Scott Southwick and his family's knowledge and skill in the martial arts they claim to represent is not in question here. However, Scott's integrity, honor, and all-around character traits are. As the home page of their website will show, the things they claim to value are all laid out in the logo, a representation of Yin and Yang. Among the well known and highly respected symbol are many positive words: confidence, attitude, respect, discipline, and most importantly, integrity. These are all important concepts of study in the never-ending pursuit of knowledge and wisdom that is martial arts, however NONE of these traits are shown by this "master" Scott. His lack of patience and disrespect for the personal and unique trials that his students face is quite upsetting, dare I say sickening. To be someone that claims to have skill to teach to others is one thing, but to claim that your wisdom can help others with the struggles of their mind and body and then act as I have seen and heard testimony of Mr. Southwick acting, that is unforgivable.Why is this so unforgivable? Because we as parents, family members, and loved ones have entrusted this man with the people we love; he and his prestigious family have stood on their high and mighty pedestal towering over Eastern Idaho and dedicated themselves to the "burden to help develop the body, mind, and spirit of others", whereas in reality they have destroyed years of mental health in at least three of my loved ones. Please, for the love of all that is good, especially for how martial art was truly intended, do not grace this academy with your presence. Most importantly, protect your children during the fragile time that is their development, and do not let them be poisoned by Scott's false words and manipulations. You will only fall victim to his enlarged ego and deceit, and entangled in a mental and spiritual web of lies that has scarred, at the VERY LEAST, three people..
680 W Broadway StIdaho Falls, ID 83402