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Below you will find reviews and testimonials from current and former Mercer Island Martial Arts students and their parents in Mercer Island, WA.

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Jen Mills, MD, Parent and Student

Both my son and I have been attending Mercer Island Martial Arts for 6.5 years! That alone tells you how valuable we believe this has been. My son has learned leadership skills, gained friends, and enjoyed valuable lessons about hard work, respect, and gratitude-ALL while having fun and getting great exercise. I have personally enjoyed being able to participate in such a wonderful experience along side him, and it has been great for me personally to also have a community of fantastic people with which to practice martial arts. They are truly talented at what they do. I highly recommend that you check it out.

Sammantha Rubenfield, Parent

This is such an incredible place! My ten year-old son has been coming here for over four years, and in that time he has absolutely flourished. Not just physically, but intellectually and emotionally as well. They somehow manage to teach strength, compassion, and grit, all while having fun. I can not recommend them enough!

Ena Wang

I've been coming here since I was little and continue to enjoy my training here! It's a great workout and everyone is very nice and friendly. Highly recommend it for anyone curious about martial arts!

Leland Kim

My children started training with Mercer Island Martial Arts several months and it has been a very positive experience for them. Master Krista Wells and her team of black belt instructors excel at teaching young children in a fun and engaging way. They are exceptionally great at teaching children. They have a great program that teaches students not only about martial arts, but also about kindness, self-discipline, and following instructions. Watching some of the older students who have trained with Mercer Island Martial Arts for many years shows that martial arts training can help young adults feel confident in who they are and feel more self-assured as they navigate middle school and high school. I highly recommend Mercer Island Martial Arts.

Michelle Ryan

My kids have been going here for years and both absolutely love it! Graham is a super star instructor who really knows how to teach kids. Master Wells has been running this gem of a community organization for what’s now 2 generations for some families…. And I can understand the longevity! Discipline, commitment, effort, flexibility, academics all rolled into one convenient and flexible after school activity! (They also have camps but they fill up fast and we have yet do to them). Cannot recommend highly enough.

Jennifer Muscatel

Sure there are a lot of places to learn and practice Martial Arts in the greater Seattle area, however none compare to Mercer Island Martial Arts. At Mercer Island Martial Arts it’s not just about athletics - they believe it also includes leadership, respect, responsibility, kindness to self, kindness to others, and much, much more. In addition, they encourage the practice of these skills outside the Do Jang, as well. Our son has a list of tasks to achieve at home in order to maintain his leadership status at Mercer Island Martial Arts which makes life for my husband and me so much easier! The expectations are challenging, but it all balanced with the warmth, love, caring and individualized support he needs to be successful. In fact, he has wanted to quit several times but the staff is able to uncover the root of his frustration and works to find ways to motivate him again to keep going. Suddenly he'll be asking to go a few hours a day instead of fighting to go at all. I would recommend Mercer Island Martial Arts a thousand times! It is the most positive place I could think of to send my son.

Yuan Zhong

Fantastic, place and highly skilled staff that keep the kiddo engaged for years in the program. Highly recommended!

Vallish Guru V, Student

I have been attending Adult & family classes at Mercer Island Martial Arts for close to 3 years now. I love their program and classes. All the instructors are experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. In addition to emphasizing on conditioning your body and martial art techniques, the programs also emphasize importance of discipline, respect and on mental awareness.

Mithril Hugunin

In the six years I’ve trained here at Mercer Island Martial Arts, going from my last year of elementary school, through middle school, and into greater half of high school, I have always found that the skills taught in the dojang are those needed to succeed academically. One of the changes in perspective I’ve found most useful is focusing on learning new ideas and techniques instead of worrying about how they will be tested. On the floor at class we devote time to drilling the forms and kicks, perfecting every detail, so when the time comes to demonstrate the movements come naturally. Similarly, I've found it's necessary to put in the focus needed to study, reviewing simple flashcards and running through practice calculus problems until they are second nature. Walking into class one the day of a math test, I then have the confidence to not stress out even if problems look unfamiliar. With a strong base of skills, working through a challenge is fun instead of frustrating. Going for long term understanding of how each piece works and how every piece fits together is a study style that sounds intuitive, but can feel draining- it’s from my time at the dojang I’ve been able to see firsthand that it pays off, and with enough time building up foundation anything, even implicit differentiation, can be learned.

Michael R. Loken, PHD

Mercer Island Martial Arts is far and beyond the best. Their recognition as "Heroes of Mercer Island" speak to their commitment to the community. Their outreach programs teaching children how to deal with bullies is an example of other means to avoid physical and emotional conflict. Their integration of physical and developmental discipline is unsurpassed.

Jason Boehner, Parent

We originally joined to learn self-defense. Little did I appreciate how much our relationship with Mercer Island Martial Arts would deepen (even during the pandemic) and the long lasting positive impact it would have on our children. As the parent of a 2e child, I am always looking for resources and as such often times now find myself in 'the giving role' of helping other parents find resources to support their family and their children. I did not expect Mercer Island Martial Arts to become one of those rare cornerstone assets. Self-defense was just the start of learnings though Mercer Island Martial Arts. Martial arts focus on the body *and the mind*. Mercer Island Martial Arts helps children build self-respect, self-control, and focus by setting goals, demonstrating perseverance, while giving these skills both physical and mental form. This is a family business in every sense of the word and the work they do is invaluable to our community. I hope that you and your family find that value here as well.

Jan Eveleth, Student and Parent

The Mercer Island Martial Arts staff are friendly, respectful, compassionate, and dedicated. They have built an amazing, well-rounded program that succeeds in creating well-rounded individuals. I highly recommend this program for people of all ages. The benefits of the program for my children are evident in the home, at school, and in their social lives. In the elementary years they learned confidence and focus. Now in the frenetic middle school years, they are building on those basics with a focus on responsibility, respect for self, for others, and for community. All of this while continuing to expand their physical capabilities. But this isn't a program just for kids. Never having had martial arts training before, I started the program out-of-shape and 50. The instructors helped me along at a comfortable pace, knowing just how and when to challenge me to the next level. In under two years, I regained a level of physical well-being that I honestly thought, at my age, was impossible. I too saw the positive effects of the physical and mental training at home and work. Mercer Island is fortunate to have this program available to us. Thank you Mercer Island Martial Arts!