Overland Park, KS
Why choose Taekwondo and not another activity?
Realistically, I like indoor sports because I can support my child year-round without having to endure extreme heat, cold, or rain. I also like the flexibility of the schedule. There are 6 classes available and we should attend 2 per week, but I can pick the days that work best for my family given my daily workload and whats going on with my other kids each week. Its not a now or never time slot each week. Plus, I would argue that theres a lot more dedication to positive character development in taekwondo than other sports.
Why choose Elite Martial arts?
My 10-year-old daughter has attended Elite for 5 years and I continue to be pleased with the instruction, formation, and community that the Elite staff provides. The school continues to grow in numbers, but also maintains a strong foundation of kind, motivated, and welcoming families that have been here for years and create the family atmosphere. If youre looking for a community of people that dedicate their hearts and souls to taekwondo, you will find it here. If youre looking for something to do just for fun but are not interested in a serious commitment, you will be equally welcomed, respected, and appreciated in this school. In my opinion, the main goal of all the instructors, staff members, and devout parents filling the seats every night are to build up and support every student, every day. During every single class, my daughter is praised at least once, usually more, by instructors and assistants that make it a priority to get to know and build relationships with every single student. I love that my daughter has a positive place to go where she can work with friends for the personal betterment of all without fostering any negativity or bitter competition with anyone. I also appreciate the growing diversity of the student that I have observed over the years. I truly believe that training here is better preparing her to work positively with a variety of people of differing skills in a global society.
While the exercise and self-defense skills my daughter has obtained are a plus, I value the program most for the character development maintained throughout all levels of the program. Instructors regularly address normal child feelings and how to deal with them effectively, values and how to live like a black belt by showing discipline, integrity, honesty, and resilience while also acknowledging human nature that make it hard to abide by them all the time. All of this is communicated from a place of striving for betterment and not one of judgement or recrimination. I also love knowing that my daughter is developing friendships with children that have this same mentality and goals with regards to their own values. While the school works to prepare students for success, it also creates a safe and supportive environment for people to experience failure. My daughter failed 3 consecutive belt testings while she struggled to implement the right movements and angle to break the board, despite her instructors best efforts. While no one plans for or desires failure, I was pleased with how well she learned to handle this struggle, the constructive support both her peers and instructors showed her, and how much she has matured since she experienced this.
While it pains me slightly to know that I drive by 4 martial arts academies on the 20 minute drive from my house to get to the school, and as students rise to more advanced levels, the cost increases, but for me it is worth the investment knowing that my daughter is being trained in such a positive, loving, community-oriented atmosphere that reinforces the values I want her to have as a leader and global citizen.
Bonus: Chipotle just opened right across the street.
My only caveat would be that Mr. Ritch naturally speaks very quickly, so English Language Learners or children that struggle to keep up with a fast pace may struggle in his classes and may do better in Mr. Besadas classes in the Overland Park Elite school.