Nice People and hands on training. Refreshing to see these days. The Master Instructor and Trainers are really really good at what they do. Definatley not a Commercial school.
Posted: 8/01/2012 • Link to this review
I visited many different schools and have had past training in Wrestling, Boxing and Muay Thai. I recently enrolled myself, my spouse and two sons in Barrett Hapkido. Below are my reasons and observations for those of you who seek an excellent school: Barrett Hapkido Tuition is $99 per month with no contract and discounts are extended for additional family members. I could not find a soapbox. There are no belt fees and no "schedule" as to when you will "get your next belt". Asking around, I quickly found out from students and parents alike that the average time between belts varies but the common experience is that it takes much longer than 3-6 months between belts for any rank. The philosophy "Strength through each other" is actively quoted and applied. The higher ranked students actively help the lower ranks learn. The traditional roots are maintained while incorporating practical modern application and reinforcement. I was most impressed with Sabunim Barrett's students. This speaks volumes louder than anything spoken. His lower belt students moved better and stronger than most higher ranked belts I have seen at other martial arts schools and it was evident to me that Barrett's higher ranking students were far superior to black belts I have witnessed elsewhere across disciplines. Even so I noticed his students were very humble. Overall, I find that Barrett Hapkido comprehensively covers Striking, joint locks and submission and grappling, etc.. Top to bottom
Posted: 5/03/2012 • Last edited: 8/01/2012 • Link to this review
Yeah I trained there for a couple years. Got tired of the soapbox rhetoric and personal political agenda. Seemed like the instructor wanted a cult following more than students.The same old techniques over and over. It began turning into a WWE wrestling camp more than a hapkido school. Instructor has no verifiable credentials or certificates of training.
Posted: 10/03/2011 • Last edited: 8/01/2012 • Link to this review