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Name: Sherri K
Date: 05/30/2017
Message: Changing the furniture in your mind" that is the phrase that Charles Gooden the owner of Victory Martial Arts and Fitness uses so you can debunk the myth about protecting yourself. Who says a small woman can't disarm someone twice as big? Keep in mind that skill combined with desire and opportunity are what allow many crimes or attempted crimes to happen. Being aware of your surroundings and anticipating potential dangerous situations and preparing for them are important in keeping yourself safe. Tonight's class spent time talking about your mindset. The latter half of the class was spent kicking, hitting, and elbowing a 250 pound Century kicker. We also learned how to use every day objects as protective devices. It was a total mind blowing and eye-opening experience. I am looking forward to attending the next level 2 class where we learn to perfect our moves. Very reasonably priced, free parking in a clean and bright atmosphere with a top notch, caring and skilled instructor. Thank you Charles we really enjoyed it!


Name: Dawn B
Date: 04/11/2017
Message: Had the pleasure of attending the basic level self-defense class last night (3/29/17). A friend recommended the class - so why not!  Saying it was fun doesn't quite explain the session, although it was fun - it was more about not becoming a statistic in today's criminal society. The subject matter was both discussion and active participation. The class was centered around giving you a momentary opportunity to escape from an attacker. It is NOT a course on how to fight an opponent. Basic subjects discussed were geared towards awareness, prevention, and escape. The instructor wasn't concerned about proper form or whether or not you joined his business, he was focused on each individual in the class, and tailored escape techniques based upon size, stance, and individual abilities. It is important that you wear comfortable clothing (same as any workout), as you will get plenty of opportunity to practice many key techniques. It was well worth the time and cost, to get refreshed on defensive escape techniques. I retired from the Army after 21 years, and I consider myself pretty aware and have some skills from that - but the truth is, I am not in my twenties anymore! You are never too old, and never too skilled to pass up an opportunity to get a refresher course on defending yourself. JUST DO IT!


Name: Ryan McManus
Date: 10/25/2016
Message: Hey this is ryan. im really going to miss your class i will never forget you and the others, i am going to continue martial arts wherever i go and i will keep looking for ways i can improve myself as a martial artist and as person, i hope that maybe well meet up again. thank you for everything you have taught me.


Name: Jennifer Lloyd
Date: 03/25/2013
Message: Enjoyed viewing the website. jel


Name: Roberts Family
Date: 11/07/2010
Message: I had an entire email written out and then decided that it was over 500 words and that might freak you out. ;) Besides, I don't think that I can properly express how much you mean to me or to my family. As Mike said the other night, "you will miss him so much because he brought out the good in our family." He's right, you did. You took my very sensitive and emotional son and were kind, but firm and gave him something to look forward to. And me? Well, you'll never know. My favorite Sensei quote happened when you were teaching us to fall properly. "Take the energy, absorb it, and then use it to fuel you forward." It's been my mantra for months. Thank you so much for everything. The Roberts Family


Name: SWCR Campono
Date: 02/27/2010
Message: But you can call me Chief...I can still beat your tail...just like that time back in '86 while in Adak, Ak. Drop me a line some day...I always wondered where you went???


Name: Amando Gavino
Date: 09/30/2009
Message: Message: Best school (taekwondo) my son ever attended!! Master Charles promotes discipline that transcend past his martial arts school. My family is very happy and satisfied with this school. Thank You!


Name: Ann & Brain Brewer
Date: 07/04/2009
Message: Thank you for sharing all of your gifts and talents with our daughter. She will keep the values you have taught her in her mind and in her heart the rest of her life.


Name: John Stafford
Date: 06/14/2009
Message: Thank you very much. Annabel and Lam will mis you very much. You are quite the teacher it will be hard for all their future instructors to measure up.


Name: chris arnold
Date: 03/01/2009
Message: Thank you very much Sir. Elvin continues to be very enthusiastic about the class, and I can see great improvement so far in his ability to keep his attention focused for 60 minutes. He still has trouble staying focused, but that's not for lack of trying on his part. We will work together diligently on the patterns and memorization of the tenants. You are an excellent instructor, and I can't thank you enough for allowing Elvin to participate in the class. Thanks, Chris.

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