Meet some of our students who have benefitted from our program. Some of these 4S Ranch martial artists found us when they were just little karate kids. Others found us later in life, had either trained martial arts before coming to Rancho Bernardo or had never trained in the martial arts at all. Read about their experiences and see if West Coast Martial Arts Academy in 4S Ranch is for you.
Achieving my black belt with Hank and Will at the West Coast Martial Arts Academy was an immense personal milestone for me before going to USC for my undergrad. Every day, I work to maintain the spirit they taught me: to focus, to persevere, and to grow toward my goals. Whenever I bowed and set foot on the mat, I knew I would be training my body and my mind. Today I am proud to say I have developed the mindset of a competitor, a challenger, and, one day, a champion.
“When I first joined WCMAA, I was a very shy and passive person. Thankfully, WCMAA staff helped me feel supported enough to step on the mats and try a class. Since then, I’ve never wanted to stop coming back. Years later, the confidence, strength, and fitness I have gained is beyond what I ever envisioned. The fun, friendly, and safe environment WCMAA provides along with expert instructors is second to none. I would recommend to anyone of any age to try a class and not to pass up the opportunity to gain lifelong benefits through WCMAA training.
WCMAA has had an incredible impact on my life. Training here taught me self control, discipline, and humility, which have all been invaluable throughout my life. The physical fitness also provided a great outlet for my energy and an activity to look forward to multiple times a week.
One of the best things to ever happen to me was when my son joined an after school karate program at Westwood Elementary school run by West Coast Martial Arts Academy. My son was hooked and when the program ended he begged to continue in his training. We shopped around and took introduction classes at several other schools but it soon became clear that WCMAA had the best program, best facility, and best prices
WCMAA is so much more than a martial arts school. It is a community that supports and motivates each other to be better. The school has evolved with the times, incorporating kickboxing, grappling, and other elements of MMA, while at the same time always being accessible to people of all levels from parents looking for a fun way to exercise to athletes looking for a place to hone their skills.
A few weeks ago, Sensei Will came to my 5-year-old daughter’s school to teach Martial Arts to some of the children there. The first day she started, I was curious as to what exactly will be taught; so, I went to the school to watch her. My focus at the time was not how she would do, but how she was being taught and by whom. I was immediately impressed with Sensei Will’s teaching methods with children. I knew then that I could trust him with teaching her correctly.
Today (11/12/16), Sensei Will gave me what I was looking for . . . the best. My daughter came to the dojo for the second time, but this time it was different for her. There were lots of other students, close to twenty children. She got scared and did not want to participate. I could not convince her to go onto the floor with the other children. I even told her that I was also scared. Sensei Will noticed, came over to us. I told him she was scared and did not want to do it. He looked at her, talked to her in a calm manner and asked her if she wanted to go to his line and work with him. She did. Afterwards, she told me that she “really” did like it. Cool.
As for myself, I announced to some of my friends what I was about to embark on, and they thought I had lost my mind or experiencing a midlife crisis. LOL. Why? Several reasons.
(1) I’m 53 years old
(2) In a Ph.D. program (Natural Medicine) scheduled to graduate 2017
(3) Can I keep up with the younger students
(4) working a fulltime job.
My question to them (friends) is: why aren’t you doing it. Honestly, I was a little weary – age, doctorate program, stamina/endurance. These last two training sessions pushed me harder than I’ve been pushed in a long time. Like others have mentioned, there are several qualified instructors on the floor at all times to guide you in the direction you wish to go. They will push you, as much as you want them to. My thoughts:
I cannot remember all the names that I’ve worked with so far or met but I do want to thank you all for what you are doing not just for me, but for my daughter, and all those that seek your instruction as well. You are an EXCELLENT group of dedicated teachers that know your stuff.
Sensei Will / Hank / Roberts / Peter / Tabitha