After nearly 20 years at its previous location, Icon Martial Arts Academy will open at its new location at 27620 Hwy. 249, Ste. A4, Tomball on May 18.

The martial arts academy offers classes for all ages and starts teaching children as young as 3.5 years old, Program Director Corey Krattli said.

May 18 will be the first day the academy will be open after having to temporarily close its doors due to statewide coronavirus restrictions.

“Students enjoyed the virtual classes, and nearly all [existing] students participated in them,” he said. “It added a sense of normality to their weeks to still be able to do classes and see all of their instructors.”

Academy Founder John Cantu said the virtual classes did not come without their own set of challenges, however.

“[It was challenging] for the children, especially the younger ones, and instructors ... to communicate [without being together],” he said.

Cantu said lessons had to be structured differently as students were now in their living rooms and not the academy’s training facilities.

In addition to existing students, some parents and siblings also started to join in on classes as well, Cantu said.

“Some of the siblings who seemed to have no interest [before], have now [taken] interest,” he said.

Online lessons are something Cantu said will be a mainstay of the academy now.

“We are going to continue to do Zoom classes for makeup classes and private lessons,” he said.