my review is what i wrote in my first post. no need to assign a number system to vague criteria. whatever "grims" wrote is 100% accurate. yodaman definitely has either hard feelings, or he thinks traditional martial arts aren't the way to go. this isn't a case of discovering some dude with two years of training saying he's a black belt and trying to open a school somewhere (think david lang). this is a man who has been at the same location for 27 years teaching. so attack me personally all you want. but respect traditional instruction, TMA's, respect the dedication of 27 years teaching experience. you don't need cauliflower ears to be a good martial artist
i guess no matter how much i talk plain common sense, you just don't hear what i'm saying... do you have cauliflower ear?
Full contact fighters get cauliflower ears. You make a snarky comment about cauliflower ears and understanding your post yet I am supposed to infer you have respect for them. Slow down on your backtracking before you trip
I did not create the format, it's in the stickies.
Yes the site is important to me. I enjoy posting and reading posts here. I think you are showing arrogance and disrespect. What is your objection to the format? I suspect you can not justify giving the school perfect scores and are afraid of offending your instructor or classmates.
I'm a long time lurker and this is my first post. I'm also a former long time student at Choi's tkd (9+ years for family and I) so I may have something useful to add to the reviews. Take the following information for what it's worth as I will admit that I did not leave the school on good terms but will do my best to be fair to the school and Master Choi.
Equipment: 5 There are wavemaster bags at one end of the dojang as well as a number of striking and focus pads.
Gym size: 9 The workout floor is quite large.
Instructor/student ratio: 3-5 It depends on who's leading class and what Master Choi has going on in the front lounge area of the school to determine if and when he will take over and lead class.
Atmosphere/Attitude: 6 There are cliques and favorite students within the classes.
Striking: 3 There is typically very little actual striking other than some focus pad kicking on occasion.
Grappling: 2 There's very little of what could be called grappling at the school and what there is typically happens during the summer months only.
Weapons:1 There are no weapons.
Here's a quick overview of the school and I'll be happy to answer any questions that I know the answer of.
Master Choi has been at the same location for 27+ years and he has trained people to compete in the past. The last time I believe he actually did anything like this was either 2007 or 2008. He use to have instructors from other schools come and judge during promotion tests but he stopped this in 2009 and judges all promotion tests with a couple of senior student helpers. He does have a decent way with younger children and new students this changes with time.
The school is VERY, FILTHY, and poorly maintained. There are 2 families that I know of who suffered asthma symptoms while there. these went away within 2 weeks of them leaving the school. There is for lack of a better term nasty funk that's way more than the smell of sweat that permeates the place. If there's anyone in the area who doesn't believe this head over to the school. Cleaning and repair of things is not something that's on the radar. At the tuition he charges this is unacceptable given that his rates are substantially higher than any other martial arts school in the area.
The forms that are taught are Taeguk and there is heavy emphasis on conditioning. Master Choi has only a limited amount of patience for people who are in his mind overweight. He has kicked overweight students out in the past. Master Choi also has no tolerance for anyone who wants to explore an additional martial art which may be complimentary to the kicking of TKD. To Master Choi MMA is a fad. I do not practice MMA but don't have a problem with the students who would like to.
Maybe it's due to how Master Choi was raised but there is a division of how he treats various students depending on what either they or in the case of children their parents do for a living. Dr, Lawyer, Professor are at the top rung and there's more tolerance shown. as the professions go further down the ladder there are subtle changes/allowances given.
Lilburley stated in his/her post that nobody's ever been injured at the school. I personally know of the following injuries to different students. teenage female broken ankle, teenage girl broken bone in foot, 11 year old girl broken foot at growth plate, adult female broken bone in foot, adult female broken bone in forearm, adult female broken bones in foot from spectator child running and taking her out. I was right next to her and it was ugly, Me grade 2 ankle sprain, torn meniscus, patella tendonitis. There are other injuries but these are the ones I was there for and were at the top of my head.
I'll answer any questions I can.
Hello pj66. You said you have trained at Chung Choi's Taekwondo before in the past.
In your experience, was there a high level of WTF sparring at the school? With fast, hard contact? In other words, the type of training you would see for full-contact point sparring competitions?
I live in the Binghamton area, and I'm very passionate about Taekwondo. But I'm having a really difficult time finding a reputable TKD school that trains hard for WTF competitions. Do you have any recommendations for me if Chung Choi's isn't good? Thanks so much.