Why I chose Balance Studios 2004
It was 2004. I was a four stripe brown belt. I had an affiliation with another association. The affiliation was good but I couldn’t get the training partners, and I was actively competing in grappling tournaments. One of my students had moved to Philadelphia and was training at Balance Studios under the Migliarese brothers. He was telling me how great it was down there and these guys were just like us down to earth ,etc. I started to go down there to get some new training partners. Right from walking through the door I knew I was in the right place. Everyone was friendly and it had that same family atmosphere that we have at Tai-Kai. Everyone trained hard and there were so many new partners. For the next year I kept traveling to Philadelphia sometimes twice a week to train. In 2005, I came to a crossroads in my old association. A lot of people had moved and there were not training partners and the school did not have that family atmosphere anymore. I talked to Phil Migliarese about actually officially becoming part of the Balance family. He needed to talk it over with his association and make sure it was a good fit. He later called me back and offically accepted Tai-Kai as part of the Balance family and association. That was 2005 and its been 8 years since. What I really like about Balance is that people are there for you whether it is encouragement over the phone, training, supporting your decisions, or being there for seminars and fights. It was one of the best decisions I have made in my martial arts career and want to personally thank Balance and the Migliarese brothers for accepting us back in 2004 and in 2005 into their family and association.