Christa G.

The members of the Valkyrie leadership team continually demonstrate values that embrace diversity, encourage participants to work at their personal best, and create opportunities for other instructors to learn from them and raise the bar across their industry. They make it clear that they are prepared to meet students at that student’s current ability, and to work with them in developing strength, flexibility and agility, and then fighting technique. Nothing seems beyond their ability to…

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Sarah C.

Valkyrie’s approach brings in aspects of a wide array of martial arts, not only drawing on the best techniques and approaches from a variety of disciplines, but encouraging students to be creative. It’s okay to be new or novel in your approach, and wanting to find out if something works is a good enough reason to try it (safely).

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Tao W.

Valkyrie for me is about learning and combining the best portions of various martial disciplines to become a well rounded martial artist in a fast and efficient manner. Whether it’s learning distance and measure via fencing or leverage while grappling, the lessons from each discipline feed into one another to make me a better martial artist. I also love the fact that the self-defense portion of the training when it happens actually makes sense and…

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Matthew C.

“Here we do things differently” is a marketing cliché. Most of the time the different thing is just the same thing with new wrapping, or different because it’s not actually the real thing at all but a shoddy counterfeit. Valkyrie is one of the exceptions. This is a martial arts school shockingly absent of Orientalist trappings or black-and-camo “street” fauxthenticity, identifying itself not by the tropes but the substance of what it teaches – any…

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Melissa M.

“Citius, Altius, Fortius” [Latin for Higher, Faster, Stronger] makes me think of us. Like, be better humans, more functional and calm under pressure, and surprise yourself by being capable of more than you previously expected. I like the “Play hard (not work), just try this weird difficult thing just because it is tricky”, in a real safe space where we can celebrate a tiny success or laugh when we fall over, and it’s ok for…

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Steven H.

For me Valkyrie is all about trying and failing and trying again. Particularly trying things that probably can’t be done in a place where everyone won’t ridicule you for failing but will offer support and the laughter of friends.

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Philip P.

For me it’s about exploration and experimentation. Exploring what my body can do, how it can move thought the world, and how it can affect my opponent. From there, we take what we discover and experiment with/on each other to see what works. What works for me, might not work for my opponent and that’s also interesting. We’re collaborating to build/discover better humans through the affectionate medium of stabbing, slashing, squeezing, throwing, punching, kicking, and…

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Christine V.

For me, Valkyrie has been about physical and mental growth, and it has done an amazing job of shutting up the annoying voice in my head that says ‘I can’t do that’.

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Andrew B.

Valkyrie has taught me that EVERY body-type is capable of something. I wrote off sports/athletics a long time ago and it wasn’t until I tried so many different things in Valkyrie that I discovered I was naturally gifted at certain activities. VERY empowering. I also love how Valkyrie’s instructional process includes “Don’t tell the students the thing they’re being taught to do is arguably impossible until AFTER they attempt it”. It helps make it seem…

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Zach D.

The biggest thing I’ve learned from both my own experience, and from that of the people I’ve seen at Valkyrie, is that anything’s possible. That sense of possibility is one of the coolest parts of training there.

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