I have been a member of South Mountain Martial Arts, on and off, since 1999; most recently and consistently, since 2014. The DeRose Brothers are 2 of the most accomplished and thoughtful Martial Artists in the country or, for that matter, that you will find anywhere. Be it Daryn’s adherence and reverential loyalty to classic Judo and Jiu Jitsu or Dayn’s expansive experience of not only Judo and Jiu Jitsu, but Sambo, Kenpo and Fencing (an MACFA Coach of the Year), their knowledge and accomplishment is unparalleled. Their ability to teach and convey this knowledge and skill, unrivaled.They are known and deeply respected for their expertise, both as competitors and teachers, domestically and around the world. (Even in some places where being an occidental, and more so, an American, is not normally held in high esteem among elite Martial Artists).They have instructed and presented at the FBI Academy at Quantico (a very rare event and honor), consulted with various police depts around the country, contributed and collaborated on numerous books and articles on martial arts and self-defense and competed and medaled in National and International competitions too numerous to name, including the Pan-American games. Yet they remain extremely humble about their accomplishments.They have dedicated their adult lives to the teaching and advancement of the Martial Arts and to the development of their students, young and old, both as “Artists” and as people of character and upstanding high moral integrity. To that end, they have a very special knack for teaching young children and helping them develop both as judokas, and young people of quality. And in this category, NO challenge is ever too great. (For you parents of younger children, some of you will understand what I mean). Their ability to help children, the gifted and the less so, develop as people and teach, instill and establish confidence and self-esteem in them, is truly remarkable. As a parent concerned with the health, well-being and development of your child’s self-esteem, you can do no better than to have them enrolled and trained at SMMA.The atmosphere of SMMA is one of family, or a very collegial club. Everyone, young and old, supports each other’s attempts and gains of advancement, all while working and training deadly seriously and very hard.SMMA is unique among dojo’s and gyms. The 2 founder’s hold Advance Degrees, one a Master’s in Psychology and Counseling, the other a Ph.D. in Psychology and Research Statistics. (Not your normal owners of dojo’s or gyms; and not your normal holders of 6th and 8th degree black belts in various Martial Arts). I have wrestled, boxed, taken Judo, fought and worked out in gyms my entire life. No place I have ever encountered, gives you this type world class knowledge and training, while giving you an intellectual vibe that there is much more to life outside the dojo. This is an experience far above the usual Muscle-Head approach commonly found in dojos of this one’s fighting caliber, quality and capacity.Whether you are an adult (be it young, middle-aged, or elderly) looking to learn for the 1st time, or someone looking to expand limitlessly the horizons of your already sizeable knowledge and skill, or a parent looking for a place for your child to develop confidence and social skills in a familial, supportive atmosphere all while learning how to defend themselves… this is your place. South Mountain Martial Arts. It is peerless, for young and old alike.