Why Choose Wong's Ji Do Kwan?

If you are contemplating on why you should join our school, here are a few items to think about to help you in your decision.

At Wong’s Ji Do Kwan we are all about the teaching of martial arts as a lifestyle and not about taking your money and giving students Black Belts.  Sure we would like to put a Black Belt on every student but the reality is the national average is about 5 out of every 1000 students makes it to Black Belt.  Any schools that promote more than the national average may be just giving them away for the money.

Teachers and Credentials - Finding the right teacher is more importnat than learning a specific martial art style.  A great teacher can teach any student but a martial art style doesn’t teach itself.  A teacher must love teaching and find ways to teach all students.  

When looking for a martial art instructor you also want one that matches your values for teaching.  For instance you need to know what you want from the teaching.  Do you want fighting knowledge, philosophy, art, self-defense or weapon training.  If you want to learn about the philosophy of martial arts you wouldn’t go to one that just teaches fighting and vice versa.  Someone may be the greatest teacher, but if the student is expecting to be taught something that the teacher doesn’t teach then the time is wasted by both. 

Sensei Wong has seen this happen too many times and he has turned away many students as their wants as a student could not be fulfilled by his teaching methods.  Sensei Wong teaches a full mixed martial art style. The forms and fighting styles that his students learn must also include discipline, humility, and respect and to aspire to become better individuals through scholastics. 

Sensei Wong sets the example as a great role model.  He  does not drink alcohol, smoke or do drugs and he has a college education and he is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.  A very wise master once said, “Learning true martial arts takes a lifetime to achieve. Learning life lessons through martial art training is the way.  Receiving a Black Belt is not the end but just another beginning”.

Sensei Wong's has been training in martial arts for over 45 years now and has been actively teaching for over 35 years.  Here are his credentials:

  • Certified 6th degree Black Belt in Ji Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do
  • Certified 5th degree Black Belt from the International Tae Kwon Do Federation
  • Certified 5th degree Black Belt from Cacoy Doce Pares
  • Certified 3rd degree Black Belt from the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association
  • Certified 3rd degree Black Belt from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation
  • Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame 2001
  • Certified Master Instructor World Ji Do Kwan Federation
  • Besides the Black Belts Sensei Wong has additional training in Judo, Small Circle Jujitsu, Tai Chi, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun and Iron Palm. 
  • 20+ years of experience as a Chiropractic Doctor

Having the experience as a student, teacher and doctor gives Sensei Wong the ability to turn out a better student.  I can’t tell you about the other schools credentials because I don’t check on theirs but if you are looking into a school you should check their credentials.

Class Schedule - We offer enrolled students the choice of training up to 5 days a week at no additional cost.  Train, as little or as much you want for the same price.  Other schools may charge extra for more than a few days of training per week.  If you could not attend training because of conflicts such as school or other obligations how could you make up the time?

Our Program - We have a set and extensive curriculum program.  We have a check and balance system where we can tell where a student is and what needs to be done to get a student moving forward.  Every student has a curriculum card that lets us know what they have learned, what they need to learn and how many classes they have taken.  Our curriculum encompasses kicks, punches blocks, forms, self-defense, sparring, grappling and weapons.  Most other schools just can’t tell where a student is at or how they are progressing there are no check and balances.

Cost of Our Program – We have an all inclusive program.  No hidden fees, no special required classes, no extra testing fees.  You pay a monthly tuition and it covers everything.  Occasionally there are special seminars but those are not required and are optional. 

Experience has taught us that children change their mind quite often.  Right now they may tell you they want to do martial arts the rest of their life and then a couple months from now they may want to tell you they want something else.  This is why our program is different than the other martial art schools out there. 

We don’t have a contract but an agreement.  We agree to offer you quality lessons at a fair price and your fees will not change while the agreement is in effect.  You can cancel your agreement with no other obligations.  You get a copy of the agreement so you know what you are getting.

Our standard rate for training is $125.00 per month if paid monthly.  If you have multiple family members they get an additional discount.  We do have special deals for those that want to be more committed and offer cost savings and bonus incentives for paying up front.  As stated before, there is only an agreement so should you decide to leave us, which we hope would not happen then the unused portion would be refunded at the regular rate.  No loss for leaving but gains if you stay.

If you would like to discuss our programs in depth more please let us know and we would be more than happy to spend time with you.

Testing Fees and Seminars - We do not charge testing fees under Black Belt.  Every month we test our students every month whether they are ready or not.  If they pass they move ahead if not then they stay where they are.  There are no fees to test and nothing to pay if the student passes.  Most other schools charge exponential fees with each progressive rank.  Sensei Wong does not believe in this practice.  When a student is ready to test for his or her Black Belt then the costs incurred is what the federation set for the certificates and the other costs involved for the actual conducting of the test. 

Occasionally we offer seminars and they are not mandatory.  Some are free and others are very low cost and usually just cover the cost of supplies.  The more expensive seminars are when we have a special guest instructor and the guest instructor sets that price and we have no say in that.

Injuries - We strive to make learning fun and build each student when they are ready.  We start our students out slower than most other schools but it builds confidence first.  As each student progresses he or she will learn to become tougher, physically, mentally and spiritually. 

We are not going to lie and tell you that injuries won’t happen.  There is physical contact in martial art training.  Students are punching, kicking and throwing each other.  We strive to teach safety and control first but on occasion an accident can happen.  The most injuries we see at our school are bumps and bruises, occasionally a bloody nose and some crying.  Martial arts can be dangerous when taught incorrectly.  In Sensei Wong's lifetime he has seen people get knocked out and broken bones can occur.  At Wong's Ji Do Kwan we do everything possible to prevent injuries.   We strive to keep an injury free school and if you are looking at martial art schools ask about their history of injuries.  If the other schools have a lot of injuries then you should question if they are teaching incorrectly, teaching too advanced techniques, not using proper supervision or not teaching control.  Should a student be injured it is good to know that the instructor is trained to deal with these injuries and Sensei Wong is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and treats patients in his private practice daily.

Closing Statement – Hopefully this gives you a better insight on making an informed decision on whom you want training your child(ren).  Take the time to do your own research and talk with Sensei Wong if you should have any questions or concerns.