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Leadership. Comraderie. Accountability partners. Empowerment. Self defense skills (emotional and technical). Community of experts. These are attributes of JGMAA that have built a successful business where the customers..the students, come first. One's life will never be the same after joining the JGMAA family. Hanshi John Geyston has a way of reaching stuudents aged 3 to 73+. This academy integrates a variety of martial arts styles while keeping art disciplines pure. Worthy of 5 stars for sure.

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Want to learn to defend yourself ? This is the place ! Self defense from the best ! This Academy is a Royce Gracie self defense based academy ! I have been with this academy for six years and will always be involved. This is a home!

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Our Son Conner started at John Geyston's academy nearly 8 yrs ago. This is his thing, he loves it.
The training is truly amazing, it's helped Conner become confident in many aspects. The academy has been like family to us for many years. John & his staff take pride in all the students. We absolutely love John Geyston's academy & plan to spend many more years with them.

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I've loved my fitness kickboxing experience! John knew my name when I arrived and made sure to see if I was comfortable the whole class. The instructors were so helpful and welcoming! Can not wait for the next class.

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I love the fitness kickboxing classes! The energy is great and the instructors help keep me motivated. The workouts have really helped me improve my running, and I look forward to the classes every week. Thanks for a great program!

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The absolute best for martial arts. I've been a student for over 5 years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Mr. Geyston and his staff are professional, caring, and go above and beyond to bring the very best to their students.

Kenny Tran reviewed John Geyston's Martial Arts
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Hanshi John Geyston brings the best martial arts to Illinois. Not only does his academy have top level Royce Gracie Jiu-Jistu and martial arts, they do everything in a fun family atmosphere! I felt at home and welcome the first time i stepped into this academy! If you are you looking for a school for your child to learn respect and confidence or you are looking for great self-defense then look no further than John Geyston's Martial Arts Academy!

Tim Stoddard reviewed John Geyston's Martial Arts
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Best place to train. The staff is great and best of all the owner John is always a phone call or text away to answer all questions. John teaches the adult classes so that tells you he is there for the passion he has martial arts.

Bethany Stuemke reviewed John Geyston's Martial Arts
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My son Carder started here late last year and is still new to karate but I have seen such a difference in his attitude, commitment to things he starts, and the way he handles his responsibilities. I love the fact that he gets excited every day about karate but also understands that we don't use karate to fight or show off but as needed and in a respectful manner. Thank you to all the amazing teachers and staff at JGMAA for giving my son a great example and another role model in his life!

Denni Lynn reviewed John Geyston's Martial Arts
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My son, Skyler (age 6) is very into sports, but unsure which he wanted to pursue. We did the 6 week program--not knowing what to expect. We were treated like family from the first time we walked in the doors. The instructors had the children engaged and focused the whole time. It is a very well structured class. As a parent, it was fascinating how much my son learned in such a short time--while having a great time doing so. The opportunity to earn the attitude stripes --encouraged both respect and extra nightly reading at home ---another plus! He loved going each week. If our schedules weren't so busy, we would be full timers! If you or your child are even slightly interested in martial arts, I would absolutely recommend trying this academy. Nothing but a positive experience for us!

Julie Brian Barton reviewed John Geyston's Martial Arts
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Our son Braden has been a student of Hanshi John Geyston since 2010. The knowledge, skills, and mental attitude he has obtained in that time is amazing. We are grateful to Hanshi John and all of his instructors. They are not only great teachers but great role models. The academy is wonderful. The youth program is outstanding.

Stacey Busby reviewed John Geyston's Martial Arts
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Our son attends the youth classes here and it has made a world of difference in him. He has so much more confidence in himself and really enjoys the academy. The staff is fantastic!

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I dropped in for the Saturday morning class, everyone was friendly and the instruction from John was top notch, if you're looking for a place to train in Springfield this is a great place with a great group of training partners.

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The hardest part was walking into the academy and having no idea what to expect or do. It is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Since day one I've always felt welcomed, encouraged, and motivated by every person in the building. Not only have I improved physically and mentally, I have gained a 2nd family and found something to be proud of.

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The Positive Effects of Martial Arts for a Child in School

Grade school can be quite the experience for any child. It is a place where a child not

only learns academically but one where a child must learn to socialize and function in

the world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative experiences that a child may

have when going through school. Whatever those experiences may be, it would be a

good idea to have a child participate in martial arts classes. Doing so will give them

the tools they need to survive the school experience. The benefits associated with

taking martial arts classes are essential for them to be able to have a positive

experience in school.

 

Helps them earn better grades in school

Getting good grades is reflective of a child’s comprehension of the material. But, it is

also indicative of their discipline and responsibility traits. Through martial arts,

students are to learn the fundamentals of stretch and physical routines. They also

learn to become disciplined with practice and keeping up with their cleanliness of

uniforms. Children learn how to be punctual and can focus their daily thoughts on the

tasks at hand. Thus, being able to exhibit these positive traits will translate to better

grades as schooling requires the proficiency of these characteristics.

 

Gives them the confidence to stand up to bullies

Bullying is a very prominent and unfortunate experience that many children will

either witness or become victims of in their lifetimes. Being a part of martial arts can

give children the strength and confidence that they need to stand up to these

negative individuals. Not only will they learn about self-defense strategies, they will

be able to feel assertive and courageous. Possessing self-confidence is the number

one way for a child to be able to stand up for him/herself in any threatening

situation. Through martial arts, they will learn that not all conflicts have to be

physical. They will possess the mature mindset to tackle any conflict with assurance

and pride.

 

Gives them the ability to make friends

Having friends and keeping them can be the big difference between a positive and

negative school experience for children. They will latch onto people who share

common interests with them and feel devastated when those relationships disappear.

However, for children who regularly practice martial arts, they have a different

capacity to make and keep friends in their circle. Besides making friends in the

martial arts classes themselves, children are able to easily socialize and collaborate

with other students at school. They instill a lot of the same discipline and traits they

learn from martial arts in their everyday lives. For instance, they may be first to

initiate a conversation with quiet students because they feel confident in themselves

to do so.

 

Being a part of something special such as martial arts can be greatly impactful for

children. Especially when it comes to school, children can gain invaluable skills and

behaviors that will allow them to have more successful experiences in social settings.

Although school is meant to teach them about a variety of things, having martial arts

as a supplement can significantly affect the way they approach schooling and their

overall experiences.