"Josh Ryer and Ryer Martial Arts Academy has been an all around fantastic experience for my 8 year old son. He has been at the academy for almost 3 years and has recently earned his Jr Orange belt. Josh has an amazing way of "getting" my son, who is a unique learner, tends to be quiet, introspective and a keen observer. Instead of displaying impatience or demanding answers like many adults have with my son, Josh patiently awaits answers while explaining the importance of learning some assertiveness skills and taking risks in demonstrating his martial arts skills or speaking up in class. My son is slowly realizing, in this supportive environment, that he can take risks, he can speak up, and he can demonstrate what he knows. I highly recommend Ryer and all the staff who work with the kids in learning valuable martial arts skills as well as the often "under taught" skills of proper ways to handle bullies, keeping safe, using words appropriately and assertiveness skills."