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Iliana Martinez

4 September 2019

The school and all the instructors are fantastic and very inclusive.

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Siddharth Chakravarty

8 August 2019

Come and train with us, whether you looking to loose weight, tone your body or learn kickboxing Valor offers everything under one roof. I started going to Valor mainly to loose weight but now I am hooked. It's been seven months (can't believe it, phew !) and every session is awesome. They have the best trainers who will not only you push you but will work with you to help achieve your goals. I can go on forever talking about how awesome this place is, but guess you can drop by and check it out yourself. Just bring lots of water, cause u are gonna sweat out. More...

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Marissa Y.

14 July 2019

This establishment is so welcoming, friendly, and clearly has a great sense of community from young to old. Having just attended one class, it was a great introduction to kickboxing. The instructor made sure we kept moving and were interacting safely with the people in the class. Docking one star just for the lack of facilities - the locker room is just one bathroom stall and shower for the whole facility. In terms of the workout, cleanliness, staff, and instructors, 5 stars! More...

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Jacen Rock

24 May 2019

Mr. Phipps is fantastic! Teaches a well rounded system. He’s very knowledgeable. Amazing with kids and adults. Great ability to boost your confidence. Coaches champions on his Competition Team. What else would you expect from a Hall of Fame martial artist? Inspiring to say the least. A true champion. More...

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David S.

14 February 2019

Review of the adult kickboxing classes (not martial arts):I've been to about 10 kickboxing classes here. I enjoy the variety of the workouts - these are **not** cardio kickboxing classes as another reviewer mentioned. Instead each class will be spent performing drills and strikes with a partner. It's a super good workout and you will learn actual technique (unlike other studios where you just hit a heavy bag the whole time). Also the studio is very nice.My only complaint is that the other students are mostly complete beginners. Beginners are dangerous to train with and if you are paired with one, your workout will also suffer.I wish they had a requirement for beginners take 5-10 "intro" classes before moving up to an "all level". But otherwise the instructors are great and I will keep coming back. More...

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Alexandra R.

20 January 2019

Amazing studio with a great variety of classes! Alessandra is an incredible kickboxing teacher and works well across all levels of fitness. She corrects your form as she spots mistakes and encourages everyone to push through intense cardio. Expect intense cardio, but you get what you give! Great yoga class during the week. The view makes it a super way to start the day (Broadway). Relaxing yet challenging way to pay attention to breath and tighten core through 12 vinyasa poses (or 16?). I straight up feel like I'm in a Simon and Garfunkel song leave love this location. Great Reliable studio with friendly members that make fitness fun. More...

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Kassy Lum

6 January 2019

I love the workouts that Valor Mixed Martial Arts offers - kickboxing, regular yoga to instance yoga workouts. You start to experience new things with your body and start to feel more energized.

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Helen Falk

16 December 2018

Just came from a wonderful Budokon Yoga Workshop taught by Petra Lee Ghin, it was fantastic and such a great studio space to work in!

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Betty N.

12 December 2018

I just came for the first time and love the yoga class I took. The teacher really focused on alignment and gave us a lot of individual attention. I left feeling lighter, taller and energized. I can't wait to go back. More...

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Kurt B.

6 December 2018

My kids have been members for over a year (since before official opening day) and also went to Valors summer camp. Wife  attended a Women's Empowerment seminar. Everyone loves Valor and Sensei Phipps. Highly recommend everyone at least try a free class. Wonderful community and great exercise for kids and adults. More...

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Irina L.

19 November 2018

Top Quality!!!My daughter is 11 and absolutely love this place. I took a self-defense class and a yoga class at Valor myself and loved it. The trainers really push and encourage and you train all of those 45 mins non-stop, not like in gymnastics kids have to wait for 10 mins when someone else is finished with gymnastic equipment or gym classes for adults where they try to accommodate everyone and go down to the beginner's level. I am thinking of canceling my gym membership and join Valor instead. Mr. Phipps is amazing teacher - it is very rare to find a place where the owner puts his heart and sole into his business with a smile and joy! The stuff is very friendly, attentive and nice.You can't find a better prices for the package they offer, seriously unlimited lessons a week for the price of one lesson of gymnastic a week? Can't beat that! I wish more business took that approach - every second kid in AMERICA is overweight. We need every kid to do at least an hour a day of Valor! I hope they will keep their prices the same at least next 5-10 years!The good positive energy in this place is SUPERB!Really Love it - A+++ Thank you Mr. Phipps for an amazing neighborhood spot where you feel you are the family! More...

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Amanda Fallon

18 October 2018

My favorite place to get a workout EVER. The instructors take the time to get to know you, your strengths and weaknesses, making each person’s experience unique. You definitely walk away from each lesson having learned something new. I feel stronger, more skilled and empowered every time I walk out Valor’s doors. Highly recommend! More...

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Ewan Niven

18 September 2018

Awesome instruction, from a truly passionate Martial Artist.

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Lauren Toub Griffiths

18 September 2018

Darryl is incredible with kids. Great challenging classes! A+ I wouldn’t go anywhere else in the city.

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Laura Rivera

18 September 2018

Master Phipps is a dedicated and expert martial artist. My son and I get to train under a 2x Martial Art Hall of fame inductee. Need I say more. He is dedicated and truly builds relationships and cares about the kids and people he teaches. Osu!!! More...

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Sara Neva Towber

18 September 2018

Master Phipps is a mentor, an expert, a role model and a genuine, amazing person. I have never seen anyone give of himself like he does to his students. This school is the real deal! It is not a belt factory. Valor is absolutely the best school in NYC. More...

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Daniel S'mores

18 September 2018

This man has experience, energy, and creativity and is so enthusiastic about teaching. You will ever leave a class bored or without learning something new (you might be sure though, cause he will push you!) I would recommend to everyone from beginner to advanced. More...

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Jenny L. Wong

18 September 2018

DK Phipps dedication to my kid is unsurpassed on every level. He is more than just a martial art instructor, he is a positive role model to my child and his influence has made her more confidence over the years in every sense of the word.

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David S. Nayor

18 September 2018

Simply, New York's finest martial arts instructor. Far more than a teacher to his students, Mr. Phipps is a mentor in every sense of the word. He is conscientious, thoughtful and a gentleman of the utmost integrity. It doesn't get any better. Can't recommend Mr. Phipps highly enough. More...

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Juliana Dutra

18 September 2018

You won't find a more committed and dedicated instructor in NYC. A true martial arts master with a world of knowledge under his belt and countless awards to back it up. But most important, a great mentor to his students, driven and persistente in his goal to help his students to be the best fighters they could be, as well as important leaders in their community. More...

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Alex Zoiberg

18 September 2018

Brand new facility, best in the city -- and I have seen quite a few of them!
My 5 year old boy and 10 year old girl love every session and are more committed to it than any other activity they have ever tried.

Every session is challenging, pushes you to the limit yet fun and rewarding.
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Sarah Heath

4 July 2018

I have been taking MMA/kickboxing classes here and I like the mix of bag and mitt/shield work. The instructors are awesome and pay attention to the individual skill levels of students. It's been great for my technique and it's also a hell of a workout! More...

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David Wang

30 May 2018

Everyone at Valor is personable and friendly. You get individualized attention there. Honestly, I don't think i've ever Mr. Phipps without a smile on his face. Also, the Brazillian Jiujitsu there is top notch. They have Alison 'Jucao' Brites a 6th degree black belt teaching there (FYI, the highest level black belt on the east coast). Go to any other gym and you'll maybe once in a while roll with a black, but you'll never role with the lead instructor. At Valor, Jucao will always be open to roll with you!! More...

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Emily Ireland

30 May 2018

I just took Sara Neva Towber's fantastic Pilates class here and felt so great afterwards. Way to get core work and a deep release of tight muscles throughout the whole body! Although the movements seemed subtle, this class was intense and extraordinarily beneficial for strength, flexibility and focus. I felt so much stronger in my body and clearer in my mind after this, and into the following day. I look forward to training more with Sarah, what a great balance to the mixed martial arts. More...

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Dmitry Alexeev

30 May 2018

Spotless clean brand new facilities. Amazing coaches (and I really do mean AMAZING being a teacher myself) who work with children professionally but in a very friendly and encouraging manner. Our 6yo LOVES going there and he wasn't much into sports before that. Obvious improvement in his coordination, general physical abilities, and confidence in just 3 months of classes. Also, it is very affordable. Ah, and also I didn't know that a 6yo can (almost :)) take down a grown up man (me) with the moves he learned in his class ! More...

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Ruben Treurniet

30 May 2018

Amazing place! Instructors incredibly skilled, professional and welcoming. Nice location and equipment, and going there really makes you feel like being part of a Valor community. On top of all that also very affordable. 5/5! More...

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Sara Clemence

30 May 2018

The BEST martial arts studio for kids. Mr Phipps is an incredible teacher and role model, high-energy and disciplined but also compassionate. Girls and boys are treated equally. The studio is spotless and the classes are very well structured. Our children gained life and martial arts skills there. Can’t recommend it enough. More...

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Allie Mabel Sinclair

30 May 2018

I first went to valor when it first opened And it immediately felt like a home. The owners are very kind and all of the coaches are just cool down to earth and good hearted people. The place is all brand new and they keep it clean and organized. One can tell they are respectful to the art form of martial arts. I take jui jitsu and the kickboxing class. Valor also has a spectacular sound system which gives me an epic workout and is super fun!! More...

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L B.

3 October 2017

Master Phipps is a dedicated and expert Martial Artist. My son and I get to train under a 2x Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee. Need I say more?! He is dedicated and truly builds relationships and cares about the kids and people he teaches. I am happy he has started his own venture as I know it will be great and we are happy to continue to train under him. At Valor everyone is like family. We have had nothing but great positive experience knowing and training with him since 2014 which is why we followed him and happy we did. He also believes in giving back to the community, especially working with kids that didn't have a great start to life like he did. His story is heart breaking and amazing. He is helping me with reaching out to kids, from under resourced areas of the UWS and NYC and giving them the opportunity to learn MMA as an outlet for leadership, keeping them off the street, and owning a door of opportunity. He took his past and turned it to something positive and I am happy to see him living out his dream. More...

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Janice R.

2 October 2017

Mr. Phipps is as good as it gets if you are a beginner or an advanced student.  Both of my children trained with him and he was so fantastic I decided to give it a go.  Simply a great experience with him and it translated to a great bonding experience for my family,  I strongly recommend that you take a class.  It will change your life. More...

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Lone B.

2 October 2017

My 9 year old daughter and I have been training with Mr Phipps at the previous location for almost 3 years. We immediately followed him to his new MMA school Valor when it opened last month. The new location is full of natural light, has a large open floor with lots of new equipment and a welcoming atmosphere. Training with Mr Phipps has truly empowered my daughter and I and we are very thankful for having the opportunity to train and learn from such a talented, driven and inspiring instructor. Having a daughter I found it so important for her to learn to defend herself and to have the confidence to get out of any situation.I have only great things to say about Mr Phipps, he sets high standards for himself and his students. My daughter and I would highly recommend his  school to anyone. More...

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Alex I.

1 October 2017

My daughter has been training with the founder of Valor MMA for several years at Modern Martial Arts NYC since she was 4 years old, and where he graduated hundreds of students of all ages.  Like many other parents, we have tried gymnastics, dance, soccer and other extra-curriculars, but nothing seemed to "stick" until she started training with Mr. Phipps.When he opened Valor, my daughter wanted to follow him right away.  I supported her without hesitation, as I have never found a match for his unique ability to challenge each child and push her/him to their maximum individual potential, while making them want to come back to next class.  Valor offers a truly unique environment:  every class is extremely challenging, yet fun and rewarding.  Every student gets individualized guidance and attention -- directed not only at her/his martial arts techniques -- but also helping them become more confident, well rounded individuals respectful of others. More...

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Amelia R.

25 September 2017

My son has been training with Phipps for about a month, and there is already a dramatic improvement to his confidence and mental acuity!

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