Head instructor Scott Pedersen





Caroline ClaytonCaroline Clayton
13:07 02 Aug 23
Since joining Synergy's Self Defense classes my confidence has greatly improved!It's a welcoming environment with skilled instructors who make the learning experience effective and positive. They are always sprinkling in tips and examples to help the concepts solidify and they bring a lighthearted and fun energy to their teaching. The classes move at a quick pace and I'm always so surprised with how much information I leave with - and it's often a great workout!While I hope to never have to use these skills to defend myself, I feel much more confident that I would now have the tools to respond effectively. I feel an enormous sense of relief to be free of the anxiety I experienced around personal safety before signing up.I look forward to each class and am eager to continue learning with the support of this awesome team.
Danny BenavidezDanny Benavidez
17:32 02 Jun 23
Synergy Martial Arts and Fitness is an amazing gym/Dojo, and Scott is a great teacher and instructor I would and do recommend him and his Dojo for anybody looking to get healthier and for people and children Interested in self defense.
Tom WebsterTom Webster
18:47 04 Feb 23
I have been a student of Scott's on and off for 10 years or so. Recently, I rejoined to take his cardio kickboxing classes. I cannot recommend this place enough. The classes have given me something to look forward to and the time spent with Scott and everyone in class are the highlight of my week. I feel down in the dumps on the days we don't get together. Scott and all his fellow instructors are the type of people who genuinely care about their students. If you are interested, joining could be one of the best decisions you make.
Shannon QureshiShannon Qureshi
17:33 24 Oct 22
We are ecstatic about my sons journey into martial arts. He seems motivated to continue this journey and Scott Pedersen been an incredible instructor to the studentsHis demeanor and the way he connects with the students is admirable. A lot of times an instructor’s approach can make/break on whether a student continues on w/ a hobby/passion/interest/occupation, etc. Scott minimizes that barrier to entry into a new skill and makes it fun, enjoyable and creates opportunities for students to pick up new (undiscovered) life skills!We appreciate you Scott, those intangibles are huge in instilling confidence yet disciplining at the right moments for these young and impressionable students!
Amy VillaltaAmy Villalta
00:30 19 May 22
I recommend this school, my 13-year-old daughter is in kickboxing classes and the teachers Scott and Jake are very kind and have a lot of patience to teach, it is a very dynamic class!- I recommend this school, my daughter from He is 13 years old in kickboxing classes and the instructors Scott & Jake are very kind and have a lot of patience to teach... it is a very dynamic class!
Google UserGoogle User
20:15 21 May 20
Perfect place to learn real-world self-defense tactics and techniques (TacTecs!) and to have the greatest time making myself stronger and more fit through the high intensity training. My daughter started a few years ago, my wife followed a short time later, and I finally had the opportunity to jump in and find out what all the fun was about. Scott's love for teaching and depth of knowledge are seen in every session. He has enlisted a great team of fellow instructors who each bring personal experience and skill. I highly recommend Synergy Martial Arts & Fitness!!

From Kids Karate Mother Susan Sousa
‘I enrolled my daughter at Synergy Martial Arts because in her school there was a boy who bothered her a lot. She was very shy and cried all the time. She learned to defend herself and her personality changed for the good. Today she is a cheerful girl who is no longer fearful and the bullies don’t bother her anymore. I love and recommend this place!’

From Dayna Small
Synergy Martial Arts & Fitness is “Home away from Home” for our family. Immediately upon walking through the doors, you get a sense that you belong regardless of your level of fitness or prior martial arts knowledge. Scott is keen in understanding how to approach everyone’s needs individually. It is challenging and FUN!

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 on Google Maps By krhysling
“I’ve tried many different martial arts over the years… lessons with Scott are the most practical and realistic I’ve ever encountered. Scott is a fantastic teacher and his friendly demeanor and relaxed teaching style make lessons something to look forward to. I highly recommend this school!”

On City Voter by Dave C.
“My young son recently started training and already we are seeing an improvement in his self confidence, balance, and strength. Scott, and the other instructors are very patient, very caring, and have the well being of students in mind, as opposed to some of the other places we looked into that only care about how much you’re paying them.”

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 on City Search by onewop
“I had taken lessons from almost all the big schools in town before going to Scott.  If you want to learn serious self defense, in a safe environment, this is the school to call.”

Rated 5 out of 5 stars Dojo Locator by Budoguy
Best in town!!!!
– Quality of Instruction: Excellent
– Other aspects: Excellent
– Recommended: Yes
“I’ve been training for most of my life so I feel qualified to say that Synergy is by far the best school with the most knowledgeable instructors I’ve ever trained with.  You have what is in my opinion the best place to train in Denver.”

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 on City Search by kenpochick
“I walk in feeling excited and ready to learn and walk out feeling very satisfied.”

From FaceBook, Donna Parker
“Awesome people with great ENERGY!”

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 on Dex Knows by Theresa
“Scott Pedersen is a great instructor.” “My fitness level has increases tremendously.” “I feel more confident…” “It’s been fun as well. Every class has something different. I’m never bored. Excellent job, Mr. Pedersen!!”

From M. Metcalf, New York
“Many thanks to Scott Pedersen for the past 3 months of exceptional training. Mr. Pedersen and his staff thoroughly explain the how’s and why’s of each technique, as well as the possible counters etc. A depth of understanding not commonly shared by many instructors.”

From Yelp, Jorge O.
“Very good instruction, without a doubt the best place to be trained in Colorado.  I have been in other gyms and it doesn’t compare, the trainers are great and knowledgeable and create a very good feeling atmosphere.”

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 on Google Maps By rooterphd
“I have always been interested in martial arts and wanted to train but could never find a school that taught practical application in its teachings.”

From Yelp, Alex M.
“It is a positive place, with a class for just about everyone. The Cardio Kickboxing is my favorite. My muscle strength and cardio is amazing just a mere year later, losing pants sizes does feel amazing, plus im not so embarrassed about my stomach area.”

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 on Face Book by David Crowson
“I have trained in many places, and speaking from experience this place is one of the best! The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and second to none and the atmosphere is great. This is the perfect place to grow and progress in any way you want to.”

From Yelp, Jessi C.
“I had been going to Advantage Martial Arts for about 4 years and working with Scott and his group has been amazing.”

From Hock Hochheim – head instructor/founder of Close Quarter Combatives
“Scott..THANKS! You were great!”

From David Dubrow – Video Production Manager, Paladin Press
“Your physical skills, positive attitude, and knowledge of the subject matter were invaluable, and I’m certain that your contribution will add significantly to the value of the resulting video.”

From Snake Blocker – Muay Thai Kickboxing champion & Apache knife fighting expert
“Scott Pedersen is one of the top instructors in Colorado, breaking down each technique, so the student understands the importance of each move. Scott continues his journey in the martial & combat arts so he and his students never stop learning.”

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