My husband and I enrolled our son in the Victory Martial Arts (VMA) program at the Shavano Park location (2854 Hunters Green) about a year ago. Although the program is more expensive than other activities we could have enrolled our son in, we looked at what the program had to offer, observed classes, asked LOTS of questions, and have never regretted our decision!\r
At first we signed him up only for the Masters Club classes but within the first month we added the Leadership program as well. We are SO glad we did!! We have seen a big change in our son. Yes, we teach our son the same lessons at home as they do at VMA but having them reinforced helps a lot. I know part of the changes in our son are due to the natural growing up process going from age 4 to age 5. But the discipline of going two days each week and the lessons that are taught have helped tremendously. Also, Mr. Wilson, Miss Kilar, and Mr, Hopkins have had a VERY positive effect on our son and he misses them if he misses class. \r
I have read other reviews and would like to address some of the concerns mentioned in them. As far as the sales tactics of Mr. Price, at first we were also taken aback but realized we were there for our son and would research the program fully before judging him. Once we enrolled our son, we spoke with Mr. Price about his enrollment process rather than run away from a program that would benefit our son. Since we started, my husband and I have developed a relationship with Mr. Price and it seems to me that if some of you would have done the same, you would not have had to involve lawyers. I’m sure Mr. Price did not physically force you to do anything. Don't blame VMA or Mr. Price for signing a contract that you did not have to sign.\r
As far as kids being trained by kids, I have not always been happy with kids teaching kids either. But Mr. Wilson explained to me that it’s part of their own training. When I feel that the junior instructor does something that I don’t agree with, I either talk with the junior instructor or Mr. Wilson. My experience is that Mr. Wilson observes the junior instructors and leads by example in order to teach them the correct way of doing things. Mr. Wilson is the lead instructor and I would not want anyone else being the lead instructor for my son. The kids, parents, and all the instructors respect him and he respects them all in return. Once I address an issue it’s taken care of. Some of you may be thinking that if we pay for a program why are there issues? The issues change, of course, depending on the program, class, sport, or activity that your child is enrolled in, but I don’t know of ANY program that is perfect and without some issues. \r
Also, have you never heard that many times kids respond better to other kids than adults? By the way, in the Leadership class, different students take part in teaching a small part of the class as well. The experience teaches all of them to be better leaders. Isn’t this what we want for our children? Not everyone is signed up for Leadership class. But it does not mean that the parents of those children do not want their children to be leaders. It could just be a financial decision or a time constraint issue. But those children who are in the Leadership class are definitely benefitting from it. \r
One of the people who posted said, “if you want to improve your child’s behavior, you need to step up”. Well it takes a village right? All people, including children, are affected by those around us. If my son is surrounded by some strict discipline for a little bit of time each week, great! I feel that my husband and I are reinforcing the lessons taught at VMA, as well as teaching our own lessons. We want the best for our son. That’s why he is enrolled at VMA Shavano Park!!
Pros: Positive influence, good teachers