What a remarkable find in southwestern Virginia! I've had more than 30 years experience in the martial arts, and I've had the chance to train under some of the most important names on the East Coast "urban" martial art's scene (including Mas Oyama, Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz and Earl Monroe in NYC). 6th Dan Tae Kwon Do Master Dane Harden is hand's down the most impressive talent I've ever encountered. With Black Belt's in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Karate, he brings a thoroughly unique style and perspective to his martial art's instruction--a "blended" style of arts that combines the very best of useful techniques. I would recommend this school to anyone seeking quality instruction from an unparalled instructor--this is a national/international asset in the middle of smalltown USA. I wouldn't be surprised if Abingdon, VA, becomes a mecca for one of the truly most impressive martial arts instructors in the USA.
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Western Master's Martial Arts combines professional instruction with a useful, applicable set of concepts and skill sets that is unique to this part of Virginia and is very hard to find elsewhere in the Martial arts world. Overcommercialization of Martial arts has left a dearth of concerned instructors, and with his Military and martial arts background, Sensei Harden provides a solid foundation and exceptional instruction of unquestioned quality. Definitely worth the time and effort.
Sensei Harden is one of the most insightful, exquisitely trained instructors I have ever met. The Aikido class is alternately serious, active, funny and Budo. I love it! C Tanner