In February 2014, I started looking at Martial Arts schools in East Plano for my two sons (ages 6 and 8 at the time). After contacting several schools, Grandmaster Howard Lee offered an appointment the very same day. After talking with him for short while, I immediately felt like his instruction in Taekwondo would be far superior to the other places that I contacted. I couldn’t help but relate the situation to Karate Kid. I wanted my very own Mr. Miyagi down to the specialized attention to detail and commitment to his students unlike many of the large corporate schools in the area. During my discussions with Grandmaster Lee, I realized that this is a great opportunity for my husband and me to get a bit of exercise while learning self defense and authentic Taekwondo from a Korean Grandmaster. I knew this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for my family.
My family started lessons, and I was not disappointed. Grandmaster Lee incorporates so many aspects in lessons including Taekwondo, Karate, forms (katas), weapons, board breaking, self defense, sparring, free fighting, grappling, and my personal favorite - submissions. His lessons are based on private and individual instruction. He is very accommodating and flexible when we cannot make a lesson. He will reschedule a class time to make sure we get in enough lessons every week. He doesn’t require a contract of any kind. I pay by check every month.
Grandmaster Lee offers superior martial arts instruction! He really puts his heart into the art and making sure his students get quality lessons. Every time after doing my forms, I hope to hear his usual comment of, “Punch harder and faster. Kick higher and faster.” If I hear these comments, then I know everything else was good. He is always pushing his students to do better, to punch harder, to kick higher and to be faster. I also enjoy when he talks about Korea and his Taekwondo experience in Korea.
Overtime, our class has gotten progressively harder as my family grows stronger. This helps keep class interesting but also helps me with my personal fitness goals. I urge anyone looking into Martial Arts whether for your kids, yourself, or entire family to visit with Grandmaster Lee, and get your very own Mr. Miyagi!