Both of my sons train at R. T. Berry School of Tae Kwon Do. My oldest, Owen, is currently 8 and earned his child Black Belt almost a year ago. He started training when he was 3 1/2 years old in the Tigers Program. It was a spur of the moment decision to take the trial class with a friend of his and, while his friend did not continue, we did and my son loved it. Owen thoroughly enjoyed the Tigers Program but was beyond excited to join the ‘big kids’ class and start earning belts. It didn’t take us very long to realize how much this program benefited not only our son but our family. Our school teachers, family, and friends noticed the impact that it had on our son. At eight years old he is responsible, respectful, dedicated, focused, compassionate, kind and has learned what goals are and how to set them, and most importantly, work to reach them. I thank a lot of these traits, if not all, to what he’s learned while under the instruction of Master Berry. Character aside, Owen is stronger, confident and knows how to defend himself and avoid situations where he may be in danger. This program has helped shape my son into an amazing young person and I couldn’t be more thankful. My youngest son, Sebastian, is almost 4 and has been in the Tigers Program for close to two years and he is about to graduate to the ‘big kid’ class very soon. Knowing what this program has done for my oldest son, I know what is in store for my youngest, and I am excited to see what he will learn and take from this program. I have a daughter, Aislinn, as well and while she does not train, the school is incredibly caring and respectful to her, and many of the things that my sons are being taught rub off on her as well. The school is more than just Tae Kwon Do, it truly plays a huge role in the character of the children, and the adults, that walk through the door. This school holds some of our dearest friends and we’ve made memories to last a lifetime. It quickly became a community we can depend on and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone I can. Brittany Wardrip
I have been training with Master Berry for almost 12 years now and unquestionably view the decision to start as the best one I have ever made. I became involved with the Martial arts and the Robert Summers Association when my children were 7 and 8 years old (16 years ago) when it was recommended to me to have my youngest son start as a way to increase his confidence and self- esteem. I saw drastic changes over the first 6 months they were training and realized that this was not an activity but a way of life and would be a beneficial part of theirs until they were grown. They earned their first Black Belt right around the same time that Master Berry announced he was opening his own school at Lake Norman. That is when I decided to start and I have never looked back. I have continued to watch my sons grow and mature and now the “shy one” is a United States Army Airborne Ranger. I can honestly say that that would not have happened if it were not for his continued dedication to training during his teen age years and the discipline and mind set it gave him. He still craves it and trains with Master Berry whenever he gets the opportunity. My oldest son has continued his training with Master Berry and has just earned his Master level or 4th Degree Black Belt. His work ethic in everything he does is a true reflection of his training with Master Berry as well. It is an amazing thing to share something this special with my children. Beginning as an adult was a different experience but with the same results. Master Berry teaches us all how to set goals and to achieve them in all aspects of our lives. On a professional level I began realizing how beneficial the martial arts and Master Berry’s program would be to most of the children that I was seeing for developmental delays, sensory integration issues and even ADHD. I have recommended many children start in the martial arts and have seen remarkable benefits for them as well. On a physical level it coordinates the right and left side of the body, increases both fine and gross motor coordination, and enhances endurance and balance as well. The discipline and mental side of Master Berry’s program teaches all children impulse and emotional control as well as how to deal with the many issues kids face these days. A little over 4 years ago, I was given the opportunity to be at the school full time and second to starting my training with Master Berry this was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself.
The Best Family
My daughter and I began training with Master Berry over 8 years ago. We have both enjoyed the journey and the training and the friendships we've made along the way. Master Berry helped my shy teenager develop into a strong, confident, outgoing young woman. When she went off to college her father and I did not have to worry about what decisions she would make because we knew her training had helped her learn honor, discipline, leadership, and many other important life lessons. Training is a way of life, and Master Berry's leadership and development of the individual is exceptional.
The Miller Family
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