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Mark P

This is my first ever martial arts gym that I ever attended and will probably be the only gym I ever go to from here on out. Staff is super friendly and the gym has some amazing coaches. I have only ever attended the BJJ classes but I'm sure their Muay Thai classes are just as excellent. Unfortunately due to the Covid pandemic I had to cancel my membership. However they are also offering live classes thru video chat I believe, which is awesome for those of you who want to learn martial arts thru the comfort of your home. Once this pandemic is over I will for sure be returning. Would give 6 stars if possible.

Baber S reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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Best thing about Pentagon MMA is that time and time again they have proven that their relationship with the students is more than just a transaction/monthly payment .... they are super dedicated and provide individual attention whether in person ... or virtually! Which is why the standard of training is incredible! One of the best I have ever seen..... sorry covid-19, you cant get between me and Muay Thai ... thank you Kru Vivek Nakarmi for everything you do!

Helen B reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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My daughter and I have been using the online classes and are so very grateful for their existence!! Still feel strange watching that first one with that old lady (me!) in it!!! Thanks Master Vivek and all the other staff for staying the course.

Jared P reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I wanted to thank you again for the online classes and everything you're doing! I haven't been able to take a live class but the replays are fantastic! we have a heavy bag up and try to use it with every class! thanks again! y'all are awesome! having the workouts and the videos to follow have helped my sanity and are keeping me positive!

Caitlin D

I cannot say enough positive things about Pentagon MMA. I moved to VA without knowing anyone and I quickly made life long friends here. In addition to these connections, I learned not only Muay Thai, but the ART of Muay Thai. I cannot stress how rare this is. Pentagon MMA is not just a cardio kickboxing class. You will learn proper technique, the art of Muay Thai and its origins, and boost your self-confidence. Vivek was the best teacher I have ever had in Muay Thai, and I have yet to find a school that even comes close to PMMA now that I have moved north for work. Best Muay Thai school around!

Corin C reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
5
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I am a complete newbie when it comes to Muay Thai. I have grappled with some friends with jiujitsu and always wanted to get back into some sort of martial art but as a female, I always felt intimidated as usually these places are male-dominated. I did not have to worry about that here! The instructors have always been informative, patient, and kind. It must rub off onto the people to as they have been super nice as well. I'm glad I signed up! Will continue this until I move out of the area but I definitely have a better appreciation for Muay Thai now thanks to Pentagon MMA.

Julia B

Awesome place. I love training here. Have been learning Muay Thai for over a year. The trainers are excellent and the community outstanding. The facility is always clean and all the staff is very friendly. I would recommend this gym to anyone: Beginners and advanced. Master Chon keeps the lessons interesting so that you will learn something new.

Beth B

My son is in summer camp at Pentagon MMA in Arlington. It's fantastic -- he's really happy and they have a very organized and well-run program. In addition to martial arts, they take several field trips (and even had a back-up field trip set up for a rainy day), and do a lot of activities with character-building elements. When I picked him up a few minutes early at the end of his first day, he asked me if he could stay longer and keep playing with his new friends. I'm very impressed with the staff and coaches, and I definitely plan to sign him up again next summer.

Alexis T reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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My son went to Spring Camp here. We had not seen the facility before we dropped him off the first day so he was a bit nervous (as was I), but within minutes the welcoming staff made us feel comfortable and gave clear directions on how we could jump into the fun. When I picked him up that first afternoon, he said "Mom, you know what I liked about camp? EVERYTHING". He wanted to tell me about his day every day of camp, when I am normally prying it out of him. Huge hit and we will definitely be back.

Kieran T

Pentagon MMA is excellent!!! My 4-year-old son started with the aim of learning self-defence, but he has learnt so much more! His confidence, listening and responsiveness, and focus and concentration have all improved!!! Thanks Pentagon MMA.

Bella D reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
5
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My older kid started coming here a few months after I did (she's 4). It's been amazing - from the facility itself (clean, open spaces) to the staff (professional, welcoming). There is an air of humility and hard work that permeates and is contagious -- and you can see it stems from the leadership of owner Kru Vivek.

Jake D

I cannot explain how much this has helped my four-year-old daughter. Your head would explode if you heard her shouting "yes sir" and "yes ma'am" around the house for chores. She has taken to the discipline very well and it's helped in her academics and in her social life, not to mention that she is learning to defend herself with some solid foundations.

Mike K

My kids studied at Pentagon MMA for several years each. Vivek and the other instructors taught them how to defend themselves, how to defuse tense situations, how to stick up for kids being bullied, how to conduct themselves with maturity and respect for others, and how to be mentally and physically tough. All of these lessons transferred to their lives outside of MMA. They are respectful, confident, and mature young people now. In addition to being proficient at MMA, the mental and physical rigor and determination they learned at Pentagon has been critical in one of them transitioning to collegiate athletics and the other on the way to doing so. The discipline and focus have also led to high GPAs and a drive to succeed. I can't recommend Pentagon MMA highly enough. It's been central to the successful development of my kids.

Kadeam V reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I’m new to learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I wanted to learn the art from a gym that would push me to be great but also accept me as part of a family/team. I’m happy to say that Pentagon MMA is just the place, where I have found both and more. I’m still very new to the sport and the gym but I feel confident that I will be training at the gym for a while even though I live a decent distance away. Pentagon MMA has exceptional customer service, great instructors, and welcoming members! I highly recommend this gym to new and experienced martial artist OSU!

Mary Ellen H reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I highly recommend Pentagon MMA. I've been taking the women's kickboxing classes since November. Staff members are warm, welcoming, and immediately made me feel comfortable. I love the instructors (Belinda and Patti are particularly fantastic) and the challenging and supportive environment. If you're on the fence, try a free class or two. I think you'll love it.

Joi C reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I’ve been coming here for several months and I love it. I started coming because I felt bored with my usual workouts. Kickboxing is like no other and will kick your butt. The gym is so welcoming and there are people of all fitness levels and ages. The classes are tough but manageable and I’m getting in the best shape of my life. Highly recommend.

Levi V.S. reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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Pentagon MMA has a range of different programs unlike many other gyms. It is wonderful for those who want to get fit and it's serious enough for those who want to fight. They have an amazing kids program as well

Karen Yvonne L reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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There is no better place to train for your children or for you. Very Highly Recommended. Say hello when you visit !!

Katrina C reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I couldn't ask for a better fight home. This gym makes you feel like you are amongst friends and family. The staff are awesome, the coaches are awesome, and the atmosphere in the gym will give you that charge to put in that extra work!!

Leo L reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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Amazing place. The staff is beyond friendly and create a truly welcoming environment. At no point do you feel like an outsider. The training is top notch. Master Chon is a true professional and makes sure you're learning step by step. Walking into Pentagon MMA has been one of the best decisions of my life.

Michelle W reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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Pentagon MMA is an excellent place to train! Vivek is an outstanding Muay Thai coach and their BJJ instructor, Sugi, is not only a BJJ Black belt but also a 2x Olympic Judoka. They are both friendly, welcoming, and great at what they do! If you are looking to start training in the Arlington area, this is definitely the place to go!

Cindy A reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I have seen, from far away, how Pentagon MMA has grown from its beginnings to what it has become today. Vivek, the owner, introduced me to Muay Thai a few years ago and ever since I can’t seem to stop. Vivek showed me the basics to this beautiful art, back then he would tell me about his dream of opening a gym where he could share his knowledge with everyone else. After a few years, I finally went to visit his accomplished dream, his own gym, I was truly impressed. Pentagon MMA is a true Muay Thai school, where people are learning how to perfect their moves. I haven’t yet seen anyone who is there to show off or to put anyone down, everyone is focused and is there to learn. Thank you Vivek for Muay Thai is now part of my life. Thank you Kru Chon for never letting me quit!

Natalie W reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I couldn't ask for a better place to train and call my second home! Pentagon MMA has hands down the best instructors. Master Chon and Master Vivek run an awesome Muay Thai program that keeps you fit and always learning more techniques. The gym has a "family vibe" atmosphere and everyone in the community is supportive of your fitness goals. I've already lost 20lbs thanks to PMMA's fight team, training, and encouragement. If you're looking to train with the best, you should definitely check out this gym.

MaryEllen H reviewed Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
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I highly recommend Pentagon MMA. I've been taking the women's kickboxing classes since November. Staff members are warm, welcoming, and immediately made me feel comfortable. I love the instructors (Belinda and Patti are particularly fantastic) and the challenging and supportive environment. If you're on the fence, try a free class or two. I think you'll love it.

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Pentagon MMA Wins the Connect with Kids Award!

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For Immediate Release

June 4, 2020

Contact: Michael W. Swisher
Adult Outreach and Engagement
Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families
Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services Division
2100 Washington Blvd, 3rd Floor
Arlington, VA 22204
703-228-1671
[email protected]

 

Arlington, VA – The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families is pleased to share a bright spot in our community – the 2020 Connect With Kids and Do For Kids Champions!

Connect with Kids Champions are individuals or groups who go out of their way to do things WITH kids. They excel at building relationships with young people that are positive and supportive; and guiding them in their growth and development. This year’s class includes two teams of youth instructors and two individuals who have been engaged and connecting with young people for years.

Do For Kids Champions are individuals and groups who do wonderful things FOR kids. They create opportunities for youth and support some of their unmet needs. For 2020, one of the Champions is a business that stepped up and is recognized for supporting families during the COVID-19 crisis; three others were selected because of long-standing commitments to children and their well-being.

For the first time, APCYF is pleased to also have named a Dual Connect With Kids and Do For Kids Champion.

The Dual-Champion is:

Nathan Liles, Teen DJ Program, Department of Parks & Recreation, Office for Teens. The first-ever Dual Champion, last spring as an 8th grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, he was asked to take over the DJ program when his mentor, DJ Jeff, had to take leave. Nathan jumped right in to keep the program going, coming in to work well before class time to prepare, DJing shows, and adopting a highly professional look and demeanor to copy his mentor. His commitment to the program ensured that it continued. However, his ability to connect with his peers and lead them helped the program to grow and thrive. Nathan embodies both awards in his level of investment in the program and to each individual student DJ.

The 2020 Connect With Kids Champions:

Tarica Mason, Arlington Public Schools Extended Day, Barcroft Elementary School. Ms. T, as she is known, is a consistent friendly face to all children. Her consistency was particularly important to a child who experienced multiple teacher turnovers during her kindergarten year.   Wherever she worked over 22+ years with Extended Day she left a mark with countless children. She is always excited to see ‘her kids’, remembers details about their lives and listens when they talk – one of the most important ways to connect with kids.

Virginia “Ginger” Geoffrey, is a Key Club sponsor at Washington-Lee High School and in that capacity has assisted a number of students in navigating the college application process. Thanks to Ginger, Virginia’s universities are home to many young people who are first generation – and first women in their families – to attend college. Her support for students continues once they are in college as well, thus ensuring their success. Ginger and her husband have been generous supporters of young people through financial contributions and more importantly, as hosts and informal foster parents to young people from around the world. They are all one large, extended family that continues to grow with new generations, and building ever-stronger connections.

Adapted Gymnastics Instructors, Arlington Parks & Recreation. This group of youth and adults spend every Sunday morning supporting youth athletes with disabilities as they participate in a gymnastics program. The instructors create an environment of trust, forming bonds with each athlete so they feel comfortable stepping outside of their comfort zone and trying new and challenging tasks. The bond that the instructors create, coupled with their desire to see their athletes and friends reach their goals, is what sets them apart from the pack.

Martial Arts Instructors, Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts. This team of highly motivated instructors always connected with their students. Once COVID-19 made it impossible to see them daily, they quickly pivoted to online/virtual programs. Every single day they connect with parents and children to make sure they are doing well and staying healthy and active; in addition, they organize 3 events each week so that children have the ability to maintain their connection to their peers and instructors , to help them hold onto a sense of normalcy in these chaotic times.

The 2019 Do For Kids Champions are:

David Guas, Bayou Baker. David and his team have been unwavering in the their effort to provide hot meals to students since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Initially offering meals to students from their restaurant near Courthouse, they quickly realized that few families were coming. They shifted and begain delivering meals. Working with PTA volunteers, they identified and got meals to residents who are  unable to access the Arlington Public Schools Grab & Go meal sites due to geographic location. Always with a positive attitude, David is there with hot meals ready for delivery.

Charron McKethean, Arlington Public Schools Extended Day, Long Branch Elementary School. Despite over a quarter-century working with children, Charron is still has boundless energy for kids. From practicing dance moves for an upcoming event to participating in peewee Super Bowl games, to bagging meals for the homeless, she is always doing something to help make the school and the program better for the kids. She is the ‘go to’ person for just about any issue. Her commitment to the kids, and making things better, is what led to her selection.

Carol Sabatino, Carlin Springs Elementary School. Carol is the coordinator for this community school and for 7 years has nurtured dozens of partnerships to address the social, emotional and health needs of students AND their families. She facilitates access to community health and mental health supports that is critical for immigrant and vulnerable families. In addition, she creates a welcoming environment for parents who normally are fearful of institutions and helps them claim their role as partners in their children’s education and as community members.

Chris Seaton, Project Belong. Chris and her husband are one of many who have opened their homes to foster children, providing a loving and supportive home. After a few years she realized there is more she could do. What started as a side project is now a full-time endeavor. Project Belong brings together churches, government agencies and community partners to provide a variety of additional supports for foster children and the families who take them in.

The Connect With Kids Champions award was created by Mary Ann Moran, of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF), in 2004 as a way to recognize people in the community who go out of their way to connect WITH kids and develop positive, supportive relationships with them; and to inspire others to also connect with kids.

In 2018 APCYF added the Do For Kids Champion award to recognize individuals and groups who do wonderful things FOR kids.

Since 2004, the APCYF has recognized 139 Champions. They come from all walks of life – neighbors, friends, businesses, parent, or professionals working with young people. What sets these Champions apart is their intentional and deliberate attentiveness to the needs of young people and the support they provide.

By recognizing community Champions, the Partnership celebrates adults who make the commitment to young people, while also inspiring other adults to do the same.

The awardees will be honored at telemeetings for now; APCYF looks forward to celebrating in person with a celebration once that is safe to do.

For more information about Connect With Kids or Do For Kids Champions, contact Michael Swisher at [email protected].