Respect, Humility, Patience
My overall experience with ABBC has been excellent. Starting with their students up to their instructors, I was greeted with respect and professionalism. Their teachings follow the traditional way with a little modern twist. Once I’ve joined ABBC, I’ve instantly felt like I am part of a family.
Agape has done so much for my son and our family! My 5 year old started last fall and had been going for several months now. I have seen a huge improvement in his mental focus, self confidence and fittness. He takes it hom e and practices good habits at home too.
When they get to do sparing, he can punch and kick to his heart’s content in a controlled and safe environment. What great place for child to grow.
And we Love the Ra family. They are so close knit, dedicated, and are excellent teachers.
We got our 5yr old in to help build her confidence and it want long before we placed her sister in class also. The experience has been so good for them that my wife and I just joined this week! The Ra’s training and leadership examples are top notch and the place feels like family. I cannot recommended the school high enough!
Agape Black Belt Center is the very finest in TAE KWON DO. With excellence at the core, this team of Black Belt teachers, under the leading of Master John Ra know how to bring a person from where they are to a higher version of themselves- all around! TKD is a way of life! With whom do you do life? Chose wisely!
I have searched a long time to find an activity for my child on the spectrum. Not only has Taekwondo been the perfect fit for him, it’s been a great environment where he can feel a part of the group, supported, encouraged, challenged and successful! He loves Taekwondo and th Ra family. We can’t imagine our life without tag condo now!
ABBC is the best! Really love all your social media posts and a fine example of what Taekwondo can offer for athletes & their families
We are as Aljitawi’s family so proud to be part of Agape black belt center . The kids joined the center almost 6months ago and we are so impressed with the improvements on their focus, behavior, self confidence and the self control .
The Ra’s family a great example for the perfect family .
I wanted to share with you that Langston has been accepted into the advance Math Cluster at Calkins Rd school for 6th graders (he is the only 5th grader in the program). Each day before he goes to school at Jeff Rd, he will go to Calkins Rd for a Math class. This means he has an opportunity to take High School credits as early as next year.
He has worked really hard inside and outside the classroom over the past year. Without his improved focus and growth socially he would not have been afforded this opportunity to do advanced independent Math. I believe that the work and guidance you and your family have given him is an important part of this achievement.
We thank you so much for your ministry.
Norris Woods Jr.
Back in November/December of 2014, I signed up for a 6 month period with Agape for Taekwondo. During that time, I learned a lot about the martial art and I liked the training. One of the things that I didn’t enjoy was doing poomsae which is like doing a kata in Japanese Karate. When my 6 month training period was over, I left, I never attended any of the promotional tests for belt advancement during the time I was there. One day, as I was sitting at home I felt a sense of unaccomplishment because I didn’t try to go beyond what I could when I was training. I decided to go back and finish what I started. I called Master Ra, which by the way is an awesome, knowledgeable, Taekwondo instructor, and signed up again. He was very understanding about my work schedule which is an afternoon schedule and allowed me to resume my training. Training in Taekwondo has helped me a lot with my anxiety, especially having a moderate form of social anxiety, I have been able to test and advance in belt ranks. It hasn’t been easy but Master Ra and his wife have been understanding of my condition and have been supportive. I like this Dojang because of the friendly atmosphere it has and I would recommend it to anyone. This is definitely not a place where you’ll feel intimidated, bullied, or marginalized. That has been my experience at Agape. 감사합니다 Thank you sir!
Last year, in November, we realized that out 6 year old was having trouble in 1st grade. It wasn’t the academics; it was the paying attention and the following directions part of school that she wasn’t getting. We decided to look for a Taekwondo program because we knew that the activities in a Taekwondo class would develop these skills in her.
After meeting with Master Ra, we knew that his traditionally run studio would be just what we were looking for.
Fast forward to today. Our 7 year old has made amazing progress in focus and following directions! We are so happy. Now she is learning leadership skills as well. We are solidly committed to Agape Black Belt Center and will be training here for years to come.
For nearly three years I have watched my shy, introverted grandson find confidence and strength -both physical and mental- at Agape. Master Ra has the students pushing themselves, ever encouraging, and finding new strengths and inner confidence. Classes are fun to watch and all are invited at any time to come and visit and watch or participate in a class.
It’s a unique and wonderful martial arts school. Before you go anywhere else, at least meet Master Ra and watch a class! You’ll see what I mean!
Our family LOVES Agape Black Belt Center! My son has been attending for about 18 months and the program is tremendous. The Ra Family has built a solid martial arts program in a positive, family-friendly environment. The children are taught discipline along with so much more (such as respect, patience and humility – the “3 Main Philosophies” at ABBC) in a caring and positive environment.
Once you meet Master Ra and see him work with your child you quickly come to understand this is what he is meant to do. ABBC is not just his business but his calling. Master Ra and Mrs. Ra take time to get to know every child and family. Their three children (all accomplished black belts) all demonstrate the same loving heart, kindness for others and dedication to ABBC as their parents do. Each of them has spent one-on-one time with my son, helping him with his technique, on multiple occasions – as they do with all of the kids and without being asked to do so. To say I am impressed with this family is an understatement.
The program prices are very reasonable and the scheduling flexible for families, a great benefit for those of us that have children attending during the school year. Even before the most recent school year schedule (which was updated to be even more flexible for kids attending during the school year), Master Ra was extremely accommodating when our son wanted to participate in little league – allowing him to come to other class times when his class conflicted with a baseball practice or game.
I can’t say enough about this program and this family. I highly recommend Agape Black Belt Center.
My wife and I have been very impressed with ABBC. My son (age 7) took the three trial classes in September/October 2014. After the 3rd class, Master Ra met with us and our son to discuss the classes and what my son thought of them. He wanted to make sure that my son was having fun and would enjoy the program before we signed up. I was really impressed by that – so many places are all about the money. At ABBC, Master Ra’s first priority was ensuring that my son was going to enjoy coming to Tae Kwon Do. Of course my son was excited after that 3rd class, so we signed up for 6 months. I attend many of my son’s classes (there are seats for parents) and he really enjoys them. Master Ra is an excellent teacher. My son will be testing for his yellow belt in a few days and is very excited to “retire” his white belt. This is a great program that teaches children about the importance of discipline, exercise, respecting their peers (establishing friendships with other kids in the class) and self defense. We will definitely be renewing when our 6 month period ends.
Dear Master Ra,
It was hard to believe that it will reach the completion of Lucas’s three years studying with you in a few months. He started at five in the Pee-Wee class. It was not easy for a child who was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, ADHD and a lot of sensory issues. I was very proud of him earning up to his blue belt. He took pride too for his own achievement. He couldn’t do it without the support from you , Mrs. Ra and our Agape Family. I truly appreciate your forever patience and insight. Learning Taekwondo not just help with his physical strength, it also help him to be a better person. With your persistence on the three main philosophy- respect, humble and patient, Lucas and I both learned to try improve ourselves everyday. Mrs Ra poured all her heart into making our Dojang into our second family. All the kind greetings and special events pulled all students and parents together. On Parents Appreciation Day, My eyes were wet all the time ( I don’t think I was the only one)to see our students bowed and said sweet words to the parents. Surprised Party for Justine to show love, support and encouragement from us. The Thanksgiving party to feast all of us. The Christmas party and the summer picnic all brought us together. Oh! The Memorial Day Parade!! Lucas and I really love our Agape Black Belt Center. Kids are all kind to each other. Older ones always help the younger or newer students. Younger ones look up to the older ones. Parents always cheer for all the students and support each other.
I can’t say enough to express my appreciation to you and Mrs. Ra for providing such a wonderful place for our students to study at Agape. Thank you for all your love and support.
Exercise – Aerobic, Strength, Flexibility.
Develop self- discipline,work towards a goal.
Great values of respect, patience, humility and LOVE (Agape)
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for AGAPE Black Belt Center. This family-owned teaching/training venue is a treasure in our community and my 9-year-old son’s future is a brighter one because of his experience with them. AGAPE provides a safe and loving environment for kids to find their inner spirit and strength while improving their self-confidence, self-esteem, self-control, and focus. They actively practice and teach respect, patience, and empathy.
My son has been a member of AGAPE for a year now. This is my personal observation:
Before AGAPE my son:
• was unable to focus, follow instructions, or complete any school work
• was in trouble at school most days for behavior
• felt bad about himself and acted out inappropriately toward other kids
• had no friends – no one wanted to be around him
• not part of any groups
After AGAPE my son:
• follows instructions and the rules at school and completes all of his classwork and homework
• takes pride in his behavior and accomplishments
• is happier across the board, able to play with other kids at school and outside of school successfully
• says positive things about himself and others, shows empathy, respect and compassion toward others, and practices mentoring
• has lots of friends at school and outside of school
• is a member of AGAPE Black Belt Center, Hochstein school of music, YMCA youth group, and maybe choir at school
The transformation that I have seen in my son is difficult to apply words to. I believe all children can benefit in some way from participating in a program with AGAPE Black Belt Center. Their teaching is strongly rooted in love, how could anyone go wrong with that!
Co Founder of ARTISANworks
My son has taken Taekwondo from Agape Black Belt Center for 3 years now. There is a genuine atmosphere of caring, and Master Ra teaches each student to be his/her best in an encouraging environment. It has been a great confidence builder, not to mention the health benefits from the physical activity!
When our son first asked to take TaeKwonDo lessons, he was too shy and self-conscious for a group class. I called many numbers, leaving messages, looking for a good place to start him in private lessons. I got two calls from people who spoke only about the monthly contract. Then I got a callback from Master Ra from Agape Martial Arts. He asked about my son. He asked about his interest in martial arts. He talked to me about growth, spirit, and faith. That this was his ministry. We met the next day and my chubby and shy 12 year-old had his first lesson.
Four years later, that boy is a confident, empowered, thin, muscular young man who looks you in the eye when he shakes your hand. He is strong in so many ways. And he is happy.
That first day, we came home and my husband asked how the first private lesson went. I thoughtof my child -who was needing so many things that we could not give him- and told him,”God brought us there.”