The martial arts of non-violence

Nick Haderlie teaches kids peaceful skills for life


February 23, 2023

Photo courtesy Platte Valley Martial Arts

Nick Haderlie, center, speaks to students during a recent belt promotion at Platte Valley Martial Arts in Saratoga.

When Nick Haderlie came to the Valley with his family five years ago, he began looking for judo or jiu-jitsu classes but was unable to find anything local.

His solution was to start his own martial arts group and begin training at the Saratoga Recreation Center. Platte Valley Martial Arts was born April 2018.

Along with wanting to remain active, another major motivation for Haderlie in starting the program a lack of activities for younger children. He began the program with a focus on elementary school children.

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