|415 L Street|
|Monday through Friday 4:00pm–9:00pm|
|Steve J. Rodness|
Rodness' Martial Arts Center classes are taught by experienced back belts who take pride in the quality of training and the personalized attention given to their students. RMAC is a owned and operated business. The main instructor, Mr. Steve Rodness, has over 36yrs exp. with a 5th Degree black belt Master instructor in Tae Kwon do and 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu , and a full instructor in MMAFTS under Burton Richarson . He also is a two time National Instructor of the Year by the International Tae Kwon Do Council.
Their specialty is in families. Family programs develop team spirit which helps develop and strengthen the unity of family. When individuals work together as a team, their individual talents will naturally improve. RMAC offers classes for children and adults of all ages and abilities; these classes include Little Dragons, Children Tae kwon do, Adult Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiujitsu and JKD Unlimited/MMA For Street™ and Fitness Kickboxing . Their programs build confidence, balance, strength, flexibility and character by providing students with techniques that allow them to take control of their bodies. Ask about their special programs for children that award students for achievements and accomplishments.
RMAC also has birthday parties for children.
2006-10-31 20:46:24 They are the hardcore version of Pallens. Mr Rodness is crazy good but oh so humble —StevenDaubert
2007-03-10 07:51:47 The sign says Rodness Karate because the term karate has become a catch-all phrase for martial arts in the US. Although the Rodness family are excellent Tae Kwon Do instructors, they also teach kickboxing and Mr. Rodness is one of the very few US instructors in Jeet Kune Do, the "mixed" martial art created by Bruce Lee. The RMAC staff is excellent at meeting the needs of all students, from 4-year-old "little Dragons" to 40+ year-old beginners! They only ask that you train hard and often, and give your very best effort. —CR
2008-02-04 19:11:31 This place is really laid back. The teachers often dont show up to teach a class. There is little discipline and it is very over priced. —ST
The school has a family atmosphere, so I can see why you feel that it is laid back, however discipline is a main focus in every class for children and adults. RMAC's prices are competitive to other Martial Arts schools in the area; it may be higher in cost compared to other recreational activities but what you get out of Martial Arts training (confidence, discipline, health, etc.) is priceless!
2008-02-14 19:51:42 (comment deleted by owner)
And interestingly, 2 days after that comment was made their new domain name was registered. They did fulfill the promise shortly after you posted the note. —WesHardaker
The RMAC website IS finally finished!! it actually has been long in the making for the past 6 months to a year and we are happy to get it going! We appoligize for the unexpected closure that happened in February, but there's no way to plan for family tragedies (the loss of a loved one), as they are often unexpected. Thank you for bearing with us during the time needed to recover.
2008-05-07 20:56:27 this place is great —Drainage
2008-05-07 20:56:55 this place really sucks —Drainage
2008-09-04 11:41:33 My daughter has been taking lessons with the Rodness family of instructors for more than a year, and we really appreciate the professionalism, optimism and focus shown by all the staff. Mr.Rodness has a special way of motivativating his students In such a way that is so infectious and as the head instructor who maintains a sense of humor despite his intensity and high expectations for his students. Highly recommended. —DrandyJones
2008-09-23 21:23:17 (original comment deleted by author) —RebekahLee
2008-09-23 21:47:08 Nope. Odd comment though. —WesHardaker
2008-11-15 08:54:15 Earlier I left a comment that was inappropriate (saying the wrong things in the wrong place) and did not serve any good purpose. For those who have read it, I apologize for any offense and please note that I did not have solid examples against the RMAC’s practices. I had my own issues—irrelevent to how they run their business—and I shouldn’t have taken out my own frustrations on the RMAC. Retracting my prior comment, here’s a different remark in its stead, consisting of examples of how they follow the five TKD tenets:
Courtesy: Everyone is polite (or at least friendly, as there is some teasing between friends), everyone is expected to be. Part of their procedure is to inquire if anyone has any injuries that would affect ability to participate (it would be discourteous to force someone to do something they can’t). Integrity: They don’t put on false airs and are very enthusiastic about what they do (which is why they do it). Perseverance: They try to help students work on their individual needs, especially to prepare to advance in belt level. Self-Control: A specific example: for sparring, they try to pair up the less experienced with the more experienced so that the less experienced won’t injure each other on accident. Being a family-oriented business, the whole system’s set up to do as little bodily harm as possible. Indomitable Spirit: One time, when a more advanced student noticed my strange attitude, she talked to me about it, saying that in this school, if you’re here, you should make the best of it, no matter how you’re feeling (in other words, she was telling me to overcome my issues). She demonstrated what they were trying to teach. These contributed to my learning experience. And as far as pricing goes, it’s competitive in comparison to other TKD locations where my friends have participated. —RebekahLee
2010-05-13 16:30:00 Interesting... just today, after more than a year, I received a notice that Rodness had responded to my BBB complaint. This was their response: "The client was aware of their consumer rights with regards to the contract at the time it was entered into. We, Rodness' Martial Arts Center, hired Educational Funding Co (EFC) to collect tuition and take care of any, as applicable, collection of delinquent accounts. The stipulation of the contract states that WRITTEN notice must be provided to be eligible for terminating a contract. We feel that we satisfactorily informed the client of their rights and properly handled the situation." Needless to say, I don't agree. See the history of this page and the timing of the recent deletions/edits, and correlate it with the response to the BBB complaint, and you can draw your own conclusions. —billclark
2011-04-11 20:46:27 Our 2 boys (now 10 and 12)took regular lessons at RMAC for almost 5 years. They gained a lot of self-confidence, and enjoyed their accomplishments - being tested every couple of months to achieve the next color belt was a challenge they looked forward to. I really appreciate their family atmosphere and professionalism. The instructors were kind and patient, and made the extra effort to give them personalized attention. A very positive experience which I would recommend to anyone. We also signed an annual contract as it was a discounted monthly price to do so, and I'm glad we did. It really gave our kids some consistency in a year round activity. And, I appreciated the flexible schedule of classes - if we missed one day, we could always go the next etc. We renewed 4 times, and it automatically cancelled when we didn't renew after the contract date expired. Our kids have fond memories of their experience and talk about taking lessons there again someday when they get older. —MaryAnnLiu
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