by Rob P. 03/01/2010
Hmm, I couldn't disagree more with the "anonymous" negative review of American Hapkido MMA on insider pages. I think this person incorrectly confuses leadership with a "god complex".
As a former martial arts school owner, I've found Master Anderson a very approachable person and open to both constructive criticism and ideas other than his own for both the business and program side of things. He is after all the master of the studio and rightly does value his "sucessful" years of experience both in training methodology and business, but shows genuine acceptance of other methods and views (which I can attest is rare in the martial arts world). There are, in fact, other fairly local studio owners, I've met, who study under Master Anderson to improve thier business and martial arts skillsets.
My 8 year old (black belt in another martial art) has benefitted by the diverse program and nurturing environment (not to be confused with coddling, he is challenged on many levels in a truly caring way). The after school program is loosely, in my observations, run in some aspects, but has definite boundaries that allow the students martial arts instruction, help with homework and schooling as well as a safe environment to just be a kid (play is important for very young children both in social and emotional realms). My son attends the summer programs and has flourished in them as much or more than in the city programs . . . he hasn't come back with any "interesting choices" in vocabulary from the Hapkido summer program, but he has from several others he's attended.
My family's experience has been acceptance with open arms, and recognition that our style and training methods have been different (as varies between martial arts). I've been able to keep the good things I brought from my old system and learned a lot of very good and useful techniques to add to my portfolio of skills.
I've been all over the county on business travel and visit different martial arts programs everywhere I go. I'm happy with AHMMA both in the martial arts experience my family has received and with how the program and staff compare with any I've seen in my travels.
Please feel free to stop by the studio or Moorpark Athletic Club (I'm there a lot) and talk to me personally about my experiences.
I am a member not an employee of American Hapkido MMA.