Park's Tae Kwon Do

★★★★★
  • 836 Reading Rd

    Mason, OH 45040

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  • 513-791-7275

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Mon 4pm-8pm, Tue-Thu 2pm-8pm, Fri 4pm-7pm, Sat 9am-1pm
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Having had experience with another style of taekwondo in another state, I can highly recommend Park's Tae Kwon Do if you want your child to have great instruction in an officially recognized style.

Previously, we had our son in a large, well-funded franchise operation in another state that had very attractive facilities and was designed to appeal to the senses of its statistically researched clientele - the avg. white, suburban soccer-mom who wanted a safe, convenient self-defense programme for their kid.

Unfortunately, the previous school teaches a watered down version of TKD ( its members are not even allowed to compete in world league clubs - Olympic ITF, WTF, etc ), it cycles its students very quickly through artificially stepped grades in order to collect testing and other fees and requires parents to pay a big premium for its elite 'Black-Belt Club' if they want anything remotely resembling martial art instruction. I saw way too many black belts being given to unqualified, out of shape students. If know if those kids ever got into a real situation, they'd probably get hurt very badly.

However, the avg. white, suburban soccer-mum ( the one making the decision on which school to put their kids in ) doesn't know this and they get taken in by the superficial trappings and sales pitches.

The dojos like Master Park's Tae Kwon Do are, unfortunately, probably rare. Her emphasis is on quality instruction and giving her students the opportunity to get a solid grounding in a legitimate version of the art. Many other places emphasize selling parents over-priced equipment that they don't need or in getting them into multi-year contracts that they can't get out of.

It often takes experience before you have enough perspective to be able to recognize how to spot the good from the not so good, how to recognize that a relatively cramped little hole-in-the-wall place to be far superior ( in those things that matter ) to a large, well organized machine who's facilities are adorned with really cool looking and pricey martial arts stuff that market research has determined that the kids will insist on their mothers buying for them.

Usually the experience isn't gained until a very $$$ and time consuming mistake has been made. That's why I'm doing this review.

I remember when my son first started sparring at Park's; after about 5 minutes against his opponent - who was several years younger than my 9 year old and a couple of belts below my son's rank - my kid was red-faced, panting severely, nearly dropping to the floor from exhaustion while his young opponent never broke a sweat. My son had won medals at his previous school's tournaments (!) We both realized that my son had never engaged in full-contact sparring before and he saw first hand how very important basic cardio conditioning is. The big fancy franchise we were in before did not allow full-contact sparring. It dawned on me at that moment that was why so many of the fancy franchises TKD students seemed so out of shape. They really cheated their students in this area, most of all.

As I watched my kid wipe the sweat pouring down his face, I knew we were in the right place.

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★★★★★

Having had experience with another style of taekwondo in another state, I can highly recommend Park's Tae Kwon Do if you want your child to have great instruction in an officially recognized style.

Previously, we had our son in a large, well-funded franchise operation in another state that had very attractive facilities and was designed to appeal to the senses of its statistically researched clientele - the avg. white, suburban soccer-mom who wanted a safe, convenient self-defense programme for their kid.

Unfortunately, the previous school teaches a watered down version of TKD ( its members are not even allowed to compete in world league clubs - Olympic ITF, WTF, etc ), it cycles its students very quickly through artificially stepped grades in order to collect testing and other fees and requires parents to pay a big premium for its elite 'Black-Belt Club' if they want anything remotely resembling martial art instruction. I saw way too many black belts being given to unqualified, out of shape students. If know if those kids ever got into a real situation, they'd probably get hurt very badly.

However, the avg. white, suburban soccer-mum ( the one making the decision on which school to put their kids in ) doesn't know this and they get taken in by the superficial trappings and sales pitches.

The dojos like Master Park's Tae Kwon Do are, unfortunately, probably rare. Her emphasis is on quality instruction and giving her students the opportunity to get a solid grounding in a legitimate version of the art. Many other places emphasize selling parents over-priced equipment that they don't need or in getting them into multi-year contracts that they can't get out of.

It often takes experience before you have enough perspective to be able to recognize how to spot the good from the not so good, how to recognize that a relatively cramped little hole-in-the-wall place to be far superior ( in those things that matter ) to a large, well organized machine who's facilities are adorned with really cool looking and pricey martial arts stuff that market research has determined that the kids will insist on their mothers buying for them.

Usually the experience isn't gained until a very $$$ and time consuming mistake has been made. That's why I'm doing this review.

I remember when my son first started sparring at Park's; after about 5 minutes against his opponent - who was several years younger than my 9 year old and a couple of belts below my son's rank - my kid was red-faced, panting severely, nearly dropping to the floor from exhaustion while his young opponent never broke a sweat. My son had won medals at his previous school's tournaments (!) We both realized that my son had never engaged in full-contact sparring before and he saw first hand how very important basic cardio conditioning is. The big fancy franchise we were in before did not allow full-contact sparring. It dawned on me at that moment that was why so many of the fancy franchises TKD students seemed so out of shape. They really cheated their students in this area, most of all.

As I watched my kid wipe the sweat pouring down his face, I knew we were in the right place.

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I would have to say, this is the best martial arts school in mason, ohio.
The training programs are geared toward children and martial arts is not the only thing they teach.
They encourage education to their students. They also teach them to respect elders and do chores around the house to help their parents.
The waiting area is great too!

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★★★★★

I would have to say, this is the best martial arts school in mason, ohio.
The training programs are geared toward children and martial arts is not the only thing they teach.
They encourage education to their students. They also teach them to respect elders and do chores around the house to help their parents.
The waiting area is great too!

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This is a great place to learn TaeKwonDo. Kids will benefit greatly from the lessons in self-discipline, self-confidence, self-control and how to give respect. The Mason location specializes in training children between 3-12 years old. All kids get personal attention and caring. Children will really enjoy their time there. The Sharonville location has programs for adults too, although I haven't tried that out yet.

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This is a great place to learn TaeKwonDo. Kids will benefit greatly from the lessons in self-discipline, self-confidence, self-control and how to give respect. The Mason location specializes in training children between 3-12 years old. All kids get personal attention and caring. Children will really enjoy their time there. The Sharonville location has programs for adults too, although I haven't tried that out yet.

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