Martial arts studio relocates, expands class selection |

Martial arts studio relocates, expands class selection

Robert and Bri Phillips inside Phillips Martial Arts and Fitness Academy; the martial arts studio recently moved to a new location.
Emily Lavin/ | The Union

Phillips Martial Arts and Fitness Academy has expanded for the second time in two years, moving to a larger studio space and adding additional classes to its martial arts offerings.

The studio didn’t move far — it opened Aug. 15 at 2050 Nevada City Highway, relocating from its previous space in the same shopping plaza.

The studio, which offers classes five days a week for children and adults in Kung Fu San Soo — a collection of Chinese martial arts techniques — as well as tai chi and yoga classes, will expand its program offerings in its new space.

Owner Robert Phillips said the studio will offer a movement and self-defense class for seniors and meditation and Chakra balancing workshops, as well as a new yoga class taught by Phillips’ wife, Bri.

Bri Phillips recently completed an extensive training program certifying her in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, a yoga practice developed by Deepak Chopra, an author and public speaker who advocates alternative medicine and holistic health.

Robert Phillips said customer response to the new space has been overwhelmingly positive; the studio debuted to a packed Kung Fu class last Saturday.

“They said, ‘Robert, you already need a bigger studio,’” Robert Phillips said.

Robert Phillips has been studying martial arts since he was a child. He’s been operating Phillips Martial Arts and Fitness Academy in Grass Valley since 1989, when, at the age of 19, he bought the martial arts studio from its former owner.

He said he makes an effort to integrate his programs into the community, often teaching enrichment programs and workshops at local schools.

To celebrate the studio’s new location, Phillips is offering a special for new customers — one month of Kung Fu martial arts lessons and a uniform valued at about $210, Phillips said — for $99. Anyone interested in checking out a tai chi or yoga class is welcome to attend a session for free, Phillips said.

Phillips said he and Bri are looking forward to continuing to grow their studio.

“It’s been great, there’s a buzz and energy in class, excitement with the students. Everyone’s been fantastic,” Robert Phillips said. “We love the new space. It’s a good feeling.”

For more information about classes at Phillips Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, call 530-913-3819.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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