1576 Akron Peninsula Road, Akron, Ohio 44313

Zahand's Martial Arts Reviews

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Shaunna Clark

My son has been going to Zahand's since the first grade, over four years now. To say that they are amazing is an understatement. We joined at first, hoping that he could learn to funnel some of his frustrations and emotional challenges into a more structured and positive outlet.  Through all of the instructor's patience, structure, dedication, discipline and love, he has been given so much more. I say "all of the instructors", because every single one of them gives their all to our kids.  I cannot single one person out.
They have taught him so much more than Martial Arts.  He has been taught discipline. With hard work comes the reward of accomplishing his goals. He has been taught respect, not just to others, but also to respect himself and see his self worth. He does not find it hard to "do the right thing" when he sees situations at school or in social settings with other children, and will sometimes be the only voice to stand out in the right.

As parents, these are things that we hope to teach our children and pray that they keep these qualities throughout their adult lives.  But honestly speaking, we cannot do this alone.  We have found at Zahand's a community of like minded people who want to live by the same morals and strive every day to be better than the day before.

Due to COVID and personal reasons, we had to break for a few months and they completely understood.  Most businesses would give you a hard time and make it very difficult to take time off.  We were able to pause our membership and come right back when we were ready. Not only did they understand but they kept checking in with us throughout the months to see if we needed anything and to just let us know they were here for us.

So if you just want to learn Martial Arts, of course I recommend them.  They are very knowledgeable and Spencer is a proud brown belt excited to work towards his black. But if you want to learn more than just Martial Arts, this is the dojo for you. This is the family for you.
As Spencer said tonight on our way to class, "They are like a second home".
-Shaunna

Matthew Malek
This is a family run establishment that is truly worth the time and investment. The team at Zahand is dedicated to helping children learn karate with a disciplined and fun approach. Matt and team truly care about the well being of the children and all that attend their classes. I highly recommend!!
Dave Mitchell
Great instructors. Facility is fantastic.
Emelia Chen
I didn’t like karate until my mom sign it up for me. I’m glad.
Jeff Cook
They are a great family oriented group!!
diana ritchie
Great environment, and really nice people who are great with kids.   My grand daughter just started lessons, and she's pretty shy about new things.   They were patient and very welcoming and all the other kids were great as well.
Kaydence Rogers
I love it
Derek and Shelly
We have been going to Zahand’s for about 2 years now and honestly throughout that time everyone there has been amazing. Honestly though, it wasn’t until the COVID shut downs that we could really truly understand how far that amazing would go. Out of all the companies, places, organizations that we belong to, I can tell you Zahand’s is the one that I believe went above and beyond for everyone. And when I say everyone, I am not limiting that to customers. They truly stepped up for the community and did some pretty amazing things. For the kiddos out of school, losing out on that social interaction, they invited them to join in on virtual classes. Didn’t matter if you were a student or not, for that hour you were part of the Zahand family. For those adults who were a bit stressed out, they held mediation classes and again offered it to friends and family, not only customers. For all the students they continued classes. For my kiddos karate at Zahand’s is there outlet, the thing they look forward to and if they would have lost it that would have been devastating. If you are looking for a dojo to bring your family, I would highly recommend Zahand’s!
Joe Kelley

5 stars!

This is an amazing dojo. They do a great job in making the lessons easy to follow,learn, and they teach you what you need to know. Great workout with great people.

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Veronica L.
I have done my research looked at the reviews and word-of-mouth this is by far the cleanest most professional place around I'm very pleased with the kindness the concern for each and every student they treat you like family and if you joined the family they take you under their wing my son is so pumped and excited he's only been to one session and he absolutely loves it and it will make every parent proud and happy he's excited about doing extra chores around the house and work with the community to earn his badge they're very knowledgeable and very talented I want to thank each Sensei and employee for all their hard work they do make a difference and all these children's lives their role models their protectors and they are leaders if you want your child to have a stability discipline in great knowledge of protection manners be a leader this is the place to be in this facility now after my son being a member I've seen a great structure and his daily life in in his daily routines it is a wonderful life experience also great Focus skills discipline this is the place to bring out each child Talent love discipline focus and bring them out of their shells and show their true core my son Garrette is my world and my everything he's really wanted to be in this for the Long Haul he is fully dedicated and has shown great structure and just after 1 session it is amazing to see your child being great hands with people that have such great knowledge about teamwork team effort and life lessons my son is the smallest of his class and tends to get bullied this way they will teach him how to defend himself not fight but defend learn how to fall Learn how to protect himself for his future as a young man. If you join Zahands martial arts you cannot go wrong you'll be extremely pleased. I want to personally say thank you for giving my son the opportunity to grow up to be a respectful man in the community and school at home and most of all have him believe in himself. If I can give the rating more stars I surely would I hope each and everyone of you that read this will really consider joining your children and at least go in and speak with all the Sensei you'll be highly satisfied and once again with his martial arts you cannot go wrong that's the best part of it and I truly believe if this generation has further structure it will make a difference and that's what this facility does is make a wonderful difference!!!!!
Rob T.
To say I was not sold on the whole karate thing would be an understatement. As a combat veteran, I did not put a great deal of stock in the martial arts. This thought process for sure ranks in the top five all-time mistakes on my part. My son has been attending the school now for a little over a month and I'm now a believer. My first impression of the school was how clean and squared away the facility was. Everything in its place. The next thing was the curriculum. All classes were planned well ahead of time and lessons build on each other flawlessly. Cost of classes though not the cheapest in town were in my opinion reasonable in comparison to others in the area. Then I observed the classes. From the very first time my son stepped onto the mat, it was re-enforcement of all the values my wife and I try and Instill in our children. I have never however seen my son more attentive while being taught. The kind but firm compassionate and positively reinforced instruction by all of the instructors especially Matt has my wife and I fully invested in the dojo for years to come. Ten minutes ago my son dropped his toys and ran outside. When we asked him where he was going he said I need good deeds for my chart and Grammys leaves need to be raked. He went to the garage for the rake and is still out there. I'm a believer.
Adam White
Great place , great staff , great facility and reasonable on the wallet. Highly recommended!
Josh

My son and other family members have been attending classes at Zahand's for quite some time now and we have nothing but good things to say about the program and people involved.

My child has benefited from the program in so many ways! To name a few, I have noticed improvement in his attitude, confidence, and responsibility. I believe the structure of Zahand's unique program is the foundation for these improvements. This program has been a worthwhile investment!

My child and I have to move out of town due to life oportunities. Shihan has already terminated my contract no problem. I gave them notice and was honest and respectful about my situation and they were very reasonable and understanding. I do regret leaving the program and my child is quite disappointed. We hope to return to the area at some point.

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Victoria Schreffler
I highly recommend Zahand's Martial Arts!

The instructors are phenomenal and so is the facility. I have witnessed my son grow in his confidence, focus, respect, goal setting, and self-discipline. To me that is priceless. We love being part of this karate family.

Take a class and find out for yourself! You will not be disappointed :)

Mercy G.

Zahands Martial Arts is amazing..no other place provides a comprehensive guide to learning the martial arts..with an incredible stable of talented blackbelts ..Sensi matt , Sensi John and Sensi Christian and Sensi Tammy really make it feel like a fighting family..all this is brought together by Shihan Larry Zahand who has created this amazing dojo..stop in..you don't know what your missing!

Josh Baker
A great place for your child to learn dicipline, structure and respect for others.  Instructors are very dedicated and do an amazing job at guiding and instructing their students.  There is no better dojo in town.
Stephanie Buschko-Shoman

Best investment we have made for our son!  They are so positive and caring!  They treat each person that walks through the door like family.  They teach the kids respect and to take pride in what they do.  My son has gained confidence, friends and mentors and absolutely loves karate. It’s priceless to see the sense of accomplishment and pride when he earns a badge or stripe or gets a promotion to the next belt. 

The Zahand family, and all the instructors, truly care about each and every student, and their families, and they go above and beyond for the community too.

Emily Cooper Skeriotis
Zahands has been like a family. They are fantastic. Strongly recommended
Chelsea D.
When I first started looking for a martial arts school, I really didn't know what to expect. I'm sure it's not every day that a blind person calls up and asks for lessons. But I want to go on record by saying it's the best decision I could have made. Every instructor there is professional, knowledgeable and patient. They didn't know how to work with me at first, but over time, and with the help of my wonderfully supportive boyfriend, we've built great relationships based on trust.I'd recommend them to anyone I know, blind or sighted. I've gained an amazing amount of knowledge and confidence with them just in my first year or so, and it's only going to get better! (Sorry, no photos here, but there should be some photos/videos on their site.)
Chad P.

Very knowledgeable staff and a great place for young development of martial arts. My son has been training here and we are very happy with where he is. I highly recommend.

Brian S.

My two boys have taken classes here for the past three years and I have for the last year. Great facility with a very knowledgeable and friendly staff. They have helped improve my family's physical fitness and improved my children's discipline and confidence.

Ryan W
My child has been attending for almost a year now.  She has learned so much and her focus, discipline, and coordination has improved so much.  Everyone here is wonderful with the kids,  and there is a real sense of community here.  Thank you Zahand's for everything you do for the kids!
Karen St James

My son and other family members have been attending classes at Zahand's for quite some time now and we have nothing but good things to say about the program and people involved.

My child has benefited from the program in so many ways! To name a few, I have noticed improvement in his attitude, confidence, and responsibility. I believe the structure of Zahand's unique program is the foundation for these improvements. This program has been a worthwhile investment!

My child and I have to move out of town due to life oportunities. Shihan has already terminated my contract no problem. I gave them notice and was honest and respectful about my situation and they were very reasonable and understanding. I do regret leaving the program and my child is quite disappointed. We hope to return to the area at some point.

A Google User
Huge place and clean
Shane L.

For those people giving bad reviews because they did not read the contract before they signed it should be ashamed. The school is fantastic. The staff have great knowledge. The fee is comparable to a child being in two travel sports. They get to participate all year long where a sport is only 3-4 months of the year. They have hours convenient for a working family. They have many great events for the students to participate in. My son loves going to classes. He gets upset of we are late. He was never so dedicated at another sport. Thank you Zahand Martial arts.

Eric E.
This is THE place to learn martial arts. When you get a belt here, you have earned it. It's like family here, not just a business. Do your homework when picking a dojo and know that Zahands is the best.
Rob T.

To say I was not sold on the whole karate thing would be an understatement. As a combat veteran I did not put a great deal of stock in the martial arts. This thought process for sure ranks in the top five all time mistakes on my part. My son has been attending the school now for a little over a month and I'm now a believer. My first impression of the school was how clean and squared away the facility was. Everything in its place. Next thing was curriculum. All classes were planned well ahead of time and lessons build on each other flawlessly. Cost of classes though not the cheapest in town were in my opinion reasonable in comparison to others in the area. Then I observed the classes. From the very first time my son stepped onto the mat it was re enforcement of all the values my wife and I try and Instill in our children. I have never however seen my son more attentive while being taught. The kind but firm compassionate and positively reinforced instruction by all of the instructors especially Matt has my wife and I fully invested in the dojo for years to come. Ten minutes ago my son dropped his toys and ran outside. When we asked him where he was going he said I need good deeds for my chart and Grammys leaves need raked. He went to the garage for the rake and is still out there. I'm a believer.

Erica P.

The people here are so great with kids. We've only been to 2 classes so far and Im already in love with the atmosphere.

Edward M.

Zahands is a fighting family!! Today's karate is a business .Too many schools lose sight of the deep history dojos have in the community...Teaching our children character and values by providing a second home in the dojo.Zahands has captured both with an incredible professionalism and a balanced care for its students..

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Eric Eisentraut
This is THE dojo to come to if you want to learn the martial arts. Nothing is promised here, you will earn everything you get. The karate program is top notch, with emphasis on self defense and some Brazilian Jui Jitsu and Judo thrown in as well. My daughter has been going for 4 years now and my son attended for 2. You feel like family here and the education and discipline the kids get can't be beat.
Casey E.

I've learned so much in a small amount of time - everyone there knows their stuff and teaches well

Ben K.

Great place!! Highly educated, caring, and professional instructors that actually care about each and every student. My son joined 2 years ago and is now a Blue belt and he motivated my daughter to quit her dancing lessons to join this wonderful Martial Arts Institute.

Eric E.
This is THE place to learn martial arts. When you get a belt here, you have earned it. It's like family here, not just a business. Do your homework when picking a dojo and know that Zahands is the best.
Larissa J.

Love it Love it! My son is 5 yesrs old and they are so good with him! He loves the classes,if he could he would go everyday, also they Take extra steps if they are unsure of something and help them until they understand, the teachers and staff are wonderful!!! It's the place to go, expescially if you are looking to start your young kids!

Amanda F.

The instructors are great with the children and everyone seemed to be enjoying their lesson. Today was my little girl's first day and she LOVED it! She cant wait to go back!

Vanessa H.

Great atmosphere and the Instructors are all amazing. They are very patient with my kids and they really bring out the best of my boys. My kids enjoy and look forward to class. Plus I love the morals they teach.

Mandy W.

We have been coming to Zahand's for many years and we couldn't be happier. My son began in the preschool program and has continued his martial arts education ever since. The instructors are amazing and make sure to take time with each student! I highly recommend Zahand's

Victoria S.

What a great place! My son loves coming to classes each week. He has learned so much. The entire staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend coming in and checking it out for yourself!

Chad P.

My son has been training here for almost a year. Great staff and an excellent place for martial arts institutions.

Nicole J.

Love how much my girls have grown these past few months. The Zahand family are absolutely wonderful people and really care about their students.

Todd E.
I've been a student since 2004 so you know I love it!
Theodore T.
Love this place. Great training and even better people

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