We love Mersina! Julia did martial arts with her when she worked at another location number of years ago. We also had Ethans birthday there last year, and we were so, so happy. All the kids had a blast, and so many of the parents followed up to say how great of a time their kids had.
- Lisa 2023
Mersina is incredible. We take J there and he is just thriving. Great mix of fun, skills, discipline and strengthening for kids. As an added bonus, the staff are very good with kids with neurodiversity. Couldn't recommend Lion's Heart more. Worth the drive!
- Tova 2023
Amazing space, and business! We love being part of the lions heart family!
- Kera 2023
Absolutely amazing! Lion’s Heart Family Martial Arts was incredible for our son’s 5th birthday party! I cannot say enough good things about the whole experience from booking to the end. Communication was excellent, I contacted the owner, Mersina, several times with ongoing questions. The responses were always quick and full of information. Organization was exceptional, from booking the party weeks in advance, straight through to the end of the party was perfectly organized and went off without an incident. The instructors kept the kids excited, entertained, moving, and energized the whole party! The activities were perfect for the age group and the kids were so engaged at each stage. It was a very stress free and hands off party for the parents, even the attendees’ parents. The instructors, especially Mersina, took care of everything!
- Stacey 2022
The way you spoke to him, particularly after sparring, made all the difference in the world! We already knew that you were a unique and special teacher for our children, but it was really confirmed today! Going to karate is often the highlight of both Nathaniel and Sophia's day.
- Elena 2022
We had a birthday party here. Age range was 5 years to 9 years. It was great! Kids all had an awesome tie. Zero martial arts experience in the group but the activities were super fun for all. Well run, great energy.
- Dana 2022
Thank you again for everything you've helped J achieve through his classes at LHFMA. He's become so much more confident and self-assured, and watching him persevere through that tough belt grading yesterday was proof enough of how much he's grown. Looking back to the last grading where his social anxiety overwhelmed him to the point where he almost could not get his yellow belt compared to his spectacular performance yesterday was nothing short of incredible and it's thanks to your gentle yet firm guidance through these past months. J was so proud of himself.
- Joyce 2022
Reid absolutely loved camp last week! Looking forward to a second week in August and also hoping to do Martial Arts classes in the Fall. Can't thank you enough :)
I've witnessed and am appreciative of the careful discipline my children have experienced at Lion's Heart Family Martial Arts - I HIGHLY recommend this dojo.
- Tory 2022
Another vote for Lion's Heart FMA. Mersina is like Yoda! She's great with the kids!
- Nikki 2022
Just wanted to give a shout out to the staff Lion's Heart Family Martial Arts. My 6 year old son had a birthdayparty this afternoon. Extremely friendly staff who kept the kids very entertained with fun activities. They were straightforward to deal with. Very reasonable price. Pizza and drinks provided. All you have to do is bring a cake. Super easy.
- Ashleigh McCheung (2022)
Great facility and staff. My kids love the summer camp programs and will love to return for year 3. Highly recommend!
- Kerrie Newman (2022)
This place is the best! Not only do the kids enjoy it, but there are lots of activities for parents and guardians as well! The kick boxing classes are an amazing work out and full of fun. Sensei Mersina (owner) makes sure each and every person feels included no matter what. The other staff is just as welcoming and its never a dull moment! If you're looking for a new sport to take up that has a dedicated, caring, and passionate team to teach your little ones, this is definitely the place!
- Rae (2022)
This place is such a treasure. All the senseis are great. Head Sensei Mercina is AMAZING. She’s awesome with the kids. She provides a very safe, accepting and respectful learning environment for all the kids no matter their individual needs. In addition, she teaches her students important life values such as respect, integrity, self-discipline and perseverance (to name a few). Whenever you need to speak with her, she drops everything and gives you 100% of her attention. I’d recommend this place to anyone who wants to introduce karate to their children in hopes they work their way up to black belt. My son is ALWAYS excited to come to class.
- Nicole Lang (2021)
"Awesome studio!!! Lots of great space! The instructor is experienced and extremely enthusiastic! Perfect place for young kids and beginners! Highly recommend"
Lions Heart Family Martial Arts is an incredible place for your child to learn and grow. Mersina, the owner and head sensei, makes students feel welcome and accepted into the Lions Heart family right away regardless of any and all challenges they face. Her teaching style caters to the needs of all students and she ensures everyone has a great time and learns a lot. She offers a free trail class to ensure your child likes Martial Arts and the skills they will learn are priceless.
- Alysha (2021)
We have started with Lion's Heart Family Martial Arts a month ago and we are very happy with the individual attention that Sensei Mersina pays to each child. My son started to show improvement in just 3 sessions. I highly recommend her.
Thank you for taking on the initiative of the Zoom classes during the week. This has been such a great activity for J during this crazy time. At first I was a bit worried that he would loose interest and his skill sets learned without being able to come to class. Having the Zoom class has allowed J to continue and enjoy martial arts. It has allowed us to create a bit of routine during the week - something we all lack without school and extra curricular activities.
I asked J what he likes about class - he said Spiderman push ups!!!
The variety of new techniques using household items is captivating for him and he tries to teach us what he learned! It becomes quite comical to see all of us trying to attempt it! But it's great at creating rapport in the house with his older siblings and having him show a leadership role with them.
Keep up the great work!
- L (2020)
My kids (7 and 5) have been attending Sensei Mersina's virtual classes for several weeks. She is able to keep them attentive and motivated, even when she's not in the room with. there is a good mix of exercise, specific skills, and discussion of life skills (ie teamwork) in a way that makes sense to kids. Will definitely be booking in-person classes when things open back up.
-Melinda Wilson (2020)