“I studied martial arts in my hometown of Beijing, China and I found American Dragon Martial Arts to be the most authentic training in the area. The instructors are all world class and have so much real world experience. I started with their Women’s Self Defense Course and have been here for 8 years since then. I love it!”

– Xiao Ou Ma

“I’ve been taking my grandson for Taekwondo lessons at American Dragon Martial Arts for a year.  During this time I watched how Grand Master Hackworth not only trains his students in Taekwondo but how he prepares them for life by teaching them to be responsible, respectful, and caring people.

Doing martial arts was always something that I always wanted to do, but life got in the way.  I was hesitant to talk to Grand Master Hackworth about my desire since I am 62 years old, but he assured me that age does not matter and he gave me the confidence to try it.  I got my yellow belt at 62, and my goal is to get my black belt!  My fellow students and instructors have been amazing in helping me with my journey.

My daughter is also doing the classes and I’m so proud of her progress and dedication.  We are three generations of students who have deep admiration for the way Grand Master Hackworth teaches along with Grand Master Parks and Master Stone. I have even joined the Instructor Training Program and enjoy the new challenges each week.”

– Sue Cohen, Instructor Candidate

“Our family had been looking for a martial arts school for a while, so when our school decided that our youngest son needed more structure (and we decided that our oldest needed some self-defense training), I really started looking.  American Dragon Martial Arts was close to us, and we took the boys for a trial class.

They loved it!  We loved it!  The other students were kind and patient, especially with my son on the Autism spectrum. The instructors were knowledgeable and made the class both fun and educational.  John and I loved that the emphasis was on character development and not on churning through ranks and competition.  We appreciated how calmly the instructors led the class and made corrections.

We loved it so much that the entire family ended up enrolling, and now my husband and I are in the Instructor Training program.  We have the opportunity to help with the classes for the younger students, as well as to train in our own program in the evening.

The Masters and other students have become some of our best friends, and we are so thankful to have found our martial arts home.”

– John & Amanda Youngblood, Instructor Candidates