Tough guys always boast that their school / martial arts form is better is better than someone else's... Truth be told is that every form has its strengths and weaknesses! As Sir Francis Bacon once said - ""Knowledge is power!"" and at this school ""knowledge"" is what you and/or your child will get! If your looking for tough guys you won't find them here!
I choose this school for my child over others for a few simple reasons:
1) A recommendation from friend I trust that is a student of Sabunim Barrett's as well as his 5 year old son.
2) This is a small ""family"" school, not a big machine after your money!
3) The entire school works as a family to strengthen, encourage, and guide each other building confidence, self esteem, and skill to protect themselves.
If your looking for a school with flashy ""bling bling"", 5 year old black belts, a lot of yelling, or a school to teach you to be a fighter this school might not be for you.
If your looking for a school that masters in marketing and loves to convince you to shell over your hard earned dollars for a new color belt for you or your child every 2 months you might be better off at Kohls or Target...
If your looking for a place that you can train, learn, help others as they help you, this place IS for you!
Any martial arts form requires a commitment for you to be proficient and competent. At most schools the commitment is monetary, but at Barrett Hapkido the commitment is dedication to yourself and training consistently.
Sabunim Barrett does NOT require any contracts! does NOT charge ridiculous membership fees, nor does he even charge for belts or testing!!! Currently we just pay just $89.00 a month for my 6 year old son to go as many times per week as we can manage. (between other sports we do Lacrosse & Soccer)
Children's classes (Age 5-13) are held Monday - Thursday from 6:30pm - 7:30pm and on Saturdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Adult DAY classes are held Monday & Wednesday 12:30pm-2pm and Saturday 2:30pm to 4pm
Adult NIGHT classes are held Monday - Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Sabunim Barrett opens his school to anyone who wants to come watch or even try a class! Wear something comfortable and come down and give it a shot.
This review WAS written completely by me ( Tom ) a parent of a student. We are NOT related to Sabunim in any way nor were compensated or asked to write such a hyped up review for him. I am just a proud parent of a student and am happy to find a person like Sabunim Barrett to teach my child. He is a good person and is trying hard to give these kids (and adults too he has students from age 5 to almost age 80 training there) some good competent training that they will need in this screwed up world we live in. I am usually the on Monday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays watching my son train, come in say hi and see for yourself what I've been saying so you too can leave a similar review.
""We all take time out of our lives to complain about things, but few us take the time to complement and credit those who do well. We all should try to this once in awhile so the great places / people around us stay around and maybe we can teach future generations to be kinder then our current one"" - Me