Wharton Method Martial Arts & Fitness

Wharton Method Martial Arts & Fitness

5.0 (18)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
13 years in business

About this pro

A system of martial arts based on traditional martial arts including the traditions and etiquette as well as contemporary applications for actual self defense and physical fitness. 

My passion and dedication to reaching my clients goals are of the utmost importance. I am a believer in fitness and all the benifits that can be reaped whether it is through personal training or martial arts. My work IS my passion and I wouldnt have it any other way.

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Pleasant Hill, IA 50317
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18 Reviews


  • Sarah McGraw

    When I started with Wharton Method Martial Arts & Fitness, I was looking for someone who could be flexible with my work schedule, be able to guide me whether virtually or in-person, hold me accountable to what I eat, and give me guidance on how to improve my diet. His knowledge of how to adapt and adjust workouts to fit your needs and improve your technique and abilities blows me away. I have been amazed by the progress I have made in little over a month with hour sessions only 2-3 times a week. To change things up, I have brought my teenage daughters to work with us on martial arts and defense techniques. Something every girl should know! They have had so much fun working with Him. He is patient, funny, and has a way of explaining things that allows them (and me) to pick up different moves quickly and easily! I would highly recommend him for any of your fitness needs!

  • Tami E.

    Great teacher, awesome technique! Challenging not only physically but mentally as well.

  • Susie

    Boxing with Anthony has been great and he does a good job explaining not just the moves but the why behind it. Definitely recommend!

  • Heidi Jackman

    The variety in workouts and the overall general health/nutrition guidance provided. Easy to work with and is very encouraging, wants you to succeed with your goals.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Assessing goals first, is martial arts for defense, fitness or to fight competitively as all are accepted. Body metrics can also be acquired as well if wanted. Covering basic movements and general questions as to why they want to train martial arts and/or lose weight/get stronger. Then building up techniques and applying them to gain a self defense understanding of the movements. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Chinese martial arts 28 years

Muay Thai  15 years

Hapkido/Judo 3 years

Boxing 8 years

Brazilian Ju-jitsu 5 years

Bachelors Exercise Science Kinesiology 

Human Movement Institute certified 

ACE Certified (formerly)

Personal Trainer/Small Group fitness Instructor 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

For one on one instruction (1 hour)

1 session is 40 dollars

5 sessions are 35 dollars per session

10 sessions are 30 dollars per session

For two on one instruction (1 hour)

1 session is 50 dollars

5 sessions are 45 dollars per session

10 sessions are 40 dollars per session

For three or family sessions (1 hour)

5 sessions are 60 dollars per session

10 sessions are 55 dollars per session

For one on one instruction (half hour)

5 sessions are 25 dollars per session

10 sessions are 20 dollars per session

For two on one instruction (half hour)

5 sessions are 50 dollars per session

10 sessions are 40 dollars per session

How did you get started teaching?

I have always been into martial arts. Starting out sparring with my brother and training with him until I officially started with the Wushu Institute in Des Moines IA. From there I branched out to other martial arts adding to my repertoire competing in full contact fights, traditional tournaments including hand forms, weapons, stick fighting, point sparring and continuous sparring.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with kids as young as five and seniors at the age of 84. All levels and abilities are welcome.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My most recent accolade is making Blue belt rank in Brazilian Ju-jitsu. Always keep learning

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure that the instructor is legitimate either by his or her students or even watching them. They should be able to explain techniques AND show you how to apply them. Watch out for instructors that never train.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do you want to get out of learning martial arts. Be open to growing or changing that and or committing to the time to develop.