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great place to go they are friendly and willing to work with you and you are always learning new things
The instructors at SAMA are very encouraging to the students. My grandsons are also encouraged to help others. I really enjoy the fact that they teach day to day life skills such as, honesty, perseverance, integrity and etc. Definitely recommend.
I have two kids that attend SAMA. The confidence, strength, focus and overall love for martial arts has been cultivated by a great staff at SAMA. It has been amazing to see the changes and growth the two have gone through during their martial arts journey.
The instructors are top notch! If they see a kid struggling they will help them a little more. And they keep the class moving along so the kids keep paying attention and don't get distracted. And my son is in the program and I feel I also learn a few things while I'm there watching!! Keep up the great work!!
My son has been at SAMA for over a year and it is easily one of the best things we did as parents!! The instructors are wonderful and the atmosphere is great for kids (and really anyone) to learn character and life skills. Please try SAMA for your family!
Joining the SAMA family was such a great decision for my son!! He's building confidence, self control, responsibility and respect. SAMA is helping build my son into an amazing human 💙
Our son has been training at SAMA for 2 years and it has been an amazing experience all around! The instructors are amazing and know their skills well. The whole team worked so hard to keep up on our son's training after we had a baby and when circumstances changed and we had to move across the country they made sure we didn't lose our money and worked out a way to give us what we paid for! They've been amazing to work with and we recommend anyone to give them a try. They're great for all ages!
I have only good things to say about SAMA. They have trained my little boys for the past 5+ years and they do so with patience and positive reinforcement. My oldest is now working towards his black belt and the support and encouragement provided to him by the SAMA instructors and other students continues to amaze me. They expect their students to learn and be leaders they teach them the skills they need to do so. I would definitely recommend SAMA to anyone in the area!
I've been going to SAMA for about 3 months and I'm loving it so far. the staff is amazing and their curriculum is too, they offer so many ways to improve not only as a martial artist but also as a person.
I'm relatively new to SAMA. So far, it's been a pleasant experience! The class sizes are small enough that the instructors can assist and assess, but large enough that I haven't been paired up with the same partner in every class, working out with people different levels of skills and skill sets seems beneficial. My main reason for signing up was getting a workout that was more engaging than "Chest out! Shoulders back!" and SAMA has not disappointed in the cardio department! I'd highly recommend SAMA to anyone who is looking to add a little excitement to their workout regiment or the other obvious benefits of MMA training.
Great people and great program! Martial arts has really helped my son improve his behavior over the past 2 years. I highly recommend SAMA!
Martial arts has been a great program for our children. Keeps them busy, helps with confidence and self discipline.
Class A business with class A instructors and owner. Highly recommend.
What Sama has meant to our son has helped develop skills to defend himself and become a leader. This is a great environment to learn and grow in.
Great place for the whole family. They help you learn so much with team building skills and personal skills. You are always learning something new. And the instructors are all very friendly and welcoming.
Love the staff here. They put a lot of time and effort into giving their students the best classes possible
Very good place for your children to learn ethics and respect..... we love it
The owners, Brett and Katie Hamlin are excellent at leading. Their staff is top notch and the new facility is wonderful. They inspire their students to do their best and aim for nothing less. They empower their students with skill and technique. I recommend this gym to anyone seeking to learn from knowledgeable instructors.
New building is awesome! Such a gem of our community!
I absolutely love this place, they make everyone feel so welcome and comfortable, really nice people! Definitely recommend joining!
You couldn't ask for better people a better place! Would absolutely recommend it!
I love that the instructors are in tune with each student, making sure all their needs and goals are met! Their new place is awesome with more space and seating! I'm so glad I chose to enroll my 6yr old, he ABSOLUTELY LOVES IT! I plan on keeping him enrolled!
Absolutely love this place for our boys! The instructors and staff are great communicators and show a lot of care for training and equipping this younger generation. We would recommend it to anyone!
My little ninja started a few months back....he's 4...so as you can imagine, the focus isn't there quite yet and he loves to talk.....the instructors have always been super great and patient with all the kids.!!! The teachers energy is amazing and contagious (I find Zeke saying "sweet" and other awesome phrases....which tells me he is listening.) They are awesome and perfect role models for the kids. Zek es focus has improved so much in those few months. Love them!
My son recently joined martial arts and loves it. The instructors are helpful and friendly. The classes are fun and of course, great exercise.
If you are considering Martial Arts, SAMA is the place to go! The instructors work at your pace, while encouraging you to go beyond your limits!!
My daughter really enjoys going to martial arts every week. The instructors are amazing & she has a great time.
The amount of confidence that my son has gained in just a year of training with the staff and students at SAMA is very heartwarming as a parent to see. Each member of the SAMA staff takes time with their students to make sure they understand how to complete moves safetly and effectively.
My son loves SAMA! If he could go every day, he would. He has learned so much and has a ton of fun. He loves all of his instructors as well. I would highly suggest that anyone who has even the slightest interest in martial arts, check them out.
Love the people and my son loves going to the classes! They are nice and so patient with him!
The energy that the staff/instructors bring is infectious and makes you want to be there and learn more. They not only respect the art, but each other and the students and that is top notch. The best part is they make it FUN!!
All of the instructors at SAMA are wonderful. They care about all of the kids and want them to succeed and grow. I love SAMA!
Our son absolutely loves his classes and everyone associated with SAMA! Well done!!
The folks at SAMA do a great job working with all their students. They are very respectful and fair. Mr Brett has a good method of getting the younger students excited about their programs. The whole staff is fully vested in the SAMA and it shows.
Both of my boys look forward to their classes. Great communication. Very obvious the owners and the staff love what they do and the kids are learning, improving, and having fun!!!
We have been to three training sessions and my daughter is loving it! They teach core values on how to build good character, plus self defense if needed. Enjoying ourselves here.
Not a better place to train on earth than here!
Awesome class and awesome instructors.
I am very excited for my grand daughter Isabella. We had trouble finding her something to interest her in. She is most certainly one of a kind. So I enrolled her at the Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts. I can not believe the change is Isabella. Since she has been enrolled in classes, Isabella has found her special place. Her self control, confidience, focus and most of all her grades have improved. Isabella loves going to class and she knows it is a kind, non judging and safe place to be. She has learned that she is a Southpaw. Southpaw means she is left handed. I would recommend this class to any one that has experienced trouble with focusing, balance, self defense, and self worth , confidience . Isabella also loves the knowledge of learning the history and languages of the art, but most of all she loves the friendly family she is associated with. Thank you Mr. And Mrs. Hamlin and Sylvester and all the Martial Art instructors for making this a positive place for our Southpaw to enjoy learning and having fun. Looking forward to a good year. Southpaw we are proud of you.
Joining the SAMA family was the best decision we have made for our son Mackinnley! He has grown so much mentally and physically since we joined summer 2019. The Hamlin’s are excellent teachers and have been helping Mack deal with his anxiety! I highly recommend joining the SAMA family!!!!
Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts is a top notch school! I have seen so many students (young and old alike) achieve not only valuable self defense skills but more importantly their gains in self confidence levels are remarkable. The owners/instructors are extremely knowledgeable and their passion for this school truly shines. I see great things in this school’s future. Highly recommend! Give it a try!
The Hamlins masterfully strike a balance between conveying the serious nature of the training while also keeping it light and fun for the student. My son has been training here since he was 5, now 9, and has made great strides of improvement in discipline and self confidence. The instructors are top notch and they integrate personal growth with the physical training. They teach tenets such as Self-Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Indomitable Spirit, Courtesy, Decision Making, Accountability, and on , and on. The owners are pillars of the community themselves; with Mrs. Hamlin working with the museum and Mr. Hamlin being on the board at the chamber of commerce. Whether you want to learn self defense to protect yourself and your family, get your child involved in an activity that benefits mind body and spirit, you want to get into a competitive sport or you just want a great workout; Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts is a great Decision and starting point. You make the commitment to yourself/ your child and they will commit to showing you the path to your goals.
Our four year old twins have been going to SAMA since July of this year. At the beginning of their first class, our daughter didn't want to participate; she was overwhelmed by the new experience. Mr. Hamlin sat with her the whole time, gently encouraging her to participate as she felt comfortable, and by her second class she was fully engaged. Our son was the opposite- a little too enthusiastic! Mrs. Hamlin has helped him learn how to control his energy and use his enthusiasm to help him listen and do his best. Both Mrs. and Mr. Hamlin differentiate lessons to meet the needs of the all their students, and provide excellent encouragement and support as they learn and master skills. The other instructors are also wonderful! Both my kids love that there's a mix of male and female instructors, and we love that all the instructors are positive role models. We've left every class knowing our children are having the best experience possible. My husband and I feel like SAMA is a community treasure. We highly recommend SAMA!
I don't even know where to begin on how wonderful this place is! My boys have really grown into empathetic, respectful young men with help from wonderful instructors. It is very much a welcoming atmosphere, if you have any questions or concerns there is always a listening ear and a solution. Thank you guys so much for everything!
I have only good things to say about SAMA. They have trained my little boys for the past 3+ years and they do so with patience and positive reinforcement. They expect their students to learn and be leaders they teach them the skills they need to do so. I would definitely recommend SAMA to anyone in the area!
My son started as a Young Dragon and has grown so much with their help, he just started training in Tae Kwon Do Junior classes and loves every bit of it. It has really helped him focus more in his school and has helped him in so many ways. I myself am a Hapkido student here and love every class. It’s tough but honestly nothing good in life is easy. All the instructors are awesome whether your a little kid or a teenager or even an adult they make learning fun. This is their passion and it truly shows. I’m hoping all my kids will eventually join me in Hapkido when they get older or at least keep with Tae Kwon Do. I would recommend SAMA to anyone. To top it off they have fun events like Parent’s Night Out where you can drop the kids off for a couple hours and maybe have a quick date night. I can’t say enough good things about them.
The staff at Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts are dedicated to the success of their students. They instill discipline, confidence and integrity in each individual that steps onto the mat.
The Hamlin’s have taken this martial arts studio above and beyond expectations in a few short years since taking over as co-owners. Their passion for teaching and sharing their knowledge of Taekwondo and Hapkido is contagious. You will become family when you start your journey at the Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts!
Wonderful place for my son to not only learn martial arts, but self control, focus, and more. Instructors are patient with the kids and can match their energy. They always have fun ideas every class as well as all of the extra things they do.
This is the best martial arts place around, filled with AMAZING instructor's. They bring in high energy, focus, motivation, confidence, knowledge and so much more! My daughter has gained so much from being here in just a year. The nicest people you will meet! YOU GUYS ROCK!!
Enthusiastic, friendly, phenomenal instructors! They not only teach Martial Arts, they teach character, and help all their students see the value in setting goals and working towards them. They also give back to the Sturgis Community, sharing their gift of teaching with local elementary schools! Awesome people, who are committed to making the world a better place, one student at a time! ❤❤❤
Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts is a fun place to meet new people and learn how to protect yourself (self defense) from bullies. The instructors are awesome, kind, fun to be around and care about their students.
The instructors at SAMA love kids and are such a kid focused company! I am so thankful they are in our community! They do so many great things outside of the SAMA studio as well, I’ve seen them volunteering at the local schools and at many community activities!
Katie Hamlin and the team at SAMA are so great with the kids. They are great people, so uplifting to be around so positive .... I would definitely recommend SAMA to anyone I know. My son has grown so much with confidence and balance in the last 6 months. If you're even thinking about it, please check them out.
Such an amazing place with an always happy atmosphere! The instructors are always so willing to help. We have experienced nothing but kindness while sending our son here. He has learned so much its incredible the difference I can see in just over a year of them working with him. We definitely will continue sending him here! I think the best thing about SAMA is that the owners dont just do this for a job, it's their way of life. They truly believe in what they are teaching and it really shows!!
This place is awesome! My son loves it here and so do we. It’s a great learning environment, I wish every child had an opportunity to train here. They encourage perseverance and help kids get past the fear of failure.
Super positive environment for learning and training. All of the instructors are awesome and take time with every student inside and outside of class👍Overall awesome place to train!
We simply wanted our son to have an experience with something new and different when we signed him up for classes, and instead, we witnessed something amazing and astonishing emerge from within him that we never before fathomed. Watching him go from timid to intense was a legitimate inspiration to us as parents. This was a direct result from the Hamlin’s outstanding teaching, genuine encouragement, and tangible dedication to their art.
Amazing place. Very knowledgeable with what they teach.
This place is totally amazing! They not only teach martial arts, but also incorporate courtesy, integrity, self control and many other life skills that are so valuable in every day life. They are very family oriented, always something fun going on to engage everyone. Extremely knowledgeable instructors who are constantly learning new techniques to bring to their students. In case you could not tell...WE LOVE Sturgis Academy of Martial Arts!!!
This is a great place to learn not only self-defense, but things like self-control, confidence, and courtesy for every day life. The instructors are awesome and actually help you learn the techniques the proper way, as well as the effectiveness of each move and break down how they work. They care about every student and each class offers a fun time, great friends, and a good challenge for body and mind.
The instructors care about getting to know each student and helping them reach their personal goals no matter what their ability level. Very nice gym and equipment. I highly recommend SAMA to anyone interested in martial arts training!
We love going to SAMA! It has been fun and challenging for my boys! The instructors are knowledgeable and personal and have created an excellent training environment. I highly recommend this gym!
Such an awesome atmosphere! Bret, Katie and other instructors do such a good job training. Hands down the best gym around
The Sturgis Academy of Marital Arts family have been wonderful with my daughter she learning so much confidence in herself and respect. I love to watch her on the mat and see her light up when she does something she didn’t believe she could do!! I would recommend this family to anyone.
Bret and Katie are amazing at what they do! They make the experience enjoyable and are very knowledgeable in the training that they give.
Absolutely wonderful with kids and adults I have my wife and my kids all train here and just love it.
This is a great place for kids to help them get focused and work on techniques. All the instructors are knowledgeable and work extremely well with kids, especially the younger ones. They have updated the facility very nicely and it’s very clean. Absolutely would recommend checking them out.