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Ending 2021 on a positive note, we are pleased to announce that Guardian Way Martial Arts and Fitness has been awarded the distinction of Best Martial Arts School 2021 by Vverge.com!

Contestants from all over the region were evaluated and selected to be reviewed based on customer satisfaction, business features, services offered, staff, yelp reviews, bbb reputation as well as general reputation and word of mouth. After all that we have faced as a community and worldwide it is wonderful to be able to be a light to the community. We promise to continue this standard of excellence into 2022 and beyond!

We provide the tools for excellence and leadership.

Guardian Way Martial Arts and Fitness provides students with the opportunity to train in traditional martial arts such as Taekwondo and Hapkido as well as our own national award-winning martial art – Guardian Way.

Guardian Way provides unique and cutting-edge training in striking, grappling, ground fighting, weapons and self-healing techniques. All disciplines, belts and skill levels are welcome.  We look forward to working with you and your children as they begin or continue their martial arts journey.

The Guardian Way Philosophy

An exclusively American martial art, Guardian Way has been winning awards since its inception including a national award for Best New Martial Art in 2012 as well as Best Martial Art School of 2021 by VVerge.com.  Founded by 2012 World Cup Sparring Gold Medalist, Master Christopher Van Mieghem, Guardian Way is not only a  martial art but also a philosophy and way of life.

With a foundation based on self-healing techniques and the cultivation of peace in all interactions/areas of life, Guardian Way incorporates the wisdom and skill from Master Van Mieghem’s years of study and mastery of a variety of martial art disciplines and self-defense while adding the truly unique element of peer defense.

The practitioner of Guardian Way not only learns how to capably defend themselves, but also how to safely and effectively eliminate threats against others. In addition, the principles of Guardian Way can easily be applied to daily life as one seeks to sow the seeds of peace in one’s school, place of work, relationships  and family.

Master Christopher Van Mieghem
Leading Guardian Way Martial Arts and Fitness in exciting, dynamic, innovative as well as traditional ways, Master Van Mieghem brings World Cup champion expertise and excellence to all areas of instruction that we offer by imparting his dedication, two decades of experience and award-winning skills into the training of our students and staff.
With a passion for martial arts that has been with him all of his life, Master Van Mieghem has been training since 2000 and teaching since 2003. He has taught students of all ages and skill levels from New York to California, as well as training bodyguards, stunt performers, Hollywood actors and high-profile athletes. Obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Martial Arts Studies from the University of Bridgeport in 2012, he graduated as Valedictorian, winning the coveted Martial Arts Practicum award. Master Van Mieghem is the former captain of the U.S. Martial Arts Team and has also amassed numerous titles:
  • 2012 World Cup Sparring Gold Medalist
  • 2012 World Cup Team Forms Silver Medalist
  • 2012 World Cup Team Board Breaking Bronze Medalist
  • 2011 National Taekwondo Silver Medalist
  • 2008 National kickboxing gold medalist
  • 14 State and Regional titles in Taekwondo.

Our Programs and Classes

Tiny Tigers, Youth, Teen, Adult, Sparring, Weapons, Family, and Leadership Team

We Will Be Closed On:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 17, 2022
President's Day February 21, 2022
Easter April 15-16, 2022 | re-open on April 18, 2022
Memorial Day May 30, 2022
Juneteenth June 20, 2022
Independence Day July 4, 2022
Labor Day September 5, 2022
Columbus Day October 10, 2022
Veterans Day November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving November 23-26, 2022 | re-open on November 28, 2022
Christmas & New Years December 22, 2022 - January 3, 2023

Belt promotion testing:

Belt promotion testing will be held during business hours on the following days in 2022:
(Note: There will be no regularly scheduled classes on these dates, only belt testing.)

February 18-19, 2022
April 22-23, 2022
June 17-18, 2022
August 19-20, 2022
October 20-21, 2022
December 16-17, 2022

Testimonials

Absolutely the best Taekwondo place ever. Master Chris is a pro that teaches with kindness and support. Instructors like this are the ones who support and drive kids to be successful!

Cybil Rose Meachem

These training programs are the best in the state. The coaches are great, patient and supportive. Great job!

Julia Armstrong

I enjoyed training with the coach greatly. Thank you for the amazing opportunity and awesome experience.

Nick Sullivan

Classes & Events

Check out our schedule for upcoming classes & events