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Derek Declaire reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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This place rocks. Awesome workouts. Family atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and the coaches are great. Great with the kids too. My son loves this place. The atmosphere keeps you coming back. That and the hopes of landing a submission on Coach Martin one day. Thanks John Wai Kung Fu. LOVE THIS PLACE!

Aziza Mustafa

I have only been a member for a short period of time, but I absolutely love it! Everyone from the instructors to the members will make you feel like family. The instructors are motivating, inspiring, and will make your goals their goals. I'm always excited to attend the intense, yet fun, kickboxing sessions and my Kung Fu trainings. Glad I found them!

Maria Heilig

John Wai Martial Arts is an amazing academy that offers so much to such a wide range of people. The instructors have great personalities that make you feel at home. Very very happy to come here every week for kickboxing, and to find friends with goals like myself :)

Cherie-Richard Aguinaga reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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John Wai Kung Fu Academy is by far the best place around for studying Martial Arts. Kids and adults alike can learn a variety of forms such as Kung Fu, Sanshou, and jiujitsu. Best of all John Wai's staff members are knowledgeable, friendly, and 100 % professional! My whole family attends John Wai Kung Fu Academy and we are more well-rounded, happier, healthier, and stronger because of it. If your on the fence, hop off and walk into JWKFA; you'll be happy you did!

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This place has been by far the best place for martial arts for my son . The instructors are very nice and knowledgable and take the time to teach the right techniques !
Not to mention the adults kick boxing class is addictive !!!

Alissa Pifer reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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So glad I signed up for the web special and ended up joining! The instructors are great and actually take the time to learn your name and get to know you. The workout is great and I actually look forward to working out. Honestly can't say enough good things about this place.

Carmen Wai Casal reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
5
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I don't write reviews often, but I just wanted to make it known how great this school is. My 6 year old daughter has been taking Kung fu classes here for about a month now. She absolutely LOVES it. All of the instructors are impressively both talented and incredible at their art, while always going above and beyond to make it a fun and enjoyable class for the students. I love watching the children learn while having a great time. They build confidence, discipline and an early appreciation for martial arts. I really can't say enough about this wonderful place.

Ashley Starr Mulata Howard reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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I give John wai kung fu plantation five stars because not only did they help me drop 30plus pounds in a year but they change my life! And help me accomplish so many hurdles I've face throughout my journey. I can honestly say the instructors dont just come to work and clock in; they value each and every memeber as YOU were the only one. If you're searching for a fun, clean and friendly cultured lifestyle that would mode you inside out; mind, body, and soul JOHN WAI KUNG FU is the perfect platform to help you get in the best shape of your life inside and out!!

Cristina Miralles reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
5
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This is a great place!. I really like the atmosphere, the people, and especially the kickboxing classes. I can't complain. The trainers are awesome and that makes you want to go work out. Before I would have to drag myself to the gym, now I can't wait to go through a few punches or do a few burpees. If you haven't thought about kickboxing or martial arts, I would definitely consider it. :)

Carmen Melendez reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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Gotta love this place. This is a great atmosphere to work out and be able to achieve your fitness goals. John Way Kung Fu Academy has the best people on staff to help you get fit and have fun doing it. Can't get enough of this place. Hope this review helps you join this fantastic group!! :)

Jason Furman reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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You couldn't ask for a better place for you as an adult or your kids. If it was possible to give 6 stars I would. Best group of instructors I have ever seen at a martial arts facility.

Rio Espinoza reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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Outstanding place! Staff are very approachable, knowledgeable and all in all great with kids. Today's event really has given my children the confidence they need. Was the best decision I've made for them in regards to dealing with bullies. Thanks for having us!!

Monique Nortelus reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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Joining John Wai Kung Fu is one of the best decisions I've ever made! It has changed my life completely. When I first started I was 100+ pounds overweight and I had no previous gym experience. I was extremely nervous and apprehensive about joining because I couldn't have imagined being able to successfully lose weight and establish a healthy lifestyle. Well let me just say, in 6 months I lost a total of 60 pounds and have lost so many inches off my waist it's mind blowing. The instructors passion and charisma make the classes so much fun and addicting! I can personally say they are like a second family to me.

Cindy Fallon reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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John Wai Kung Fu Academy is the best place to get your fitness on. You will burn more calories here than anywhere else and have a great time doing it. In addition to that you will be learning skills that will help you build confidence and could save your life. The instructors here are all top notch, join and you won't be disappointed.

Roseann Altieri Fordon reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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I’ve had a gym membership for over 10 years and I felt I wasn’t getting the workout I needed. Finally I decided to try iLoveKickboxing and loved it from the moment I started. The workouts are not easy, it is a totally different workout when you are actually hitting and kicking a bag instead of just punching air. You get an all around, full body challenging workout, which I love. Starting at the age of 56 I was a little intimidated at first, but the staff is so supportive and motivating that they make you feel like you are part of their family from day 1. The people are all friendly and always have fun while being tortured. This has definitely been one of the best workouts I have ever had and would highly recommend iLoveKickboxing to anyone. The only thing I regret is not starting sooner.

Justin Seedman reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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Truly one-of-a-kind world class family owned martial arts and fitness training facility. My family I were members here for many years. I highly recommend you check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

Mel T-Rex reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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If you're looking for an amazing workout, knowledgeable and caring instructors, and a judgement free environment check out John Wai Martial Arts in Plantation. My only regret is I didn't join sooner. I will truly miss this place and the people when I move. Highly recommend!!

Dianne Young reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
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John Wai has exceeded my expectations since joining over a year and a half ago. Prior to joining, I researched different schools and asked others for recommendations. I often heard others complain about other schools over charging them or not meeting their expectations. I eventually chose John Wai based on a friend's recommendation whose daughter attended the school from a young age and eventually became an instructor. I cannot express enough just how much my daughter has benefited from the teachings of John Wai and his awesome staff. Since joining, my daughter's level of confidence, sense of self, respect for others, profound discipline, ability to defend herself and stand up for others, and genuine love for the martial arts has blossomed and become an integral part of her life. She never wants to miss a class, whether it's Kung fu, sparring or jiu jitsu. We've since moved quite a distance from the school, however, it never occurred to us to leave the school- their commitment to the students, effective training and genuine interest in their students cannot be duplicated. My sincerest thanks to John Wai and his staff (our second family) for all you have done for my daughter, all you have done for us.

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5 Reasons to Start Martial Arts in your 40’s

Martial Arts is great for anyone at any age. If you are over 40 and looking for a new hobby, exercise program, or just something exciting to jump into, Martial Arts may be one of the best activities to consider. Whether it is Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Kung Fu, training in Martial Arts not only improves one’s physical health, but it can be just plain fun! We’ve gathered the top 5 reasons why Martial Arts may be the perfect fit for those over 40.

  1. New Physical Activity

For many, our 40’s really are the prime of our life. Careers are hitting full stride, our families have grown up, and we have found our social balance. However, when reaching this point in our lives, we place more demands on ourselves. Our professions and family can keep us from taking care of proper care of ourselves. As we settle into life, training in Martial Arts is a fantastic introduction to a new form of activity and exercise.

As a Martial Artist, you will be engaged in an activity that will challenge both your mind and body. The average hobby most individuals take up at this stage in their lives does not even come close to the benefits Martial Arts affords. If you are looking to feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and re-energized, Martial Arts is the perfect springboard to get yourself moving forward again.

  1. Total Body Workout

Life happens. When we lose focus on ourselves, our bodies certainly can suffer. Our bodies begin to ache for no reason, flexibility seems to disappear, and weight is gained in all the wrong places. Looking in the mirror, we may stop and wonder where our former self went.

The health benefits of Martial Arts are remarkable. Unlike simply taking up running, yoga, or weight lifting, Martial Arts provides a complete body workout. As you train, your core strengthens while flexibility returns. Your muscles will begin to tone and stamina will increase. Most importantly, the cardiovascular workout from Martial Arts training is exactly what your body needs at 40 years old.

  1. Bond with Fellow Students

Training with students who share the same passion as you has a tremendous impact on the human psyche. By forming a kinship with others, you will find yourself pushing harder than if taking up an exercise regimen solo. Also, consider joining a Martial Art School with a family member. Doing so can be a wonderful way to strengthen or rebuild lost family bonds.

  1. Stress Relief

Physical activity has been proven to relieve stress. Participating as a student in Martial Arts takes stress relief to a completely new level. Physically, the cardiovascular workout releases endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress levels. The technical aspect of punching, kicking, and grappling is where many students really find their stress levels to dissolve.

However, it is mentally where Martial Arts offers up a more complete relief of stress. Martial Arts training requires a focus found in only a handful of other activities. This focus allows you to shut out the stress of the day and reset your mind. Your training is as much mental as it is physical. Over time, this mental training will translate into your daily decision-making, helping to prevent stress before it even begins.

  1. A Lifetime of Improving Yourself

Training in Martial Arts can last a lifetime if you want it to. It is common to find students training well into their 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s. For many, the physical and mental aspects of training coupled with the camaraderie of training with others is the perfect winning combination. Having a passion for Martial Arts means never being bored. The next goal will always be there, just waiting to be reached.

Choosing the Right MARTIAL ARTS School

Committing yourself to Martial Arts is a big decision. It is important to carefully select a school that will meet your needs, regardless of your age.

We provided five reasons why you should consider training in Martial Arts. If you are ready to take the next step, here are five tips for joining a school and changing your life:

  1. Look for Training, Not Fighting

Schools offering Martial Arts come in many different forms. Once you have found a school training your age group, learn what their training objectives are. It is best to avoid Martial Art schools whose primary focus is to train fighters for competition. Look for schools who train Martial Arts in a way where the focus is on you instead of the next competition.

  1. Watch a Class

Before you join any martial arts school, visit the school and watch a few of their classes. Keep an eye on the pace and personality of the class. Get a feel for the other students. Are they having fun or are they being pushed too hard?  Also, look for instructors who focus more on their students’ overall well-being.

  1. Meet the Instructor

This may perhaps be the most important tip on the list. Remember, you get to choose which school you join and ultimately your instructor. Ask the instructor any questions you may have. Then listen intently. Instructors should make you feel welcome with a genuine interest in your well-being and growth. And remember, not all black belts are great instructors and not all great instructors are black belts.

  1. Meet the Students

With the instructor’s permission, ask for an opportunity to speak with a handful of their students. In fact, it should be encouraged by the training staff. Ask them about why they decided to join, what their first week was like, and what you should expect if you decided to join. Don’t be afraid to ask about things they may not like about the school as well.

  1. Start Slow

Starting your Martial Arts journey exciting! Take your time and start slow. A good instructor will help you move forward at your own pace. Many of your fellow students may have been training for many years and it is easy to want to keep up. Transfer your excitement into concentration and after settling into a few classes a week, you will develop your own rhythm and place among your peers.

Take the Next Step

With all the health benefits Martial Arts offers, at its core, Martial Arts remains one of the most effective forms of exercise and keeping in shape. On top of improved balance, stronger muscles, and greater focus, training in Martial Arts prepare you to effectively defend yourself. Skills very few 40-year olds can claim they have.

The hardest step is taking the next step. If you are ready to bring out the best in yourself, visit our Plantation Martial Arts Academy to learn more. It would be our pleasure to answer any questions you may have in taking the next big step in life