Margate >Barrett Hapkido Martial Arts
You hace to check this out!. Coming to Barrett as a member of a totally different Martial Arts discipline, I have a priviliged perspective on what Barrett Hapkido is all about. The willingness and ablilty to drop the mantle of a previous art and embrace the way of cordinated power was harder than I thought. But with the guidance of an expert teacher I was patiently sheperded along a different path that was full of whirling circular motions and redirected energies. I was truly impresed and hope to continue learning this exiting and powerful art.
Top Notch Martial Arts School!!.
Barrett Hapkido is a unique martial arts school. They are traditional in their teaching approach. A student learns principals and philosophy instead of memorization. Barrett Hapkido does not teach, "if an attacker does this, you do that". What they do teach is "if an attacker does this, there are several potential possibliities”. The major difference is if you “memorize” a counter move and it does not work, you are stuck thinking about what do to next. When you learn principals and philosopy, when one counter move does not work, you will fluidly move to the next. In many schools, a student can memorize a few moves, pay a “testing fee” and “earn” their next belt. In some cases, you can pay extra to get on the “accelerated plan”. At Barrett Hapkido there are no “testing fees” and there is no “accelerated plan”. When you have trained and learned the necessary skills to promote to the next belt, Sabunim will call you to the front of the class and promote you. You know you have truly EARNED it. In today’s society, people want instant gratification. When parents can pay extra so their child can get the next belt, this not only creates a false sense of security, but also teaches negative life skills. Would you rather teach your child, work hard and earn something or pay a little extra to get what you want? I know what I am teaching my son. If you walk into a school and see a 12 year old black belt, ask yourself, “Has that student MASTERED the necessary skills or simply PAID the necessary funds?” It is no different from getting ready for open-heart surgery and seeing a 12 year old “doctor” getting ready to cut open your chest.
Barrett Hapkido creates family environment. There are no egos, no macho tough guys and no entitlement attitudes. They live and train by their motto, “Strength through each other”. New students are always welcomed and senior belt students will always lend a helping hand. When looking for a martial arts school for my son and I to attend, I visited several of them. Within minutes I knew this was the school us. The students work hard and work together. Barrett Hapkido is not an aggressive fight school, but rather a school where Sabunim teaches his students to use their skills to defend themselves and help others.
This school is truly different than most. Sabunim creates a positive environment where hard work and dedication is rewarded. He does not require contracts. If you want to train you go train, if you don’t, then you don’t. There is a low monthly fee of $89/month and discounts for additional family members. If you are considering attending a martial arts school for yourself and/or you children, I highly recommend Barrett Hapkido. Come by and observe a class or try a class for free. I promise your first class will not be your last.
Great School / Family Friendly.
Tough guys always boast that their school / martial arts form is better is better than someone else's... Truth be told is that every form has its strengths and weaknesses! As Sir Francis Bacon once said - "Knowledge is power!" and at this school "knowledge" is what you and/or your child will get! If your looking for tough guys you won't find them here!
I choose this school for my child over others for a few simple reasons:
1) A recommendation from friend I trust that is a student of Sabunim Barrett's as well as his 5 year old son.
2) This is a small "family" school, not a big machine after your money!
3) The entire school works as a family to strengthen, encourage, and guide each other building confidence, self esteem, and skill to protect themselves.
If your looking for a school with flashy "bling bling", 5 year old black belts, a lot of yelling, or a school to teach you to be a fighter this school might not be for you.
If your looking for a school that masters in marketing and loves to convince you to shell over your hard earned dollars for a new color belt for you or your child every 2 months you might be better off at Kohls or Target...
If your looking for a place that you can train, learn, help others as they help you, this place IS for you!
Any martial arts form requires a commitment for you to be proficient and competent. At most schools the commitment is monetary, but at Barrett Hapkido the commitment is dedication to yourself and training consistently.
Sabunim Barrett does NOT require any contracts! does NOT charge ridiculous membership fees, nor does he even charge for belts or testing!!! Currently we just pay just $89.00 a month for my 6 year old son to go as many times per week as we can manage. (between other sports we do Lacrosse & Soccer)
Children's classes (Age 5-13) are held Monday - Thursday from 6:30pm - 7:30pm and on Saturdays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Adult DAY classes are held Monday & Wednesday 12:30pm-2pm and Saturday 2:30pm to 4pm
Adult NIGHT classes are held Monday - Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Sabunim Barrett opens his school to anyone who wants to come watch or even try a class! Wear something comfortable and come down and give it a shot.
This review WAS written completely by me ( Tom ) a parent of a student. We are NOT related to Sabunim in any way nor were compensated or asked to write such a hyped up review for him. I am just a proud parent of a student and am happy to find a person like Sabunim Barrett to teach my child. He is a good person and is trying hard to give these kids (and adults too he has students from age 5 to almost age 80 training there) some good competent training that they will need in this screwed up world we live in. I am usually the on Monday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays watching my son train, come in say hi and see for yourself what I've been saying so you too can leave a similar review.
"We all take time out of our lives to complain about things, but few us take the time to complement and credit those who do well. We all should try to this once in awhile so the great places / people around us stay around and maybe we can teach future generations to be kinder then our current one" - Me
The Best Martial Arts. I have been sending my kids to this school for years now. This is the best school around. There are other schools near by. When I took my kids to see them, they said "look dad their dancing". Because they are use to all areas of self defense. Not just kicking and punching choreographed to a long kick set, to get their stripe or belt. Choreographed meaning pretend. I know when a male attacks my daughter, wrestling is his agenda. This school you earn your belts by real submission grappeling, sparing, nonresistance, striking, wrestling, joint locks, and pressure points on real oppenents trying to choke you. you get more for your money here.
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