Hiruko

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Our family has been privileged to train with Jorge and Natalia for over a decade. Our oldest son has received Jorge's instructions (while in West Coast Association) since he was six years old; now he is seventeen and owns a second degree black belt. I would not exaggerate if I said it was a life shaping experience for him.

As soon as our daughter turned four, we came to Hiruko looking for the same quality of experience, and we were not disappointed. Jorge has a real passion and a talent for working with students of all ages, fitness levels and belt ranks. He has an excellent rapport with students, and, in my experience, is always willing to address parents' concerns.

I would recommend Hiruko to a friend in a heartbeat..

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★★★★★

Our family has been privileged to train with Jorge and Natalia for over a decade. Our oldest son has received Jorge's instructions (while in West Coast Association) since he was six years old; now he is seventeen and owns a second degree black belt. I would not exaggerate if I said it was a life shaping experience for him.

As soon as our daughter turned four, we came to Hiruko looking for the same quality of experience, and we were not disappointed. Jorge has a real passion and a talent for working with students of all ages, fitness levels and belt ranks. He has an excellent rapport with students, and, in my experience, is always willing to address parents' concerns.

I would recommend Hiruko to a friend in a heartbeat..

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Attending the Hiruko martial arts school for the past 3 yrs. has been fun, watching it grow to over 200 kids. The growth is driving some changes from the mom and pop school.
They are planning on moving soon to Midtown PA (2741 Middlefield Road) for space and "better demographics".
Classes are composed of 10-15 min. warmup, 20-35 min. instruction/practice, 5 minutes closing. Very young students are regularly led in physical games the last 10-15 minutes of class. Classes are back-to-back from 3:15-8:30 pm. Be careful in allowing your info to be posted on the website/parent's forum. (used to send unwanted/negative emails)
The "head instructor" Jonathan, while terrific, is leaving for college. For kids in need of afternoon activities locally, this is a nice place. At $149/month (+ $65 annual "comm. fee), it's mid-level priced.
Hiruko attempts to teach "life changing" concepts to all students which may or may not align with parental views. Some students have been offered "scholarships" to Landmark Forum (see Wikipedia).

The "master instructor", while earnest in his efforts, sometimes misapplies language, is wordy and difficult to follow for children and adults. Parents should be attentive and help their children through confusion, frustration and double messages. Validate the feelings of the child and maintain a solid view of reality. Be wary of medical advice.

Black belt candidates are required to achieve certain levels of fitness, some of which are extreme (i.e. 50,000 push ups over a 6 month period or 277+ per day*). As adults or parents, keep in mind that YOU have the final authority in what is safe.
*Requirement from 2009 Black Belt candidate documents.
(This is an update from my original review in 2006.)

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★☆☆☆☆

Attending the Hiruko martial arts school for the past 3 yrs. has been fun, watching it grow to over 200 kids. The growth is driving some changes from the mom and pop school.
They are planning on moving soon to Midtown PA (2741 Middlefield Road) for space and "better demographics".
Classes are composed of 10-15 min. warmup, 20-35 min. instruction/practice, 5 minutes closing. Very young students are regularly led in physical games the last 10-15 minutes of class. Classes are back-to-back from 3:15-8:30 pm. Be careful in allowing your info to be posted on the website/parent's forum. (used to send unwanted/negative emails)
The "head instructor" Jonathan, while terrific, is leaving for college. For kids in need of afternoon activities locally, this is a nice place. At $149/month (+ $65 annual "comm. fee), it's mid-level priced.
Hiruko attempts to teach "life changing" concepts to all students which may or may not align with parental views. Some students have been offered "scholarships" to Landmark Forum (see Wikipedia).

The "master instructor", while earnest in his efforts, sometimes misapplies language, is wordy and difficult to follow for children and adults. Parents should be attentive and help their children through confusion, frustration and double messages. Validate the feelings of the child and maintain a solid view of reality. Be wary of medical advice.

Black belt candidates are required to achieve certain levels of fitness, some of which are extreme (i.e. 50,000 push ups over a 6 month period or 277+ per day*). As adults or parents, keep in mind that YOU have the final authority in what is safe.
*Requirement from 2009 Black Belt candidate documents.
(This is an update from my original review in 2006.)

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The construction at the new location is nearing completion! This has been a long process, begun in July 2008,and will provide a much needed larger space as well as convenience for the Palo Alto customers.
Attending the Hiruko martial arts school for the past 3 yrs. earning my third black belt, watching it grow to the over 200 students. The growth is driving changes from the mom and pop school to needing to hire employees as well as manage time and projects better. The instructor's wife controls this part of the business. She teaches occasionally as well.
Moving soon to Midtown Palo Alto (2741 Middlefield Road) for a larger space and "better demographics", but may be able to keep the Los Altos location as they have two more years on their lease.....who will be teaching where? (info in public records)
Classes are composed of 10-15 min. warmup, 20-35 min. instruction/practice , 5 minutes closing. Very young students are regularly led in physical games the last 10-15 minutes of class.
Be careful in allowing your info to be posted on the website/parent's forum. It has been used to send unwanted and negative emails. Gossip is tolerated causing rumors and conflict. Policies for resolution aren't in place.
The "head instructor" Jonathan, while terrific, is leaving Hiruko in the Summer for college. Overall, for kids in need of afternoon activities locally, Hiruko provides a nice place. At $149/month (+ $65 annual "comm. fee), it's mid-level price is reasonable.
Hiruko attempts to teach "life changing" concepts to all students which may or may not align with parental views. Some students have been offered "scholarships" to Landmark Forum (see Wikipedia).
The "master instructor", while earnest in his efforts, sometimes misapplies language, is wordy and difficult to follow for children and adults. Parents should be attentive and help their children through confusion, frustration and double messages. Validate the feelings of the child and maintain a solid view of reality. Be wary of medical advice.
Black belt candidates are required to achieve certain levels of fitness, some of which are extreme (i.e. 50,000 push ups over a 6 month period or 277+ per day*). As adults or parents, keep in mind that YOU have the final authority in what is safe.
*Requirement from 2009 Black Belt candidate documents.
(This is an update from my original review in 2006.)

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★☆☆☆☆

The construction at the new location is nearing completion! This has been a long process, begun in July 2008,and will provide a much needed larger space as well as convenience for the Palo Alto customers.
Attending the Hiruko martial arts school for the past 3 yrs. earning my third black belt, watching it grow to the over 200 students. The growth is driving changes from the mom and pop school to needing to hire employees as well as manage time and projects better. The instructor's wife controls this part of the business. She teaches occasionally as well.
Moving soon to Midtown Palo Alto (2741 Middlefield Road) for a larger space and "better demographics", but may be able to keep the Los Altos location as they have two more years on their lease.....who will be teaching where? (info in public records)
Classes are composed of 10-15 min. warmup, 20-35 min. instruction/practice , 5 minutes closing. Very young students are regularly led in physical games the last 10-15 minutes of class.
Be careful in allowing your info to be posted on the website/parent's forum. It has been used to send unwanted and negative emails. Gossip is tolerated causing rumors and conflict. Policies for resolution aren't in place.
The "head instructor" Jonathan, while terrific, is leaving Hiruko in the Summer for college. Overall, for kids in need of afternoon activities locally, Hiruko provides a nice place. At $149/month (+ $65 annual "comm. fee), it's mid-level price is reasonable.
Hiruko attempts to teach "life changing" concepts to all students which may or may not align with parental views. Some students have been offered "scholarships" to Landmark Forum (see Wikipedia).
The "master instructor", while earnest in his efforts, sometimes misapplies language, is wordy and difficult to follow for children and adults. Parents should be attentive and help their children through confusion, frustration and double messages. Validate the feelings of the child and maintain a solid view of reality. Be wary of medical advice.
Black belt candidates are required to achieve certain levels of fitness, some of which are extreme (i.e. 50,000 push ups over a 6 month period or 277+ per day*). As adults or parents, keep in mind that YOU have the final authority in what is safe.
*Requirement from 2009 Black Belt candidate documents.
(This is an update from my original review in 2006.)

Pros: Location and many students

Cons: Moving soon

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Hiruko is an amazing gem. There is no other martial arts school like it. It all begins with their philosophy: be the change you wish to see in the world. They teach discipline and the physical aspects of martial arts, but along with positive attitude, respect, and approaching everything with a beginner's mind. The school itself is bright and pleasant. The teachers, Jorge and Natalea, are AMAZING and gifted with kids, and with parents! My older son has special needs, and they have special programs for kids like him, starting with 1:1 sessions and them integrating him into the class. They taught him so much about concentration, physical skill, and believing in himself, and never made him feel like he was any different or any less able than any other child. As a parent, it was such a joy to see the thrill in his face when he got a new skill, or a new stripe on his belt, or praise from his teachers. My 3 year old then did their Panda class, which is a wonderful program for younger kids. I cannot recommend this school highly enough!

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★★★★★

Hiruko is an amazing gem. There is no other martial arts school like it. It all begins with their philosophy: be the change you wish to see in the world. They teach discipline and the physical aspects of martial arts, but along with positive attitude, respect, and approaching everything with a beginner's mind. The school itself is bright and pleasant. The teachers, Jorge and Natalea, are AMAZING and gifted with kids, and with parents! My older son has special needs, and they have special programs for kids like him, starting with 1:1 sessions and them integrating him into the class. They taught him so much about concentration, physical skill, and believing in himself, and never made him feel like he was any different or any less able than any other child. As a parent, it was such a joy to see the thrill in his face when he got a new skill, or a new stripe on his belt, or praise from his teachers. My 3 year old then did their Panda class, which is a wonderful program for younger kids. I cannot recommend this school highly enough!

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