For anyone considering enrolling their child or themselves in the Live Oak Martial Arts program, I wanted to post this testimonial:
A friend recommended Jason Hughes and his program because he said that it was a very flexible schedule (you can go 4 days a week or one if you like), and a great environment.
But when I put my own kids in the program…all three of them (ages 11, 6 and 3), I had no idea how much they would enjoy the program or what a positive influence on them it would be. Since they’ve been taking Tae Kwon Do, my 6 year old son’s 1st grade teacher said she noticed a change in him. She said he had become more focused and had matured and become less fidgety etc. I asked her when she noticed the change and she said in January. Unbeknownst to her, that was when he started Tae Kwon Do.
My daughter (age 11) has become more self assured physically because she knows she is learning skills that she can protect herself with, as well as having fun and getting fit. Testing for their first belts was like a rite of passage. It really helped them learn confidence and to go out and give it everything you have. And when Jason asks them what they will do if they don’t pass the test? – The whole class responds "try harder next time". What a great lesson to learn!
But its Jason’s teachings of the “tenets” of Tae Kwon Do that my children have benefited from the most. They have learned respect for themselves and others, a desire to do well, to be persistent, and to be supportive of others…you name the virtue… Jason tries to instill it. And he does it in such a way that the children are eager to learn them.
One day my three year old thought he was going to be in trouble. But it wasn’t me or his father that he was worried about. It was Mr. Hughes and the tenet of courtesy to your brother and sister. And I say this because they aren’t afraid of him, on the contrary, they don’t want to disappoint him. He has a positive, strict, but nurturing influence over his younger students. Even at my three year old's young age, I see him mastering the moves and learning excellent coordination skills under Jason's patient guidance.
Ask anyone with a child in the program and you’ll find the same resounding tone: We all feel fortunate to have found Jason and Live Oak Martial Arts. And lucky that our kids are having such a great experience while they are learning so much.
Sylvan and John Cown
"Tae Kwon Do gives (my daughter) an outlet for her energy and strengthens her ability to focus and stay on task. She often comes home eager to outdo her personal bests from previous practices. She looks forward to the day when the other students look up to her as she looks up to the higher belts."
"We are so thankful to have Mr. Hughes working with McGowan. I appreciate your serious but gentle approach, your understanding of child psychology, and your mastery of Tae Kwon Do"
"I'm glad he chose Tae Kwon Do and I think us very lucky to have an instructor as good with kids; respectful, and extremely talented in Martial Arts as Jason Hughes"
"Thank you for your very kind patience"