I currently have three children, two biological and one stepchild, that attend Capital City Tae Kwon Do. In addition, we also have many friends whose children also attend, and we all of have nothing but positive things to say about CCTKD and the way the school is run and how the students and parents are treated while there. The owners are extremely professional and expect each student, as well as parents, to behave in a respectful manner. There are certain rules that students must follow as part of their training, and none of those rules are harmful to the students in any way. In fact, the rules are designed to help students be the best versions of themselves, and to carry themselves in a respectful way. I love that our children are taught lessons that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I love that they are encouraged to help out in their communities and to make a difference in others’ lives. I love that they are encouraged to spread their wings and try new things. I also love that when we walk through the doors, we are treated like family. I do not worry about our children’s wellbeing when they walk through the doors. The owners take pride in each student’s accomplishments and work hand-in-hand with them. They encourage the students to do the best they can, but also provide structure that children need in order to thrive. In addition, CCTKD is a great option for parents with children who have ADHD. My son was diagnosed years ago, and at times it has been challenging to get him to focus. Since becoming a student at CCTKD, his grades have improved, he’s more helpful around the house, and he’s able to focus better than ever before…all without the use of medication. I strongly advise any parent with a child like mine to check out their establishment. You can even try out a class to see how your child will respond in that atmosphere, which is great. Finally, I want to address the issue of contracts. Currently, my stepson is a second degree black belt at CCTKD. He was under contract for his first degree, and now is under a new three-year contract, as well. Before any contract was signed, we had a discussion with my stepson about what a contract means because we feel he’s at an age now to fully comprehend what the ramifications are if we break said contract. He understands that we are paying a monthly fee for three years, even if he’s not there. It does require dedication from not only the student, but the parents, as well. When you sign, you are agreeing to follow any rules and stipulations listed. If you don't agree with what is said, you shouldn't sign it. If you do sign it, that means you must abide by said contract. And if said contract states you must pay a monthly fee for the next three years, then you have to. If that’s not a commitment that you or your child want to stick with, then I wouldn’t recommend signing. I have signed many different types of contracts over the years, and all come with their own set of rules. As a freelance writer and blogger, I know that when I sign on the dotted line, I’m agreeing to whatever the company I’m working with has set forth for rules. And I know that if I don’t follow through, there will be ramifications, one of which could mean I don’t get paid. So, whenever I sign anything, I make sure to read what I’m signing so I understand it fully, so there aren’t any surprises down the line. That is why my husband made sure to review the old and new contracts thoroughly before committing my stepson or us to anything. And if there is any confusion about the contract, the owners are more than willing to discuss it with you. I can say that based on our experience with CCTKD, it’s a worthwhile commitment that will provide your child with many years of wonderful memories and lessons they will treasure forever.
Capital City Tae Kwon Do is an experience like no other! My journey started a little over 9 years ago; a nervous insecure 9 year old. Although shy and timid I had the guidance from my parents to venture off into beginning the next step in signing up for monthly classes. I quickly discovered that Tae Kwon Do was more than kicking and punching; a certain philosophical and psychological significance to practicing the art in the Dojang. The essentials that are needed to learn in Tae Kwon Do are known as tenets which each student is expected to follow: COURTESY, INTEGRITY,PERSEVERANCE, SELF-CONTROL, and INDOMITABLE SPIRIT. Master Richard Blanchette and Master Brenda Blanchette are instructors that truly care for each and every student that comes through their doors. Classes are split up into groups: Belt Color, Age, and After School Program. When starting off as a white belt in monthly classes; between the ages of 5-12, they are eligible to attend up to 3 classes per week in the Beginner Classes. If the student is 13+ they begin in the Adult Class as a white belt. When a student reaches the rank of "Green belt with Blue stripe" they have the opportunity to sign up for something known as the "Black Belt Club". The benefits of this include: 10% discount on ALL tuition, Uniform AND testing fees. It ALSO grants the student access to as many classes per week as they desire! In my personal experience with the Black Belt Club, I learned the importance of dedication when it comes to signing a contract. It is something in life that has to be abided by and respected. Simple things such as this I have learned at Capital City Tae Kwon Do where I can take into my life as learning lessons. In October of 2014, I became the top ranking student at 3rd Dan black belt, certified through the World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters in Seoul, Korea. As of September 2015 I will be celebrating my accomplishment of 10 years of training at Capital City Tae Kwon Do. If it was not for the hard work and dedication provided by Master Richard Blanchette and Master Brenda Blanchette I would not be the successful Psychology and Human Service student I am today. For anyone that has ANY questions regarding membership here, please feel free to contact me. Kamsahamnida ~ Thank you -Mr. Jeffrey Meisel
Capital City Tae Kwon Do and their owners, Master Blanchette and Master Mrs. B are incredible. They are not only amazing teachers to Tae Kwon Do, but also to life lessons. They are role models to not just me, but to everyone who attends this school. I have been attending their classes for 10 years and my experience with them have been like none other. Now, I not only take classes, but also assist teaching others that are striving to obtain their black belts too. I am currently one of the few 2nd degree Black belts at this outstanding school, and am now striving for my 3rd degree. What makes this school so special though is that it's not just a school where you learn the oldest and greatest martial art in the world, but it's also a huge family. I've made a lot of good friends attending this school, and hope to just keep making more. I have not only learned to kick and punch, but also to be respectful to others, work your hardest, and to never give up. Without my parents introducing me to this school, I don't know where I would be now. If you have the chance to come to this school, do it. I promise you WILL NOT regret it.
My son is almost 12 years old and has been attending Tae Kwon Do since he was 5 years old. This has been the most rewarding experience and has taught him so much respect and self discipline during this time. They are wonderful caring people and always find a way to make life easier for the parents and the children. I recommend this place to anyone and everyone! We have been in a contract for years here and have found great benefit in teaching children to meet their commitments and to never give up and continue no matter the obstacle! What better lesson to teach your child and set them up to be successful in the years to come... Thank you Master Blanchette and Master Mrs. B... You both are loved and appreciated! ASAH!!!!
My two sons have been attending Capital City Tae Kwon Do for 6 years. We have had nothing but positive experiences with Master Blanchette and Master Mrs. B. When they decided to add Mr. Miesel as an instructor it only added to the professional yet family atmosphere since he had been attending the school since he was a young child as well. My sons have learned about tenacity and honesty and what is means to be kind and productive young men. The Blanchettes have been excellent role models for my boys and I can't imagine us not being surrounded by our TKD family.
Capital City Taekwondo is awesome! Both Master Blanchette and Master Mrs. B truly care about their students and their training of this martial art is fantastic. I highly recommend Capital City Taekwondo for kids of all ages and adults.