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Lori Herrington

Hero Academy is the best! Sensei Michael is dedicated to each and every one of his students. I signed my son up first and after witnessing him grow not only in his technique, but his confidence and strength, I decided to sign up. I am a cancer survivor and Sensei Michael helps push me while having fun. He is super supportive and has an awesome teaching technique that I highly recommend. The members of my class have become some of my closest friends. It’s like having a big family who encourages each other and makes it feel like anything is possible.

Jennifer N

I highly recommend Sensei Michael and Hero Academy Martial Arts. My son was struggling with anxiety surrounding the FSA. On the night before class, he didn't want to go to class but I encouraged him that it might help him feel better. After class and unprompted he said to me, "Mom I am so glad I went to karate tonight. Now I feel powerful to take the FSA." Watching the life lessons he is learning in karate and in Sensei Michael's class is priceless. He gets to see how goals, hard-work, consistency and dedication can manifest in other areas of his life.

Angelina Spoerl

Sensei Michael is one of the best instructors I have ever come across. My daughter came with a buddy and could not wait to join that night . Now I have two girls that attend Hero Academy. Sensei Michael teaches them discipline, and self defense. I am very excited to have a calm and patient, yet fun, instructor to teach my girls. They can’t wait to get to class! We have told all our family and friends about Hero Academy! My little girl Gina says that when she gets to class she’s always excited. Our older daughter Adri is in the Teen Class and is always super hyped to learn something new. I would recommend Hero Academy to anyone big or small that wants to have fun and learn from a caring and supportive instructor.

Troy and Christine DiMatteo

5 million out of 5... this place is the absolute best! Sensei Michael is a true hero to our family. His clear and concise instructions are delivered with the perfect blend of authority and kindness. My child has severe anxiety and these classes have helped him to overcome so much, and he has become so much more confident. Grayson looks forward to class and his focus and concentration are unbelievable at Hero which also adds to his concentration in school. It is amazing to watch, our family looks forward to every class. While the students learn the sport, they also learn social skills and positive ways to interact with others. I cannot say enough about how WONDERFUL Hero Academy in Longwood is.

Susan Tokles reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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The best program in the area! We visited 12 different martial arts schools before deciding on Hero. The facility is spotlessly clean, the cost is very reasonable, and the program is marvelous. Hero Academy promotes more than just martial arts. Sensei Michael teaches his students important character building and life skills. Self discipline, commitment, self confidence, respect for self and others as well as leadership training are imparted in a fun atmosphere. Advancement is not awarded for just showing up; it must be earned. Do yourself and your child a favor: come watch a class and you will be convinced.

Tamara DeCosta reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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A friend of ours told us about Hero Academy, so we decided to give it a try. I've got to tell you. BEST PLACE EVER! We absolutely love this place. Sensei Michael is an extraordinary teacher. He is so patient and passionate about teaching Martial Arts. I have joined quite a few gyms in the past, but after a while it gets so boring. Not this place! I really enjoy his class and my husband and daughter do as well. I can honestly say every time I have attended class I learn something new. There is no boredom - trust me. Not only am I getting a good workout, but I am learning to defend myself as well. I can't say enough about this place. I am grateful that our friends referred us to Sensei Michael.

Garrett Grabowski reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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Mike is an amazing teacher who takes time with each student. He treats everyone that walks in like family.

Alana Key reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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I love Hero . My son has grown so much in the months he has attended hero. The classes are great 2 watch and I couldn't be prouder of my son . If u r debating bringing UR child or urself 2 hero u will not regret it.

Bobbi Hayes reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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Michael is so wonderful. He takes the time to not only teach the kids but to talk with them and parents. He has helped my boys come a long way. Thank you!

Robin Vonk reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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My nine year old boy has been super duper charged about Hero Academy Camp. He learned about many different things he was most interested in. He was so enthusiastic about his week long experience that we set him up with another fun filled week of camp!

Heather Cintron reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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My 10 year old loves attending Hero Academy! He has developed excellent karate skills and enjoys going to his classes. Michael does not only teach karate but also life skills related to solving problems, listening and self confidence! We recommend checking Hero Academy out.

Robbie Andreasen reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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Hero Academy gets a 5-star rating from me because of what it is: an excellent family-friendly martial arts school. You have to choose your martial arts school based on what you want and finding the school that best trains you to be the person you want to be. If you want to train to be the next King of the UFC, or if you want to fight for the biggest trophy and the biggest ego, then this is NOT the school for you. If, however, you wish for you and/or your child to TRAIN TO BE A BETTER PERSON FOR LIFE, then Hero Academy is the perfect place. They are encouraging and not oppressive, wise and not silly, hard-working and disciplined – and a lot of fun. Hero Academy is about training both body and soul.

My son has been going to Hero for many years, and I have always been impressed with how Sensei Michael creatively and lovingly encourages young children to do real martial arts techniques with his immense gifts of kindness and creativity. It is something you have to see for yourself. I was involved in another martial arts school and switched to Hero so that I could train together with my son, who is now a teenager. I have watched him grow in his leadership ability, confidence, and in how to overcome adversity because this is what Hero Academy is all about.

Cheryl Nicole Mojica reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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Ever since my son started a year ago. He has learn discipline and courage in himself. It's also a very family- friendly oriented place. I love being able to watch my son grow from this

Jacob Towe reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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My youngest daughter has been going her for awhile and absolutely loves it. The exercise and the discipline has been so much fun for her!! [UPDATE] It's been several months now and I've been so impressed, I decided to signup for the Adult class. It's been so good in so many ways -- I'm so glad I joined too! I'm stronger, more focused, and I love the Hero family. We are looking forward to many years to come at Hero!

Jesse Walker reviewed Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership
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My two daughters have been students at Hero Academy practicing martial arts for the past 7 months. During this time I have seen much growth; not only in my kids' physical skill but also in academic maturity and leadership.

Hero Academy strikes the ideal balance between strong work ethic and fun. It is a positive environment led by Sensei Michael, the owner and lead instructor at Hero. Michael has a natural ability to teach martial artist of all age groups. We have tried other extra-curricular activities like soccer, piano, gymnastics and robotics. My kids like those activities to various degrees but karate is one thing that has stuck. Not just because I want them to do it but also because they want it for themselves.

I have enjoyed watching my kids grow in this program so much that I have even joined Hero Academy's adult classes. In our home, karate has become a fun family affair.

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Effective Date: Apr 2021

This Privacy Statement applies to owned and operated by Hero Academy Martial Arts & Leadership. This Privacy Statement describes how we collect and use the information, which may include personal data, you provide on our website: It also describes the choices available to you regarding our use of your personal data and how you can access and update this data.

Data Collection

The types of personal data that we collect include:

  • Your first name, last name, email address, phone number, and home address;
  • Credit card details (type of card, credit card number, name on card, expiration date, and security code);
  • Student data, including class dates, clothing sizes, gender identification, special requests made, observations about your service preferences;
  • Data you provide regarding your marketing preferences or in the course of participating in surveys, contests, or promotional offers;

You may always choose what personal data (if any) you want to provide to us. However, if you choose not to provide certain details, some of your transactions with us may be impacted.

Data We Collect Automatically

When using our website, we also collect information automatically, some of which may be personal data. This includes data such as language settings, IP address, location, device settings, device OS, log information, time of usage, URL requested, status report, user agent (information about the browser version), operating system, result (viewer), browsing history, user Booking ID, and type of data viewed. We may also collect data automatically through cookies. For information on how we use cookies, click here.

Processing Purposes

We use your personal data for the following purposes:

  1. Reservations: We use your personal data to complete and administer your online request.
  2. Customer Service: We use your personal data to provide customer service.
  3. Guest Reviews: We may use your contact data to invite you by email to write a visitor review after your visit. This can help other visitors to pick the courses that suits them best. If you submit a guest review, your review may be published on our website.
  4. Marketing Activities: We also use your data for marketing activities, as permitted by law. Where we use your personal data for direct marketing purposes (e.g. commercial newsletters and marketing communications on new products and services or other offers we think may be of interest to you), we include an unsubscribe link that you can use if you do not want us to send messages in the future.
  5. Other Communications: There may be other times when we contact you by email, mail, phone, or texting, depending on the contact data you share with us. There could be a number of reasons for this:
    1. We may need to respond to and handle requests you've made.
  6. Analytics, Improvements, and Research: We use personal data to conduct research and analysis. We may involve a third party to do this on our behalf. We may share or disclose the results of such research (including to third-parties) in anonymous, aggregated form. We use your personal data for analytical purposes to improve our services, enhance the user experience, and improve the functionality and quality of our online fitness services.
  7. Security, Fraud Detection, and Prevention: We use the information, which may include personal data, in order to prevent fraud and other illegal or infringing activities. We also use this information to investigate and detect fraud. We can use personal data for risk assessment and security purposes, including the authentication of users. For these purposes, personal data may be shared with third parties, such as law enforcement authorities as permitted by applicable law and external advisers.
  8. Legal and Compliance: In certain cases, we need to use the information provided, which may include personal data, to handle and resolve legal disputes or complaints, for regulatory investigations and compliance, or to enforce agreement(s), or to comply with lawful requests from law enforcement insofar as it is required by law. If we use automated means to process personal data which produces legal effects or significantly affects you, we will implement suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms, including the right to obtain human intervention.

Legal Bases

  • In view of purposes A and B, we rely on the performance of a contract: The use of your data may be necessary to perform the contract that you have with us. For example, if you use our services to make an online request, we will use your data to carry out our obligation to complete and administer that request under the contract that we have with you.
  • In view of purposes C - H, we rely on its legitimate interests: We use your data for our legitimate interests, such as providing you with the best appropriate content for the website, emails, and newsletters to improve and promote our products, services, and the content on our website, as well as for administrative, fraud detection, and legal purposes. When using personal data to serve our legitimate interests, we will always balance your rights and interests in the protection of your information against our rights and interests.
  • In respect of purpose H, we also rely, where applicable, on our obligation to comply with applicable law.
  • Where needed under applicable law, we will obtain your consent prior to processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes.

If needed in accordance with applicable law, we will ask for your consent. You can withdraw your consent anytime by contacting us at any of the addresses at the end of this Privacy Statement.

If you want to object to the processing set out under C-F and there's no opt-out mechanism available to you directly (e.g. in your account settings), to the extent applicable, please contact [email protected]

Data Sharing

  • We've teamed up with MarketMuscles, LLC. ( (hereafter MarketMuscles) to offer you our online request services. While we provide the content to this website and you make a request directly with us, the requests are processed through The information you enter into this website will therefore also be shared with and its affiliates. This information may include personal data including your name, your contact details, your payment details, the names of students, and any preferences you specified when making a request.
  • To find out more about the corporate family, visit About will send you a confirmation email, and assist us with further communications. Sharing your details with’s global customer service staff allows them to respond when you need assistance. may use your data for technical, analytical, and marketing purposes as further described in the Privacy Policy. This includes that your data might also be shared with other members of the MarketMuscles, LLC. group of companies for analysis to provide you with fitness-related offers that may be of interest to you and to offer you customized service. If you have questions about the processing of your personal data by, contact [email protected]

  • MarketMuscles: Your personal data might be shared with MarketMuscles, LLC., the company which operates this website and the website
  • Third-party service providers: We use service providers to process your personal data strictly on our behalf. This processing would be for purposes as included in this Privacy Statement, such as facilitating request payments, sending out marketing material, or for analytical support services. These service providers are bound by confidentiality clauses and are not allowed to use your personal data for their own purposes or any other purpose.
  • Competent authorities: We disclose personal data to law enforcement and other governmental authorities insofar as it is required by law or is strictly necessary for the prevention, detection or prosecution of criminal acts and fraud.

International Data Transfers

The transmission of personal data as described in this Privacy Statement may include overseas transfers of personal data to countries whose data protection laws are not as comprehensive as those of the countries within the European Union. Where required by European law, we shall only transfer personal data to recipients offering an adequate level of data protection. In these situations, we make contractual arrangements to ensure that your personal data is still protected in line with European standards. You can ask us to see a copy of these clauses using the contact details below.


MarketMuscles observes reasonable procedures to prevent unauthorized access to, and the misuse of information, including personal data. We use appropriate business systems and procedures to protect and safeguard information including personal data. We also use security procedures, technical, and physical restrictions for accessing and using the personal data on our servers. Only authorized personnel are permitted to access personal data in the course of their work.

Data Retention

We will retain your information, which may include personal data, for as long as we deem it necessary to provide services to you, comply with applicable laws, resolve disputes with any parties, and otherwise as necessary to allow us to conduct our business, including to detect and prevent fraud or other illegal activities. All personal data we retain will be subject to this Privacy Statement. If you have a question about a specific retention period for certain types of personal data we process about you, contact us using the contact details included below.

Your Choices and Rights

We want you to be in control of how your personal data is used by us. You can do this in the following ways:

  • You can ask us for a copy of the personal data we hold about you;
  • You can inform us of any changes to your personal data, or you can ask us to correct any of the personal data we hold about you;
  • In certain situations, you can ask us to erase, block, or restrict the processing of the personal data we hold about you, or object to particular ways in which we are using your personal data; and
  • In certain situations, you can also ask us to send the personal data you've given us to a third party.

Where we are using your personal data on the basis of your consent, you are entitled to withdraw that consent at any time subject to applicable law. Moreover, where we process your personal data based on legitimate interest or the public interest, you have the right to object at any time to that use of your personal data, subject to applicable law.

We rely on you to ensure that your personal data is complete, accurate, and current. Be sure to inform us as soon as possible regarding any changes to or inaccuracies in your personal data by contacting [email protected] . We will handle your request in accordance with the applicable law.

Questions or Complaints

If you have questions or concerns about our processing of your personal data, or if you want to exercise any of the rights you have under this notice, you are welcome to contact us at [email protected] . You may also contact your local data protection authority with questions and complaints.

Changes to the Notice

Just as our business changes constantly, this Privacy Statement may also change for time to time. If you want to see changes made to this Privacy Statement from time to time, we invite you to access this Privacy Statement to see the changes. If we make material changes or changes that will have an impact on you (e.g. when we start processing your personal data for purpose other than those set out above), we will contact you prior to starting that processing.