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Derek Declaire

NOW OFFERING AMAZING VIRTUAL CLASSES TOO!!! JOHN WAI MARTIAL ARTS was swift to adapt to Covid-19 changes and requirements allowing members to keep training via online classes while also maintaining safe in person training with social spacing, extra cleaning, and sanitizing measures. They even implemented virtual game/activity nights for the kids. It doesn't get any better than this. A TRUE Martial Arts Family. We LOVE this place. THANKS JWMA!

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
5
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John Wai Martial Arts 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 Martial Arts Academy and we are more well-rounded, happier, healthier, and stronger because of it. If your on the fence, hop off and walk into JWMA; you'll be happy you did!

Lili B. León reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
5
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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
5
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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
5
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I give John wai martial arts 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 MARTIAL ARTS 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
5
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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 Martial Arts 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

Myself and kids have been members of JWMA for 4 years now. This place has become our home away from home. My wife and myself always say that bringing our kids here has been one of the best decisions we have made for our children. This isn’t just some typical strip mall MMA gym this place literally is family. Now that we are all living in these strange times of self isolation and stay at home orders the online version of JWMA has become the one constant in our lives and this is incredibly important to our kids through this time. At the end of the day of school from home they still get to improve on all of their facets of MMA they have been studying for years, but they also get to stay connected with their JWKF family. All of the staff members here are truly the best you could imagine from any person in any line of work. Even though we are Plantation, FL residents we are currently in Tulsa, OK during this crisis taking care of a family member. We really don’t know what we could do without the availability of this virtual school version of JWMA. We can’t wait to get back to the “real thing” but in the mean time this allows us to stay connected to what we all need most........hope.

Rio Espinoza reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
5
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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
5
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Joining John Wai Martial Arts 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
5
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John Wai Martial Arts 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.

Justin Seedman reviewed John Wai Martial Arts Academy
5
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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!

Amanda Salas

I’ve been coming to this school for about 2 years now and I never stop learning or pushing myself here. Owner is very conscious and makes it a priority for all members to feel comfortable while training. ESPECIALLY FOR LADIES. Fun and friendly staff! I take advantage of kickboxing, kung fu, Bjj, and (pre-COVID) Muay Thai. Always fun!

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Change by Rachel Dailey

CHANGE. What a word! What comes to your mind when you think of change?

Change your clothes

Change your job

Change your food

Change your body

Change your mind

Change your thinking

Change your LIFE!

When I think of the word change, the first thing that pops into my mind is a butterfly. I know, crazy right? No not really. Did you know that it takes a butterfly anywhere from one month to a year to change? If you are a true science expert the butterfly goes through the process of metamorphosis (egg, larvae, pupa, and butterfly).

So this leads me to my next few questions:

  • Is change necessary?
  • Why is change important?

As we enter into the month of September, I stop and reminisce. Wow what a difference a year can make! In one year, all the changes that were listed above, are just a few of the changes I’ve went through. As many of you know, I entered Season 2 Fight Camp last September. What many of you don’t know is that I entered the fight camp because I was hating the person I had become in the mirror. Have you ever looked at the person in the mirror and not recognized the person staring back at you? I have. Does it feel good? No, no it does not.  (Fight Camp: An intense 8 week program that fighters go through prior to fighting which focuses on physical, emotional, and mental training on and off the mat. Check out Fight Night Video where we test our skills & endurance)

Which leads me to something in my life had to CHANGE. Perhaps you are experiencing this same feeling?

Metamorphosis Begins…..

Part One: The EGG

I began Season 2 Fight camp, just for the sole purpose of losing weight. I “just knew” this would solve ALL of my problems. Well, I’m here to say, that’s great and losing weight is an amazing feeling, but what happened when fight camp was over? I started my same routine again, which was the worst routine possible. Go to work, come home, sleep, workout, eat, drink, and go to bed.

Do you see a pattern? Something missing? Yes, most definitely, it’s called keeping with that change and creating goals for yourself.

Part Two: The Larvae

I came back to Fight Camp Season 3. My husband thought I was crazy, somewhere around Week 2, I thought I literally was crazy for doing this to my body again, but then something changed. I started to realize that not only did my physical body need a change, so did my mind, and my spirit. If you’ve ever experienced fight camp then you know, that you have to check in daily with your coaches, on 3 levels: emotional, mental, and physical.

I can remember the final week of fight camp sitting in my kitchen floor, and bawling my eyes out. (Ladies, I’m sure you’ve been there before, and it doesn’t feel good, perhaps looking and longing for a change that is so desperately needed, but not sure what…) So as I sat in the floor, I soon began to realize that I was crying because I needed a true change. I needed to stand up for women. I needed to be a STRONG woman. I’ve always admired my mom. I lost my dad tragically five years ago, and my mom was able to stand and preach at my dad’s funeral. I know right? Doesn’t that sound awful, but yet BRAVE at the same time. Here this lady was who lost the love of her life, 32 years of marriage, 2 children, but yet able to stand and tell everyone that he’s in a better place and that their faith needed to remain strong.

What a concept? Talk about change in your life.

So as I sat there thinking about being a strong woman, I realized what a strong woman means. A strong woman means FACING YOUR FEARS! I sent a text to my mom and my sister letting them know that on that night, I would be fighting for them, for all the strong women in my life.

So my question to you today would be are you looking for a change in your life? If you are, I would HIGHLY suggest signing up for our new 7 Week Program called OVERDRIVE at John Wai Martial Arts in Plantation, Fl. Get ready to face your fears, and make that change that maybe you have just been longing and needing! What are you waiting for?  “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

**Rachel Dailey is Broward County School Teacher and an Instructor at John Wai Martial Arts in Plantation.**