs they offer.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation Bowerhouse MMA has. When we asked Chris what advice he has for those business owners, he said:

“Just do the right thing. Don’t stick it to people. Just provide good service, follow through with it and go above and beyond what you say you’re going to do for them. Just be you. Don’t fake it. Just be yourself.”


Congratulations to the team at Bowerhouse MMA 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 Bowerhouse MMA in Frederick. Visit their website today!

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

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy is an award winner for martial arts centers in Colorado for the second year in a row!

From self-defense clinics to summer camps, Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy is your go-to martial arts center in Parker.

Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy has received dozens of reviews on five verified sites with an impeccable average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a perfect Rating Score™ of 100.00 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one martial arts center in all of Colorado!

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

“Master Cam and the other teachers at Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy have had an amazing impact on our family. Both of my boys have been attending for a month, and in that short amount of time, they have improved their grades and are more willing to jump on their homework and help me with chores. There have been no other changes in our lives, so I attribute it directly to Master Cam. Plus, they are having a great time at each session and are excited to go every time! [I am] so glad that they are here in Parker. Also, [they are] easy to reach and very responsive. We look forward to being part of this studio for years to come.” – Natalie S.

Maintaining a Strong Online Reputation by Continuously Improving Their Program

We wanted to learn all about Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy and what they’ve been up to since they won a Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 martial arts centers in 2018, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Master Cam Weber.

It was clear from Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy’s 2018 Top Rated Local award that they know a thing or two about building a strong online reputation, and their 2019 Top Rated Local award is evidence that they also know how to maintain their reputation. When we asked Master Weber what they’ve done to continue to get such great feedback, he said:

“We just keep trying to continuously improve our program. We are really focused on the improvement of our academy.”

We also asked Master Weber what it is that makes Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy stand out, and he said:

“We are one of the only taekwondo academies in the nation that teaches traditional and new, Olympic-style taekwondo in the same place. World taekwondo is Olympic-style or sport-style; whereas, international-style taekwondo is a more traditional style. We like to keep the tradition as well as keep up with the new sport.”

Small businesses go through many ups and downs over the years, and we wanted to know what lessons Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy has learned over the last year, as well as what their biggest achievements are.

Master Weber told us that, as a perfectionist, the biggest thing he’s learned is to let his instructors take control and teach classes, and he’s learned to really trust them. And he was proud to say that, among their accomplishments over the last year, they’ve developed multiple national champions and have been recognized as The Best Martial Arts Studio in Parker for the fifth year in a row.

What’s Next for Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy

Small businesses can be a lot of work, and we wanted to know what motivates Master Weber and his team at Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy to serve their students day in and day out. When we asked Master Weber what’s most rewarding about what he does, he said:

“I love seeing a student grow into better versions of themselves. It is nice to be able to work with students of all nationalities, races and genders, and to be able to enjoy the martial art that I love, too.”

We were excited to learn about what comes next for this award-winning martial arts center, so we asked Master Weber what their goals are for the next year. He told us:

“We are trying not to grow too much. …We just want to keep seeing the quality improve. Sometimes, when there are more students, you see quality of instruction go down. We are trying to keep quality as high as possible. We are always working on improving the facility…”

As the owner of a second-time award-winning business, Master Weber has a lot of knowledge to share. When we asked what advice he has for the many martial arts centers out there that are just starting out, he said:

“I think a lot of martial arts instructors look at what other people are doing and try to mimic that, but stick with what your favorite components are. Don’t try to teach things that you are not actually passionate about. We try to be really well-rounded, but there are a lot of schools that mimic and they aren’t really teaching what they love.”

Master Weber ended our conversation with a very important shout-out:

“Grand Master Kim was just inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame. He was my inspiration, mentor, and instructor. He runs the Black Belt Foundation in Brazil, which is the largest nonprofit taekwondo instruction in the world…”


Congratulations to Master Weber and the team at Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy for a Top Rated Local award winner for the second year in a row.

When you need a martial arts center on your side in Parker, we highly recommend Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy! Visit their website today.