TaekwonKids is such a fantastic school. If you have a child who has expressed interest in martial arts I couldn't more strongly recommend any place other than this to take them. From day one, Master Scott and Instructor Cage take an immense amount of time getting to know your child and tailoring the lesson to their strengths and weaknesses. There is time spent as a group and each child gets individual instruction. Teaching children anything can be difficult, but they have mastered the art of delivering technique and instilling discipline in their students. In a few short months I have seen my son's confidence grow leaps and bounds and his technique improve week by week. Highly recommend. More...
We have been with TKK since Master Scott Sonu took over the Do-jang in Litchfield Park. We chose TaekwonKids because of the endless positive reviews on Yelp under the TaekwonKids school that Grand Master Scott lead in No. California with his brother. We are so glad we chose TKK. Grand Master Scott, Master Cage and Master William (who recently left for college) have been wonderful role models for our son these past 3 yrs. The self confidence, discipline and skills he has learned from his Masters at TKK has helped him not only in Taekwondo but in school and other sports that he participates in. TKK is Kukkiwon Certified and they often have high ranking Taekwondo martial artists fly in from Korea to teach the kids additional skills. Grand Master Scott and his team are very respectful, kind, and are Authentic Masters of Taekwondo. More...
No words , just amazing.
We signed up our son here a little over a year ago, after visiting other martial arts schools in the area. My son's strength and confidence have improved so much since starting here, in such a short amount of time. Master Scott and the rest of the teaching staff are amazing to watch with the classes, and are able to give individualized attention to those who need it, while still instructing the rest of the class. More...
Caryn Brooks Coleman
We admire and miss Master Scott so much that we made the studio a destination on our last two trips across the country. The team he has there is amazing and we will be back!
Our son has been a student of this school for a few years now. Master Scott and his team of instructors have been truly amazing. What I appreciate the most is the amount of EFFORT that is required for the students here to succeed. I have seen many people simply go from White belt to Black belts in the matter of a year simply because the school gets them in and gets them out. Taekwonkids focuses on your child and ensures they have a deep and rich understanding of the martial arts. They must pass a series of tests only after qualifying to even test for the next color belt. The instructors show patience with all ages. There is a reason why this school seems to do very well in state and national competitions. I would highly advise bringing your child to attend this school More...
My son has been with TaekwonKids for a year now and he has improved so much in his kicking, punching, coordination, balancing, and self discipline. He looks forward to class every week and he really looks up to his Instructors and Master Scott. They work very well with kids and are awesome role models! More...
Master Scotte Sonu has great energy and character that builds up others around him.
Grand Master Scott Sonu is the Master of Masters!!! he's very knowledgeable in the field of Taekwondo. He's also very kind and a caring person who is very good with children.
The best School of the world !!!
This establishment has been under new management since October, and the team on staff has done a great job with so many of the kids. They truly do care Alii the families that come through the door. Would always recommend to others as it bills confidence and respect. More...
Instructors create a very supportive environment. The students support each other and are always helping each other. Master Scott is a fantastic instructor of taekwondo and he is great the kids.
Our daughter loves Taekwon Kids and the instructors there! It doesn't matter what skill level your child is, the instructors take the time to make sure they are learning and having fun. Master Scott is very patient with with all of the students. More...
I've been doing Taekwondo for almost 4 years and the experience and knowledge I have obtained under the new management at TaekwonKids is substantial. As a student, I enjoy learning under Grand Master Scott Sonu. Other than learning new techniques, he has taught me to be disciplined, self-confident, and a genuine person. I've seen many deceiving and unprofessional taekwondo schools that don't offer any of these essential aspects. If you truly want to become a genuine martial artist. At TaekwonKids, you will definitely receive authentic taekwondo. As an instructor at TaekwonKids, I am very pleased to become apart of TaekwonKids success. I've learned to grow with many students and my staff. I cannot wait to continue my journey with this amazing school. More...
Great staff and just an overall good experience for the kids.
Master Scott and his team are top notch. We studied under him for years in California and we adored him so much that we planned our cross country trip to include two days at his new studio in Arizona - at our kids’ insistence! Scott is thoughtful, kind, an amazing instructor and has a magical way with kids. Our kids were so glad to have more time with him! He and his team are encouraging and considerate, and teach both the martial art and the philosophy of respect that goes with it. More...
Caryn Brooks Coleman
Master Scott provides the finest instruction for kids and families that we have encountered in any discipline since we began homeschooling a decade ago. My kids started with him in their Mountain View location and have since we traveled to Phoenix just to give our kids a chance to train with Master Scott and his staff. Taekwon Kids teaches the whole child with an unmatched zeal, professionalism and kindness that keeps the integrated goal of a strong mind, body and spirit firmly in focus. My husband and i feel that our whole family was strengthened by our 6 year association with Taekwon Kids.Plus, he is friendly, funny and serious. We will continue training in Mountain View and stop by to see Scott and his team every chance we get. All the stars. All the time! More...
very supportive environment and instructors as well as good instruction without being to hash
I have seen such a growth in my grandson, it is amazing what the staff has been able to accomplish in a short amount time. Master Scott has a incredible team and I have full faith in their methods of teaching More...
Great place. Master Scott is awesome. My son learns discipline and respect.
Master Scott and his team have turned my two sons 9and11yrs old into disciplined focused respectful martial artists, most importantly the identity and self confidence Henry and Hunter have gained is priceless . 5 stars is not enough master Scott's team are 10 stars!! More...
Great place! The students learn a lot and have fun while they are learning. Master Scott and the instructors are patient with the students and make sure they understand what they are doing. Highly recommend.
Awesome Taekwondo school, not only for kids, but for the entire family! Find authentic and traditional values with modern techniques!
This is an update to my first review. This used to be Elite Taekwondo and I was always happy with Master Ashley and her crew, we do miss her.That being said, my GF and I are huge fans of Master Scott and his crew. He is very disciplined and doesn't simply let kids get higher belts. He actually requires them to increase knowledge, practice and show the ability to accomplish the moves. Our son has show amazing improvement. If you are looking for a place that will truly teach you true Taekwondo and require discipline, this is the place for you and your kids. More...
I absolutely love brining my two young children here...they are so very kind but also assertive and make the kids listen when in class. Love that they're teaching discipline and respect in a super fun environment! More...
Fantastic they work really well with my grandson a 4 year old
Absolutely love the people and the guidance that my daughter is receiving here!
TaeKwonKids Phoenix, ran by Grand Master Scott Sonu and his wife, is a Taekwondo school that is definitely going places. There is authentic discipline, tradition and development within the teachings of GM Scott's curriculum that you will not find anywhere else in the Phoenix area. The Masters who train our kids here are not fake or disingenuous. Their students in California are very successful and even GM Scott continues to improve his own Taekwondo skills every day - that is a true martial artist. I am very pleased to have this already successful school branch out to Arizona! More...
Taekwonkids is more than just an incredible taekwondo school -- it is a community where your kids will learn discipline, hard work, leadership, and compassion for others. Master Scott Sonu and his brother Master Chin Sonu have taught my son and daughter taekwondo for six years in Mountain View, CA. My kids have grown to be strong and confident with the kind mentorship of the Taekwonkids. We were so sad to see Scott move to Arizona, but know that we will stay in touch because Taekwonkids is more than just a school. My kids and my family have made life long friends there. More...
I can only review Master Scott, not this studio. Master Scott recently branched off on his own after several years at a very successful taekwondo franchise in the Bay Area. Master Scott is a gem - a practitioner who really feels passionately about taekwondo, a teacher who is a strong role model for his students, and someone who really cares about kids. My son greatly enjoyed his time with Master Scott and had a great experience learning taekwondo with him. We were blessed to have this amazing instructor work with our son, and we wish him well in his new endeavor. Here's my review of Master Scott's other dojang:yelp.com/biz/taekwon-kid… More...
My old hometown of Phoenix is so blessed & lucky that Taekwonkids opened up there. There's abundant reasons why Taekwonkids is already so successful in California. Taekwonkids has phenomenal teachers who care about their students and have an incredibly compassionate mission to help out their community--local & global! They actually follow through on their vision to help out underprivileged children throughout the world, through scores of sponsorships and innovative outreach events. Moreover, not only do they hire genuinely great people, but the instructors are true experts who help Taekwonkids students consistently win the most medals at serious TKD competitions. But what I truly appreciate more than competition statistics is the affect that Taekwonkids has at home & school too...so many of my friends' kids will agree that they teach TKD in a way where kids learn confidence, respect and grit, which translates to everything outside of TKD too! Both my sons (ages 7 & 5) love going to Taekwonkids and are so much happier, healthier, and more confident because of this wonderful institution! More...
Hisako Ohmoto Leung
Phoenix is lucky to have Taekwonkids! Congratulations!
Great place! Instructor Ashley and Instructor Jake are great at what they do!
Silver Days Fail
The instructors are best friends of mine, and have known them for years. As long as you put effort in work, you'll reap the benefits of a healthy body, and having fun while building self character and confidence for you or your child :)
Member of the US Air Force. When I first started looking for a Tae Kwon Do school I was looking for skill, discipline, and an instructor who wasn't afraid to get loud when necessary. To tell me how i look and perform each day without beating around the bush. Instructor Ashley and Instructor Jake did just that. If I performed bad, they told me. If I was improving, they told me. With my schedule at work constantly changing, they worked with me financially and also put in a Saturday class to help me keep up with training when my job wouldn't allow the time for nights. I searched for other schools who provided different hours and I definitely found plenty. Although, NO ONE had the professionalism and commitment that these Instructors have for their students. Thank you for all the training and dedication you put into me. I look forward to applying my education in dojangs during my current station in Korea. *bow* ✈ More...
Elite Taekwoondo is a Gold Nugget of caring love!!! In addition to education, everyone there awesomely positive while providing love and encouragement with sincere smiles that warm your heart. The directors are always involved in giving affectionate interest to each child every time they interface with them while establishing wonderful relationships with the families. The lead teachers and assistants are professionals and always so polite and friendly! This great team makes this the perfect place for my daughter, niece and nephew. I definitely recommend this location as an alternate home away from home for them knowing that they are cared for individually, attentively, lovingly, safely, and in a professionally enriched educational atmosphere. More...
Tae Kwon Do has changed so much over the last 15 years. I earned my black belt from Ernie Reyes back in '92 and although I learned a tremendous amount, found very little useful in the various other martial arts I studied. Yes, modern TKD is completely different then back 1992. Yes, it is more sport sport than martial art (at least here in the US). Yes, it is commercialized quite a bit (especially in the US). Yes, many schools hand out black belts like the Holiday Inn does robes. Is Elite TKD Academy just another one of those schools that will dress your kids up in fancy bright colored uniforms with multi-colored camo belts and teach them how to "defend" themselves? Elite TKD Academy is just that...an academy. It is where the best of the best call home. And if you or your kids want to truly be the best, this is the place to be. Master Ashley has developed a curriculum and teaching style that is all modern and emphasizes competition at all levels yet has its foundation in the roots of traditional TKD. All those trips to Korea has certainly rubbed off on Master Ashley and she has figured out a way to perfectly balance tradition and sport. Speaking of balance, the best part of the instruction at Elite is the style that Master Ashley and Instructor Jake employ. Emphasis on respect and focus, having a great time in class, and allowing students to learn at their own pace is their mantra...a far cry from the countless push-ups and constant verbal abuse the "old" generation considered prime instruction. This is why Elite is also so great for children. My 6 and 14 year old boys' listening skills have improved tenfold sans yelling. The discipline came naturally from within as once they got engaged, they wanted to listen, focus, and do well all on their own. Daily reminders from the instructors that their parents were to thank for bringing them to TKD also help to extend their learning into the home. This concept of being a TKD student no matter where you are was something that I never was exposed to when I was learning TKD.And because I'm a regular at Bargain-Hunters Anonymous, the best part of Elite is...(drum roll)... it's inexpensive! Okay...its down right cheap! I checked two other schools that offer far less instruction (three days a week, 45 min classes) and they were MORE expensive than Elite?!? So to recap, Elite TKD Academy has the best instruction at a city, state, national, and now world level for a reasonable price...what's not to love?!? More...
Not sure who Master Haydar is, as it seems there are different instructors now. This martial arts academy is fantastic! My daughter has been coming here for about 3 months, and has lost weight, become more flexible, and is now more focused in ALL of her activities, not just Tae Kwon Do. I'm very pleased with this school and seems very popular. Every week there are lots of children of various abilities. All the teachers are very kind and respectful. I like the fact that they aren't afraid to admonish the children if they aren't paying attention or being disrespectful.I definitely would recommend this martial arts studio! More...
Young for his grade, my 2nd grade son was smaller than his peers. As a result he had confidence & focus issues at school. 10 months at the Academy & his confidence & focus has skyrocketed. He enjoys school now. Thank you to Instructor Jessie & Instructor Ashley. More...
Just my 2centsWe recently moved to surprise and have spent alot of time checking out the local martial art schoolsElite Taekwondo Academy by far was the most professional and hands on school we have seenSome schools seem only to care about exercising 80% and very little teachingElite is the opposite, 80% teaching TKD, and 20% exercising, if I wanted 80% exercising I will go to the gym, you join a school to learn TKDVery Impressed so far
8/8/12-My six year old grandson has been enrolled at Elite Tae Kwon Do Academy in Litchfield Park since June 2012. This has been a most rewarding experience for him as it has vastly improved his self-confidence, his coordination and his focus. Instructor Ashley Davis has shown the utmost patience and respect for her students in his class which has probably the youngest martial arts students in the state. She is more than willing to spend one on one time with her students to make them the best they can be. She works tirelessly to show them the correct way to do the various Tae Kwan Do kicks, punches and Pomsae. I admire her efforts and am grateful for the growth she has provided my grandson. I would heartily recommend this school to any parent of a young child that wants to see the utmost growth in their child’s personal values, physical well-being and being part of a wonderful community of friends. Stephen Buckle More...
Most skilled instructor with the proper strive to excel and get the kids to excel.
Sheyna Lei B.
Friendly community, great staff, instructor is great with the TaeKwonDo students, and math tutors are amazing at their techniques of teaching math.