Hudson Martial Arts began out of a desire to offer families and individuals in the St. Croix Valley an option to learn martial arts in a safe, supportive, family focused academy that offers the highest standard in martial arts instruction.
With supportive character development at the center of our teaching, we are passionate about using the martial arts to not only strengthen bodies, but to strengthen minds too. For us, the martial arts serves as an avenue unlike any other to develop a sense of belonging, true camaraderie, goal setting and achievement, strengthened self-esteem and self-confidence, a passion for learning, improved focus, improved self-discipline, a higher level of courtesy/humility and strong perseverance.
Not A "McDojo"
Teaching character through the martial arts requires time and instructors who have gotten to know their students. Some, not all, academies available today, offer academy centered classes focused primarily on moving students through the belt ranks whether the student earned the next rank or not. These schools typically take on the most students and produce the most black belts, hence the term “McDojo”.
At Hudson Martial Arts, integrity is one of our core values. Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. With this in mind, we promote students on the principle that students are recommended for promotion when the instructor assesses that they are ready, both physically and mentally, not simply because they have hit a time frame or a number of classes attended.
Although most of our programming is child friendly, adults enjoy our classes as well. In fact, women who train with us feel stronger, healthier, more confident, more capable and more secure than ever before. Men who train with us feel increased strength, agility, flexibility and power. If you are a mom or dad, we invite you to train with your children. If you are an individual, we invite you to learn more about how our programming will match your needs.
Experience // History
Hudson Martial Arts Academy is the 6th Academy begun by Master Greg Garves. Master Garves has held true to his values and principles of quality martial arts instruction provided in a safe, supportive and family friendly environment. With the progression of students through the ranks, at times an instructor will desire to grow up into a school owner. In honor of this process, Master Garves has transitioned ownership of the previous schools. 5 of the 6 academies remain active today under the leadership of students trained by Master Garves. In addition, 2 of his students went on to start brand new academies. Over the past 30+ years, Master Garves has taught in academies, clubs, public and private schools, day-cares as well as in specialty seminars. He empowers his students to pursue assistantships or instructor status should they desire. Master Garves provides high level classes to his instructors to continue their learning and passion for the martial arts. Even the most highly trained never cease being a student.