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I learned about this dojo through great reviews on Thumbtack. They were a non-profit, martial arts school that offered training in various martial arts, in an authentic atmosphere and a sincere sense of community. This is what got me interested, and I came for a free trial. The positive reviews were true but someone interested in martial arts should come here and experience for themselves to understand the sincerity of this place.I was treated with politeness and respect, and had an amazing first time learning experience. When you step in and spend time there you see why it is a dojo and not a gym from the way students and coaches interact, practices in the dojo to the friendly community they have there. Our Sense Mr. Werth was patient, calm and friendly, even in one class and a couple of conversations I had with him was enough for me to see the dedication he has to this place and the teachings of martial arts and its philosophy as a way of life.This place is like their home where people show respect and care for each other which is something I appreciated.They do not only have self defense classes but meditation and after school care for children, it seems like a place that cares for their students as a whole, contributing to their lives not just on a physical level.I have signed up for more classes and I am looking forward to better myself in every aspect thisbdojo has to offer. I recommend this place to anyone interested in Martial arts or anyone looking for a community to be a part of or bettering themselves to a more peaceful, self disciplined individual. I highly recommend everyone the free trial to experience this place.Dec 6, 2015Verified
Private Self Defense Lessons
I was quite impressed with the way Sensei Werth greeted us before class, having been fully prepped on the quirks of my sometimes overly sensitive 8-year old. What impressed me most is that he met us in regular clothing before dressing to lead the class - thereby giving my son an opportunity to interact with him as a regular person he might meet on the street as opposed to another instructor we'd visited a few years prior, who was already engaged in teaching students. My son was "incorporated" into the class, not just to observe, but to participate so he'd have a much better (hands on) opportunity to understand how the class was run. What continued to impress me was that Sensei Werth continued to be the genuine individual he is and not morph into someone teaching in a rote manner - he managed to meet each individual in the family class where they were, without judgement and clearly giving them the respect he aspired to be given himself. I wish I could introduce you to my son as a part of this review as it's difficult to relay in writing how challenging he can be. He is silly at times, has hopelessly high expectations of his abilities (and himself) at other times...he's probably just like any other boy aged 8-10 years old, but the only one that I've had to raise. He's funny and smart, but always thinking, thinking, thinking, and if he thinks he can't master something right away, he's ready to throw in the towel and quit. Sensei Werth has a manner about him that is curious, respectful and encouraging - basically the patience of a saint when it comes to young children. How he and the co-owner of the dojo manage essentially a pack of wild wolves (boys) during a class (we've been to 3 now!) is amazing. Wait, don't think there's only young children in this class as well as beginners - no, there are adults and parents participating as well! My martial arts experience is limited and from well over 20 years ago, so I like to think I have a good idea of classes can be run. My experience is more from a self-defense prospect; I very much enjoyed classes offered by my Sensei in college, but he did have a slightly different approach when he was addressing larger groups of individuals at varying levels and practicing Go-Jo-Ru Karate. Sensei Werth's approach with students seems much more gentle and individualized - skills are not rushed and everyone is encouraged to participate at their level - whether it be skill and/or energy. Overall, this has been a very rewarding experience and I look forward to seeing my son's self-confidence (the secondary goal) grow and hope he's able to learn how to efficiently and safely burn off his abundant energy (primary goal).Mar 25, 2015Verified
My sense of feeling when I walked into the environment was extraordinary. It was a feeling of acceptance no matter what you look like or what ethnicity. Everyone is accepted for who they are. You become a family with other people with the same interest of Aikido, Taekwon-Do, or any of the Japanese, Korean practice of Martial Arts. The Sensai's/teachers are amazing with children. They make it fun to learn for the children as well as the smaller children. I especially enjoy talking with the Sensai's/teachers about goals for my children and to watch my children learn about themselves. Thanks, Lynn M and Mike C.Mar 6, 2014
Private Self Defense Lessons
I am glad I found this place for my two girls. They absolutely love it here!!!! We were welcomed with open arms into a strong family oriented place. Everyone here is professional, organized and loving. Carolyn is such a joy to talk to while I watch my girls learn taekwondo. Prices are reasonable and the location is perfect.Aug 12, 2016Verified
Martial Arts Training
My experience at MSMA has been excellent. The staff have been wonderful and I have had an excellent experience every time I am there. I highly recommend MSMA. The approach involves more than just learning techniques but understanding the meaning behind the techniques and how they apply in the real world. Join me there!Apr 26, 2015Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?We are a nonprofit Martial Arts Family Community Center, owned and operated by volunteers who live in the local community, serving adults, teens, children, and families. Individual adults or parents inquiring about their teens or children should contact Michael Werth Sensei for a free-trial appointment. We have many different programs with various costs and we work with qualified families and individual adults on the cost as needed to make it affordable. After the free-trial class, we would be very happy to go over all of the programs with you and see if we can make it work for you. Please contact Michael Werth Sensei by txtmsg for a free-trial appointment and to ask any additional questions that you may have.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We offer individual adults and families a free-trial appointment and we will give you a free introductory class and then meet with you to explain all of the programs and costs. We are a nonprofit family community center run by volunteers. We do not high-pressure sell anyone to join! If you love the teacher and the class and the other students after you try the free class, you are welcome to become a member. And if you don't absolutely love it, or you only want to join for a short period of time, you are welcome to discuss your situation with us and we'll come up with options.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Mr. Michael L. Werth Sensei is a Rhode Island certified public school teacher with 19 years of experience, working here in Providence, RI. He is also the Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science at Central High School. Prior to that, Mr. Werth was the Manager of Technical Resources, specializing in database, network, and telecommunications administration. He has been an entrepreneur for 31 years. Currently, Mr. Werth is seeking professional certification in School Administration with the Rhode Island Department of Education.