The MAT Center / HHR Foundation is a nonprofit community studio offering martial arts classes for all ages focused on self-actualization, total body healing, and strength. Our goal is to help people tap into their potential, seeking balance and grace through movement, while establishing a strong foundation of integrity and self-discipline that will facilitate personal and professional success.
At The MAT Center, we envision a community where people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and genders feel safe, valued, and inspired to work toward a more inclusive and prosperous future for all. To this end, the lens through which we pursue our martial arts training is one of empowerment, equity, and skill-building. We train to build strength, both in body and character; to increase confidence, both in physical ability and personal potential; to seek flexibility and resiliency, both on the mat and in life. We believe the inherent values of our core tenets: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit, can guide any human to create a rich and full life of endless possibilities.
HHR Foundation was established in 2015 to serve the physical, mental, and emotional development of the community through the educational and continuous development of martial arts and the concepts, philosophies, and teachings that go with them. In 2015 HHR Foundation was granted charitable status 501c3 and assigned an EIN of 47-3611690. In 2017, HHR Foundation moved into its current home and the name The MAT Center was born. The groundwork for HHR Foundation began much earlier though, through a vision seeded by our own Sensei Michael Black. With a desire to translate his 45+ years of martial arts, juvenile probation, and multitude of other life studies into a tangible program that could have a meaningful impact on each individual and their understanding of the greater self, HHR Foundation was formed to be that vehicle.
Since inception, The MAT Center has evolved to provide several programs, for youth and adult alike, all with the same vision. We have been witness to a period of great advancements in the artistry and content of the concept Sensei Black had been creating. The core idea of engaging with martial arts as a method of self-realization and personal healing continue to take shape and directly influence the future.
Since moving into our current home, The MAT Center has experienced great growth, most notably in our kids program. Looking forward, we hope to expand our reach and deepen our impact in our community, continuing to offer a safe, transformational space for our impacted youth and families.
Any contributions, givings, and support to HHR Foundation goes directly to providing training to those in and around our community in need who would otherwise not be able to afford such an invaluable service. We believe the skills we have learned, when shared properly, lead to more productive and well balanced citizens. We have countless testimonials we would be happy to share with you if you want to talk with our students and families! If you feel you could benefit from any of our programs, but do not have the means to pay for these, please talk with us about your options. Contributions are always welcomed and can be received at our facility, by mail, or through PayPal.
The MAT Center / HHR Foundation Team