I'd always wanted to take martial arts. From day one, I found everything I was looking for at Hard Target. Naturally, I was hesitant at first because I didn't want to get whooped, but was quickly put at ease by the no-pressure, fun atmosphere. The instructors are great. They're knowledgeable, friendly, and committed to seeing each student excel, truly dedicated to their arts. The students come in all ages, sizes, and experience levels, which makes for an awesome, diverse environment that keeps your training out-of-the-box. The facility is very clean and readily incorporates the wide variety of training offered, including an airgun shooting range and fight cage.
The instruction is given in a very practical context so you understand not just technique, but its realistic application too (in case you're not a ninja). That application includes plenty of sparring time where we can put skills to the real test.
I like feeling that I control my own training, taking it as far I'd like after class or working one-on-one with another student. HT runs on cooperation, not egotism, which I think is invaluable.
There's a wide variety of training options from firearms to weapons to fighting styles, and plenty of specialized classes and extra goodies (like the reality-based Spec Ops missions, my favorite). And the membership cost can't be beat.
The people at HT (staff and students alike) make it the great place it is, whether we're maneuvering through the woods on a Spec Op scenario or kicking back in the Sneaky Squirrel Lounge after class and watching some cage fights.
HT provides all the resources to take my training as far as I want it to go and have an awesome time doing it.
Sifu Rob and Melissa are incredibly dedicated to all their students, and they have created something truly amazing. I just love this place.