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ve been training here since 2010 and even though a lot has changed it is still one of the best training schools in the valley. Once you start youre apart of the family. Everyone there will help you grow any way they can.

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The instructors are really knowledgeable and helpful. I truly feel like it is a family atmosphere and have always felt welcome. The Kids have such a blast in class and kickboxing is full of energy and such a great workout! Love this place! Wouldn't choose anywhere else!

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My son has been going to mars for over five years now. He has opened up so much and has so much respect for everyone around him and even himself. I would tell anyone to go here over any other school. The owners love the kids and they work hard to find instructors who feel the same. Great job guys!!!!

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The instructors here are just amazing! My son is in martial arts and he LOVES it they make it fun while teaching which is perfect to keep him focused and engaged. Im in kickboxing, just starting my my third week and I can't say enough great things about the instructors. They are fun and patient, they explain what we are working on if it's something I haven't learned yet they have no problem going over it again. It is such a positive, comfortable environment all around. When you come to class it feels like you are with friends and family not just at some gym. My family will be with MARS for many years to come. My husband is even taking kickboxing classes now as well!! Thank you all so much you are fantastic :-)

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My son loves this place! He is 12 and we have been going here for almost a year! I've noticed a huge difference in his confidence and respect. Awesome place!! 🥋

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Easily one of the best schools in the entire state of Colorado. The people that work there are genuine and caring. The curriculum is thorough - and rare. You won't find another school with the same level of knowledge available in one place. I highly recommend them for all ages for anyone that wants to learn about comprehensive self defense, get in shape, or take their training to another level.

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My two oldest sons love your martial arts school, they have both gained self confidence, are more respectful and attentive. They also have become great leaders, modeling the correct behavior more often than not. My oldest has really enjoyed being a part of the leadership/demo team and gets his community service hours for school by helping the younger students. They are both looking forward to the kids fitness kickboxing program starting this summer as well.

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I'm new to this discipline but I'm really enjoying the workout and the learning. I used to feel insecure about my ability to defend myself in such case, but with what I'm learning I feel more empowered. And the instructors are encouraging and don't make me feel any less because I'm out of shape! I feel great when I leave each class. Beating a bag is so therapeutic too!!! I can say that anger management is no longer needed. Ha ha

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My son began karate over a year ago. I would have never picked this activity for him. After asking what seemed to be a million times, we registered for the 6 week introductory program and the rest is history! My son is the happiest doing karate than I've seen him in any other sport. He looks up to the instructors and is learning concepts about leadership that expand beyond karate as a discipline. Thank you MARS.

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This place is amazing! My daughter has been in Martial arts for a couple months now and she's so much more confident and expressive! The instructors are top notch! They're always working hard and putting their all into the kids they are teaching while making it fun!

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My son has been going here for over a year now and he has gained so much confidence! The instructors are wonderful and really care about the students. They also do school talks and came to the school where I teach and talked to the first graders. The students got to learn how to be safe and some martial arts moves. They loved it so much they still ask me to use the martial arts terms for sitting and standing!

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How Near – Peer Mentoring Creates Tomorrow’s Leaders

Mentoring has been around for many years and has shown to have many positive outcomes for all participants.
In Our Martial Arts, the mentoring program that is implemented is called the STORM Team, or Special Team of Role Models.
This is a“near-peer” type mentoring program that is very structured and incorporates a full curriculum and training system.
The members are hand-chosen by their instructors and the process and outcomes of this ear-peer mentoring approach benefit both mentees and mentors.
Although mentoring is not a new topic, near-peer mentoring provides a new variation to this timeless approach.
This method of mentoring involves people that are closer in age, although the mentor is still old enough to act as a role-model.
The biggest advantageto this, however, is that the mentor has a stronger element of relatability than in a typical mentoring relationship.
Mentors that are closer in age to the mentees often have more success in reaching them than adults usually do.
The STORM team is an exclusive team for Martial Arts students with aspirations of becoming leaders within the community so they are the perfect fit to be in the mentor position.
STORM Team members are chosen on the highest standards of on behavior, performance, attitude, willingness to serve others, and commitment to their art.
The program covers things from leadership lessons to hands on training.
In the STORM Team mentoring program, the benefits that the mentee gains from participating in it are invaluable.
They feel more connected to their peers and have longer lasting relationships.
In addition, connections with the adults they interact with are improved and they have better attitudes towards school and learning.
All of these things ultimately increase their self-esteem so they are more confident to try new things and feel more equipped to handle the ups and downs of life.
But not only does this type of program benefit the mentees, the mentors also gain important skills.
They learn a sense of responsibility while serving in this role and they also learn communication skills, relationship management, and leadership skills.
Through this process, mentors also become more patient and learn to utilize active listening skills.
They are often the most valuable in bridging the gap between instructors and other students. And one of the most rewarding benefits to this program is that the mentor feels a sense of self-satisfaction from their service to others.
They experience the feeling of pride when their mentees are successful.
When children and teens take partin near-peer programs such as the STORM Team, all participants can reap the benefits! Mentees generally become the next set of mentors and the cycle of spreading these valuable life skills continues.
This often makes the next set of mentor/mentee relationships easier because this has been modeled over and over again and the successes in the program build on each other.