fake, con artist who pretend to be something he is not. by flirting with teachers and school director the only job he has is teaching kids 5 and under who real don't know any better.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
My son started Karate America in December 2014 and I have seen a change in my son's behavior. Mr. Twiggs and his daughter are excellent instructors. They teach kids confidence, discipline and leadership skills. I also took some of the adult classes and I was very happy with my results. I would recommend Karate America, Fort Lauderdale location to anyone.
They are not even worth a 1 star review! After much consideration, I visited Karate America of Fort Lauderdale and participated in one of their complimentary Krav Maga classes. Upon class completion, the instructor, Mr. Twiggs, offered a plan, as shown in his company binder, of 12, $125.00 installments and waive of the $300.00 initial fee (down payment). The plan required a minimum of a one year commitment. Another alternative given was a 20% discount if paid, in full, up front. However, the following day I was informed by Wendy that everyone is required to pay an initial payment; a bait and switch action that I found completely unprofessional. They were essentially offering a reducedfee of $125.00. Well, anyone with the English knowledge, would agree that showing and vocalizing a waive means exactly that, zero down. You can't turn around and claim the requirement of initial fee. It's one or the other not both. Attempting to dupe a potential client is incredibly unprofessional.In a follow-up call with Mr. Twiggs, he denied offering the previously stated plan by claiming a misunderstanding, ignored my comment referencing his book, and ended our conversation instantly. There were 3 of us that evening and all were offered the same. Buyers beware. Don't be duped.I am completely appalled by the actions of the staff and would not recommend the local establishment or Karate America to anyone. I don’t recommend Karate America because in my efforts to contact the company headquarters, I was met with staff hesitation. No one wants to give you their names or address your concerns. This left me uneasy and questions the professionalism of this franchise. You are given 3 BSN days to cancel your contract, however; it took numerous phone calls and warning to seek legal action, for my concern to finally be addressed and the cancellation, within the allotted time, to be acknowledged. I am still awaiting my credit which I was told would not exceed 7 business days. Do your research before committing. Don’t make the mistake I made. Thankfully, I was able to cancel within the time frame but sadly, many people have probably fallen victim to their bait and switch gimmick.
Not just a great kids program. The adult Warrior XFit program is an unbelievable workout for any fitness level. The adult Krav Maga program is a no nonsense approach to self defense. The program is broken down so you understand what you are doing and why. Our family has been training here for 7 years, and look forward to many more.
There really aren't enough words to describe the impact that Valente Brothers Ft. Lauderdale Jiu Jitsu has had on my life. I have been involved in Martial Arts for over 25 years. The format that the Valente brother's use is very effective in developing well trained Gracie Jiu jitsu practitioners. They stay true to the traditional Helio Gracie Jiu Jitsu teachings. The instruction is high quality and a must for anyone seeking Gracie Jiu Jitsu training or training for self defense purposes. Instructor Bruce Belfield maintains the highest quality of teaching to his students and devotes almost all of his time to the school. The students are all very respectful, friendly and fun to be around. We are like family . The women’s self defense program is what brought me into the school , and the techniques that Instructor Belfield has given me to use to defend myself against a REAL LIFE street situation far surpass anything I have encountered in all my years as a martial artist . The women I train with are amazing and we encourage other women to learn this form of self defense . It will save your life and you will never have to be afraid of being attacked or wonder what you would or wouldn't do if someone tried to hurt you. Gracie Jiu Jitsu has changed my life in such a positive way and I owe that change to Instructor Belfield and the entire Valente Brothers Ft. Lauderdale family. I would highly recommend this facility.
They have poor business etiquette. i recently bought a Groupon package deal to take some of their cardio kickboxing classes. I spoke with them on the phone to setup my first class. When I arrived at the studio, they turned me away, they said that I had taken a trial class 3 years ago and that they would not honor the Groupon that I purchased. I even had friends that purchased the special deal. I even had friends that had purchased the special offer as well, and brought new business to their studio.