I've been a student at American Legacy for 6+ years, and my twin daughters attended for a few months when they were about 6, so I've experienced both the student's and parent's view of the business. In both cases, I have nothing but glowing things to say about the instructors and the program. I joined in my mid-30s as a means (and motivation) to stay in shape as middle age started to set in, and it's delivered that and more. I look forward to every class, and I leave pouring sweat every time.
I've done several other martial arts in my life, and what sets ALK apart is (1) that it's physically challenging enough to be the centerpiece of my fitness regimen, but (2) that the atmosphere is very light and friendly - there is no stiffness or excessive formality that I've occasionally seen in martial arts schools. And, although defending myself from attack was not my main reason to join, the techniques are very practical and real-world focused, and I have no doubt they would make a solid last line of defense if I ever need one.
When my daughters were enrolled, I got to see the parents' version of the experience, and I was equally impressed: it's not just the same program with shorter students. While it teaches the same techniques, the class structure is built from the ground up for kids. The instructors manage to be very professional but warm and friendly at the same time, and they have an array of strategies to keep the classes fun and motivating for everyone. I felt totally comfortable entrusting my girls to them, and they had a great time. Ultimately, their 6-year-old attention spans moved on to other activities, but I would have loved for them to continue with me.
This balance, between intensity and friendliness, is shared by all the instructors, and ultimately comes from the founder and chief instructor, Brent. As someone who holds the rank of "master" in our martial art, he is extremely experienced, and known and respected among the martial arts community. In theory, he's definitely not someone I'd want to face in a real fight. But in practice, he's easygoing, down-to-earth, a good communicator, and a personal friend.
Highly recommended! Come work out with us!