This school has helped me alot. I am currently a part-time instructor at this school. I am currrently a 1st degree black belt (Tae kwon do) 3rd Degree black belt (karate) and 3rd degree ( Ju-jitsu). As my experience at many different schools as shown me how a good school needs to be run. Seattle Tae kwon do does everything to give it's students the best chance of reaching a 1st degree black belt or higher. I must admit, at first the school seems scary. The teachers in this school have been in the same spot to. The teachers have the training to make you tae kwon do learning the best it can be. THere might be some pain, but in the long run its forth it. The beginning students are all put in low classes with high trained tachers who are going to show you how to take it slow. You wont be in classes with poeple who are more advanced then you, you will be with people who are beginers as well. The higher ranking students are always happy to lend a helping hand. You may be a lower belt level, but the higher ranking students respect you.