Testimonial Category: All Training

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Required for all women

What an amazing class. The awareness that Melanie brought to light was fabulous. This should be a required class in school for all girls and women. I loved that Melanie said that a part of self love is being able to defend and keep yourself safe. There were great tools given in the 3 hour class and both my daughter and I are considering taking the next 2 day class. Melanie does some amazing work and she is REAL!
Thank you so much for your time and passion!

I had so much fun

I had so much fun in this self defense class, and was very empowered while learning so much! This class is a must have for anyone looking to feel more confident and aware in any situation regarding self defense. Highly recommend!!

Mind Blowing!

Wow just took a self defense class here that was mind blowingly good and would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever considered that learning how to defend yourself might me a good idea.

Fantastic Martial Arts Education

This review is long overdue, but if you want a fantastic mixed martial arts education that teaches you control and responsibility with what you learn, Way of the Crane is the place. I finished a challenging course during the summer, and I gained self confidence in a controlled, safe environment. I highly recommend taking any of the courses offered!


Completed the Street Wize self defense course and am utterly blown away by how EMPOWERING and educational the class was. Melanie and staff are devoted to providing you with the knowledge to protect yourself against threat or unwelcome advances. I have a better sense of my feminine energy and muscle memory to better defend myself if in an unfortunate situation in the future. WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL WOMEN! You are not going to get this type of experience at any other self dense teaching facility. I am extremely grateful to the staff and fellow participants.


Excellent self defense training. A must for every woman! Highly recommend this instruction.

Meagan Chandler

It has been easy to devote 16 years of regular practice to this school. It’s a deep training that is nearly impossible to find these days, far from instant gratification based, and the marital artists there are incredible people that embody integrity. The women’s self defense is ferocious, effective, and delightful – I want every woman I know to do it, and I wish it was taught in every school around the world! It is so worth checking this place out!

Matthew L

I did not know how good I had it at Way of The Crane until I had to leave the state for my career. I studied here for 7+ years and left as an advanced rank. As I have been looking for a new Dojo to study at, I recognize that the quality of instruction and curriculum in unparalleled. As I try out the martial arts classes to find a new school, from Akido, Judo, MMA, Boxing and Karate, the skills and discipline I obtained here are recognized by the instructors of these schools. If you have found this gem then you have the opportunity to study at in my opinion the best Dojo in Colorado and one of the best in the country. If you are serious about truly learning the martial arts then this is the best place to be.
When I do return to Colorado, I will be returning to Way of The Crane.

Paul Aiken

A great place to train. Individual instruction and attention. Students and teachers are very friendly. Training is hard but very very safe. I’ve trained in many places in my time as a martial artist and especially for beginners the fundamentals and teaching are second to none here.

Marilyn Perez

I did her self defense class as a requirement for work. She is amazing.