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    Hello, I am new to the world of martial arts and have been looking around at schools in my area, I've only been to one so far and I believe its a member of WTF. I've been hearing and reading a lot about Mcdojo's and I don't want that to be me, not even for the loss of money aspect as much as I want the highest quality training I can get, I really want to try and push my self and be the best martial arts I can no matter how long it takes. I don't want to buy a black belt I want to earn it.

    Anyways the school I'm looking in to is Hwang's Martial Arts of Martin, TN it is supposedly originally founded by Grandmaster Jung Oh Hwang, who according to the site has has over 30 years of teaching experience in Tae Kwon Do and the Martial Arts. He holds a 6th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, 6th degree Black Belt in Judo, and a 7th degree Black Belt in Hapkido. He won the Silver Medal in Judo in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He no longer teaches at that school he teaches at the others and has left Chief instructor Billy Powell in charge, who has over 15 years experience in the martial arts. He studied under the tutelage of the Honorable Grandmaster Hwang up to his 3rd Dan Black Belt and earned his 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from the World Black Belt Bureau. He also holds Black Belts in Judo and Hapkido. Instructor Powell earned his Haganah F.I.G.H.T. Instructor Certification under the tutelage of Mike Lee Kanarek, founder of the Israeli Haganah hand-to-hand combat system. Currently, Hwang's Martial Arts is the only certified school in the state of Tennessee that teaches the Haganah F.I.G.H.T. program.

    The school has allowed me and two friends to try several lessons in judo and taekwondo for free and has invited us back again and again, while everyone appears to be nice and the place has a almost family oriented value. The thing that gets me is the 6 month we've been asked to sign they "giving us a deal" by putting us on a buddy system that will make our fees 40 dollars a month. However there is also a down payment and our uniforms cost about 45 dollars one being for TKD, and a seprate Gi for judo if we choose to take it. They also suggest we buy our own equipment down the line though there is some to be used from the school.

    The website for the school I'll be attending is here,
    http://www.hwangsmartialarts.net/index.htm

    and the over all site for Hwang's schools is located here, http://www.hwangsmartialarts.com/index2.htm

    If you don't mind taking a look at it and telling me if everything is on the straighten arrow I would greatly appericate it...

  • #2
    How close are you to Jackson TN? There is an excellent Hapkido instructor there by the name of Master Don Holcomb.

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    • #3
      The add on fees are not too bad! Down the road you can find cheaper Gis but 40$ is about a normal retail price. And you will need sparring gear, and bag gloves are nice to have, the stuff you sweat in you really don't want to share!

      Sounds like a good deal to me!

      Of course, if the instruction is good... ^_^

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      • #4
        JStinson, I was orignally looking at a school in Jackson since its the only place that was listed in my yellow pages, but I live probably about a hour away or so I believe, its close enough to travel to easily but just far enough away that I wouldn't be able to make every week and gas would kill me. However since you mention I may try to travel up there one weekend and see whats going on in that area.

        GranFire thanks for the advice, thanks to both of you two for your input. So far the insturction to me appears good and the classes we have had with him so far he has taken the time to watch us and make sure we are doing things properly and showing us how to fix our mistakes, its been rather enjoyable so I don't think it suffers from trying to make to much profit, I just wanted some advice before hand, to make sure everything was normal and I thank you for your insight.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sk8vanX View Post
          Hello, I am new to the world of martial arts and have been looking around at schools in my area, I've only been to one so far and I believe its a member of WTF. I've been hearing and reading a lot about Mcdojo's and I don't want that to be me, not even for the loss of money aspect as much as I want the highest quality training I can get, I really want to try and push my self and be the best martial arts I can no matter how long it takes. I don't want to buy a black belt I want to earn it.

          Anyways the school I'm looking in to is Hwang's Martial Arts of Martin, TN it is supposedly originally founded by Grandmaster Jung Oh Hwang, who according to the site has has over 30 years of teaching experience in Tae Kwon Do and the Martial Arts. He holds a 6th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, 6th degree Black Belt in Judo, and a 7th degree Black Belt in Hapkido. He won the Silver Medal in Judo in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He no longer teaches at that school he teaches at the others and has left Chief instructor Billy Powell in charge, who has over 15 years experience in the martial arts. He studied under the tutelage of the Honorable Grandmaster Hwang up to his 3rd Dan Black Belt and earned his 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from the World Black Belt Bureau. He also holds Black Belts in Judo and Hapkido. Instructor Powell earned his Haganah F.I.G.H.T. Instructor Certification under the tutelage of Mike Lee Kanarek, founder of the Israeli Haganah hand-to-hand combat system. Currently, Hwang's Martial Arts is the only certified school in the state of Tennessee that teaches the Haganah F.I.G.H.T. program.

          The school has allowed me and two friends to try several lessons in judo and taekwondo for free and has invited us back again and again, while everyone appears to be nice and the place has a almost family oriented value. The thing that gets me is the 6 month we've been asked to sign they "giving us a deal" by putting us on a buddy system that will make our fees 40 dollars a month. However there is also a down payment and our uniforms cost about 45 dollars one being for TKD, and a seprate Gi for judo if we choose to take it. They also suggest we buy our own equipment down the line though there is some to be used from the school.

          The website for the school I'll be attending is here,
          http://www.hwangsmartialarts.net/index.htm

          and the over all site for Hwang's schools is located here, http://www.hwangsmartialarts.com/index2.htm

          If you don't mind taking a look at it and telling me if everything is on the straighten arrow I would greatly appericate it...
          Sorry, but your not new to martial arts. You writing shows that. Try another way to defame Taekwondo. Also, no school can be a member of the WTF.

          Alcohol

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          • #6
            I'll take that as a complement on my writing skills, but I really am new to martial arts I swear, they've all ways interested me and i took one free trail of karate my parents got me when I was about 5 years old, but I'm 18 now and have never actually been involved with any besides that few free lessons when I was a wee tot.

            My writing only shows that I've spent the last 3 or 4 days studying/reading ever article I can find on forums like these/websites/wikipedia/etc.

            Besides Why would I be out to defame Taekwondo, I plan on enrolling in a Tae kwon Do School!! That would be a waste of time for me to deframe something I would like to become involved in.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dodgeduckdodge View Post
              Sorry, but your not new to martial arts. You writing shows that. Try another way to defame Taekwondo. Also, no school can be a member of the WTF.

              Alcohol


              WTF....

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