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How a Loan Helped This Martial Arts Studio Reach the 5-Year Mark

GKX Martial Arts in Texas received a loan to remodel and grow prior to the pandemic, then swiftly pivoted to remote classes to stay in business. Students have since returned to train in person.


GKX Martial Arts in Cedar Park, Texas, centers on the teaching of Goju Kenpo: a uniquely hybrid martial arts style with a self-defense focus.

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Cedar Park, TX

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“We’re sticklers for how somebody is treated in a transaction, and our experience with Lendio was phenomenal from the beginning.”

Before Lendio

Because we were a brand-new business, no normal bank would touch us.

After Lendio

We measure success by whether we get to keep doing what we want to do … our doors staying open is success for us.

GKX’s Story

Don Harris started learning martial arts for a reason many ’90s kids can relate to: “I wanted to be a Ninja Turtle—so I decided I’d do the best I could and train like them.”

When it came time for their oldest son to start training in the martial arts, Don and his partner Serenity Harris, both black belts, couldn’t find a martial arts school that suited their needs. So they opened GKX Martial Arts.

“We’re more about training people to be black belts, not just have black belts,” Serenity says, “to be martial artists and gain the respect and discipline and composure that comes with that.”

Prior to the pandemic, the Harrises applied and received a $50,000 loan through Lendio to remodel and grow the business. After adapting to remote classes, GKX successfully weathered the pandemic and welcomed students back in person.

“Regardless of global pandemic or injury or anything else,” Serenity says, “our doors staying open is success for us.”

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