My family has been studying martial arts at AKA for almost 4 years, generally attending classes several times per week. The instructors are all highly trained in many different martial arts, which is obvious the first time you work with them; all have reached the master level in at least one style.Master Instructor Mark Clark is especially good with teaching children, but he adjusts the lesson to fit the age and skill level of each participant. It is a true family activity. Master Clark has a great sense of humor and keeps things fun, while still emphasizing discipline and proper technique.
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My son and I joined American Karate Academy a year and a half ago. It took me two months before I got my first stripe as a white belt, coming about 5 days a week. Others received their white belt and first stripe after the second visit. After a year and a half and watching others automatically move to their next level every 4 visits, I became weary that it was taking me 5 - 9 visits to move to the next level each time I came. There was always some excuse from Master Clark. As an athlete who played football for 10 years from elementary school into college and who has 2 Masters degrees, I was certain it wasn't because of my work ethic or ability to catch on to instruction. Others complimented me on my technique and asked for assistance. Bottom line is that I'm African American (black) and almost everyone else attending is not. I hope I'm wrong about it being a racial issue, but nothing else makes sense. Today was definitely the last day for me and my son to attend there. Master Clark became rude and coarse when I politely asked him why he continued to make me take more lessons to move to the next level. Not very professional. After spending approximately $3000.00 in lessons and gear over the last 1.5 years, its time to move on and to learn from an instructor who treats everyone equally and with respect. Best wishes to everyone else that continues learning from Master Clark. Although my experience was highly disappointing and questionable from an ethical standpoint, I'm hoping others have a better experience if you choose to attend!Best wishes to Mr. Clark as well. It's my hope that in the future he treats everyone equally (as their work ethic demands) and with respect.
DO NOT PURCHASE from this company. They will hustle you back and forth with lies about your order to stall you and never deliver. You will be treated with hostility. The man that runs the place seems to be very unstable. Tried being patient with him and kept getting a run around. Loads of excuses, no delivery of merchindise. DO NOT ORDER FROM J and J Defense products.
I've been robbed by these people as well. Is there anything that can be done? A legal action taken against them to get restitution? It's just not right.
This place claims to put the customer first but from the beginning I was treated with hostility at this place simply for wondering where my product was. I spent $1,500 on a taser and yes I want to know where it is. I also was lied to about when it was supposedly sent out. I was told (and on recording mind you) that my package was sent out on Friday January 2. Mind you I paid for the bloody thing on 12/26/2014. That is an incredibly unnecessary time to wait. I was SWORN this up and down and brow beaten into accepting it. Then when I was told from UPS that the package had NOT been sent out on that day, I was shocked and worried. I was argued with several times by what seemed to be the owner about my concern for this package. He berated me and compared me to other supposedly better behaved customers. Then, to top it all off he avoids your calls when your calling about the product until his business hours are done and then he answers the phone or calls you back and among other things, informs you that he is calling you after business hours and you should be grateful. INCREDULOUS. Not to mention that I was what appeared to be threatened several times to just have my package refunded even though I informed the owner (Jay) that I was purchasing this item because my neighbor went crazy and tried to kill me. He knew this and he STILL THREATENED ME WITH A REFUND. He threatened me with the refund and threatened to have the package "sent back when it arrived in San Francisco". But the guy had it ON HIM WHILE HE WAS SAYING THAT. So what kinds of games do they play over there at jandjdefense ? Now I'm waiting for this package and to be honest I am not confident it will be what I ordered. Jay told me personally (and on recording mind you) that the package was sent out on the 2nd of January and that it would DEFINITELY be arriving by January 8th. LIES. It was sent out on the 6th and it's due on the 12th (a full 2 weeks after payment was accepted, and BELIEVE me it was trouble just getting THAT in) and I didn't appreciate his hostility at all. I hope I can at least update this post with a successful package delivered...And I also just found out that he lied to me about where it was sent out. He thought I couldn't figure out he has a drop ship location in Richardson, TX. I had to call UPS to find this out when they told me unequivocally that the package had been sent on January 6th, 2015 and it had been sent out from Richardson, Tx. NOT Maryland. This guy is disrespectful and I hope I AT LEAST get what I paid for. Still waiting....1/8/2015---------------------------------1/12/2015 9:50 A.M. (PST)I call the UPS store to check the status of my package and find out that the address had been mislabeled by the sender by 1 number. I was able to adjust the address for delivery JUST IN TIME BEFORE IT WAS SENT BACK.This place is starting to look like a scam house. I'm going to take a look at my package when it arrives and let you guys know what is inside and I will make a video of me doing it. If this guy is playing games I've got a good attorney. More to come....
best school you will ever go to bare bones, and old school ways...but now they have a new number 240-415-0576