| Mrs Minakashi Dabasia (Parent of student training in leadership class)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
From the very first session at Harrow CKD we felt that the instructors were very friendly, welcoming and made an effort to get to know our son. As a parent this is vitally important but rarely found in any educational setting where a large number of students are present.
The location of the training facilities, are clean and the hall is large. The timing of the training session are fantastic and perfectly suited for working parent, which is very rare to find.
The dedication of all members of staff is undeniable and Chandresh with his team work tirelessly to fulfil their role as instructors and mentors – going above and beyond the call of duty.
Being part of Harrow CKD is akin to being part of a family. We are incredibly grateful of how this has had such a positive influence on our Son’s confidence, self-esteem and resilience. The parents are always kept informed of changes in advance, which allows us to plan accordingly. We can’t thank the team enough.
The YouTube videos are a brilliant little touch that helps the kids to practice when away from class.
My son enjoys the lessons because in his words they are fun, different, and a real challenge. He is never made to feel inadequate or “out of place”. He has learnt not just the ‘art’ but also about real world of self defence techniques. He is fitter, stronger, focused and confident having commenced the training. Grading’s at Harrow CKD are very professionally organised. My son really feels a sense of achievement whenever he passes a grading and is promoted up to his next rank.
| Mr Diven Hirani (Adult class student/instructor)
ADULT CLASS REVIEW
I started training at Harrow Choi Kwang Do in September 2015 having found out about the school through a relative who was an existing student.
I chose this school because it was nearby and the referral from my relative. I went on to do the trial sessions offered and found both the instructors and students were very friendly from the moment I entered the venue. I also thought the teaching style and structure of classes was great, which eventually led to me join the school and go on to train regularly.
I had trained martial arts when I was younger but stopped after a few years. However, I’ve always had an interest to return to training and earn my very own black belt which meant I would have deeper knowledge of techniques and the opportunity to learn new ones. I also experimented with a few arts, moving from Japanese to Korean martial arts.
Having recently attained my Black Belt I am looking to persue my other goals within the school such as becoming a Chief Instructor which is a natural progression from my current role as an Assistant Instructor.
The lessons at he school have been great and I have seen many changes in myself since I started training at the school such as improved fitness, coordination and confidence.
The school is very professional in terms of the way it is run. We have a great instructor team all of which are extremely helpful and friendly. The school location is good and is easy to get to from surrounding areas such as Kenton Wembley and Kingsbury. Facilities are clean and spacious.
We also have a number of student support services such as the student manual and syllabus guide which are given out when you join the school. Additionally, the YouTube channel allows students to use videos at home to help work through their syllabus.
Lots of good communications channels too including, phone/text, email, social media and newsletters.
| Mrs Sonia Kotecha (Parent of two students training in leadership class)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
My son started training at Harrow Choi Kwang Do from July 2013 aged seven. My daughter started last October again aged seven.
We were recommended to the school by a relative. After coming to the trial period, we decided to start training once a week .
We chose Choi Kwang Do primarily to make sure that if needed, my son is able to defend himself if a situation arose, and to direct his energy in a positive way. Also to build his self confidence. As he is the youngest born in a school year. I wanted him to be confident in himself and at school. CKD has definitely bought this out in him. He is in the Leadership Class now and achieved his Black Belt. This achievement encouraged my daughter start CKD and something she is aiming for.
At HarrowCKD, the instructors are great, all lead by Master Lad, who makes the lessons firm but fun. Master Lad is very approachable both to students and parents. Children train at their own pace and in small groups. Both my kids look forward to their weekly lessons.
The venue is well located and has plenty of parking. The hall is clean and very spacious where the children train.
Communication has always been good. We get regular emails, texts and newsletters so we all know what is going on. The YouTube channel is fantastic and is regularly used by my children as it helps them work through their belt patterns at home.
Choi Kwang Do has had a positive influence on my children. It has improved their fitness, their self-belief and their confidence. I hope they continue training as long as possible.
My children have had the opportunity to train with Grand Master Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang Do, which was a wonderful opportunity and something they will always treasure.
Thank you to the team for all the hard work. I have and I will continue to recommend Harrow Choi Kwang Do.
| Mrs Mamta Rach (Parent of student training in adult class, previously children’s class)
ADULT CLASS REVIEW
My son wanted to train Martial Arts from a very young age but I didn’t just want to send him to any Martial Arts school. I started to research options online and found that there were many different types of Martial Arts schools but none stood out to be offering what I was looking for. I wanted a school that would offer more than just teaching Martial Arts. I wanted something that would help him grow into a mature young adult in the right way.
It was a difficult task which took near on a year before I stumbled across the HarrowCKD website. I looked at every detail on the website and then got in contact with Instructor Master Lad. From the moment we had finished our conversation and I had got the answers to all my questions I knew this would be the Martial Art. My husband and I were invited by Master Lad, to bring our son, to a children’s class for a trail. There was no hard sell, just an opportunity to determine whether he really wanted to train Martial Arts. Master Lad explained everything in detail to us, how the school operates, what he expects from his students and what they expect from him and his team. He answered all our questions with patience and honesty.
Although we were ready to sign up after the first class, he made sure that my son would try out a handful of classes first. This was to make sure he really did enjoy the classes and it wasn’t just his enthusiasm getting the better of him.That was in 2009. My son went on to achieve has First Dan at Black Belt within the first 4 years of training. I saw the change in my son almost straight away. He grew in confidence which helped in school massively. He had experienced bullying when younger but that stopped as he was better equipped to handle himself with confidence in difficult situations.
His school rewarded him for his conduct and behaviour and made him, not just a Prefect, but also Head Boy, some of this credit definitely goes to HarrowCKD. He learnt discipline, he showed the commitment and he was focused. The training has instilled discipline and maturity which we see in his daily life. His studies have most definitely benefited. He leads a healthy lifestyle because of the training.My son is now 15 and trains in the Adult Class. He is a 3rd Dan Black Belt & Assistant Instructor. The Instructors are the driving force in my son’s achievements and continue to be positive role models for him.
HarrowCKD School is based in Kenton at the Claremont High school. The classes are run twice weekly in a modern sports hall. The location is very convenient for us and especially for my son. I am fortunate to have found HarrowCKD when I did. The support he has been given and is continuing to be given is amazing. The School is run very professionally, you can easily see that by just going on their website, visiting the school and talking to anyone who attends the classes. Once you join you will receive newsletters and communications via email about everything you need to know.
There are other schools based locally, but the HarrowCKD is the best in my opinion. I see how dedicated and devoted Master Lad and his team of Instructors are to all the students. It’s a tight knit CKD family which I have seen grow and flourish since my son started training.
| Mrs Usha Assani (Parent to daughter training in leadership class)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
My daughters participation in CKDshe has learned the importance of self-discipline and respect for others, has improved her self-esteem through hard work and genuine sense of accomplishment, and has shown improved physical strength and coordination through learning the ckd techniques. I also feel confident that Riya is well prepared for self-defence, should that need ever present itself.
I highly recommend Master Lad’s classes to anyone looking for self defence classes, the team he has is amazing, very professional with classes held regularly in the perfect environment. Anyone who is looking for ways to increase their child’s focus, self-control, and self-defense this is the school to join.
Many of my friends/family have found enhancement of these skills through positive teaching and the Instructor Master Lad has been a positive force in my daughters life.
The school has excellent communications channels too including, phone/text, email, social media and newsletters.
| Mrs Hema Bhanderi (Parent to daughter currently training in adult class)
ADULT & CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
My son and daughter both joined the school some seven years ago. My son has since stopped due to studies after getting his black belt however my daughter still trains and has recently been promoted to Second Dan. Her current goal is to continue training and go for her Third Dan as well as join the assistant instructor team. She is now in a position to do this having switched to training with the adult class at the start of this year.
We found the school following a referral from a friend and chose the school very much down to the referral and the positive feedback from the kids after their trial classes.
We were looking for both kids to improve their self confidence and discipline while in some way still having fun. My daughter loves the classes and is eager to train twice weekly but her studies just doesn’t allow for it at present.
The ethos of the school stands out for me. By this I mean building the backbone for my child to succeed in their future by starting with the basics and building up their confidence and skills slowly but steadily. The instructors are a credit to the school, they are always enthusiastic and have a very positive attitude. There is continual feedback from the instructors on how my daughter is doing and she makes good use of the syllabus guide and YouTube videos.
From a communication perspective, the website, texts and emails recieved are very clear, informative and ontime for any changes to the schedule.
| Mrs Nimi Siyani (Parent to twin boys training at the school)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
My twins boys joined the school a few years ago and are enjoying the classes very much. The boys have progressed at different rates with one having recently joined the leadership team and the other hoping to soon join him.
Before joining the school we did do some research and visited a number of schools, we preffered HarrowCKD in comparison. Our main reasoning being that that decision was that we found the school to be proffesional, friendly and clean.
We chose martial arts because we wanted the boys to learn some form of self defence, become more disciplined and also keep fit. On review we have found the boys do thoroughly enjoy training and the boys have improved their coordination.
The instructor team is friendly, fun and when needed strict. The venue is in a good central location and the hall is very clean and spacious. We are also very appreciative of the manuals and the YouTube videos which are available and allow the boys to practice at home.
The administration for the school is very good, the email/text reminders for classes/testing and changes are great ensuring we can never miss anything. The social media (Facebook) posts are informative and fun too.
| Mr Roshan Bhuwa (Adult class student/instructor & parent of training student)
ADULT CLASS REVIEW
I have been training at Harrow Choi Kwang Do School for over 15 years in the adult class. Starting my training in 2004 with hardly any martial arts experience, I was a little nervous to start with, 15 years later and now as a second degree black belt, I can honestly say I would never have got to where I was without the great teaching of the school instructor team that have helped me along the way.
I can say that learning martial arts has helped to keep me in good shape, it has helped to keep my core strong and stay in good health overall. Lessons are challenging and you will certainly feel your cardio and strength improve, in addition lessons are varied with content which keeps the learning fun.
All the instructors and students at the school are extremely friendly so if you are a little nervous starting on your own, I can assure you that you will fit in straight away and make great friends in the process.
Communication comes in the from of monthly texts, emails and newsletters so you are always kept informed of all news and events. The venue is nice, clean and spacious, there are well maintained changing rooms and plentiful parking.
Overall, HarrowCKD has been a positive influence on my life, I hope to continue training at HarrowCKD for as long as possible. This should be easier now I have my eldest daughter training, I hope she can gain all the positives from the martial arts in the same way I did, aspects such as confidence, self-belief and determination, all traits which studying the martial art helped instill in me. I plan to also enroll my youngest daughter once she is old enough, this alone is testament of how good training at this school is.
Thank you to everyone at HarrowCKD for making my martial arts journey a very enjoyable one.
| Mrs Varsha Vekaria (Parent of two junior students)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
I have have 2 children who are currently training at the school with one having attained the rank of Black Belt last year. We found the school via a recommendation and google search. We heard good things about the school and we visited and the boys had a taster session we all had a good feeling about the school and liked what we saw.
Both boys do other sports and we were looking into another activity that would teach them self-defence, discipline and life skills all wrapped up in one when we came across CKD. After some thorough research we chose CKD over other martial arts. Our training goals for the boys are to build endurance, strength, coordination and learn self-defence in a fun but disciplined way. To also push themselves and believe that they can aim higher in life even after few downfalls and the belt system has helped to achieve these goals step by step.
The boys enjoy the lessons and look forward to them every week. They seem to be more focused and the classes has improved their confidence helping them achieve an “I can do it, if I try” attitude.
The school has a very professional and fantastic team of instructors. They teach valuable life skills whilst helping everyone keep fit and having fun. Communication is of an execllent standard and we are always informed of any changes, news, upcoming events etc via texts and emails. The school is always willing to accommodate last minute plans if we are unable to attend classes.
There is one thing all martial art students who have graduated to Black Belt have in common – they all began their journey as a white belt. It takes personal dedication, motivation and a GREAT team of instructors help the students find their true potential.
| Mrs Anita Kerai (Parent of two junior students)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
My son and daughter have been training at Harrow Choi Kwang Do since 2012 and are currently in the Leadership class. We found the school via a Google Search and booked to visit the school because of it’s convenient location.
We were initially looking for something to build my son’s confidence due to issues he was having at school. In addition to this we thought it would teach him discipline whilst getting exercise. Having seen the changes in our son we were more than happy to enrol our daughter when she was old enough to begin training and join the school. Our primary focus was for them both to learn self defence skills as well and build confidence.
The classes are extremely good. It’s not too rigid like other martial arts classes and the kids enjoy coming to them. We have seen many changes since they joined including better coordination, confidence, discipline, attitude, fitness, flexibility and focus.
The instructors make the kids very comfortable, they are very helpful and reassuring. The kids always feel comfortable when working with any of the instructors.
Finally, we find the school to be very professional, the communication is always good and parents are always informed about the any changes or events.
| Mrs Sejal Shah (Parent of junior student)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
My son started training in May 2015 following a recommendation from my sister who trained at the school and attained a Black Belt. The school was highly recommended by my sister and when my husband and I visited the school we were pleaased the discipline and dedication that it instils in young children. His short term goals are to achieve a black belt but we feel that the training offers him so much more than just attaining belts, he is more focused and disciplined because of the training which we feel will help him as he grows.
Our son enjoys the classes and is always looking forward to training. He has a can do attitude and he ensures he works hard to be put forward for belt testings. His general discipline and focus in his studies has improved greatly as have his fitness.
Master Lad and his team come across as very professional and dedicated when teaching the children.
Our son refers to the YouTube videos when practicing his speed drills and patterns. We have referred to the student manual when preparing for the tests which are very easy to use. Everything is very well structured and there is an abundance of resources available for the students and parents.
We also find the communication to be of a very high standard. Master Lad has always communicated via email and text messages and reminders are always sent. All questions are always responded to in a timely manner.
| Mr Jay Metha (Parent of student training in adult class, previously children’s class)
CHILDREN’S CLASS REVIEW
I wanted my son to do some form of exercise to get fit and do something away from the TV & electronic gadgets. We agreed on martial arts and saw a poster advertising Choi Kwang Do at Claremont High School and signed him up back in 2013. In the 5 years he has been training, he has progressed through to Black Belt which we are very proud of. Although I was initially concerned that he would not understand the instructions from the trainers, the classes are split into kids and adult sessions and the teaching is thoughtfully structured accordingly.
The initial goal was just to get to a Black Belt and to improve his fitness, but once he started, we realised it’s so much more than that. After moving up the belts and into the adult classes, there are excellent developmental opportunities such as helping with teaching via the Assistant Instructor Programme, learning First Aid, training with visiting students from other schools and the chance to meet and train withe the Grandmaster, the founder of the martial art.
The training is challenging, but that’s exactly how it should be so that each time my son moved up, he felt that he earned his new rank through his own efforts. From this hard work, I have noticed that he has become fitter, disciplined and more aware of how to deal with issues that would have phased him normally. Choi Kwang Do is an excellent way to help with boosting confidence, developing a positive attitude, showing respect to others, improving concentration and becoming mentally stronger. This won’t all occur straight away, but with regular training and a willingness to take part in the martial art, it will definitely happen.
All the instructors are very good with teaching children and adults and I’m very impressed with the level of professionalism. Master Lad in particular is very approachable and has over 20 years of experience. His team (all DBS checked) are very friendly and dedicated and they welcome all students to become part of the Choi Kwang Do family. Master Lad is a very proactive tutor and mentor. He always celebrates his teams successes and this is seen by the commitment his trainers give back to him and the sport.
A particular help to my son are the YouTube training videos that the school has uploaded for students. They are a brilliant training resource and very well made. The HarrowCKD.com website and Newsletter are very good too. Everything you need to know about the sport, the ethos of the school, the grading system, the training resources, the team and venue/times are all there.
I would genuinely recommend this school to any prospective students & parents of students.