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One of the most import indicators of the
capabilities of a Martial Arts School is the quality of it students and
their experience while attending the school.
The following is a list of references
from our students, parents, online visitors and martial arts industry professionals describing their experiences with North
Austin Tae Kwon Do.
"I have known Master Thomas for
several years now as well as his senior students and instructors, and
have found him to be a dedicated, conscientious, and caring individual
and instructor. I have worked with the staff of North Austin Tae
Kwon Do at various seminars and have observed them at several
demonstrations and I've always been impressed with their skill and
abilities to work with their students and others. I always look forward
to seeing and training with them again. I'm sure anyone in the North
Austin area looking for martial arts training with an honest and
dedicated staff have found it in North Austin Tae Kwon Do." -
Master Dennis McHenry, National
TangSooDo Director - United States Korean Martial Arts Federation
I promised all of you that I would report on my visit to Master
Jason Thomas' dojo. All of you know me, I came up under Great
Grandmaster Joe Alvarado. There is not much in the world of martial
arts that collectively we have not seen or experienced. So when I
tell that this man, Mr. Thomas, is very knowledgeable and a true
martial artist, know that it comes from the heart and my
first-handed observation of him and his students.
I was very impressed with his class management
techniques as well as his students' sense of respect and humbleness.
This was especially noticeable in Mr. Chad Johnson, who will soon be
testing for Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt). Mr. Johnson made me
especially welcomed just by his willingness to address any question
that I put to him.
I was then graciously treated to dinner with Mr.
Thomas, Mr. Johnson, and (forgive me I don't remember his last name)
Sensei Chris (Yodan - 4th Degree) from a neighboring dojo. There Mr.
Johnson opened doors, helped seat, ordered refills for those of us
who outranked him in degrees of Black Belt only! What I mean about
that is that he has a wonderful spirit that makes me want to go back
and recapture that kind of humbleness I use to have for my superiors
and fellow students.
I truly feel that these gentlemen will make
excellent additions to the Texas / AOK martial arts family!
Gentlemen the "Welcome Mat" is extended! -Daryll
Stewart, 5th Dan Soryu Karate, Former
American Organization of Karate (AOK) Executive Committee Member
Our family discovered North Austin Tae
Kwon Do when my 7 year old son enrolled at the urging of a friend. Now,
6 months later, my 4 year old daughter and I are devoted students as
well. I have seen my children thrive under the guidance of Master Thomas
and Jo Kyo Chad. They have gained self-confidence, self-discipline, and
athleticism while having fun. I have been equally satisfied with my own
experience. Like most women, I have tried in the past to meet my fitness
needs by joining a gym, only to find the programs impersonal and
uninspiring. Thanks to NATKD I have finally found a fantastic way to
stay fit both mentally and physically. Being a student of the martial
arts has been a truly empowering experience -- it has increased my
strength, balance, flexibility, and focus. The program at North Austin TKD continues to hold my interest by constantly providing new
challenges, and the comprehensive curriculum is able to meet the needs
of students of all ages and abilities. Anyone who is looking for an
activity that will engage both mind and body will not be disappointed by
the classes at North Austin Tae Kwon Do! - Laura Herrick &
Family, Adult, Child and Tots Students.
Thank you for a great website. I am a tkd student at an ITA-affiliated
school in South Mississippi and also an information
technology professional, so I am impressed on both technical and
artistic levels. Because of both my work schedule and the
inconveniences which come from being in the Katrina-affected area, I
am only able to attend class once or twice a week, but your website
offers so much information that I can refer to it while I practice
at home and keep my skills and forms sharp. I know you only directly
service the Austin area, but I just wanted you to know that your
imaginative and comprehensive site is also helping other tkd
stidents around the nation.
of the many things I have learned since I started tkd last winter is
that there is a brotherhood/sisterhood feeling among tkd
practitioners that outweighs many of life's other circumstances.
will be in the Austin area in October to attend a family reunion. I
hope I can come take a class with all of you and personally thank
you for helping me along from afar. That is, if you have room for
another 4th Gup for an evening.
Northrop Grumman Information Technology
"The instructors at North Austin Tae
Kwon Do are knowledgeable, professional and personable. The
curriculum is rich with both traditional knowledge and practical
self-defense techniques and the students work together to help everyone
grow, its a great environment to exercise and learn in. I highly
recommend North Austin Tae Kwon Do to any one who wants to explore the
martial arts." - David Larson, Adult Student
"I had not participated in any
organized physical activity in my entire life prior to starting classes
at North Austin Tae Kwon Do. I was amazed at the patience and
willingness of the instructors to tailor a specific plan to my
individual needs. Now I'm a Blue Belt and can perform moves, that
I'd never dreamed possible or had only seen in martial arts movies."
Hornsey, Adult Student
My name is Joe and I live in
Chambersburg, PA. I recently started back with Tae Kwon Do training
after a 10yr stint. It's amazing how your body looses it's power after
having a desk job and not working out! ;-)
Anyhow, we are training for our first belt test and we doing form H1. I
stumbled across your site in search of a diagram for proper technique
and footing for training at home. I was pleasantly surprised when I found
your videos. This is great! Thank you for putting this stuff on your
Now I'll be able to help out my wife (who never had a martial arts class
in her life) with the form.
Thanks and keep up the good work! - Joe Maceira, White
"Just a note of sincere appreciation and thanks for all that Master
Jason Thomas of North Austin TKD, has done for me from when I was a Blue
Belt on through my current status as an instructor with the American
Institute of Taekwondo in San Antonio, Texas. I first met Master Thomas
while attending his 1st Annual North Austin Taekwondo/Hapkido
Open Training Seminar. I continue to attend his seminars and
tournaments. Master Thomas does not merely sit behind an office desk,
rather his joy of Martial Arts is evident as he teaches, demonstrates,
and practices the Martial Arts. I appreciate how Master Thomas can
organize events to include everyone ranging from color belts to black
belts. I am very thankful that I met Master Thomas, as I am sure others
will feel the same.
Enrique Caballero, 1st Dan - USCDKA, Instructor - American Institute of
has been my pleasure to be associated with Master Thomas and the
teaching staff of North Austin Tae Kwon Do. After knowing and
training with Master Thomas and North Austin TKD I highly recommend
anyone in the Austin area to take part in their classes. The teaching
staff is next to none when it comes to having patience, keeping the
tradition in the Korean Martial Arts, making changes and embracing the future of the
martial arts while offering an excellent choice of programs at their
- Grand Master Troy L.
Smith, President - United Martial Arts Society
"Your website is a great learning tool. I
have referred your site to my Sabunim and I use it before every workout.
To view the videos is a great help. I started about a year ago with my
two daughters and we are having a ball. I thought I was getting a bit
old for this but I am hanging in there. My children are 7 & 8 and I will
be turning 50 on the 14th of March. I guess your never to old to get in
shape." - Paul H. Williams, Student - Rochester, NY
"I just wanted to drop a line to say
thanks for your site. I am a 3rd Dan who has just returned to training
after a 5 year layoff and was able to view the Taegeuk videos and
"relearn' them this evening." - Dave Peterson, 3rd Dan -
I'm a WTF blue belt with World
TKD Academy in Olney, MD, under Grand Master Lee Won Se (9th Dan).
I would like to congratulate you on your superb web site. Every aspects
of TKD is discussed and shown, belt structure, requirements, poomsee,
history, and much more.
Austin is lucky to have a fine dojang like yours.
Keep up the good work. - Jacques Constant, Blue Belt, WTF
I am an equivalent to an orange belt
at my Tae Kwon Do school, King Tiger Martial Arts, in Vancouver,
Washington. I wanted to let you guys know I think your website is
awesome and a wealth of information for me to review forms, learn
history, and other little hints and tidbits that I need for
testing. While our school has a different belt system, the theories
and teachings appear to be very close. I just wanted to say thank
you for having such a great site out there for the public to
view and I hope you don't mind TKD students from far away using your
site for information. Keep up the good work!! Thank you ever
so much! -Nicole
I just wanted to comment on your site. I have been a black belt
for over 25 years and I have never seen anything nearly as
comprehensive as your site. You make me proud to part of the
art. Congratularions and keep up the good work! -
Bob Redmond, 2 Dan Taekwondo
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