Darryl C. Smith, 50, 5th Dan Black Belt, Captain, Herndon Police Department
John Starks, 46, 3rd Dan Black Belt, Data Communications
Junko Starks, 38, 2nd Dan Black Belt, Teacher
Chris Starks, 18, 2nd Dan Black Belt, college student
Richard Starks, 13, 2nd Poom Black Belt, middle school student
Paul Starks, 10, 2nd Poom Black Belt, elementary school student
"ETF Tae Kwon Do has provided me with as excellent means of improving my physical fitness. Aside from the physical benefits, I have enjoyed meeting new people from a range of backgrounds and ages. Being involved with this group has benefits of its own."
"H.K. Lee Academy of Tae Kwon Do does not just teach me how to be stronger physically but also teaches me to be stronger mentally. Grandmaster H.K. Lee teaches me when to be serious and when to play around. I love all the Instructors, Masters and Adults who work here. I also love helping the Kindergartner kids. I have lots of fun here."
"ETF Tae Kwon Do has given me many benefits, but that’s not the main reason I come. ETF Tae Kwon Do is a lot of fun and I have a lot of good friends there. ETF Tae Kwon Do also improves my concentration, confidence, and physical stamina, and the people here are great. I’m glad I joined, and wherever I go I have new confidence towards what I can achieve."
"Through ETF Tae Kwon Do training, I have received far more than just physical gains. I have improved my concentration and self-discipline, which have helped me greatly in my schoolwork. Also, I have greater respect for myself and others around me. All in all, Tae Kwon Do has helped me improve myself mentally, physically, and emotionally and feel better about myself and my life."
Don Dasaro, 51, 4th Dan Black Belt, Marketing Manager, International Sales, Caterpillar Corp
James Pitman, 25, High Yellow Belt, Political Analyst
My daughter attended the after school program at H.K. Lee for over a year and she loved it. Our positive experience started the moment we inquired about the academy. We were given a tour of the facilities and were impressed. My daughter developed her TKD skills at an impressive rate and I attribute it to the quality of the teachings and the excellence of the masters. The masters, staff, and administration are wonderful and we miss them greatly. I always appreciated their involvement in every area of my daughter's development. I had all around support from wonderful people like Mrs. Janelle, Mr. Alex, Master Lee, Mrs. Lee, Master Cho, the front desk staff, and the wonderful students who set a good example to my daughter and were excellent role models. My daughter continued her TKD training at a different academy in our new town and her new masters were greatly impressed by her technique. All I could think was, "Of course she's great, she comes from H.K. Lee." H.K. Lee is without a doubt the best school in the Northern Virginia area.
" Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s Academy of Tae Kwon has been providing our community with the highest quality of instruction for over twenty years. His self-defense classes are the best, and I would recommend them to all ages."
Mercedes Moss, 44, High White Belt, Teacher
Brian Moss, 6, High White Belt, Elementary school student
Linda Rutledge, 38, Red Belt, Attorney
Veronica Kayne, 37, Red Belt, Planning Manager
Darryl C. Smith, 50, 5th Dan Black Belt, Captain, Herndon Police Department
"I have studied Tae Kwon Do throughout the U.S. and Asian countries. Grandmaster H.K. Lee, in my opinion, is the finest master instructor. He combines traditional Tae Kwon Do and Olympic sport Tae Kwon Do into a philosophy that can be tied into a day-to-day personal basis."
Harold Bauch, 52, 2nd Dan Black Belt, Data Processing
Michael Molnia, 12, 3rd Poom Black Belt, Junior High School Student
Benji Molnia, 10, 2nd Poom Black Belt, Elementary School Student
"After much searching, we found the perfect place to study Tae Kwon Do. Mentally and physically, we feel better than we ever felt before."
"ETF TaeKwonDo has been the greatest thing that has happened to us since we joined. For about six years I tried losing weight and TaeKwonDo did it. It’s made me feel great, in form, in tone, and it’s taught us a lot of discipline and control. It is a challenge to us and everyday we want to become better. Thank you Grandmaster H.K. Lee and TaeKwonDo."
"Tae Kwon Do is an excellent family sport that allows the entire family to participate and share the learning experience together. It permits each individual to grow at their own pace, with the support and respect of each member of the school. Grandmaster Lee’s teaching allows each individual develop balance between their mind, inner strength, and physical conditioning. This has helped our family to enhance confidence, concentration, self-esteem, and cooperation."
"Grandmaster H.K. Lee transforms student’s lives through the physical and mental training of ETF Tae Kwon Do. He encourages us to practice humility, respect, patience, cooperation, love and goal setting outside the Dojang, at home, at school, and at work. The training can lead to excellence and success in all areas of our lives. Grandmaster Lee’s training helps us cooperate with each other in society…which could ultimately lead to world peace."
Chris Carter, 15, Red Belt, High School Student
Sean Dodrill, 21, High Green Belt
They are great with children and their after school care is a real bargain. Every time I have heard Grandmaster Lee talk with the children it was with kindness and wisdom.
"Our family of five now regularly practices at Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon Do, and each of us has benefited in many ways. Probably the most important benefit, however, is that we have a family activity that all of us enjoy doing together. We have found the Academy’s instruction and training to be superb at all levels."
Bill Grady, 48, 4th Dan Black Belt, Commercial Real Estate Broker
Bill Rosenberry, 35, 4th Dan Black Belt, Systems Engineer
"What started about six years ago as a family activity has become much more. My wife and I have obtained our original goal of better physical fitness and have gained confidence and knowledge which has helped us in our everyday lives. Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s program has given our children improved discipline, self-esteem, and concentration, all of which have helped them achieve better grades in school and a respect for the rights of others."
"Taking Tae Kwon Do at Grandmaster Lee’s has taught me to believe in myself, always do my best, and not to be afraid of new things. Tae Kwon Do is fun and I like all the students and instructors."
James Grover, 54, 2nd Dan Black Belt, Data Processing
Jason Grover, 16, 1st Dan Black Belt, High School Student
Branigan Mulcahy, 7, High Green Belt, Elementary school student
"Tae Kwon Do has been great for Ashley. Tae Kwon Do has helped her to be more attentive and has also improved her balance. Ashley has also met many new friends that are very helpful when it is time for Ashley to advance to another belt level."
Avalon G., 1st Poom Black Belt, Elementary School Student
Vic Sherlekar, Ph.D., 46, 2nd Dan Black Belt, Computer Consultant, ETF Instructor, Bombay, India
William L. Stauffer, 44, 1st Dan Black Belt, Attorney
Sharon Stauffer, 43, Yellow Belt, homemaker
Sarah Stauffer, 17, High Yellow Belt, high school student
William Stauffer, 14, 1st poom Black belt, junior high school student
Kami Stauffer, 9, Blue Belt, elementary school student
"Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon Do is constantly trying to meet the student’s various needs in the best way possible and they always get it done. The instruction is the best and most individualized available. Everything the school does is for the benefit of its students and our community. Through my Tae Kwon Do training and relationship with Grandmaster Lee, I have improved myself in my Tae Kwon Do skills and in my daily life. I can concentrate much more on the task at hand and now have the self-discipline required to get things done. I highly recommend Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon Do to everybody so that more people can experience the same wonderful benefits that I have received."
J.C. Thomas, 17, 3rd Dan Black Belt, High School Student
"Grandmaster H.K. Lee is one of the greatest teachers I have ever had. He has been a constant source of inspiration. Through the practice of Tae Kwon Do, I have not only benefited physically, but have improved my professional abilities as well."
Kevin McGovern, 43, Black Belt, Employment Specialist
Ryan McGovern, 15, High Red Belt, High School Student
"Discipline, respect, confidence, and self-control are a few of the many valuable things that I have learned at Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s ETF Headquarters. Emphasis is placed on personal improvement such as building a strong mind and body. Each class is physically challenging and mentally refreshing. I enjoy every minute of training."
"Since I started studying ETF Tae Kwon Do at H.K. Lee’s Academy, I have achieved my primary goal of improved physical health. Perhaps more importantly, the goal setting necessary to achieve each new belt has improved my confidence, patience and desire. These are all attributes which I can carry over to my daily life. Grandmaster Lee and his group of dedicated instructors have been an inspiration to me to achieve things I never thought possible."
Joyce Fitzgerald, mother of Ashley Fitzgerald, 9, 1st Poom Black Belt, elementary School student
Daniel Mawyer, 12, 2nd poom Black Belt, Middle School Student
"Practicing Tae Kwon Do at Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s Tae Kwon Do has enabled me develop strength and stamina that I haven’t experienced in years. My son and I are continually impressed with the increased difficulty of each new form and movement. There is a great deal of self-confidence as we accomplish each new degree requirement."
My older son practices tae kwon do at Grand Master H.K.Lee for three years and my middle son started six months ago. Grandmaster HK Lee offers more than just martial arts, he is educator and leader that cares about his students. The leadership program teaches responsibility and respect. The classes are offered six days a week which allows more flexibility. The after school program program is great.
" Grandmaster H.K. Lee’s Academy of Tae Kwon Do has been providing our community with the highest quality of instruction for over twenty years. His self-defense classes are the best, and I would recommend them to all ages."
"During a stressful work day of being pulled in multiple directions simultaneously, my only relief is thinking about that night’s Tae Kwon Do class. My son and I look forward to each class and meeting with all our friends at the academy."
"I like TaeKwonDo because I have fun. I make new friends, and I learn to protect myself."
"ETF Tae Kwon Do has benefited me in many ways. It has benefited me physically because it keeps me in shape and is good exercise. Mentally, it has helped me to concentrate more and think things through. This is how ETF Tae Kwon Do has helped me."
Maile Ellis, 15, 2nd Poom Black Belt, High School Student
"Grandmaster H.K. Lee teaches a lot of self-discipline and confidence and that’s what we need. It has helped at school and in other sports in which we take part."
Bill Keen, 44, Bo 1st Dan, Deputy Black Belt
Barbara Keen, 43, Green Belt, Homemaker
Matthew Keen, 16, Red Belt, High School Student
Chris Keen, 13, Red Belt, Junior High School Student
Jeffrey Keen, 10, Red Belt, Elementary School Student
Last summer I was looking for a summer camp for my five year old, and decided to try H K Lee for two weeks. My son ended up going there the whole summer. When I compared the prices for different summer camps H K Lee was a real bargain; not only my son got to practice TKD every day but they also had field trips every day as well as went to the pool every Friday.
I have seen so many beneficial changes in my son at the end of the summer, he learned a great deal about discipline, respect and positive attitude. From "I can't do that..." he moved on to "I will not give up!"
I decided to enroll him in the after-school program which made my son very happy. He does his homework under supervision there, has his TKD practice, as well as music classes once a week. The staff is very caring and my son has established very warm relationships with the kids and with the Masters there, in fact he wanted to have his birthday party at H K Lee which turned out to be a lot of fun for the kids we invited and for the adults. Even my husband was impressed, which says a lot! We have decided that our youngest son will go there too next year. It is hard to trust somebody with your children, but I definitively recommend H K Lee because they have proven to me their integrity and the values they stand by.
So, my son went again to H K Lee summer camp and will continue to go to the after school program. This is because I feel I found the best place for my son and I only want what is best for him. I have recommended this program to another family which ended up signing their son for the summer camp and for the after school program. At Open House when I met them they were so grateful that I recommended this place to them and although their son did not earn his belt yet they have definitely seen improvement in his behavior. The reason I mention earning the belt is because one of the previous reviewers blamed the staff at H K Lee for promising a belt to his son but then not giving it to him. Well, the way it works, you actually have to EARN your belt and in order to earn it you have to work hard regardless of how young you are. This is called building character and responsibility. If children were to be "given belts" it would completely defeat the whole purpose of Tae Kwon Do. One is never too young to be taught to be hard working and respectful. Those are life skills that have to be consistently taught and reinforced by both parents, teachers and mentors. So, hypothetically speaking, if for any reason my child does not deserve his belt, kudos to the staff for being just and for sending the right message. I would rather have my child not having a belt than receiving it without deserving it.