Six months ago, I began the process of investigating Martial Arts Training for my 10 year old son. At the time, I knew nothing about Martial Arts but had heard from various sources that it may be what I was looking for: a place for him to build self confidence and discipline. I began calling and visiting several schools in the area.
My first visit happened to be the Kang Do Won Martial Arts Institute. We met with Grand Master Lewis and had the opportunity to observe a class. I was very impressed but was unsure because of my lack of knowledge. I departed with the clear intention of visiting other schools which was the advice given to me by Grand Master Lewis at the time. With each visit to other schools it quickly became apparent to me that if I was to enroll my son anywhere, it would be at the Kang Do Won.
As it happened, 1 1/2 months later, he became a student at the Kang Do Won. In this short period of time, I cannot describe adequately the difference it has made in our lives. The Kang Do Won has not been a program to send my child to. Rather, it has been the place for "a new beginning." This phrase is the words my son used when he described how his life is now different since becoming a student of Grand Master Lewis.
I sit on the parent’s bench and observe most of the classes that my son attends. Through my observation I believe this school is successful for many reasons most important being the experience of Grand Master Lewis. His presence and continual watchful eye on all of the students as well as the instructors seems to have created a place where students can feel comfortable and secure in attempting things that they may have never dreamed possible. It also offers at the same time positive support and guidance for the students. The outstanding instructors are all trained and under the supervision of Grand Master Lewis. The consistency, structure, order and clear expectations of what is required of all students and their families create a safe and challenging environment where, respect, discipline, courage, honesty, leadership and patience are developed.
The investment required of me as a parent both of my finances and time, has produced results far beyond anything I ever expected. Not only have I witnessed an increase in discipline and self confidence in my son, he has gained so many of the other intangible "gifts" that money can ever buy. I am so grateful that we are able to have this opportunity, to meet so many really good people and to experience all that we have. I also realize that this is a long term commitment and process of growth and we look forward to the future with hope. My recommendation is to go and take a look for yourself. I doubt that you will be disappointed!!!