Reviews From Our Exton and Berwyn Martial Arts Community
We are proud of the difference that we have made in the lives of the children and adults who are part of Dragon Gym community. Learn how participating in our programs increases confidence, focus, and fitness in our members—all while fostering a sense of community and fun!
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Jamie tells us how DG has worked wonders for her two daughters, and particularly how classes have helped with her youngest's gross motor delay.
"Hello, I'm Jaime Magnotta. I have two girls, Chloe and Emma. Chloe is in core class, and she started when she was in basic. She wants to be a junior instructor someday, so she loves it. She loves coming to glass. Emma just started about six months ago. She is in the early skills. We started Emma because she actually has something called hypotonia. Basically, it's just low muscle tone. So, she was diagnosed with it when she was nine months old. She has the gross motor delay. She wasn't crawling, doing anything like that. We had decided that it would a good idea for Emma to do [martial arts classes at Dragon Gym] for her balance and agility, and everything that they do during the class is everything that her therapist does for her. I show the therapist videos and everything like that, and she's been so impressed with everything that they do during class with Emma. So, it's actually helped Emma tremendously with her gross motor delay. We love it because it's just so great for the girls. The staff here is awesome. My husband actually does kettlebell classes here as well, so he loves it. I definitely recommend Dragon Gym. I have already actually. It's fantastic for families."Jamie M., DG parent
Dynamic father and son duo, Ken & Charlie, tell us why they love the Dragon Gym!
Charlie: I'm Charlie Sliwka, I go to Taekwondo here at Dragon Gym. I really like it. And I'm almost a, I'm not a brown belt yet, but I will be a brown belt. I really like being a brown belt because after that there is red and then black. Ken: That was fantastic. My name is Ken Sliwka and... we started coming to Dragon Gym in the Fall 2015. What I love about it is the kids program. I mean I do Jiu Jitsu with instructor Chris Taylor. The kids program is amazing. All the instructors are just, they are so encouraging, so motivating, I can't, you know once-- even after a couple of weeks, I knew the kids were going to love it. It's great for their discipline too, and just their overall confidence. I've seen both of them grow. When Matthew, he just turned eight years old, so he is in a core program. And Charlie isin the... basic program. He started in the early skills. But they both have progressed so well, and so fast. I can't believe it. Traditionally, you know, we did other sports and stuff, but I didn't have this when I was a growing up: a Dojo where you can come and do multiple martial arts. But again, it's all about the people here though. There are a lot of martial arts studios out there, but there is nothing that compares to Dragon Gym. We love it here! Thank you.Ken S., DGBJJ Student, & Charlie S., DG Children's Program Student
Dina and her son, Michael, on why they love Dragon Gym so much. (And trust us, the feeling is mutual!)
Hi, everyone. My name is Dina. I am a student at Dragon Gym. I've been here a little more than two years, and I started after watching my son, Michael, who's in the Extreme class, on the mat for a few months. I was in the balcony and decided that I wanted to join him because it would be much more fun if we did this together. So we've both been here a little more than two years, and we just love it. We tried so many different sports, and he just didn't like any of them. None of them stuck, and we got here and he just said, I love this. So sorta funny story on the way into work this morning. I was dropping Michael off at daycare, and he went to CCD last night, and he said, are you gonna sign me up again [for CCD] next year? And I said yes, why? And he said, well, it's kind of boring and they make me focus and read boring stuff, and they make me do what they're telling me to do. And I said, well, at Dragon Gym, they make you focus and you have to do what they tell you to do. And he said, yeah, but they're a lot more fun and I can make friends and I can laugh. And he said, and they really like kids. So I really love it here. Dragon Gym has just been wonderful for us, and we're so happy to be part of this family.Dina P., DG Black Belt & DG Mom
I’ve been pushed beyond my physical and mental breaking points but not broken, made stronger and more resilient. I’ve been humbled by former Masters Instructors to teach me that not only being a good athlete is needed one must also be mentally sharp.
What does becoming a Master level Martial Arts Instructor mean to me? By: Kim Mukalian My Journey in Martial Arts training began over 20 years ago at the Dragon Gym. Why here, why then? Well basically I needed to find some inner courage and strength to rebuild my own being and find self worth. This was a realization to me after years of being suppressed and controlled both physically and mentally by a person whom I thought “loved me”. After several failed attempts to leave the situation and having my self esteem and confidence taken from me, I prayed and asked for guidance and had had enough! There had to be more for me, more that I could believe in instead of fear? So I stumbled across Dragon Gym Martial Arts in the yellow pages in the phone book, took a ride down, had a one on one training session, and felt at home and excited about beginning a future here. I remember meeting Grand Master Chae T. Goh and he helping me through some knee issues, allowing me to train in a training shoe so that I could wear my orthotics. Also, one hot summer night playing dragon tail and hearing him say how elusive I was as the others tried to capture my tail. Kimmie, Dragon Gym Kim was what Grand Master Goh called me and wrote on a magazine spread that I was featured in, proudly displaying it on the now green walls. Again, this was a place I knew I felt safe and at peace, regaining that self confidence I had so sadly let slip away. I have learned so much here that has shaped me, from that once shy person filled with so much self doubt that many of my closest peers here may not have even known. I’ve been pushed beyond my physical and mental breaking points but not broken, made stronger and more resilient. I’ve been humbled by former Masters Instructors to teach me that not only being a good athlete is needed one must also be mentally sharp. One must rely on not only speed, high kicks and power but also on craftiness, precision, technique, skill and calm judgment not haste. I’ve learned to set those goals reach them reassess then set new ones, in the process helping others through my experiences. My journey here at the gym and in my life outside the gym has taken me out of some places I care not go again, but having gone through that adversity has shown me how strong of a person I really am. Had I become a statistic if I had not opened those yellow pages 18 years ago? My answer to that is that through faith God gave me the strength. And the Dragon Gym and my commitment to training my mind, body and soul gave me the place to bring it all together. I have a beautiful family a caring and supportive husband routing me on through this goal of becoming the Dragon Gym’s first female 4th Dan Martial Arts Master Instructor. So my wonderful journey has led me to now stay humble to my beginnings; respect and honor myself to be that inspiration, friend, teacher, supporter and role model to all those I come in contact directly and indirectly. That to me is what this journey to becoming a Master Level Martial Arts Instructor is a full circle a cycle to give back.Kim Mukalian
Master Som shows how to use the techniques we are learning in real life situations.
My family has been training at Dragon Gym and Master Som for many years. Master Som'a teachings go way beyond Tae Kwon Do. He is constantly pushing us physically, to show us what we are capable of. He pushes us mentally, for example, when I get to an exercise I dislike I hear his voice in my head "it is because I am not good at this exercise and therefore I need to spend more time on it than others that I like or am better at." He shows how to use the techniques we are learning in real life situations. It is obvious that teaching is not his job but his passion. Fill out the form to the left to find out how martial arts could be the best choice you make for your health and fitness.Sandie Grulke
“Dragon Gym is not a karate studio. It is so much more.”
When I decided to review Dragon Gym, I wondered what aspect of the gym I should talk about. There were the taekwondo, Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ), yoga, and junior instructor programs for kids; adult taekwondo, BJJ, and kettlebells classes; and other benefits, including personal training, many guest seminars, nutrition counseling, the people, and the impact on our kids and family. DG is not a karate studio. It is so much more. I am so impressed with how much they offer. They are not just focused on the physical—but also the mental. They emphasize that what a person can do is not as important as who he chooses to become. This is witnessed in every class as the instructors encourage other students or pitch in to help without being asked. The same theme continues into the adult programs, where we are constantly pushed to become more physically fit but also to become better than we are—learning how to set goals, how to obtain these goals, and how to support our classmates achieve their goals. I cannot say enough about how much Dragon Gym has done for my family and myself. Fill out the form to the left to find out how martial arts could be the best choice you make for your health and fitness.Sandie Grulke
“You always feel welcomed when you open the door.”
We have been coming here for over eight years! They have everything for the whole family—martial arts for all ages, yoga, kettlebells, Muay Thai, and the list goes on! Everyone who works here is so friendly and helpful. You always feel welcomed when you open the door. The instructors and teachers are the best around. They not only care about your development during class but truly care about you as a person. My three kids ages 17, 13, and 7 all feel like this is a second home to them! Fill out the form to the right to find out how martial arts could be the best choice you make for your health and fitness.Jessica Hambridge