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Help a Mom: Searching for a great martial arts school

Posted February 14, 2012

I received this email from a mom looking for a martial arts school for her son, a preschooler.

"I’m thinking about signing my son up, but I have no clue which one is the best. Can you point me in the right direction."

This mom lives in Raleigh, so I know she's looking for recommendations for schools in the city. But because Go Ask Mom's readership is broader than that, please share your favorites from across the region.

Can you recommend a school? Please share in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • wifeofa31sierra Feb 16, 2012

    I second the recommendation for Tiger Rock of Holly Springs or Tiger Rock of two children and I take taekwondo at the Tiger Rock of Sanford location, and I think they have an excellent curriculum that focuses not only on taekwondo and general physical fitness, but also on the tenets of taekwondo--honor, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, courage, community, strength, humility, and knowledge--promoting a well-rounded individual.

  • shall6 Feb 16, 2012

    And another from my inbox: I would recomend if you'll in north raleigh area, north forest pines elem, durant elem, wild wood elem. My husband has been a tae-won-do instructor for over 25 years at Lions Park, he's very reliable and love teaching students
    His name is Bruce Hagins 919 302-0495 cell. give him a call to discuss class and sign-up procedures. His e-mail address the cost i think is $25 or $30 a month.


  • shall6 Feb 16, 2012

    From my inbox: this is an excellen place to go. It teaches children and adults Protection Life Skills. It is owned by a Police Officer (Master Michael)that trains Police officers. He also has developmentally disabled children in class too. Many of the teachers that work with him are very patient.
    It is not difficult and they work with you. It is located on Old Apex Rd near Laura Duncan Rd.


  • kmcloughlin Feb 16, 2012

    We love Yongin Martial Arts in Holly Springs. They offer summer camps and after school programs as well. My son just started a sparring class and loves it. This Friday, 2/17/12, they are offering a free movie night for the kids at 7p. Call them to sign up.

  • bidonauction Feb 16, 2012

    My son has been training with Sensei Rodriguez for almost two years, and I am very happy we chose this school. It is very traditional instruction with a high degree of discipline and respect required, yet the students are encouraged and know how much Mr. Rodriguez cares about them. I think it is a perfect balance, and I am amazed at how much my son has learned. Mr. Rodriguez talks to his students about life issues such as schoolwork and behavior at home and encourages them to work hard and learn from their "best teachers" (parents). I highly recommend this school!
    A Cary mom

  • smallsd Feb 16, 2012

    Pecks Taekwondo,, in Raleigh is awesome. Mrs. Peck personally knows all of the families. The instructors care about the kids. The program is very cost effective and extremely flexible. There are no contracts or hidden fees. My children have been a part of the school for over 2 years.

  • iconoclast73 Feb 16, 2012

    Niji No Hashi Dojo on Chatham St in Cary, traditional martial arts school that teaches self defense discipline and respect. The owner is great with kids.

  • pirategirl12 Feb 15, 2012

    Karate International of Garner is awesome! I enrolled my Goddaughter there several months ago and it is now her passion. The atmosphere in the dojo is one of absolute respect. They teach the students that this respect and character extends to every aspect of their lives. Martial Arts is quite pricey BUT they have been so good to us as far as creating a payment plan that we can afford. I can't say enough positive things about Mr. Williams and his staff.

  • jlwolfe Feb 15, 2012

    I would also highly recommend Karate International. They have many locations and have been amazing for my children, as well as myself and husband. It is truly a family atmosphere there.

  • cgrunewald Feb 15, 2012

    I highly recommend US Black Belt Academy on Wade Ave near the whole foods. They really know how to motivate and keep the children interested. They do a great job and treat all their students like family.