I love this place!!!! Class is fun and challenging, trainers are good at motivating students as well as teaching them discipline. Teaches structure, self defense, and self respect. A great place to become a better you!!! Try it once and you'll be hooked, I promise!!!!
In Response to "Pass on the Money Pit". This is in response... Wow, you sound really upset! From what I read it sounds like you went in there with a chip on your shoulder just looking for something to whine about. I have heard of this school and the master/head coach's reputation. Him and his teams are the real deal. Life-time martial artists. I very much doubt that any of their black belts, child or adult was weak. If anything it was you who couldn't stand-up to it. I am sure you and your family probably couldn't keep up with the training and looked for an excuse to bale out. Authentic martial arts Isn't for everyone. Maybe you should be looking for Fitness Kickboxing... you know some kind of Tae-Bo kind of place. It will be light enough for you. Plus, about contracts... any reputable martial arts school or fitness center will expect everyone to commit by using an agreement. If they don't, they are not professional. Remember... contracts are legal commitments by both parties. You make the payments, they supply the service. If they were cancelable, why have them? Plus, if everyone is doing jab, cross, uppercut ... doesn't matter what rank - these are the foundations of Kickboxing and what separates the level is not the techniques themselves but the intensity that is being used by each rank. You sound like what is called in the martial arts, a "A Lobby Master." Best thing you could have done is just listened to the instructors and allowed them to do their job. They are the martial arts experts, not YOU!
Pass on this Money Pit. We found this establisment by Googling Kickboxing. We went in for our free class and decided to sign up our family. We have only been 5 times and are sick of it. I first noticed while sitting in on my daughter's class that kids that had just started that week were far better at the kicks and punches than the kids wearing black belts. Why is that??? Because if you pay $50 you get to upgrade to the next belt color. It's not based on your abilities at all. It's based on how much money you give them. How can I explain to my five year old that even though she is doing all they ask of her and trying her best that she will always be a white belt unless I pay them $50 for the next color?? Because apparently $180/month for the three of us isn't enough to cover that. In our class, the "Adult" Basic class. There are kids in there with us who aren't even strong enough to hold the bag for you while your punching it. I wanted to be paired up with my boyfriend during the class but you can't do that because they pair you up by sex. So I get stuck with two black belt females who don't punch as hard as my five year old does. And in turn I can't punch the pad as hard as I can for fear of hurting them because they act like they're too weak to hold it. During our second week we were asked how we liked it and stuff of that nature and so I asked the instructor to explain to me how everyone was on the same level. Because the five times we went we were on basic punches and kicks. The same thing that the black belts were doing. The same thing that my child was doing in her classes. So I asked him how it works that people who had been doing this for months were still on basic manuevers with us. He basically just talked around it and I just said ok because I know bs when I hear it. The night we signed up we were told that we could cancel at anytime even though our paper said we planned to attend until June. So tonight we tried to cancel only to be told by their billing company that you either have to move, die or be injured to cancel. My boyfriend has now called them three times this evening to speak to the owner/manager, whatever he is, only to be told that he's in a class. Funny, we have the class schedule and specifically called around those class times yet he's still unavailble. The first time he called he actually talked to the instructor who signed us up, the same one who told us we could cancel at anytime but tonight he seemed confused by that statement and needed to have the manager call us back. Needless to say he never called and wasn't available the next two times my boyfriend called back. Oh and don't forget that they say you get free uniforms. Yes you do but it's hideous, uncomfortable and hot. We decided to make do with the pants and just purchase 3 tee shirts for $60 then 3 pair of gloves and wraps was $150. Total waste of money!
Eyes on Who?.
Just wanted to drop a few lines of appreciation to the staff at TKA. Since enrolling the men in my life, not only have I seen a difference in attitude, self respect and disipline with my kids but a much stronger bond of their father/son relationship. Black Belt Attitude is spread throughout the house, woohoo!!!
Thank you all!
Renewed Confidence. My wife and I started at TKA in January2011. Both of us turning 50, we were looking for something for execise but I'd tried gyms before and they were boring. We found so much more at TKA. We found a great workout but also a lifestyle change that has us both re-energized and looking forward to our next class, belt and acheivements. As others have stated in reviews, you don't feel like just another student at TKA, you feel like your part of a family. The instructors are great!
Great Workout and Great Friends!.
Texas Kickboxing Academy is the perfect place to get in a great workout and meet some terrific people. I started training with Sifu Garcia and Mr. Ozuna over five years ago on the recommendation of a friend. I was new to Houston and looking for a great workout, self defense tips, and meeting people outside of work. I have found all three at TKA.
I achieved my black belt right after about three years of training. Two other women that started about the same time as me got theirs also, so it was really rewarding to share the experience with others that had been working side by side with me.
The instructors always make sure that you get a good workout in every class, by mixing a variety of exercises and techniques. Pounding on the bags and pads is a great stress relief too, especially on those tough days when you just need to blow off some steam!
While I love going to class for the workout, I really enjoy going and seeing the friends that I have made there. They really motivate you to keep coming to class and working towards your black belt. I have met some of my best friends through TKA and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Part of a team!. I've been with Texas Kickboxing Academy since the beginning. I am working towards my 4th degree black belt and am enjoying every class. The instructors are professional yet personal. It's fun and tough! I couldn't imagine not being a part of this school...I feel like part of a team! The school is family oriented and has a great mix of kids and adults (both men and women). I highly recommend this school to anyone...friends and family alike!
A great place!.
I love this place! My son and I joined January of 2010. The instructors give the kids a lot of positive reinforcement. They talk to them every class about respect honor and decipline at the academy, home, and school. My son's confidence is much higher.
As a mother I cannot tell you enough how great this place is for kids.
I feel so much stronger and can see a difference in my body. My blood pressure has come down also.
This was a great choice for my son and I!
TKA is the BEST!.
In response to the "Pass on the Money Pit" below:
I have been a student for nearly three years as has my entire family. A few points:
1. You've been to five classes and you are already an expert on martial arts, how people promote and the skill level of students?
2. When you join, it is very clear that you are committing to a term. Why? martial arts is about commitment, and not for people who find it acceptable to not only quit, but teach that same lesson to their children.
3.Things like belts, paying the staff who spend the entire day at the graduation ceremony and the use of the facility cost money. $50 is not unreasonable for that opportunity, as well as the positive effect it has on the kids who light up when the crowd cheers for them on stage.
4. TKA is a place where we all work with and support each other. People who make little to no effort, require special treatment and display an attitude that is anything but "Adult" are not missed.
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