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One of a Kind.
If you are looking for a friendly environment to train your mind, body, and spirit or your child's look no further this is the place for you. We learn respect, discipline, and confidence as you can only learn through martial arts. This studio is open to people of all ages, all body types, and all fitness levels. Tuition is $115 a month which isn't much when you think about it, it works out to be less than $10 a class, and when you sign up for TKD you get all the kickboxing you want free.
Starting and returning to Tae Kwon Do is hands down the best decision I have ever made. Through Tae Kwon Do at Aptos Martial Arts I am in the physical shape I've always wanted, and I am also mentally and spiritually fit in a way I could have never imagined. I have been training here for a total of six and a half years. I started when I was 14 and worked my way up the ranks to my first cub (just before black belt) at 17 before I dropped out to pursue other interests, probably the worst decision I've ever made. I returned to TKD after a 2 year hiatus and I have been dedicated and appreciative or the art ever since. I achieved the rank of black belt at 20 and it was an accomplishment I never thought I'd ever complete but I did it with the help of everyone at this studio. Black belt isn't the end of the road for a martial artist there is still a lot to learn that is why I am still actively training here at Aptos Martial Arts. This Studio has changed my life in a positive way tremendously.
This studio is different because we learn humility and compassion instead of ego: If your cup is full you can't fill it up any more.
At Aptos Martial Arts you will feel like part of a loving supportive family. We are all here for one thing and that is Tae Kwon Do so we can all relate to each other in that way. I have made great connections with people from all walks of life. I have also created bonds with people you can not build anywhere else.
Aptos Martial Arts Academy also offers Cardio Kickboxing classes and was awarded BEST KICKBOXING in the Santa Cruz Good Times' Best Of. All of the instructors are certified black belts. In these classes you are moving the whole time doing rounds of punching and kicking on the bags. You build muscle and endurance from workouts including free weights, various abdominal and core training, and ever changing combinations of punching and kicking. You also learn good Tae Kwon Do technique while having a fun and energetic workout.
Great TKD and Kickboxing. This is an incredible school for both children and adults. Both my children age 11 and 13 have attended this school for the last three years. Master Mikols is an incredible teacher and has both motivated my children to do their best on and off the mat as well as lifted their confidence and self-esteem. The kickboxing classes are provided by two of the best kickboxing instructors in Aptos! They bring the most out of each student. You have to check this place out if your considering TaeKwonDo, Judo, or Kickboxing
This is the best place for children and adults to learn kickboxing and martial arts. My five year old son is learning about life - how to be courageous, confident, patient and respectful - all while having fun and exercising! He really loves it and, as a parent, it is very satisfying to see him learn skills that teach him not only how to behave, but who to be in the world.
I am also learning and growing. The kickboxing classes are amazing. All of the instructors are black belts who continue to train and improve themselves while teaching others. Master Mikols is a fourth degree black belt who has been practicing and teaching martial arts for more than 30 years. She focuses on working every muscle group and mixes it up so our bodies never plateau out and we never get bored. And, because of her extensive experience she always teaches the correct form - this allows me to get the most out of the workout without getting hurt. Yea!
Even more than that - something happened when I started training under her. I didn't expect to, but I found a real sense of belonging. Everyone there wants me to succeed and become better. I see students encouraging other students and acknowledging each other. It's a wonderful thing to see when so many other martial arts and kickboxing places focus only on the physical and forget about the spiritual. I always thought that martial arts was supposed to have a spiritual component - but the truth is that many schools are run by those who are not committed to honoring the spiritual teachings of the art. At this school, I'm getting all of it - my mind, spirit and body are all getting nurtured. I honestly cannot recommend it highly enough.
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