9 / 10
My family moved to Milwaukee when I was 10 years old. I had been training in Tang Soo Do previously, but there were no schools in the area. A friend of my father's recommended Hong's, since Tang Soo Do to Taekwondo is a relatively easy transition. I trained at Hong's until I left for college, and I could hardly be happier with my experience.
The atmosphere at Hong's is definitely child-friendly, no two ways about it, but the classes are hardly kids only; different classes accommodate different ages and ranks. The highest belt I earned at Hong's was my 3rd-degree black belt, and at every step of the way I felt that the training was appropriate to my age and ability: not lax, but not overworked. There are people at Hong's who are incredibly technically proficient, including Master Hong himself, and a number of people who know the ups and downs of physical conditioning, as well. All of this is not to mention the general attitude of the place, which is friendly, but hard to describe to someone who hasn't already been there.
My only issue is that the classes are a little short, only an hour long, and you'll have to look in the right places to really push yourself to the limit, since Master Hong works to accommodate kids and beginners, as well. But if you want to find the people who are serious about training, it's not hard at all.
Evan G. - Wauwatosa, WI
Reviewed Apr 29, 2010 12:13PM