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Katherine Adancik reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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My grandsons really like the time they spend working with Sensei. He works well with the kids with both strictness and compassion. I liked the women's self defense class!

Amy Ratliff reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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We have been under Mike's instruction for nearly a year. My husband and daughter are both completely engulfed in karate, and they are excelling with Sensai. I highly recommend this dojo, if you want to learn AND have a great time!

Sara Tzintzun reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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My son has always wanted to join a karate class. It was fate when one day he won two weeks free at a carnival. It was also the perfect timing being that he was at a new school and was falling behind in class. He didn't have many friends and was sad due to family issues. I didn't know what to expect at Guido's Martial Arts Academy but I was hoping for the best. The way everyone welcomes you right from the very beginning is incredible. They made us feel right at home. Overall, my sons behavior and school work have improved drastically. Even the level of respect that he shows to everyone is just amazing. He has gained so many new friends and now doesn't want to leave the dojo!! I am so thankful I found this place! It's a hidden gem for sure!!

Robert G Farmer reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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Guido's Martial Arts Academy in my opinion the best place for you and your kids in the Central Valley and perhaps all of California. Both of my kids train there and Sensei Mike Guido has taught them much more than martial arts they have learned leadership, conference, responsibility kindness dedication team building skills collaboration good sportsmanship just to name a few. I would highly recommend Guido's Martial Arts Academy to any friend family or complete stranger it is the best. It builds more than just Champions. It creates role models and the future leaders of our community

Dawn Adams reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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For the past six years, Sensei Mike Guido has been this amazing and powerful influence in my son's life. He has helped to mold and guide him into the fabulous young man that he is through the unique curriculum taught at Guido's Martial Arts Academy.

Not only does Sensei Mike teach martial arts; he teaches the kids about integrity, respect, discipline and to give back to the community. His positive attitude is infectious and the environment is relaxing.

And parents, he teaches adults as well and the lessons he teaches to the young ones can and does help the adults in the personal and professional lives.

In my opinion, this is THE dojo to check out! There are many amazing students there; a testament to this man's tireless efforts.

Chastity Day reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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Guido's Martial arts is unlike any martial arts academy you will encounter. Two of my children attend and it has changed them for the better. They are more confident, respectful, and responsible. This dojo does not just teach karate; it is a family-centered, community involved, and character building dojo. At this dojo I have come to realize that the instructors are not just concerned about teaching karate, but they are dedicated to all aspects of their students, inside and outside of the dojo. This is hands down the best investment that you can make for your children. See you soon!

Melissa Blum Gray reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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Two of my boys have been attending for less than 3 months and I have seen so much improvement in their confidence and behavior in such a short time. Not only are they benefiting from the physical activity, focus, and learning respect, but the mentorship Sensei Guido provides is invaluable. Having someone else who speaks positivity, encouragement, and hard work into their lives is so important. He reinforce so many values we teach at home, and having the coolest person they know to back up parents' values, is worth it's weight in gold.

Ashton Patendis reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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My kids have only been going a couple weeks, but I am already inspired to leave a review. This place rocks. The instructors are positive, helpful, and encouraging while also finding a healthy balance of teaching discipline, personal responsibility, and life skills. They are all about hard work and earning your way, but the kids have so much fun at the same time. I'm so grateful to have help teaching my children these important values. And they know their martial arts. This place is the real deal. The proof can be found looking at the students that are working towards their black belt- impressive skills, but even more impressive ATTITUDES. I'm so glad to have found this place. Thank you Guido's family.

Jennifer Butler Terrazas reviewed Guido's Martial Arts Academy
5
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A very impressive first time class for my four year old daughter. She was assigned a buddy to help her thru the class and let me tell you, her buddy ( Dylan- maybe 9 or 10) was respectful and very supportive. Moreover, I think everyone under this roof encouraged each other whether a student or trainer. There is no doubt that I will recommend Guido’s Martial Arts Academy to any parent that wants their child to grow in self-confidence, be respectful, gain physical agility and build strong bonds with their peers.

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Martial Arts – The Art of Peace

 

Martial Arts – The Art of Peace
For years, martial arts has gotten a bad reputation because people feel that it encourages violence, especially in children. And yes, it sounds like a paradox that something that teaches “fighting” can actually make people less aggressive. However, what most people don’t know is that martial arts is rooted in nonviolent conflict resolution.

As the founder of Aikido, O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, said, “To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.” Controlling aggression is the ultimate goal of martial arts. In order to do this, martial arts teaches respect and humility as well as life and social skills.

In any form of martial art, there is tradition and discipline. From a simple bow to an instructor or other student to waiting for the next direction, students become more patient and respectful. But not only does martial arts teach these simpler lessons but it also teaches lessons that have a deeper meaning and application such as goal setting, control over strong emotions and reactions, and self-actualization.

As students learn these character lessons, they begin transferring them into their everyday lives. One of the major things that all of this helps children with is increased self-esteem. When children feel good about who they are as an individual, aggressive tendencies diminish. This is because they no longer feel a need to “prove” themselves and their abilities. They have learned to internalize integrity so that violence is not even an option.

It is important to note, though, that the instructor is at the forefront of this training. Instructors must lead by example and promote the tenets of the martial arts they teach. Showing compassion and respect to students, while teaching them, will be more beneficial. Take, for example, the movie “The Karate Kid.” In the movie, there are two different instructors, two different students, but both are working on the same thing…martial arts.
However, the Cobra Kai instructor focuses on aggressiveness and anger in his teaching, while Mister Miyagi teaches from a place of peace and conflict resolution, making the actual use of martial arts to be only as a last resort and a means of self-defense.

The GUIDO’S MARTIAL ARTS program takes the martial arts traditional concepts a step further by dedicating time to Life Skills during class. These character-building lessons expand on traditional martial arts tenets and make them easy to comprehend. This is because they are broken up based on a student’s age and level of understanding. Lessons on sportsmanship, kindness, and optimism are just a few of the ones that are touched on throughout each student’s journey to black belt.

Martial arts is a holistic approach to the self. The physical requirements benefit the student greatly. The social, intellectual, and emotional benefits are, however, the most significant. When taught correctly, martial arts can be the most peaceful approach to conflict resolution, bullying, and violence.

~Mike Guido