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Ekata has exceeded my expectations with their children's martial arts program. Currently our children are approaching year 4 as students. They have learned Jeet Kune Do, Savate, MMA, weapons training (nunchak, bo staff, escrima, and more), and their journey continues! Also, our kids are always excited to attend class as well.
As for the adult studio classes, I am very impressed with the quality and physical intensity of the programs. Also, all of the instructors are extremely skilled, and they provide excellent knowledge transfer to all students. Overall I am glad my family has found Ekata to help keep our mind and body healthy!
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Incredible place to BE, not just train. Its entire curriculum is well-rounded for all types of people!
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The knowledge and overall approach of teaching respect, mindfulness, discipline, and martial arts is unparalleled. If you have not visited the space, I recommend you do so... you will see for yourself.
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Transformative. If I was limited to one word, this is the word that would best describe the impact Ekata had in my life. I have since moved to Texas, but the 4 years at Ekata created a solid foundation in movement and mindfulness that I had lacked. The dedication of Sifu Ed and staff have since stuck with me as I continue my martial arts journey. I may be 1500 miles away, but Ekata continues to follow me. Thank you Sifu. I miss you all.
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My son went to Ekata for after school program and martial art training. All staffs are very nice and professional. I love the programs that offer here. My son learns about mindfulness, self-discipline, self-defense, leadership, and many more. Sifu Ed really cares about every kids and members here.
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From the moment my family and I became members this gym has fulfilled every expectation. Thanks you for being classy and taking time to show you care! I have change dramatically and my kids love it! My husband takes the boot camp class too! I always brag about it when people ask me about my fitness regimen. Go Ekata! #mindbodyspirit #bestgymever
I have been practicing meditation and JKD martial arts at Ekata for several years. The training I received from Ekata has improved my stamina both physical and mental. I found myself having less mind chatter and can stay focus at ease under stressful situation. I look forward to the meditation class in the morning to loosen up tension and negative fixation. The JKD class is a good workout and I learn how to protect myself and sharpen my cognitive function. Join us and give it a try!
We love Ekata. Ekata's Summer Program worked really hard to develop an array of activities for our children. I was able to go work in peace knowing they were in a safe atmosphere with physical activities & weekly themed summer program. Our son truly enjoyed summer camp at Ekata. He experienced other countries' martial arts, culture, food, crafts, and field trips. They also did a parent showcase once a week to show us what they've learned - seriously amazing! I would highly recommend this camp! They really work hard to help your child learn, grow and have fun!
Chris & Linda Stetson
Our kids loved the Ekata summer camp experience, from the arts and crafts to the field trips! My wife and I love the weekly themes and the family atmosphere.
I loved the variety that was offered at Ekata summer camp, trying lots of new things. Capoeira was very unique in the way it included dance and martial arts and the history of it was very interesting. I’d love to try it again sometime.
I wanted to let some time pass before I wrote this review in regards to my experience at Ekata. I have had multiple memberships to various gyms in Santa Clarita. Never have I trained at a martial arts facility such as this one, and I'm beyond glad I signed up here! It's been a little over three months since I've been going here. As challenging as it has been for everyone through COVID, the owners Sifu Ed, Sifu JoAnn, along with their amazing and knowledgeable staff have put in strict protocols to keep the gym running smoothly as well as ensuring the health and well being of the members. Even with COVID, there are plenty of various martial arts classes still running. I'm sure they will add more to the schedule when everything normalizes. If you need any extra insight, they also offer personal training which has helped me grow and gain knowledge in conjunction with the classes which I have attended. The equipment in the weight area is wiped down with sanitizing wipes by the members after every use. Overall, the gym and it's classrooms are very well maintained in all regards. I have had nothing but positive vibes and receive amazing feedback from the owners, staff, and members on the martial arts we practice. Sifu Ed has stated that everyone here is a part of a community that helps one another and it sure felt like that from day one. Another amazing amenity that this gym offers is it's after-school, summer, and kids programs. I don't have any children but if I did, they would for sure be enrolled here. I have spoken with many of the parents that train here with their kids enrolled, and the programs they have for the kids help them grow and instill mindfulness to allow them to progress in various aspects of life. A close friend of mine holds his PhD in psychology and works with the school districts out here Santa Clarita. When he found out I was going here, he told me that Ekata and Sifu Ed does amazing work with our youth to help guide and train them with that practice of mindfulness. Jeet Kune Do is the major emphasis of most of the classes we learn here. It is a wonderful self-defense art that also incorporates many other forms of martial arts which are taught here as well. I highly recommend this training center to anyone who has any degree of curiosity in regards to the martial arts. Check it out. You'll be glad you did!
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Movement, Mindfullness through Meditation Taught to KIDS in Martial Arts Program
August 7, 2017
VALENCIA, Calif. (KABC) —
At Ekata Training Center in Valencia, a massive mural of martial artist Bruce Lee reinforces the power of marital arts.
Ironically, the main theme taught here is peace.
“If you look at the warrior perspective of the Samurai, it was to maintain the sense of peacefulness in the eye of the storm,” said owner Ed Monaghan.
Multi-black belt instructor Monaghan doesn’t allow TV or magazines while at the gym, and adds meditation as a requirement in his classes, especially for kids.
“The idea is no TVs, it’s meant to be something where you’re really in your body, fully present, as your performing the activities, said Monaghan.
The kids spend 10 minutes meditating, then onto fitness.
Some consider meditation “new age” and yet it’s very “old school,” and these kids are learning the lesson of their life. Something they take well beyond this classroom.
“We teach them this principle of mindfulness and being fully present and aware in the moment, but at the same time in a non-judgmental sense,” said Monaghan.
The children embrace it.
“It makes me feel calm,” said 7-year-old Christopher Thompson.
“It helps you defend yourself and makes you feel safe,” said 13-year-old Ronnie Jones.
After five years training, Ronnie’s mom loves the changes in her daughter.
“She said to me the other day, she said, ‘You know what mom, I look around at what’s going on and I’m really glad I’ve made a decision to kind of slow down and think about what I’m doing rather than just overreact to everything,'” said Candas Jones.
Four years ago John Locke was 20 pounds heavier and diabetic.
“Before I was actually maxed out on oral medications, I was about to go on insulin,” said Locke.
Meditation helps him at work too.
“I work for a global company, so on a daily basis I speak to people in seven different time zones. When I meditate I feel about three layers of tension release,” said Locke.
Monaghan said with 50,000 thoughts running through the human brain daily, meditation helps no matter what your age.
“We know that increasing immune function through the reduction of stress is extraordinarily important,” said Monaghan.