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BUYER BEWARE – DO NOT SIGN CONTRACTPlease read this review before signing up for KAT Taekwondo. Learn from my mistakes. I have also filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (#12372190) because I believe some of their practices (specifically the contract) to be fraudulent. First of all, Master Shim is awesome! She is great with the kids and my son really enjoyed her classes. Master Kwok on other hand is the opposite. First of all, if you do sign up, make a copy, take a picture of the contract you are singing. There were things written into my contract, specifically the 90 day cancellation clause, which was not there when I signed it. I would not have signed a contract that required 90 days written notice for an extracurricular activity. Second, when you sign up, Master Kwok will talk about the monthly cost associated ($109) and that’s it. He doesn’t mention that each belt promotion is another $65 - $80 (every 2 months), sparing gear, which needs to be bought after the orange belt is another $235 and then all the additional expenses that you incur. Pretty big investment, over $1,800 the first year and close to $1,500 every other year. Maybe I should have been more inquisitive to the overall cost, and I guess I was too trusting in him to disclose that information. So all in all, Master Shim is great. If it was just her I would give it 5 stars. But unfortunately Master Kwok ruins everything. Negative stars was not an option, so hopefully this review will suffice in showing my absolute displeasure with KAT. There are a lot of good and reputable Taekwondo and Karate studios out there, but unfortunately KAT right now is not one of them.
We have been members here since late January 2014 and my boys have really benefited from these classes. My older boy (8) is naturally very clumsy and "spatially unaware". His body awareness has drastically improved. Not to mention his self confidence! The cross-body exercises also really help his focus during school. My younger boy (5) is loving it too. He is not as fast as the older kids, but he works so hard for Master Steve & Grand Master Ko's praises! His face the first time he broke a board at his belt test was just priceless!This school is worth the cost - you won't regret it.
We have been attending Tiger Rock for 20 months. My son loves it and so do we. It has helped build his confidence, which is important at a young age, teach public speaking and body awareness. My daughter looks forward to it once she is of age to do it. I recommend that you give it a try. Tip: definitely get all costs upfront so you aren't surprised. Classes, testing, tournament and equipment all cost money. As long as you are aware you will be impressed.
the teaching in this school is below any martial art standard. soo many black belt kids who don't know how to throw a simple kick or punch.The owner Grand Master kwak is available only to collect money and push for test applications. He has soo much to offer but you can't get him to do it. he has black belt kids most of the time teaching others while he is on the phone checking on his other biz. (blind leading the blind). its a shame and a scam. the fees are crazy when u count the tests every other month plus an imaginary fee to get ur black belt. and guess what: people pay just to say our kids have a black belt!
If you want the BEST in the business, this studio and their sister studio in Gardner are it! Instructors Grand Master Ko and Master Steve are the kind of quality you want your family exposed to!!! We just love them!!!