1. Tae Kwon Do is a Way of Life

    Taekwondo is a way of life

    I’ve trained in Taekwondo since I was 38, I just started yesterday but now fast forward I’m 54. 13 of those years have been with Master Berry and his awesome school. I can’t tell you how many children and adults I have seen come through the school as a very young age and grow into awesome people. I’ve seen children and adults transformed from timid, unconfident individuals into strong confident adults. I’ve seen teachers from local schools come into the school and ask what Master Berry is doing and teaching as they can’t figure out why the children coming into their classroom are so respectful and courteous. Part of the answer is commitment. If you’re committed to coming in and letting your child train or you yourself Master Berry is committed to your excellence. As a Master and a teacher, he is committed to “the Family” that exists at the school. For me it’s attention to detail that helps me at work and throughout life. It brings a different level of awareness of your surroundings and allows one to take the characteristics and values of training and use that in day to day life.

    Take a chance and come in for a week of classes for you or your children. You won’t be disappointed, and you will realize it brings you or your family to a higher level.

    Mr. Beichler, student for life.

    Shawn Beichler
  2. Master Berry helped my shy teenager develop into a strong, confident, outgoing young woman

    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
  3. I unquestionably view the decision to start as the best one I have ever made

    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
  4. This program has helped shape my son into an amazing young person

    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
  5. My TaeKwonDo Journey has Just Begun

    In September of 2015 I took a self defense class at the beach at the annual black belt club beach trip with my grandchildren who train at RT Berry School of TaeKwonDo. The instructor of that course, who is a Master in TaeKwonDo, told me I needed to be training. Now I was 63 years old at that time and nothing was further from my mind than training. Of course I knew everyone, and had friends there, but my role was observer and I had never thought of changing that. However she planted a seed in my brain. I was fairly convinced that I was too old to begin training, but that thought continued to wiggle around in my brain. So one day I worked up enough guts to talk with Master Berry about training. He did not hesitate! He encouraged me to begin and said I would be fine. So near the end of October of 2015 I stepped into the Do Jang for the first time as a participant instead of an observer. And I can say that it was the best decision that I have ever made for myself! I have never been pushed beyond my limits, but I have been encouraged to exceed them. The people that I “knew” have become family. Master Summers, who was the person who first encouraged me to train, told me that if I hang out with young people and do what they do that I will stay young! I believe her! I was very proud the day Master Berry tied on my white belt. I knew on that day that I would do something that might set an example for others my age who had decided to stay in the rocking chair. The day I joined the black belt club was another proud moment. That was a commitment made my me to Master Berry and to myself that I would do what it took to earn my black belt. I now wear a red belt and have only one more color belt to test for before I test for my black belt. To me, that is amazing! I cannot say enough about what this program has done for me personally. I feel the best that I’ve felt in many years. I believe I could hold my own if I ever had to fight,(wouldn’t that be a surprise for the bad guy!), plus my self confidence is at an all time high. I have obtained an entire extended family, and have watched my grandchildren who train, develop into amazing young people. There is a saying on the wall in the Do Jang that states: “A black belt is a white belt who doesn’t quit.” I make sure I read that every time I train! At the end of this year at age 67, I will realize this saying to be very true! And in my heart I know that my TaeKwonDo journey has just begun.

    Steele Family