Gaining Strength

Head Instructor Maryah Wilson works with a student at Strongheart Martial Arts Academy.

Strongheart Martial Arts Academy expands with new location.

Kids and adults have a new option in the Aberdeen Mall for getting active and growing in confidence and self-discipline. Strongheart Martial Arts Academy moved to the mall in December. Founded in 2006 by Master Nathan Schutz, the academy was previously located at NSU and on Main Street. Third Degree Head Instructor Maryah Wilson says their new location just felt right. “We are visible to a lot of people here. Plus, our students have plenty of space to run and move.”

Strongheart Martial Arts serves around 20-25 students, ages five to adult, and teaches skills in Taekwondo and Hapkido. Their classes really are for all ages, with some of their students starting in their 40s, 50s, and even 70s. They also welcome a wide range of abilities. “Kids with confidence struggles, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and autism practice here. It’s a way for them to focus their energy in a positive environment. When students make a mistake we correct them, but we never put anyone down. We teach to the individual and make our training fit each person, versus making every person fit into the same training,” Maryah says. Classes start at about $35/month. // — Jenny Roth

Strongheart Martial Arts Academy is open for new students wishing to enroll. To find out more, visit or call 605-377-3376.