"I just wanted you to know how very impressed we are with your staff. My son started in June and I’ve attended two of his sessions so far and can’t say enough good things about his instructors. He doesn’t easily pay the most attention and this is the first time he’s done something like this. Each instructor was so patient, nice and encouraging! "
What we like about MAFCI:
Classes are offered throughout the week, so attending fits into a busy schedule.
TKD requires discipline to achieve mastery. It teaches hard work and determination. We’ve noticed that our son used to whine about completing tasks before, now he persists.
Respect is integral to TKD. It encourages respect outside the martial arts center. Our son has actually called us ma’am and sir.
Training and coaching is positive and helps the student build confidence and self-esteem. A quiet confidence has taken over our teenager.
After years of hockey, soccer and baseball, we were pleased to find an environment where students can achieve, without pressure from parents.
Thank you for all that you do. We are really pleased to have found MAFCI."
John & Paula
"Once I heard about the private training, I began thinking that this might be the thing that I need to improve in and better understand the techniques in self-defense as well as eventually other areas in Taekwondo.
The benefits are many. Most importantly the one-on-one training has been great. Not only am I getting dedicated instruction in each technique, but I get great feedback if I am doing the technique correctly. I am also learning not only the nuances of various techniques but also some of the practical approaches to self-defense as well. I have found the private training extremely beneficial and very worthwhile and look forward to continuing with it." Darcy
"Master Gommels, I just wanted to send you a short letter to thank you for all the help and guidance you’ve given me during testing and some of my visits to the fitness center.
Prior to starting Tae Kwon Do I was seeing a Chiropractor about twice a week. I have Arthritis in my lower back, hips, and shoulder. I also have a ruptured disc in my lower back that causes muscle spasms that lock my hips up and make it hard to walk. I started training in Tae Kwon Do originally to spend extra time with my two sons. Within a few weeks I noticed an improvement in my lower back. The spasms weren’t as severe and my hips wouldn’t lock up like they had been. That let me cut down to getting adjusted once a week. Eventually I was able to stop seeing my Chiropractor. I can only contribute the improvement in my lower back to Tae Kwon Do. I just wanted to thank you and all of your instructors for the superior training and giving me a better quality of life."
Thank you, Jeff
"Our six year old son has been doing Tae Kwon Do for about six months now. We've noticed that he seems to channel his energy more appropriately, he is learning to accept responsibility for his actions, and he demonstrates more respect for others, and for himself.
We know that much of the credit for these positive changes goes to his training in Tae Kwon Do.
When we encountered one particularly bumpy spot on the parenting road, I approached you, Master Gommels, because so many others have spoken so highly of your insight and genuine interest in helping kids do well in ALL areas of development: physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational. Your questions of me were poignant, and your advice to me has yielded immeasurable results. We're thankful to have found an organization with values consistent with our own!"
Sincerely, A Happy Mom
"To be taught one-on-one by Master Gommels is an experience that has changed my practice in martial arts, giving it new direction and energy. When given the opportunity to work with a master, dissecting technique into great detail, learning the "why's and where's", it changes your views on the quality and meaning of your martial art. This then changes your mind set on your personal practice in martial arts giving it much more meaning and discipline.
Somehow Master Gommels instills in his students the desire to strive to learn to see their own faults and to appreciate their strengths, thereby, becoming their own teacher."
"Our son at age 14 was diagnosed with Aspergers (a form of autism). At first we tried counseling. The doctors were knowledgeable, but we didn’t see the results that we had hoped for. We hear that martial arts training builds self-esteem and confidence. So we decided to give it a try.
Our son has been training in Taekwondo at the Martial Art Fitness Center for over 10 years now. He is now more outgoing and has an easier time communicating with people. He has received his black belt and is an instructor now. We are expecting that he will gain even more confidence through this leadership program, so that he will be better able to function in the adult world."