Mountain Valley Family Martial Arts

★★☆☆☆
  • 1093 N Church St

    Hazleton, PA 18202

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  • 570-454-1234

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Mon-Thu 9:30am-1pm, Mon-Thu 4pm-8:30pm, Fri 9am-1pm
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In simple words. They are all the same .Does not matter where you go. Out to make a big dollar. Fees,member dues is way to expensive.Wherever they can make a quick dollar they got you.Sorry to say that some of these schools are giving martial arts a very bad name. Be careful with some of these people. They are not cut out to what they appear to be.They pump all kind of info in your head to give you a good sense of security. It's all part of the business. They can care less about you.They got your money at the end of the month. That's all they care about. Just be careful. They don't give you all the info when you join. After you join is when they start working your wallet. I don't know how some of these people could do this stuff and not feel guilty about it.

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★★★☆☆

In simple words. They are all the same .Does not matter where you go. Out to make a big dollar. Fees,member dues is way to expensive.Wherever they can make a quick dollar they got you.Sorry to say that some of these schools are giving martial arts a very bad name. Be careful with some of these people. They are not cut out to what they appear to be.They pump all kind of info in your head to give you a good sense of security. It's all part of the business. They can care less about you.They got your money at the end of the month. That's all they care about. Just be careful. They don't give you all the info when you join. After you join is when they start working your wallet. I don't know how some of these people could do this stuff and not feel guilty about it.

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@mike n.

I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you're able to further yourself at the dojo you mentioned in your post. Good luck!

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Unfortunately my son has had a similar experience there. We now go to Tri County Martial Arts and love it there. Karate and respect are taught, and for a fraction of the price of Mountain Valley.

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PROS:
CONS: Expensive, students not treated equally, karate / self defense is not taught.

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★☆☆☆☆

@mike n.

I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you're able to further yourself at the dojo you mentioned in your post. Good luck!

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Unfortunately my son has had a similar experience there. We now go to Tri County Martial Arts and love it there. Karate and respect are taught, and for a fraction of the price of Mountain Valley.

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PROS:
CONS: Expensive, students not treated equally, karate / self defense is not taught.

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I have to agree with what B.D. said before:

What a joke. I recently saw a 'demo' of this school and there were children no more than the age of 12 with Brown and Black belts. Their technique was sloppy and their 'self defense' was a joke. I fear for these kids lives if they ever need to defend themselves in the area that we live in. This school is a watered down version of the traditional style taught by Crosswinds. If you want to learn traditional Japanese Karate, go to the source, Crosswinds. If you want to learn how to actually save your life, visit Tri County Martial Arts. This is a money sucking McDojo where belts are bought. But hey, you'll learn all about recycling and how to say please and thank you.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to agree with what B.D. said before:

What a joke. I recently saw a 'demo' of this school and there were children no more than the age of 12 with Brown and Black belts. Their technique was sloppy and their 'self defense' was a joke. I fear for these kids lives if they ever need to defend themselves in the area that we live in. This school is a watered down version of the traditional style taught by Crosswinds. If you want to learn traditional Japanese Karate, go to the source, Crosswinds. If you want to learn how to actually save your life, visit Tri County Martial Arts. This is a money sucking McDojo where belts are bought. But hey, you'll learn all about recycling and how to say please and thank you.

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Not karate, and despicable Martial Arts school.
U don't learn how to defend yourself, U learn how to hold a door open.
I don't recommend it to anyone who wants both life lessons AND karate.
This 'school' only teaches one of two.. and at a price of more than double.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not karate, and despicable Martial Arts school.
U don't learn how to defend yourself, U learn how to hold a door open.
I don't recommend it to anyone who wants both life lessons AND karate.
This 'school' only teaches one of two.. and at a price of more than double.

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You'll learn how to greet each other but Karate.. not so much.

Poor excuse for Martial Arts; don't recommend.

If you're looking for a place to waste your money and have your kids occupied for a set amount of time, this is great. If you're looking for your kids to actually learn Karate and not buy belts (as mentioned previously), this is not the place.

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★☆☆☆☆

You'll learn how to greet each other but Karate.. not so much.

Poor excuse for Martial Arts; don't recommend.

If you're looking for a place to waste your money and have your kids occupied for a set amount of time, this is great. If you're looking for your kids to actually learn Karate and not buy belts (as mentioned previously), this is not the place.

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What a joke. I recently saw a 'demo' of this school and there were children no more than the age of 12 with Brown and Black belts. Their technique was sloppy and their 'self defense' was a joke. I fear for these kids lives if they ever need to defend themselves in the area that we live in. This school is a watered down version of the traditional style taught by Crosswinds. If you want to learn traditional Japanese Karate, go to the source, Crosswinds. If you want to learn how to actually save your life, visit Tri County Martial Arts. This is a money sucking McDojo where belts are bought. But hey, you'll learn all about recycling and how to say please and thank you.

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★☆☆☆☆

What a joke. I recently saw a 'demo' of this school and there were children no more than the age of 12 with Brown and Black belts. Their technique was sloppy and their 'self defense' was a joke. I fear for these kids lives if they ever need to defend themselves in the area that we live in. This school is a watered down version of the traditional style taught by Crosswinds. If you want to learn traditional Japanese Karate, go to the source, Crosswinds. If you want to learn how to actually save your life, visit Tri County Martial Arts. This is a money sucking McDojo where belts are bought. But hey, you'll learn all about recycling and how to say please and thank you.

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Mountain Valley, the Sensei, and staff have really turned our lives around. My husband is a student at this school and it has done nothing but help his confidence, work ethic, and self esteem. It has provided him with not only increased physical health, but personal growth; he is more compassionate to the feelings of our family, helps around the house, and strives to be successful in his personal matters. We have been members at Mountain Valley for just about three years and really enjoy the family atmosphere the Sensei and staff maintain. I love the positive outcomes that this school has had for our family as a whole and would recommend it to anyone, adult or child, looking to benefit their lives.

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★★★★★

Mountain Valley, the Sensei, and staff have really turned our lives around. My husband is a student at this school and it has done nothing but help his confidence, work ethic, and self esteem. It has provided him with not only increased physical health, but personal growth; he is more compassionate to the feelings of our family, helps around the house, and strives to be successful in his personal matters. We have been members at Mountain Valley for just about three years and really enjoy the family atmosphere the Sensei and staff maintain. I love the positive outcomes that this school has had for our family as a whole and would recommend it to anyone, adult or child, looking to benefit their lives.

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This school truely cares about teaching kids good values through martial arts. It is not a competition school. The school focuses on each individual and judges each child upon their ability rather than comparing them to other students. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my son's ability to focus in school. I have also noticed how considerate he is to others, opening doors, asking if he could help around the house and picking up his room without being asked. These are the values that I want my son to learn. I am very thankful for all Sensei is teaching my son; I truely believe that this school is helping reinforce the good values that I as a mother am teaching my son.

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★★★★★

This school truely cares about teaching kids good values through martial arts. It is not a competition school. The school focuses on each individual and judges each child upon their ability rather than comparing them to other students. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my son's ability to focus in school. I have also noticed how considerate he is to others, opening doors, asking if he could help around the house and picking up his room without being asked. These are the values that I want my son to learn. I am very thankful for all Sensei is teaching my son; I truely believe that this school is helping reinforce the good values that I as a mother am teaching my son.

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This school is expensive, I have 2 kids going there and i can barely afford it. One of my kids is supposed to be in a "demo " today, guess what, no one is there. No Sensei or anyone else from the dojo. The "stage" is about 3 ft by 4 ft and it seems theres only 6 kids or so to participate. So far thers 1 person here to see this farce of a demo. This seems to be the norm for this joke of a school. I would happily pull the kids out but I signed a contract for the next 4 years or so. We and all the other parents are stuck. Is the school all bad? No, it is good for learning life lessons for kids and for.....well thats about it really. I think they would get a better MA education elsewhere but as I said, we are stuck here. I am not saying anything else really, others have said it already.

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★☆☆☆☆

This school is expensive, I have 2 kids going there and i can barely afford it. One of my kids is supposed to be in a "demo " today, guess what, no one is there. No Sensei or anyone else from the dojo. The "stage" is about 3 ft by 4 ft and it seems theres only 6 kids or so to participate. So far thers 1 person here to see this farce of a demo. This seems to be the norm for this joke of a school. I would happily pull the kids out but I signed a contract for the next 4 years or so. We and all the other parents are stuck. Is the school all bad? No, it is good for learning life lessons for kids and for.....well thats about it really. I think they would get a better MA education elsewhere but as I said, we are stuck here. I am not saying anything else really, others have said it already.

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I was a student at this dojo for about 4 years. I had reached the rank of brown belt. I had joined sensei nevin's "Master Club" and knew the nunchuks, Bo staff, and sais. But the sad thing is, I was punished, always looked down upon and never treated like anyone else. The sensei taught me when I was a gold belt, gikisidiichi or how ever you spell it, its the first Kata. Then when I reached green belt, I saw he was teaching brand new students the Kata. That was upsetting. He punished me because I got hurt when doing a jump round kick. When leaving one time he told me he was holding me back because I wasn't getting as high in the air as others. He wouldn't teach me the sai Kata because I didn't buy his sais. Same thing with my nunchuks and staff, and sparring gear. His stuff is way too expensive and the quality is bad. He expects students to not have to go to the bathroom and is forgetful. He once told me while sparring not to touch the other person. Then my opponent grabbed me and swung me in a circle and then stomped on my chest, and he didn't say anything. I stood up, gave them a left hook, and a side kick. He then suspend me for a month. I quit his place and found a much better dojo down in Allentown called Tiger Shullmans Karate. There The senseis treat everyone the same, and there is no rank that will separate students from learning.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was a student at this dojo for about 4 years. I had reached the rank of brown belt. I had joined sensei nevin's "Master Club" and knew the nunchuks, Bo staff, and sais. But the sad thing is, I was punished, always looked down upon and never treated like anyone else. The sensei taught me when I was a gold belt, gikisidiichi or how ever you spell it, its the first Kata. Then when I reached green belt, I saw he was teaching brand new students the Kata. That was upsetting. He punished me because I got hurt when doing a jump round kick. When leaving one time he told me he was holding me back because I wasn't getting as high in the air as others. He wouldn't teach me the sai Kata because I didn't buy his sais. Same thing with my nunchuks and staff, and sparring gear. His stuff is way too expensive and the quality is bad. He expects students to not have to go to the bathroom and is forgetful. He once told me while sparring not to touch the other person. Then my opponent grabbed me and swung me in a circle and then stomped on my chest, and he didn't say anything. I stood up, gave them a left hook, and a side kick. He then suspend me for a month. I quit his place and found a much better dojo down in Allentown called Tiger Shullmans Karate. There The senseis treat everyone the same, and there is no rank that will separate students from learning.

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I agree with the many reviews, among the expensive monthly fee, there seems to be more focus on "people skills", which is great for SMALL children, and they do teach safety. However, I do not beleive there is enough discipline and SERIOUS training. Besides sitting in a room with a bunch of rich snotty people whom barely talk to each other and think that this is "playtime" for their kids, I am most uncomfortable there. And what aggrevates me the most, of all valuable lessons, are the kids whom ALL move up stricly over participating in enough classes, not from what they learned, I have seen kids act up, not pay attention and throw fits on the floor, and he still passes the class for them, this is wrong, if they act up, they should stay behind._GET IT _ teach them their lessons for life skills For various other reasons there is no organization. Students are to have completed forms and paperwork handed in and noone even gives them to you. A PROPER run facility address all necessary paperwork to be handed in and you SHOULD NOT have to ask. The worst run companies in the world have people who work at the front desk who tell you"hmmm I don't know"?? What is that all about. I am not "Rich enough" like his other clientele, but I cannot wait for the day that I find a decent professional karate place in the area I live, not one based on who the kid's parents are and how much money you have. Karate is not only physical , it is a mind set.

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★★☆☆☆

I agree with the many reviews, among the expensive monthly fee, there seems to be more focus on "people skills", which is great for SMALL children, and they do teach safety. However, I do not beleive there is enough discipline and SERIOUS training. Besides sitting in a room with a bunch of rich snotty people whom barely talk to each other and think that this is "playtime" for their kids, I am most uncomfortable there. And what aggrevates me the most, of all valuable lessons, are the kids whom ALL move up stricly over participating in enough classes, not from what they learned, I have seen kids act up, not pay attention and throw fits on the floor, and he still passes the class for them, this is wrong, if they act up, they should stay behind._GET IT _ teach them their lessons for life skills For various other reasons there is no organization. Students are to have completed forms and paperwork handed in and noone even gives them to you. A PROPER run facility address all necessary paperwork to be handed in and you SHOULD NOT have to ask. The worst run companies in the world have people who work at the front desk who tell you"hmmm I don't know"?? What is that all about. I am not "Rich enough" like his other clientele, but I cannot wait for the day that I find a decent professional karate place in the area I live, not one based on who the kid's parents are and how much money you have. Karate is not only physical , it is a mind set.

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This school really works well with children. I wouldn't call this a Karate school. The school is more focused on people skills than martial art skills. I would not go here as an adult and I wouldn't go here to learn karate.
KIds only.

PROS: Great for kids
CONS: Price is WAY TOO HIGH

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★★★☆☆

This school really works well with children. I wouldn't call this a Karate school. The school is more focused on people skills than martial art skills. I would not go here as an adult and I wouldn't go here to learn karate.
KIds only.

PROS: Great for kids
CONS: Price is WAY TOO HIGH

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As a Mother of a student I can truly state that my child has benefited from the values taught at this school through the medium of Martial Arts. A++++++++++++

PROS: Great, Safe Location. No Fear of night time activites
CONS: None

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★★★★★

As a Mother of a student I can truly state that my child has benefited from the values taught at this school through the medium of Martial Arts. A++++++++++++

PROS: Great, Safe Location. No Fear of night time activites
CONS: None

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Not only is this school the BEST for teaching MA, but the Sensei is great in teaching kids the virtues of good living........ Focus, Respect, Self Esteem, Concentration, Leadership, Integrity, Discipline. ......This school is a cheap investment for great improvements in your childs' future .

Grandfather of Student .....Jim

PROS: Safe Location.....Convienent Parking in Shopping Plaza
CONS: None

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★★★★★

Not only is this school the BEST for teaching MA, but the Sensei is great in teaching kids the virtues of good living........ Focus, Respect, Self Esteem, Concentration, Leadership, Integrity, Discipline. ......This school is a cheap investment for great improvements in your childs' future .

Grandfather of Student .....Jim

PROS: Safe Location.....Convienent Parking in Shopping Plaza
CONS: None

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This, in my humble opinion, is a poor excuse for a Martial Arts studio. I know thats harsh, but there are SO many BETTER places to go in the area its pathetic to go here when theres the Hazleton Black Belt Academy and even Crosswinds that are a lot better. Only two stars to this DuMp, sorry. :(

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★★☆☆☆

This, in my humble opinion, is a poor excuse for a Martial Arts studio. I know thats harsh, but there are SO many BETTER places to go in the area its pathetic to go here when theres the Hazleton Black Belt Academy and even Crosswinds that are a lot better. Only two stars to this DuMp, sorry. :(

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