My son attended three other schools before we found Easton Tae Kwon Do. My wife thought I was nuts, but I knew what I wanted for my son. We tried the ""mall studios"" and systems steeped in tradition. If you want to learn self'-defense, which is what karate was developed for, then this is the place. There are various programs, reasonably priced, to fit your age and goals. This school of Tae Kwon Do is not afraid to adjust as knowledge increases. In some way we have benefited from guys who do extreme fighting (even though they're nuts) because we know what really works in different situations. Master Larry Gunderman has blended the best of several worlds of martial arts to accomplish what karate was meant to do. Young people have an opportunity to learn values, to not be afraid to say no to the ""wrong"" people, and develop self-reliance. Thank you Master Gunderman.