I'd always wanted to take martial arts. From day one, I found everything I was looking for at Hard Target. Naturally, I was hesitant at first because I didn't want to get whooped, but was quickly put at ease by the no-pressure, fun atmosphere. The instructors are great. They're knowledgeable, friendly, and committed to seeing each student excel, truly dedicated to their arts. The students come in all ages, sizes, and experience levels, which makes for an awesome, diverse environment that keeps your training out-of-the-box. The facility is very clean and readily incorporates the wide variety of training offered, including an airgun shooting range and fight cage.
The instruction is given in a very practical context so you understand not just technique, but its realistic application too (in case you're not a ninja). That application includes plenty of sparring time where we can put skills to the real test.
I like feeling that I control my own training, taking it as far I'd like after class or working one-on-one with another student. HT runs on cooperation, not egotism, which I think is invaluable.
There's a wide variety of training options from firearms to weapons to fighting styles, and plenty of specialized classes and extra goodies (like the reality-based Spec Ops missions, my favorite). And the membership cost can't be beat.
The people at HT (staff and students alike) make it the great place it is, whether we're maneuvering through the woods on a Spec Op scenario or kicking back in the Sneaky Squirrel Lounge after class and watching some cage fights.
HT provides all the resources to take my training as far as I want it to go and have an awesome time doing it.
Sifu Rob and Melissa are incredibly dedicated to all their students, and they have created something truly amazing. I just love this place.
Joker - no words can express our thanks. Just know that in your short time at HT, you have forged your own place in SDU, Spec Ops, and the HT family with your dedication, diligence, willingness to try new things, and open mind and heart. Only good things to come! Voodoo & Vixen
HT IS A MUST!!!!!. I have been training at Hard Target for a while now and can not say enough great things about it. Sifu Rob and Melissa Hunter, along with Sifu Mik are kind, generous people who are dedicated to the instruction and training of Mixed Martial Arts. As with anything new I was a bit nervous the first time I walked in, but that was put to rest almost immediatly. I was welcomed with smiles, hand shakes, and a genuine enthusiasum about my training and future as a Mixed Martial Artist. I am in my late 20s and was looking for something new to keep me active. What I found was a wonderful group of people who want me to be there and see me progress and achieve as much as possible. The training is real, the contact is real, the apllication to realife situations is real. This is not karate training at the YMCA, this is the real thing. And the best part is that the classes are built for all ages, genders, and physical levels. Between the staff, students, and state of the art training center, I have trouble imagining a better place to train for competition, self-defense, or overall personal fullfilment. I truely feel that I am a better person since I started my journey with them. HARD TARGET IS A MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike - thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at HARD TARGET! We enjoy having you as a student as much as you enjoy training - it's dedicated students like you that make our job easy! Thank you for being a part of the HT family, we look forward to being your partner in your ongoing MMA endeavor.
AMAZING . Five stars really don't do this school justice.. If I had the money I would pay up for ten years worth of classes for my kids. And with their prices I would still feel like I owe Sifu Hunter and hard target more money. If every teacher taught like Sifu Hunter every kid in America would be successful . LOOK NO FURTHER. Once you take a free class I ganratee you will sign your kid on the spot. Sifu Hunter teaches respect,discipline ,and of corse how to fight in a very fun way. The kids are always smiling at the same time learning how to kick a$$ . I love this place.
The best Charlotte has to offer!. Hard Target is a a place where learning marital arts is on a whole different level then your childhood karate instructor. This is the place you go to learn self defense and better yourself. The people you meet are all welcoming and willing to help. Sifu Hunter is one of the most amazing individuals I know and if you are willing he will teach you to be the best you can be.Then he will make you better. Hard Target is full of things that you won't find anywhere else but prehaps the best is the sense of community that could never be duplicated.
Thank you, Howie! We so appreciate your review of Hard Target. YOU have made US better people just for knowing you and being a part of your life - you are an exceptional student and human being. Stay on the path always! Sifu & Melissa
We Love Hard Target!.
Our son has blossomed since he has been attending HTMA. SiFu Hunter is awesome at building inner strength as well as physical strength within his students. Melissa and SiFu make a great team together and provide a focused, disciplined, honorable, warm & cozy environment.
Thank you Hard Target!
The Barker Family
TRAINING, FITNESS, FRIENDSHIPS & FUN. I have been with HTMA since they first opened their doors in 2006 and not only have I found a place to receive superior martial arts instruction, I have found an evironment that encourages active attendence and participation and only tolerates positive, "egoless" attitudes. Regardless of your knowledge, training and background, the Hunter's will graciously welcome you to their training center and help you attain any personal goal you have set for yourself. If you are looking for personal fitness, HTMA is for you. If you are looking for "real world" self defense training, HTMA is for you. If you are looking to improve your knowledge in the field of martial arts, HTMA is for you. With regards to the instruction and training you will receive at HTMA, the sky is the limit and the Hunter's will be there every step of the way to guide you on your path to enlightenment.
Thank you for your support of HARD TARGET Martial Arts and the programs we provide. We are pleased that you have benefitted from our fitness programs, self-defense seminars, and of course, our variety of martial arts classes. The positive environment we strive to maintain is largely due to awesome students like you! We appreciate your willingness to share your experience, and look forward to partnering with you in your continued growth and success!
Rob & Melissa Hunter
Not just for boys !!!. Hard Target is a life saver !!! Actually, it could be one day. My 10 year old girl has been with SiFu Hunter for over a year and has excelled in so many ways. She is a shy girl with a low confidence level... but, that is changing due to the Hard Target classes. She is learning to be strong mentally and physically and how to keep herself safe. She wants to go to class and wants to keep reaching the next level. I am thrilled that this wonderful school is available ! The positive atmosphere while expecting nothing less than your very best is a perfect combination. I would encourage any parent to get their child involved at Hard Target !!!
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on our martial arts programs. We take our role in your child's life very seriously, and are pleased to hear that she has gained self-confidence and an improved sense of well-being through her realistic self-defense training! We appreciate your support of your daughter's martial arts endeavor, and with your help, will continue to guide her down a path of improved fitness, awareness, and self-realization!
Rob & Melissa Hunter
Simply the best.
We can’t say enough great things about Hard Target Martial Arts. Our 5-1/2 year old son (at the time) was struggling with team sports when we came across Hard Target. His confidence was shaken as he had not found something he was really good at. Melissa gave us the tour of facility and we enrolled our son on the spot. Once in the program, he bonded with SiFu Hunter almost immediately. SiFu has been given ability to relate to his students while maintaining their respect. We are in awe every time we see multiple children sitting perfectly quite while class is going on. In addition to respect, the students learn great strategies that will help them their entire life. Our son is now 7 and loves, loves, loves Hard Target. Once when SiFu was out sick he said, “He would never be able to train in Martial Arts without SiFu Hunter!” We are sure his training will continue as he has gained a huge confidence in himself and has earned his full yellow belt. He has his sights set on the earning his black belt. We have and will continue to recommend Hard Target to our family and friends. Any parent owes it to their children to check out Hard Target!
Sincerely, Rick and Lindsay Norvell
Rick and Lindsay,
Thank you so very much for kind words about our Mighty Dragons program. We couldn't be happier that your son has gained self-confidence and found an activity in which he really excels! We have no doubt that through our continued partnership in his growth and success, he will reach his ultimate goal of earning his Black Belt one day! We appreciate your confidence in our programs and thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.
Rob & Melissa Hunter
Great Place to Train. I have trained at Hard Target Martial Arts for the past two years and I couldn't ask for a better training atmosphere. Wether its your first day their or you have been there for 2 years everyone is included and feels a part of the group. Sifu Hunter has had some of the top training in the world and it shows with the way he teaches class and helps students along their way of becoming a martial artist.
Thanks for taking the time to talk about your positive training experience at HARD TARGET Martial Arts. We're glad you feel your time with us has been beneficial and worthwhile, and we appreciate your positive attitude and willingness to be part of Team HARD TARGET!
Rob & Melissa Hunter
Martial Arts Success Story. Our 13 year old son was hooked after just one lesson. He has made incredible progress with his confidence and his drive to excell. He has also been very fortunate to meet some good friends. Not only are they excellent teachers but they make you feel like family.
We so appreciate your feedback on your son's success in our Mighty Dragons program! He is an exemplary student, and we know that the sky's the limit for him in his Jeet Kune Do endeavor! Thank you for supporting him in his martial arts training, and we look forward to calling you part of our HT family for years to come!
Rob & Melissa Hunter
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