Newberry's Ata Black Belt Acad

★★★★☆
  • 2514 Village Green Pl

    Champaign, IL 61822

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  • 217-351-8531

About Newberry's Ata Black Belt Acad

Hours
Sun Closed;Mon: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.;Tue: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.;Wed: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.;Thu: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.;Fri: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.;Sat: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.;
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My son has been going to the Mahomet Leaders For Life school since January of this year. The instructor, Mr Rodriguez, is unbelievable. I can't say enough about his ability to work with the students. My son has learned a tremendous amount in his short time thus far.
The administrative aspect of the school has been fine. My only complaint would be all the gimmick type promotions, etc... During our orientation we had to sign a contract that night to qualify for a lower monthly rate. They also offer some other promotions from time to time for 'free' classes, etc... but there's usually some gray areas that exclude your situation. For example, my son invited a schoolmate to taekwondo for a promo to get a free graduation (from one belt level to the next). However, since the other didn't end up signing a contract we didn't get the free graduation fee.
Having Mr Rodriguez as the instructor makes up for any of the negative though and I would highly recommend the Mahomet school based on his presence alone.

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★★★★★

My son has been going to the Mahomet Leaders For Life school since January of this year. The instructor, Mr Rodriguez, is unbelievable. I can't say enough about his ability to work with the students. My son has learned a tremendous amount in his short time thus far.
The administrative aspect of the school has been fine. My only complaint would be all the gimmick type promotions, etc... During our orientation we had to sign a contract that night to qualify for a lower monthly rate. They also offer some other promotions from time to time for 'free' classes, etc... but there's usually some gray areas that exclude your situation. For example, my son invited a schoolmate to taekwondo for a promo to get a free graduation (from one belt level to the next). However, since the other didn't end up signing a contract we didn't get the free graduation fee.
Having Mr Rodriguez as the instructor makes up for any of the negative though and I would highly recommend the Mahomet school based on his presence alone.

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My son started a little over two years ago. He is now a recommended second degree black belt. This school has been the best thing for him. He is deaf with a hearing aide and cochlear implant. He has difficulty understanding and teachers at school can be uncaring and not helpful, but at Leaders for Life everyone goes out of their way to make sure he understands and feels a part of the Leader's for Life family. After watching him for six months I decided to join the Leader's for Life family as well. I am now a first degree black belt. I am nearly 50 years old and needed something to challenge me physically and mentally and taekwondo was just the thing! I love going to Leader's for Life because it is so positive and welcoming. Tina and Jeff Newberry make this martial arts school an uplifting, challenging, fun, and inspirational place to be. You are never too old to start, if I can do it anyone can!!

I don't know where buyer beware was, because the terms of the contract are very clear and you only sign the contract once. If you decide to have your payment deducted from a debit or credit card you have to sing those papers as well. The full time instructors are excellent. All students in the leadership program are encouraged to assist the full time instructors, this gives a little more one on one to have assistants in class. If buyer beware had to wait for a uniform or weapon that is unusual. I only had to wait on a weapon once when they ran out, but it didn't take that long to come in. If you join leadership you have to wait for your uniform that has your name on it, but you""anything"" to get someone to join. They want people to join because they want to be there. They don't want people who will just bring their money to the school but ones who will bring a positive attitude to the school and be a part of our taekwondo family.

2
★★★★★

My son started a little over two years ago. He is now a recommended second degree black belt. This school has been the best thing for him. He is deaf with a hearing aide and cochlear implant. He has difficulty understanding and teachers at school can be uncaring and not helpful, but at Leaders for Life everyone goes out of their way to make sure he understands and feels a part of the Leader's for Life family. After watching him for six months I decided to join the Leader's for Life family as well. I am now a first degree black belt. I am nearly 50 years old and needed something to challenge me physically and mentally and taekwondo was just the thing! I love going to Leader's for Life because it is so positive and welcoming. Tina and Jeff Newberry make this martial arts school an uplifting, challenging, fun, and inspirational place to be. You are never too old to start, if I can do it anyone can!!

I don't know where buyer beware was, because the terms of the contract are very clear and you only sign the contract once. If you decide to have your payment deducted from a debit or credit card you have to sing those papers as well. The full time instructors are excellent. All students in the leadership program are encouraged to assist the full time instructors, this gives a little more one on one to have assistants in class. If buyer beware had to wait for a uniform or weapon that is unusual. I only had to wait on a weapon once when they ran out, but it didn't take that long to come in. If you join leadership you have to wait for your uniform that has your name on it, but you""anything"" to get someone to join. They want people to join because they want to be there. They don't want people who will just bring their money to the school but ones who will bring a positive attitude to the school and be a part of our taekwondo family.

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I am nearly 50 years old and I needed something different. My son started taekwondo two years ago and loved it. It has been the best thing for him. After six months of watching him have fun I decided to give taekwondo a try. My husband says I'm addicted to it. I do love it. It is not boring and it challenges me physically and mentally. I am a black belt now and plan to keep going until I am physically unable to. The Newberry's, owners of the school, run a great facility that is positive and uplifting. You are never too old to try taekwondo, if I can do it, anyone can!

5
★★★★★

I am nearly 50 years old and I needed something different. My son started taekwondo two years ago and loved it. It has been the best thing for him. After six months of watching him have fun I decided to give taekwondo a try. My husband says I'm addicted to it. I do love it. It is not boring and it challenges me physically and mentally. I am a black belt now and plan to keep going until I am physically unable to. The Newberry's, owners of the school, run a great facility that is positive and uplifting. You are never too old to try taekwondo, if I can do it, anyone can!

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Also known as Newberry's Leaders for Life. They are an ATA franchise.\r
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BUYER BEWARE\r
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The owners are excellent sales people. By that I mean they will tell you just about anything to get you to commit to a one or even three year unbreakable contract. They are pretty messy with paperwork so don't be surprised if you're asked to sign something more than once. READ YOUR CONTRACTS CAREFULLY. They probably won't mention the ""unbreakable"" contracts. If you're waiting on something to arrive (uniforms, weapons, etc), plan on asking once a week for a month or longer until you get it.\r
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Regarding classes: the school moved into a larger remodeled facility in late fall / winter of 2010. By February of 2011 they began heavily recruiting. This pumped up their class sizes to nearly double the original attendance but they did not add instructors or number of classes. The result was less instruction, more cattle herding, overcrowding, and obviously more money. For my son, it became ""not fun anymore"". You might hear Ms. Newberry mention she paid a lot for the building every now and then during a class.\r
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Regarding instructors: There are a couple very good instructors and the rest are mediocre at best. They may have the skill, but they can't teach. If the good ones leave, that school will be in trouble.\r
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Regarding prices: You'll probably start to notice a trend of paying for something new every 3 months. They'll graduate anyone on up to black belt if you pay for it. If you or your child is in any weapons classes, you'll use new weapons every 8 weeks and can only use gear approved by the school which happens be only the gear they sell.\r
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I was warned by a fellow parent to watch out prior to enrolling my son at Newberry's but gave the school the benefit of the doubt due to his excitement. In the end it was a mistake and I should have gone with my gut feeling and the warning.\r
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There are other martial arts schools in Champaign Urbana. Newberry's markets themselves better than most but that does not at all mean they are the best. Visit other schools and make a decision based on your information, not their hard sell.

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★☆☆☆☆

Also known as Newberry's Leaders for Life. They are an ATA franchise.\r
\r
BUYER BEWARE\r
\r
The owners are excellent sales people. By that I mean they will tell you just about anything to get you to commit to a one or even three year unbreakable contract. They are pretty messy with paperwork so don't be surprised if you're asked to sign something more than once. READ YOUR CONTRACTS CAREFULLY. They probably won't mention the ""unbreakable"" contracts. If you're waiting on something to arrive (uniforms, weapons, etc), plan on asking once a week for a month or longer until you get it.\r
\r
Regarding classes: the school moved into a larger remodeled facility in late fall / winter of 2010. By February of 2011 they began heavily recruiting. This pumped up their class sizes to nearly double the original attendance but they did not add instructors or number of classes. The result was less instruction, more cattle herding, overcrowding, and obviously more money. For my son, it became ""not fun anymore"". You might hear Ms. Newberry mention she paid a lot for the building every now and then during a class.\r
\r
Regarding instructors: There are a couple very good instructors and the rest are mediocre at best. They may have the skill, but they can't teach. If the good ones leave, that school will be in trouble.\r
\r
Regarding prices: You'll probably start to notice a trend of paying for something new every 3 months. They'll graduate anyone on up to black belt if you pay for it. If you or your child is in any weapons classes, you'll use new weapons every 8 weeks and can only use gear approved by the school which happens be only the gear they sell.\r
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I was warned by a fellow parent to watch out prior to enrolling my son at Newberry's but gave the school the benefit of the doubt due to his excitement. In the end it was a mistake and I should have gone with my gut feeling and the warning.\r
\r
There are other martial arts schools in Champaign Urbana. Newberry's markets themselves better than most but that does not at all mean they are the best. Visit other schools and make a decision based on your information, not their hard sell.

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Also known as Newberry's Leaders for Life. They are an ATA franchise.

BUYER BEWARE

The owners are excellent sales people. By that I mean they will tell you just about anything to get you to commit to a one or even three year unbreakable contract. They are pretty messy with paperwork so don't be surprised if you're asked to sign something more than once. READ YOUR CONTRACTS CAREFULLY. They probably won't mention the "unbreakable" clause. If you're waiting on something to arrive (uniforms, weapons, etc), plan on asking once a week for a month or longer until you get it.

Regarding classes: the school moved into a larger remodeled facility in late fall / winter of 2010. By February of 2011 they began heavily recruiting. This pumped up their class sizes to nearly double the original attendance but they did not add instructors or number of classes. The result was less instruction, more cattle herding, overcrowding, and obviously more money. For my son, it became "not fun anymore". You might hear Ms. Newberry mention she paid a lot for the building every now and then during a class.

Regarding instructors: There are a couple very good instructors and the rest are mediocre at best. They may have the skill, but they can't teach. If the good ones leave, that school will be in trouble.

Regarding prices: You'll probably start to notice a trend of paying for something new every 3 months. They'll graduate anyone on up to black belt if you pay for it. If you or your child is in any weapons classes, you'll use new weapons every 8 weeks and can only use gear approved by the school which happens be only the gear they sell.

I was warned by a fellow parent to watch out prior to enrolling my son at Newberry's but gave the school the benefit of the doubt due to his excitement. In the end it was a mistake and I should have gone with my gut feeling and the warning.

There are other martial arts schools in Champaign Urbana. Newberry's markets themselves better than most but that does not at all mean they are the best. Visit other schools and make a decision based on your information, not their hard sell.

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★☆☆☆☆

Also known as Newberry's Leaders for Life. They are an ATA franchise.

BUYER BEWARE

The owners are excellent sales people. By that I mean they will tell you just about anything to get you to commit to a one or even three year unbreakable contract. They are pretty messy with paperwork so don't be surprised if you're asked to sign something more than once. READ YOUR CONTRACTS CAREFULLY. They probably won't mention the "unbreakable" clause. If you're waiting on something to arrive (uniforms, weapons, etc), plan on asking once a week for a month or longer until you get it.

Regarding classes: the school moved into a larger remodeled facility in late fall / winter of 2010. By February of 2011 they began heavily recruiting. This pumped up their class sizes to nearly double the original attendance but they did not add instructors or number of classes. The result was less instruction, more cattle herding, overcrowding, and obviously more money. For my son, it became "not fun anymore". You might hear Ms. Newberry mention she paid a lot for the building every now and then during a class.

Regarding instructors: There are a couple very good instructors and the rest are mediocre at best. They may have the skill, but they can't teach. If the good ones leave, that school will be in trouble.

Regarding prices: You'll probably start to notice a trend of paying for something new every 3 months. They'll graduate anyone on up to black belt if you pay for it. If you or your child is in any weapons classes, you'll use new weapons every 8 weeks and can only use gear approved by the school which happens be only the gear they sell.

I was warned by a fellow parent to watch out prior to enrolling my son at Newberry's but gave the school the benefit of the doubt due to his excitement. In the end it was a mistake and I should have gone with my gut feeling and the warning.

There are other martial arts schools in Champaign Urbana. Newberry's markets themselves better than most but that does not at all mean they are the best. Visit other schools and make a decision based on your information, not their hard sell.

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Instruction at Newberry does come with cost. That said, it's worth every penny.

(As a note for accuracy: Newberry is associated with the American Taekwondo Association/ATA. The cost for graduations actually is paid to ATA for membership. The students benefit in numerous ways from this membership, not the least of which is they can attend classes at ANY ATA studio internationally should they not be in town for a period of time. Additionally, students are NEVER pressured to test. Students regularly choose not to at any given time for a host of reasons.)

There's truth to the adage "you get what you pay for." At Newberry, you get a clean, well-lit, well-equipped studio, with instructors who not only care about getting you in shape and helping you learn tkd, but also helping you to see yourself in a new and better light. I have been with the studio for less than a half a year, and can only do the most basic program--two classes a week. With that much of my time, Newberry has managed to establish itself as a positive, communal force in my life. I have learned several methods of basic self-defense that make me feel leaps and bounds safer when I have to go somewhere on my own. I have begun to see new muscle tone on myself. And I know that twice a week, no matter what I learn in class, I will smile for MOST of the time that I'm there.

Everyone has a choice what to do with his/her money. For mine, I'm going to choose the most positive and self-affirming place in which I have ever been involved.

5
★★★★★

Instruction at Newberry does come with cost. That said, it's worth every penny.

(As a note for accuracy: Newberry is associated with the American Taekwondo Association/ATA. The cost for graduations actually is paid to ATA for membership. The students benefit in numerous ways from this membership, not the least of which is they can attend classes at ANY ATA studio internationally should they not be in town for a period of time. Additionally, students are NEVER pressured to test. Students regularly choose not to at any given time for a host of reasons.)

There's truth to the adage "you get what you pay for." At Newberry, you get a clean, well-lit, well-equipped studio, with instructors who not only care about getting you in shape and helping you learn tkd, but also helping you to see yourself in a new and better light. I have been with the studio for less than a half a year, and can only do the most basic program--two classes a week. With that much of my time, Newberry has managed to establish itself as a positive, communal force in my life. I have learned several methods of basic self-defense that make me feel leaps and bounds safer when I have to go somewhere on my own. I have begun to see new muscle tone on myself. And I know that twice a week, no matter what I learn in class, I will smile for MOST of the time that I'm there.

Everyone has a choice what to do with his/her money. For mine, I'm going to choose the most positive and self-affirming place in which I have ever been involved.

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Our experience has been fantastic. They have delivered everything they have promised, including confident kids and excellent instruction. Far from being a "belt factory," all 3 of my kids won state championships, and took 1st place at regional, national and world competitions. All from training at newberry's. Yes, it is not cheap, but we have found it worth every penny.

5
★★★★★

Our experience has been fantastic. They have delivered everything they have promised, including confident kids and excellent instruction. Far from being a "belt factory," all 3 of my kids won state championships, and took 1st place at regional, national and world competitions. All from training at newberry's. Yes, it is not cheap, but we have found it worth every penny.

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Low quality instruction with a huge price tag. These people will gladly take you for all you can pay them and do it with a smile and make you feel good about putting yourself in debt.
You can't just take a basic class here. You have to sign up for this and that and pay extra for all this gear and weaponry. Then, you get to "test" even if you aren't prepared just so they can get your extra testing fee.
This school is nothing but a belt factory.

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★★☆☆☆

Low quality instruction with a huge price tag. These people will gladly take you for all you can pay them and do it with a smile and make you feel good about putting yourself in debt.
You can't just take a basic class here. You have to sign up for this and that and pay extra for all this gear and weaponry. Then, you get to "test" even if you aren't prepared just so they can get your extra testing fee.
This school is nothing but a belt factory.

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