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Readers' Choice: Best Place for Martial Arts

Patch readers nominated the best place for Martial Arts in Westminster and Eldersburg, so vote to determine which one is the Readers’ Choice 2012 winner.

What is the best place for Martial Arts in Westminster/Eldersburg? Cast your vote to let us know.

Patch is relaunching its Readers’ Choice program and we’re asking you, your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and anyone else who knows about the area to participate.

Nominations were accepted on Eldersburg and Westminster Patch through July 9 and include:

Winners in all Readers' Choice categories will be announced on Aug. 24.

Sign up for the Westminster Patch newsletter and Eldersburg Patch newsletter to get community information and updates on the Readers' Choice contest.

The poll will open to accept votes from registered Patch users starting on July 23 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Anna Mills August 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Sykesville Taekwondo is fabulous! They have a great goal setting program that clearly explains the expectations to reach the next level. The instructors are wonderful with the perfect mix of fun and seriousness. I recommend this school not only for individuals but for families to join as a group.
Candace August 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
@Andrew Morgan: Bitter.
Scott W August 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Sykesville Taekwondo is fabulous! - AGREED! Instructors are amazing and the kids learn more than just Tae Know Do...
Brandi Simmons August 17, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Tristar Martial Arts is a great place to train! Martial arts is so much more than just kicking and punching. Kids gain the confidence to handle peer pressure and stand up to bullies as well the focus and self-discipline to excel in school. They also learn how to avoid and protect themselves in stranger related self defense situations. Families can train together as well. Adults learn effective self defense and benefit from stress relief and weight loss. I love Tristar and wouldn't train anywhere else!
Jim Damaska August 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Tristar martial arts is a great way to learn The martial arts. My son has been going to tristar martial arts for years and loves it.
Linda Catoe Delles August 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM
My family has trained at Tristar Martial Arts in Eldersburg for over 4 years now and there are almost too many positive things to say about them in such a short testimonial. Tristar provides a wonderful family environment full of great training that my entire family enjoys. We have learned valuable self defense skills that have given us confidence in our abilities to protect ourselves. Our physical fitness levels are much improved and in general we feel much better because we get regular professionally guided workouts. The instructors are awesome - well trained and just great people. Our training provides stress relief. Our classes give us time each week that we simply focus on ourselves. No matter how challenging and difficult our day has been, we always feel better after a class at Tristar Martial Arts. Tristar has also taught us how to set and achieve goals more effectively. This spills over into our everyday lives - at work and at school. The life lessons taught such as perseverance in all things, not just in physical challenges, are invaluable. We think of Tristar and our training partners as our extended family. We have developed a wonderful network of life-long friends that are very supportive both inside and outside of the dojo. So if you are looking for the best place to train in Carroll County check out Tristar Martial Arts - you can’t go wrong!
Heather August 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM
We love this school. We have been here for a few years and love it.
Cheryl Clowes August 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Tristar is the best! Not only do the students feel part of a family upon entering the dojo, they gain confidence and have fun. They also learn to make goals and complete them. It is wonderful to be part of such a respected dojo.
Beth Rudnick August 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM
My daughter and I have been training st Tristar Martial Arts in Westminster for 4 years and we absolutely love it! It is such a welcoming and non- competitive environment! It's an amazing place to train regardless of your fitness level or experience. I can't imagine giving it up!
Loretta Grieves August 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
We would never go anywhere else! It's like home.
EJ Taylor August 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Tristar Martial Arts is more than just a place to learn martial arts, it's a family. Having spent the vast majority of my life as a student there, I can honestly say that there's not a place in the world I'd rather spend my time. From the Little Ninja learning things like how to introduce themselves and protect themselves from strangers all the way up to adults learning how to defend themselves in dangerous conflicts, more is taught than fitness. Concentration, self discipline, and respect are taught to all students. I have been fortunate to be part of such a wonderful family of fellow martial artists and there's nothing in the world I would trade it for. Go Tristar!
Sabeena Alli August 18, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Tristar Martial Arts is the best place to train and learn martial arts. My kids been going there for about 7 years now. They have learn how to be confident, self discipline and respectful. It's an AWESOME dojo for the entire family.
Misty Miley August 18, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Tristar is an amazing place to train, you become part of a family my kids trained almost from day 1 in Westminster. The owners and staff build character not just teach someone to fight.
casey valentine August 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Tristar is the only place I will train!
Joe Offutt August 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Tristar Martial Arts is hands down the best martial arts school in Carroll County. My son started training there when he was 5 years-old to give him confidence. My wife and I checked a few other local schools and even had our son take introductory lessons at different ones. We felt that the Tristar staff and environment to be the most positive and caring of them all. Tristar has been one of the best things to ever happen to me and my family. We love the staff and students of Tristar like our own family.
Andrew Valentine August 18, 2012 at 01:57 AM
tristar is awesome! Wouldnt train anywhere else.
Megan McCarron August 18, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Helped me with my soccer skills as well as self defense!
Matt Simmons August 18, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I pick Tristar Martial Arts as my favorite school to train at. Good atmosphere and no egos. Everyone is there to learn and help each other out along the way.
Colleen Novosel August 18, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Tristar is the best! My son is all "yes ma'am" and learning discipline and I couldn't be prouder!
Harry Swartz August 18, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I have been taking my son to the mommy and me class at sykesville taekwondo academy for over a year now. He is two years old now and loves it. The teacher is wonderful. Not only is he very knowledgeable he is very patient with the children to. I would recommend this academy to anyone.
Kp August 18, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Sykesville Tae Kwon Do is definitely the best, they are real and teach real self defense. They don't strive for quantity, but quality unlike other schools.
Carl Matson August 18, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Tristar. Hands down.
Pam Galayda August 18, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Tristar definitely!!
Chris Valentine August 18, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I've been training at Tristar for over 14 years. I have met a lot of great people. Tristar focuses on integrity, perseverance and self-control. Wonderful family atmosphere. Great place to be!!
Dave R August 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
My son and I have been training at Tristar for almost 6 years. Their staff and curriculum are awesome. I believe it also speaks to the character of their dojo that you haven't seen any negative comments about other schools from their students!
Kerry August 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Point of interest: I actually flagged three negative comments from Tristar about other schools and flagged them -- they were taken down quickly by the Patch admins.

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