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