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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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Great atmosphere, awesome staff and incredible workout! Love it!!

Victoria Ingoglia reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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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Introducing Warrior SKILLZ — Martial Arts Classes for Adults

As adults, we face constant challenges in our life that must be overcome in order for us to find success.  Our jobs place great demand on our time, effort, and mental energy.   Our families and friends require our attention.  The problem is that very often we become so consumed by providing for others that we lose sight of our own personal goals, we are too tired to take care of our own needs at the end of the day, and our health can sometimes even begin to deteriorate.

The solution we have come up with is to develop a unique program that targets the needs of adults while providing skill-based training that goes beyond the punches and kicks and helps create a lifestyle that makes success (however that is defined for each student) a bit easier to see… and attain.

With that said a structured program introducing physical, intellectual, emotional, and social skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

Here’s an overview for the most common factors affecting our adult students:

  • Physically– After high school, many adults experience a slow down in activity.  This is in part caused by the increasing demands of work-life, and the lack of structured physical activities such as physical education classes and team sports.  Even more challenging, beyond the age of 25 our bodies begin to change; it takes more effort to see the same results.  While we may still enjoy physical activity, we tend to relegate it to the ever-decreasing free time category instead of making it a priority.
    • We expect our adult students to sometimes need extra help and encouragement when facing tough physical challenges.
    • The goal for our program is to get them to understand their potential if they remain consistent in training and mindful of the way their bodies feel at any given time. We spend a little more time warming up, and a lot more time learning how to work not just harder, but smarter, with an emphasis on increasing health and overall fitness.
  • Intellectually– Adults can grasp every concept taught in a martial arts class, and have the benefit of their own experiences to measure by. Their critical thinking skills are top-notch, but their decision-making skills are sometimes tempered by their mindset; life is no longer a game, and sometimes fears of failure can hold us back.
    • We expect our adult students to require proof, and to sometimes need to have things explained before they’ll believe it.  We expect to encounter self-defeating thoughts, even in those with the keenest minds.
    • The goal of our program is to help our students see the bigger picture and apply their intellect in order to find solutions to problems in and out of the training environment.
  • Emotionally– We all come into the martial arts school with a particular set of life experiences.  We have been hurt, we have felt joy, we have known fear.  These things can hinder our growth, or they can give us the foundation on which to craft a world-view full of wisdom and compassion.
    • We expect the efforts of our adult martial arts students to be based on the emotional moments of impact that have been experienced in their lives, even as far back as childhood.  This is true for emotions of both positive and negative impacts.
    • The goal for our program is to help them apply more powerful mindset tools to help see each aspect of themselves in a way that helps them to achieve new goals; using past joys and fears in a way that spurs growth rather than hinders it.
  • Socially– Confidence in the adult world is one of the key drivers of success.  Too little confidence and that promotion at work slips through your fingers, too much confidence and people you off-putting and your social life soon lacks depth.
    • We expect our adult martial arts students to initially hold back if they are uncomfortable as a defense mechanism, or to push too hard trying to prove to themselves (or others) that they are capable.
    • The goal for our program is to help them excel at developing positive relationships, while also learning to step into leadership with ease.

By understanding the stages of development and the needs of adults, we were able to select 8 skills that make up the Adult SKILLZ Program:

  1. PHYSICALITY
  2. FOUNDATION
  3. THEORY
  4. APPLICATION
  5. DYNAMISM
  6. PROOF
  7. MINDSET
  8. EXPLORATION

We cover one of the above skills per class (in order.) During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a mat chat about the skill; run two or three skill-building drills, and then we apply the skill to earn skill-stripes.

Students must earn all 8 skill-stripes in order to graduate to the next belt level, thus developing the ability to set goals, and learning how to break those goals into manageable action steps.

Once students earn their next belt they will continue to run through all 8 skills earning their skill-stripes with a more challenging curriculum as they advance to each rank. Our adult students can work towards earning their 1st Degree Black Belt after they have successfully completed all 9 belt ranks of the Adult SKILLZ program.

Here is an example of what types of content will be learned for each of the 8 skills above:

  1. PHYSICALITY – Use it or lose it.  Our bodies need to be strong enough to perform the techniques we have learned, our cardiovascular system robust enough to continue beyond what we thought we could do, our resolved hardened to see every effort through, even when the little voice inside says to rest.  The Physicality skill helps us develop our bodies and minds to have the strength needed to face any task.  At a White Belt level, students will assess their current level of physical fitness, while also setting basic calisthenic goals.
  2. FOUNDATION – Having strong basic technique is key when training martial arts.  It is the foundation on which everything else is built.  By taking the time to learn how each technique is executed without the fear of getting hurt, students are able to perform at higher levels while maintaining greater levels of safety for themselves and others.  At a White Belt level, students will learn the basic punching, kicking, and stance work techniques.
  3. THEORY – Once a student knows some moves, it becomes important to learn how and when to apply them, how to link them together, and how to control space, distance, and timing.  The Theory skill helps teach these concepts through the use of forms, which are choreographed patterns of movement, both solo and with partners.  Forms are nothing more (or less) than the textbooks of our study.  At a White Belt level, students will learn the first set of 18 moves from the first form.
  4. APPLICATION – Learning to apply without the guidance of forms or instructors leads to competence, and competence breeds confidence.  In a self-defense situation, you may be all alone.  The Application skill leads students from classical choreographed movement to freestyle tactical self-defense, allowing the student to gain the skills necessary to protect themselves and others at a pace that is right for each individual. At the White Belt Level, students will learn a simple takedown, how to fall correctly to avoid injury, and a few basic self-defense techniques.
  5. DYNAMISM – Success is attracted to speed.  Knowing how to execute a technique is not enough.  We must apply intent, power, and commit to seeing things through.  Dynamism helps us put plans into motion, imparting maximum effort to drive those plans to success.  Whether it is breaking boards, throwing a partner, or making that sale at work, we must be ready to execute at the very moment that conditions align.  At a White Belt Level, students will learn several powerful kicks.
  6. PROOF – It is one thing to take the word of a trusted instructor that you are improving, but measuring oneself against the skills of others helps the martial artist gains both insight and experience.  During the practice of the Proof skill, students will start off working on pads, bags, and mitts to learn how to adapt to the ever-changing flow of combat, eventually joining in sparring exercises with fellow students.  At the White Belt level, students will learn some basic sparring combinations and concepts while working with an instructor who is holding pads.
  7. MINDSET – Martial Arts is about far more than the physical.  In fact, without the proper mindset, success is all but impossible.  The Mindset skill helps us develop the tools to see things in a new way, to see a world of possibility and opportunity rather than obstacle and defeat.  No outside change can ever become powerful enough to overcome a misguided view of the world.  By changing the inside, however, the outside cannot help but grow. At the White Belt level, students will learn about Vision, what it means, and how to apply it to both their martial arts and personal life goals.
  8. EXPLORATORY – This is where the real fun happens.  During the Exploratory classes, each instructor shares something of their own martial arts knowledge and experience.  These lessons may span a single class or an entire testing cycle.  They may cover exotic weapons, unique self-defense concepts, or even take you outside the school completely as the instructors guide your exploration of the world of martial arts.  At a White Belt level, students will be guided by the instructors with personal attention to help each student feel comfortable with the knowledge being shared.

As you can see we take Martial Arts training to a whole new level! More than just “Adult Karate Classes,” we use elements of assorted traditional Martial Arts curricula to build skills that are important for success in the adult world. This means that you will learn and grow at a pace that is not too easy, nor too challenging. The best part is that, in addition to powerful self-defense techniques, the Adult SKILLZ program will equip you with skills that you will utilize in every area of their life!

If you’re interested in martial arts, why not check out our Adult Skillz program:

4GK Martial Arts

380 East Main St

Patchogue, NY 11772

631-776-8060

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