Rave Reviews From Our Students’ Parents

We are so thankful to have been able to serve the Chester County Community for over 40 years. Our students have enabled us to live our dream of teaching martial arts! Please take a few moments and see what folks just like you have had to say about us and the kinds of results that we’ve delivered for their kids and their families.

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  • DG Owner and Instructor Chris Taylor tells us why he loves our Early Skillz classes for his son, Ben.

    Hi everybody, my name is Chris Taylor. I'm from the Dragon Gym. I'm one of the owners. I've been teaching here, and I've been involved with the Dragon Gym, for over 21 years. And in that time, I've seen a lot of things come and go. A few years ago, we were introduced to the Skillz [Age-Specific Martial Arts] Program, and it really took off in our school. We really love a lot of aspects of it. When we decided to start the early program, I didn't see so much viability in that, because of the age of the kids, it's hard to get a lot of results from them. Well, my son, who's four now, started the program. He's been doing it now for three or four months (he started when he was three). In that time, I've seen a surprising level of influence from Lindsay and Joe. Shockingly. He's around the gym all the time, and I'm seeing direct influence from them around the house, you know, he's doing class moves, he's crawling, he's running, he's jumping, he's punching, he knows his blocks. And I'll be honest with you, with all the experience that I've had throughout the years, I'm still quite impressed. If you have a kid that's in the age range, the three to four age range, which is our early program, think about it. It's something that there's a much more tangible result than what even our best marketing team can demonstrate. I'm really impressed with them. So I think that you guys will be impressed as well.

    Chris Taylor, DG Owner & Head Instructor
  • Find out why the Winegar family loves the Dragon Gym and highly recommends it for everybody :)

    Hi, I'm Stephanie Winegar and our son Mitchell is in the Extreme Class here at DG. He also has started [classes in] the kid's jiu-jitsu program, which he thoroughly loves, and [he's a part of the] junior instructor program, so he has been here several nights a week, some Saturdays, and he loves it. He never complains about coming, he's so excited. It's helped him with his leadership, and his confidence was always there, but it's helped put some things in place. So we really love it here, highly recommend it for everybody. My husband and I did try a kettleball class last night since we're here so much and trying to just get even more involved. We love Dragon Gym and highly recommend it and all the staff.

    Stephanie W, DG mom
  • “We recommend this gym to all of our friends in the area.”

    Our son has been taking classes at the Dragon Gym for a year and a half now, and we are thrilled with the changes we have seen in him in that short time. In raising our son, we have found that challenges come and go so quickly, and the Dragon Gym has been there to help in so many ways. Not only has it provided him with physical training and control, it also works on his character and values. We are so happy to see the lessons he has learned in class being applied to his life at home and school, as well. The instructors work so well with the students and truly care about their work and relationships with the families. The Dragon Gym has become such an important part of our son's life and ours, too. His last birthday party was also held here, and he was so proud to get up and teach his friends all that he has learned! We recommend this gym to all of our friends in the area.   Fill out the form to the left to find out how martial arts could be the best choice in activity you make for your child.

  • “My son’s confidence level, self-discipline, and respect for himself and others are noticeably so much better.”

    My son has been going to Dragon Gym since he was four years old. He's always been extremely active, but we just couldn't find any sport he would stick with. At Dragon Gym, they really worked with him (especially the incredible Master Lonnie)! They work with my son's personality, his insecurities, his lack of focus—making it such a personal experience. He is now eight and calls himself a ninja, and I believe I have Dragon Gym to thank for that! His confidence level, self-discipline, and respect for himself and others are noticeably so much better. He is now known as someone who defends his friends and even strangers who are being bullied. Dragon Gym is so much more than a fitness program. It affects your physical, mental, and emotional body and your way of life.   Fill out the form to the left to find out how martial arts could be the best choice in activity you make for your child.

    Peggy Carroll-Henry
  • “These past four months have been marvelous for him, and I'm thrilled to have my son passionate about attending DG.”

    Many thanks to you and all the staff at Dragon Gym for your mentorship, friendship, and constant encouragement! Justice is a wonderful, authentic boy who loves to reach out, meet people, and support others. He's a true friend. I'm blessed that your sentiments also echo those of his teachers in school, year after year. He's learned much patience, kindness, resilience, and compassion in his 10 years. These past four months have been marvelous for him, and I'm thrilled to have Justice passionate about attending DG. For the first time in his 10 years, he's finally found a sport that he thoroughly loves and desires to work hard at and excel in. Only two years ago, Justice was a little boy unable to participate in any sports. He has a hereditary blood disorder (hereditary spherocytosis) from birth that caused chronic anemia and an enlarged spleen, requiring blood infusions and spending much time in doctors’ offices and hospitals. To make a long story short, he eventually had surgery to remove the spleen. The pros of this surgery outweighed the cons, and he was able to start regaining energy, and there was no risk of spleen rupture. It took Justice a long time for his "mind" to catch up to what his body now had the ability to do. He was so excited to do things like wrestle with his brother without injury and finally play football with the neighbor boys his age, and our family was excited to watch him. On various occasions in the months following his recovery, he would come inside discouraged after joining in with neighbor boys during flag football and soccer. He listened to comments like, "You're not athletic," "You're horrible at sports," and "We don't want you playing with us because you don't know the rules." His older brother would look out for him but wasn't always around. Of course, most of these kids didn't know his history. We encouraged him, and we told him to never give up, to love, and to be a good friend. He's wired to march to the beat of his own drum—strong, sweet, and not one to give into peer pressure. He's not afraid to speak his mind and thoughts. He's sincere and  friendly, and he always seems to have a posse following him with his great ability to lead without effort. We've surely had to reign all this in from time to time. (Of course our greatest strengths can also be the greatest weaknesses.) In summary, DG has helped strengthen his weaknesses and mature his strengths! It's a joy to see him in "one of his elements," make new wonderful friends, desire to be teachable, and communicate to us how he loves a "strict yet fun" atmosphere that promotes discipline and care! Thanks again for taking the time to acknowledge our son and to find out some of his story.   Fill out the form to the left to find out how martial arts could be the best choice in activity you make for your child.

    Reta Watkins
  • “I am forever grateful to everyone at Dragon Gym for the incredible impact they've had on my son for the last three years.”

    There are many martial arts studios in the area. We visited several. There are NO other gyms like Dragon Gym, for many reasons. The staff is amazing, friendly, and inviting, and everyone makes the kids feel welcome starting their first day. I guarantee they'll call your child by name at the end of orientation. The classes are wonderful and challenging. Clearly, they "know their stuff." But it's the inclusive nature that makes parents feel welcome—even cared for. There are adult programs, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, taekwondo, kettlebells and Muay Thai kickboxing, to name a few! And they even offer nutrition videos. They truly care about your whole family's well-being. Most importantly, the impact their training has on every child's self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth is immeasurable. I am forever grateful to everyone at DG for the incredible impact they've had on my son for the last three years. Going here would be the greatest gift you could give yourself or your child. It's so worth it.   Fill out the form to the left to find out how martial arts could be the best choice in activity you make for your child.

    Lori Kendra