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Danna Davis

My 6 year old son has been attending Ninja class at 4GK since August 2018. He loves it and I do too! He loves the skills and games and I love the discipline he is learning. I’ve spoken with a child-behavior doc about what he gets to do in class and the doc was *thrilled*. It’s clear that he believes in the philosophies Sifu and Miss Heidi teach about the importance of play and physical activity for children for all aspects of their development.

Jen Robinson

I took a kickboxing class and it was amazing. I was so pumped and ready to take on the day. Everyone was super nice and the routine was so much fun I would definitely recommend and be back for more!!!

Laura Miller - Owner, Little People's Center reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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Had the pleasure of visiting Heidi at 4GK Martial Arts and observing both her EARLY SKILLZ for children ages 3-4 and MOMMY AND ME class for children 18 months and up. The children are guided through the basics of martial arts with hands on gross motor activities set at their own individual pace. It was a pleasure to see.

Di Trudden reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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My daughter completed her first group class tonight and I could not be a prouder or happier mama right now! Heidi Burmann and Raquel made Lily feel welcome and were so patient with her as she was learning the kicks and routines. I am so happy that we discovered a healthy and fun new hobby for Lily! If you are looking for an affordable place where your little one can learn and grow then 4GK is for you!

Everyone knows I have been on my own little health journey creating Our Mommy Movement and finding new ways to exercise. I signed up for kick boxing classes through 4GK and am really excited to try them out! Seeing how patient and kind the staff was with Lily I don’t have to worry about being surrounded by people who will judge me while I try to keep up with the moves.

Tina Dos Reis reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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Great school and awesome team! Everyone is extremely friendly. My nephew Sebastian just loves his Extreme Skill class and after watching the team work together, I decided to try the kickboxing class. Frank put the entire class through a great workout! I can't wait to lose weight and build muscle. It's just the change I was looking for! Thank you 4GK!

Jennie D'Ambroise reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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Great school! Adult kung fu classes are approachable for all levels. You will learn a lot and you will work hard. Sifu and your fellow students will help you to improve and you will make great friends. Kickboxing classes will also kick your butt. Women, train here, you are welcome at all classes and the atmosphere is friendly and supportive.

Tommy Aliberti reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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This has always been a home away from home! Very much a family, and I have been part of this system for 18 years! Great values, hard work, and many lessons to be learned every time, which I have taken with me in the ring, and in everyday life! 5 Star recommendation!

Donnie Keegan reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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My daughter has been studying here for, two months shy of, three years. She still loves it! I my self have decided to join. Love the staff. they are constantly innovating and improving,both the structure of the school and its teachings. I can only hope to improve myself to the degree in which my daughter has been improved herself! Absolutely top notch school!

Rachel Ramsey Weir reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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We have had a great experience in the last year that our son has been attending 4GK. He has become more disciplined in his actions, his body has been strengthened and he knows the rewards of hard work. The dedication of the staff is evident in each class. It is clearly a labor of love!

Cheryl Anne reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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Fantastic staff !!!!!!!!!! Fantastic fun classes, they know you're name, they know how to make you work while you happily sweat toward a better you !

Katie Bacigalupo reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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LOVE the kick boxing class! It is such a great work out and fun at the same time! I always feel great afterwards and can't wait to get back to the next class!

Michelle McCann reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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Great atmosphere, awesome staff and incredible workout! Love it!!

Victoria Ingoglia reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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I absolutely love the atmosphere. It's clean, friendly n very challenging. I've given some awful dirty looks while stressed n I get high fives later. High intensity fire burning workouts keeps me motivated!!

Rebecca Manzella reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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4GK is excellent! I signed up my son for Basic Skillz just a few weeks after his 4th birthday. He loves coming to class to see his fellow ninjas and I really enjoy watching him learn new skills. In a short time, I had already noticed a behavior improvement while in a group setting and the two half hour classes a week are perfect for his attention span. Thank you Miss Heidi and the rest of the staff for your patience and influence on Neil.

Dawn-Marie Francois reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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The school is great!!! Classes are manageable and they push you to do your best. Staff is friendly and patient.

Frank Gil reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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I wanted to make a change in my life. I was stagnant, not active and unhappy honestly. One day my brother and friend convinced me to take a class at 4gk. That was years ago and thousands of punches and kicks ago and I love it every bit now as I did that first class. The instructors are amazing, knowledgeable, and were always willing to work with me at my level. I've spent a lot of time here and find no matter how my day has been I can't help but smile when I walk through the 4gk doors. It's a great environment for people who want to challange themselves and grow and there is no place else I'd rather be

Roseann Wander Walsh reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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I absolutely love it there. Everyone is very welcoming and make you feel very comfortable. I've done kickboxing at several other place and all the people there were very clicky I am very comfortable here and would recommend it to everyone.

Kimberly Lago reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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My oldest daughter has been coming here for a year. We fell in love immediately after seeing how wonderful the staff is with working with children of all ages. My second daughter was dying to be in a class also. As soon as she turned 3 we gave it a try and she has blossomed. Seemingly shy I was curious to see how her first class type activity would be. She loved it. Just waiting for daughter number three to be old enough because she is only two, but already feels like she belongs. We absolutely love it.

Shannon Marr reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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I love this place. Everyone is super friendly and makes you feel like a part of the family. I get constant encouragement to keep going. And when I had sprained my ankle and couldn't come for awhile, they worked with me financially and kept sending me encouraging messages to take it easy and get better. I get the best work outs and never any judgements.

Leianne Marques reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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4GK is an awesome school. The entire staff treats you like family. I take the kickboxing and skillz fit classes. The encouragement and motivation you get from the instructors makes you feel like you can achieve your goals, do anything you want, even if your first instinct is to say no when they all you to do something. I accomplish something in every class and have learned to think yes I can instead of there is no way I can.... the instructors break things down so you can easily understand each move. Everyone is made to feel important and special in each class, no one is left out. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

Linda Cummings reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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We just started the mini skillz program a couple of months ago. I admit, after being in the free play, no rules music program for the entire spring, my 2 yr old granddaughter was starting to rebel against listening. The first day of class I was almost in tears after five minutes when I realized how bad her behavior had gotten without structure. I'm so glad I stuck it out though. The second class was a joy, with her listening intently and using her brain. Miss Heidi has the patience of a saint. She is also on top of age appropriate skills and stresses them at each class. We've learned taking turns, following direction, jumping, kicking and punching, and many, many other useful things. She loves going to her class twice a week and I truly love taking her. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these wonderful people and this fantastic school to anyone.

Danielle Hulse Maloney reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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My two sons have been coming here since December 2016. They absolutely love it & have THRIVED since coming! The older one suffers from anxiety & general fear, he has since built up tremendous confidence & has learned to verbalize any issues he may be having. The younger one is a ball of energy that needed direction & a release, he has achieved focus & better listening skills. The staff is AMAZING! They are welcoming, accommodating & listen to any issues you have whether it be with them, the class or your children. I could go to any of them & speak with them about ANYTHING & feel very comfortable doing so. Si Fu teaches the class in a low-key, fun manner that has the children engaged AND having fun at the same time, it's not the typical militant style. We received a military discount since my husband is a former marine AND ... They run a monthly themed Parents Night Out that gives parents a break without their kids from 7:30-10:00! I am thrilled that we found them & highly suggest to anybody looking for a martial arts school to check them out!

Yaoska Fleming reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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Great team! My daughter loves the school. She has learned so much since she started a year ago. I am so happy I found this place. I am so grateful for Ms. Heidi, Sifu Mike and all the team. Their love and dedication is shown in every class. Good job!!

Neil Manzella reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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I highly recommend 4GK to anyone considering Martial Arts for their children or themselves. The staff has been doing an amazing job with my 4 year old son. He has a safe and fun outlet for some of his endless energy supply and the staff do a great job keeping all of the students involved, active, and engaged in the classes activities. My son loves it and looks forward to it every week!

Christina Annessa reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
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We just started a month ago and my kids are in love & can't get enough of it. Everyday they ask do they have class. Its great for all ages and I really like that they split them up. My daughter is 5 and is learning age appropriate skills while in the next class my 8 year is learning different things. The staff is super friendly and always accommodates our needs. I absolutely love the fun nights they do as well, the kids get to hang out & have fun while I get to relax a bit a home. Overall very satisfied with this program.

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7 Things Your Boss Wants You to Know About Self Defense in Order to Succeed in Business

The world of business can be downright brutal.  Whether you are dealing with a cutthroat salesman trying to shake your corporate money tree or just the day to day office politics that hide behind the politically correct plastic smiles of the cubicle jungle, you need to be able to stay on your toes and survive the day; and not just for your own good, but for the good of the company.  There’s a reason that many successful business programs are modeled on the martial arts (ever heard of Six Sigma?).  Good bosses want their employees to succeed, rise above the challenges, and bring the whole team with them.   Here are seven martial arts and self defense tools your boss wants you to know in order to get ahead:

1. Strike First

While not politically correct in today’s world of zero tolerance policies and prosecuted victims, in the business world you must harness your inner Cobra Kai and be ready at any given time to take initiative on opportunities as soon as they appear.   In a self defense situation, it is best to strike at the very first moment that it is clear that your safety is in danger, we need not wait for the assailant to initiate physical aggression.  In business, there are often cues we can read before a situation becomes critical, and we must keep our eyes open so that we can avoid disaster (or swoop in to close a deal).  There is no room for hesitation…success is attracted to speed!

2. Side Step

Whether it’s office intrigue or hardcore bargaining, it is often best to side step an attack in order to advance toward the goal.

Not every insult needs to be answered, and not every counteroffer needs to be considered. When the train comes, it’s best to get off the tracks rather trying to convince the engineer that he’s in your way.  Whether facing down a wicked right hook or a bit of forceful dealing with unsavory customers, it is best to not be there when the attack comes.   Avoid the chaos so that you can stay focused on the goal at hand.

3. Know Your Tools

In a self defense situation it becomes very important to know what tools you have at hand, and how to use them.  If you have a gun, you had BETTER have trained in its use, if all you have is a newspaper, a bit of knowledge can turn it into a weapon worthy of the battlefield, if you take martial arts classes, think of potential realities and practice for them so your mind and body are ready.

In the office, it is also important to educate yourself on the tools at hand. Taking a course in advanced Microsoft Excel could increase your productivity, knowing how to clear a paper jam in the copier could make you the office hero.   Knowledge is power, make sure you have it!

4. Adapt On The Go

No matter how hard you train, all it takes is one unforeseen glitch to throw your plan to the wind.  A punch in the face, a slip on some loose sand, a second attacker you didn’t notice… all of a sudden your whole day is ruined.   But still we must train, even knowing that we can never plan for everything.

In the office, your best idea may fail suddenly when the technology decides not to cooperate, or when your key player calls in sick.   Be able to adapt the plan, remain flexible and step in to take up the slack.   And when your plan fails — and eventually it will — admit it and move forward rather than clinging to the shred of a great idea that was never meant to be.

5. Creatively Call for Help

In a self defense situation, getting backup can turn the tide of battle.   But many people simply do not care enough to get involved, or fall prey to the thought that “Somebody” should do something.   When in danger we must appeal to the deeper fears of our fellow man to get the help we need.   Yelling “FIRE!” is far more likely to attract attention than any plea for help.   When performing first aid or CPR after an incident, it is important to single out an individual to get help rather than just saying help is needed.

When your plan has failed, a bit of help can be the driving force behind a project’s success.   When asking for help, be creative.   Let the person know how much the project would benefit from their input and expertise.   When assigning a task to a team member, be sure to be specific about whose job it is.   Instead of seeming helpless and in need of rescuing, remain positive and proactive, and let others know that their contribution will be meaningful.

6. Be the First to Tell

After surviving an attack, it is important to be the first to call the authorities. Not only does it look good and allow your story to be heard first, it allows you to get the help you need.   A self defense situation does not end when the attack does; there may be need for medical attention, rape kits, psychological counseling to help with PTSD, etc.   Most immediately, though, the last thing you need is for a police officer to have to come looking for you because the nice thug down the road said you broke his jaw when he leaned in for an innocent smooch.

If you make a mistake in the office, admit it.   Then commit to fixing it.   Much like the police officer, your boss does not want to have to find the mistake or have it reported to him by someone outside the team.   If it is beyond your ability to fix, admitting the error at least lets your team and management mobilize so that when the questions do come in from outside, your boss can respond that the team has the situation well in hand.

7. Never Stop Fighting and The Fight Can Never Be Over

In general, a rapist wants to get in, get his deed done, and get out.   He does not want a prolonged time frame, or a victim who makes his life difficult.   The number one thing a person can do to avoid being raped once an encounter has begun is to fight back… viciously, and continually. When being beaten in a group attack, you are no longer fighting another man, or human being, you are battling the mob mentality.   If you stop fighting it only fuels their passion to beat you.   Fight back, fight hard, fight dirty, fight your way out.. then RUN!   It is nearly impossible to defeat a man or woman who has committed to fighting to the bitter end.   They always find a way to stand back up.

If you have a task at work, be tenacious in following through.   Attack it as if your career depends on it. If it is beating you down, beat it back using the tools at hand, the assistance of your teammates, an adaptable mindset, and some fancy footwork.   If you remain focused on success, it will be very hard to come out a failure. So much of your success at work will depend on your mindset, so be sure to remain positive and confident and your self defense skills will work for you at work.

 

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