Here's what our community has to say:

Just what we needed to kick off our girls' first martial arts experience.
Parent of a Girl Power Student
Si Bok Matthew and Si Mo Shannon are the best. I love the structure of class. Si Bok Matthew is a skilled teacher, equal parts firm, caring, and playful.
Parent of a Peaceful Warriors student
Wonderful place my daughter was smiling the whole time!
Parent of a Girl Power Student
We have had a really nice experience.
Parent of a Peaceful Warriors student
Empowering girls mentally and physically, while also teaching human kindness through small stories. Hidden gem.
Parent of a Girl Power Student
My daughter loves it. The teacher is very knowledgeable.
Parent of a Girl Power Student
I was fortunate enough to begin walking down my Shaolin path alongside Si Bok Matthew Ruhl. Matt was one of the first people to be my teachers aside from Si Gong Robert Firestine. Throughout the years, studying both under and alongside Matt has been one of the greatest honors of my life. He is patient, kind, and overall a big ball of fun! He was a mentor to me as I began my teaching journey and helped me become the instructor I am today. He’s amazing with children, teens, and adults of all personalities and backgrounds and is one of the easiest people to talk to that you’ll ever meet. All it takes is going to one class of Matt’s to not only see his spark and passion for Shaolin, but also to know it’s a path you’re going to walk down with him.
A life-long student
Si Bok Matthew is an amazing instructor. He has years of experience with youth, teens, and adults. He is encouraging with any student of any age that crosses his path. Matt shares his personal stories, and opens the floor to any student who wishes to share their story, something they may be struggling with, and gives sound advice and support.
His teaching approach is positive, fun, and delivers a powerful message. With Si Bok Matthew as your instructor, you will first learn the basics, move on to the best self defense lessons, and continue to grow personally and gain physical strength. He will teach you how to defend your life.
Grateful parent of a Girl Power/Teen student
Portland, OR friends! One of my son's Kung Fu teachers is opening a new dojo in Portland. My son studied with him for 6 years here in Tucson, and it was transformative (both for him, and for me, as a parent). It's a wonderful combination of martial arts, spiritual values, and learning to be a mensch. They knew just how much to push him, while meeting him exactly where he was, and they modeled the kindness and compassion and celebrating the accomplishments of others that we all need so desperately right now. I continue to be surprised at the ways that what he learned there is so integrated into how he moves through the world. If you know people who have children this age, send them to study with Matthew Ruhl! (no, I do not receive commission if you sign up I just really, really love this program and these people.)
Parent of a Peaceful Warriors student
I loved their caring style and the way they use metaphorical balancing discussions both at the start and end of their adult class. They are just as welcoming for adults as what I read about their kids classes. Honestly, feels a bit like the small group community I have been missing. And I get to experience this while learning Shaolin kung fu!?!? Sign me up!
Adult Student

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