Pods and Zoom!

7797122869?profile=RESIZE_400xDear Mercer Island Martial Arts Students and Parents,


Students are loving our online and pre-scheduled private or small “pod” semi-private lessons in person! 


Our on-line classes are engaging, fun, provide much a needed social/emotional learning space, and are a great workout. They can also be used as PE credit for school.   We realize that many people are feeling a bit “Zoomed Out” and we understand and can help.  We are not just another fitness class on Zoom.  We are a live interactive class that can help you or you child/teen with all of your individual goals. Almost all of our classes have between 2-4 instructors, so students can receive plenty of specific feedback and help with techniques.  We also have a “DJ” so classes are mixed with music, games (scavenger hunts, follow directions etc), philosophy, and character development challenges. Just like our in person classes we are an educational enrichment program that can help in areas such as stress management, anxiety, socialization, physical fitness, anti-bullying, confidence, and much more.  


“Thank you Mercer Island Martial Arts, these classes provide stability in my daughter's life while teaching her how to move, and valuable lessons such as gratitude and respect.  You have been a lifeline during this crazy time” -Natalie Hutchenson, Parent




Since we have been teaching these classes in the on-line format for while now we have just become better and better at it.  So much so, that we plan on keeping the on-line format as an addition even after we go back to a more in person martial arts school.  



“Without my virtual martial arts training I wouldn’t be getting any exercise at all.  Thank you for hosting these on-line classes”. -Kenny Richards, a Black Belt Adult Student


If you have been gone for a while or want to try out our on-line classes please shoot us an email at info@mercerislandmartialarts.com, text us at (206) 823-2604, or give us a call at (206) 230-9050.  


Many students prefer, and are scheduling 1:1,  or small group “pod” experience.  We can do that with our virtual private or semi-private lessons.  If you or your small group would like to set up a private or semi-private virtual lesson with us we are happy to do that with you.  


Pre-scheduled private or small “pod” semi-private lessons that are in person exceed State and CDC guidelines.  We have a check in procedure, masks are required, and strict sanitation protocols are followed. Our instructors have been fully trained on all of these procedures.  Our semi-private lesson just like our private lessons follow all of those guidelines and are offered to people either within the same household, or with in the same learning pod.   The health and safety of everyone is our number one priority.  



“I went to my first online workout with Mercer Island Martial Arts -- It was the highlight of my day!”

June - high belt teen


We will continue with our same on line schedule until after Labor Day weekend, and then we will launch a more robust class schedule for the fall. We will send out the fall on-line schedule in another email.  We have also been having some productive conversations with the Governors office and they are looking into to making recommendations more specifically for our industry. This is exciting for us as we are a speciality industry and we happy that they are recognizing that.  We will continue to work closely with them, as well as looking at COVID numbers to see when we can safely increase our in person options.


Thank you for being a part of this with us.  We are a small business that has been dedicated to serving the community for over 23 years and your support means everything to us.  We can not express how much we truly appreciate you, and we are looking forward to the next 23 years with you!


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About the Author:
MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts. She is a 7th Dan Master Instructor. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling. She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect. Respect for oneself, others, and the community.

(MIMA), located on Mercer Island between Bellevue and Seattle in Washington is celebrating 24 years on the island in 2021. MIMA's curriculum is intentionally designed to build fitness, flexibility, self-defense, as well as to create a milieu that engenders physical and psychological growth, respect, courage, community activism and leadership.

MIMA has programs for families to practice side by side, as well as adult, teen, and children's classes. Also offers before and after school, and summer camp programs for kids.

You can contact through email: strongheart@mercerislandmartialarts.com; calling 206 230-9050.

The school is located at:
2630 77th Ave SE #106-108 Mercer Island, WA 98040
Parking free under the building.

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