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Welcome to the Laboratory!
At Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly, we are martial arts researchers. Our job is getting under the hood of effective martial arts practice, figuring out what makes it work, and using that knowledge to turn our students into the best fighters they can be. The training floor is our lab, and grappling, striking, and weapon work are our subjects.
We believe that good body mechanics and balanced strength are essential to injury prevention and longevity; that the best fighters are not the ones who know the most techniques, but the ones who can make what they know work in any context; and that everyone learns best when they are having fun. Our training emphasizes adaptability, play, and dynamic problem-solving, and our students are equally comfortable on the ground and in a swordfight.
Everyone should know how to fight. It’s a fundamental human skill, and one of the best ways to build a healthy relationship between your body and mind. Our classes are open to students of all abilities and experience levels; and all ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations. Our goal is to help you become the strongest, fittest, deadliest version of yourself, no matter where you begin. Join us.
How long have you been practicing martial arts? Which one(s)? I started taking lessons in martial arts in September 2013; just last year. I quickly got into the Western Martial Arts (and other bits and pieces) that go into the different Valkyrie classes. Before that, my only experience with martial arts was 6 or so kickboxing classes when I was 15. What brought you to Valkyrie WMAA? I went to my first Valkyrie class essentially…
A promotional video published in March 2014, encouraging women who are interested in martial arts and fitness to join our school. Featuring Courtney Rice, Danielle Rice, and Kaja Sadowski (as well as most of our male student body in supporting roles), and produced by Courtney Rice and David Packer. Music by DJ Dain.
Here’s what happens when sparring time turns into playtime…