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Black Belt Academy has a consumer rating of 1 star from 2 reviews indicating that most customers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. Consumers complaining about Black Belt Academy most frequently mention black belt and martial art problems. Black Belt Academy ranks 34th among Martial Arts sites.

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“I comptent teachers, no clear curriculum, greedy owner (who is incompetent himself)”

Ong N.
6/26/18

Sitejabber review from Ong Ngoai My daughter and her kids were at this Newton Black Belt Academy for over half a year, and I used to come and watch. I was not impressed with their instructors. They might have gotten their black belt years ago but clearly have not kept up their training. No force, no flexibility, no speed, no precision, and dont care (or dont seem to notice) when students do a move or technique improperly. The owner, who is a Sr. Master, doesnt seem any better in any of those criteria! He is a good showman, though, and can get the parents a kids excited when hes there. But my daughter and my grand-children wanted to learn Taekwondo, not just to be entertained! After more than half year, and 4 belts later (!) they still havent learned (or rather NOT TAUGHT!) one single basic stance or how to execute a proper kick! The classes were boring, lots of lecturing and boring stretching (not even real warm up!) and waiting for their turn to practice. They were not really taught anything, but were pushed to sign up for expensive belt exams (and passed each time?!) At each exam, they also had to sit and wait for over a couple of hours and their demonstration of their skills was less than a couple of minutes! (The owner signs up lots students for exams because it bring in lots of money for him. How else would you explain 4 belts in such a short time and not knowing one good technique to show for belt rank?! Others may say SCAM, I would say, at least, dishonest! My daughter and her kids are training at a REAL Taekwondo school now, which is the OPPOSITE of Newton Black Belt Academy. They started with a white belt again at their new school. They just had their belt exam and belt promotion last week last week. (Im so proud of them!) It was an hour and they were moving and demonstrating their skills the whole time! No sitting around and waiting for their 2-minute turns. Same with their classes - constantly practicing their skills, really non-stop at this new school. They had a clear curriculum that they must have learned before their belt test. Everything is so transparent and purposeful at their NEW school. I am so glad my daughter and grand-children left Newton Black Belt Academy! Dont wast your money and time at Newton Black Belt Academy. Find a real martial art school that cares enough to teach you real martial art skills, NOT like Newton Black Belt Academy that is simply there to MAKE MONEY and PRETEND TO TEACH any real martial skills!

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ongn
1 review
0 helpful votes
June 26th, 2018

Sitejabber review from Ong Ngoai

My daughter and her kids were at this Newton Black Belt Academy for over half a year, and I used to come and watch.
I was not impressed with their instructors. They might have gotten their black belt years ago but clearly have not kept up their training. No force, no flexibility, no speed, no precision, and dont care (or dont seem to notice) when students do a move or technique improperly. The owner, who is a Sr. Master, doesnt seem any better in any of those criteria! He is a good showman, though, and can get the parents a kids excited when hes there. But my daughter and my grand-children wanted to learn Taekwondo, not just to be entertained!

After more than half year, and 4 belts later (!) they still havent learned (or rather NOT TAUGHT!) one single basic stance or how to execute a proper kick! The classes were boring, lots of lecturing and boring stretching (not even real warm up!) and waiting for their turn to practice. They were not really taught anything, but were pushed to sign up for expensive belt exams (and passed each time?!) At each exam, they also had to sit and wait for over a couple of hours and their demonstration of their skills was less than a couple of minutes! (The owner signs up lots students for exams because it bring in lots of money for him. How else would you explain 4 belts in such a short time and not knowing one good technique to show for belt rank?! Others may say SCAM, I would say, at least, dishonest!

My daughter and her kids are training at a REAL Taekwondo school now, which is the OPPOSITE of Newton Black Belt Academy. They started with a white belt again at their new school. They just had their belt exam and belt promotion last week last week. (Im so proud of them!) It was an hour and they were moving and demonstrating their skills the whole time! No sitting around and waiting for their 2-minute turns. Same with their classes - constantly practicing their skills, really non-stop at this new school. They had a clear curriculum that they must have learned before their belt test. Everything is so transparent and purposeful at their NEW school.

I am so glad my daughter and grand-children left Newton Black Belt Academy! Dont wast your money and time at Newton Black Belt Academy. Find a real martial art school that cares enough to teach you real martial art skills, NOT like Newton Black Belt Academy that is simply there to MAKE MONEY and PRETEND TO TEACH any real martial skills!

rosad21
1 review
0 helpful votes
June 11th, 2018

AVOID this ATA Newton Black Belt Academy: wants you to sign a contract; continues to pressure you to sign longer and more expensive contracts; belt factory - frequent expensive belt exams, if you pay, you pass! Buddies activities = using your kids to bring in their friends (aka. Potential customers) for fun activities, eg. Boardbreaking, but if they dont bring in buddies, they dont get to participate and just watch others having fun; boring repetitive classes, mostly talking and stretching, very little practice.
I found this very informative article, by a TKW school in the US. It talks about how to choose a good martial art school by AVOIDING BAD SCHOOLS.

http://www.tkd-hapkido.com/tips.htm

I wish Id found this before signing my contract with Newton Black Belt - which I left anyway because I was just wasting my time and and $$$ not learning anything!
I am training at a real school now.
I hope this article will help you in your research for a good martial art school.

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