This is the first time in my life that I have learned Tae Kwon Do. I love it and always look forward to learning more. The class is special to me, in the fact that my 9 year old daughter ( 8 at the time) expressed an interest in karate and we attend class together. I found out about the classes being taught by Rocco at the library from my counselor Cathleen Powell. I was sharing my concerns about my 8 year old daughter’s behaviors and struggles and Cathy suggested I call Rocco and check out the classes. I went to the classes expecting an introduction to Tae Kwon Do and that was what we got. Elise (my Daughter) started classes with her grandfather and I was invited to join in. I was really there just to bring my daughter to the classes and find some quiet time to myself for my studies. What I found was time for myself in learning how to do the forms and proper techniques. My time for class is very important to me, I have that time to leave everything else in my life aside when I start class. This is a very healthy practice for me to find time to enjoy something for myself, as a mother of 4 and a wife, I tend to get lost in doing things for everyone else. In having time for myself, I also get a sense of accomplishment when I achieve a new belt level or win in a tournament.
The trips to Brooklyn, NY afforded me with an opportunity to see the immense impact that Tae Kwon Do has on so many others, as well as my fellow students in Rocco’s class. I have seen a change for the good in my daughter Elise’s behaviors and struggles, she takes a deep breath and does not explode into tears about every little decision, choice and consequence in her life. We were seeing issues of bullying and complete frustration in herself. She has a very strong willed personality and Tae Kwon Do is helping her become more self- disciplined, and less frustrated at every life circumstance that arises.
I find myself having more patience with my family and a sense of a better well- being since I started Tae Kwon Do classes.
Rocco is a very kind, caring, patient and understanding instructor. He is very patient but subtly firm with the children in the class.
Through his instruction you can see the love of Tae Kwon Do, and the ability to share that with others through instruction.
Sally Parent and student of WMAAP
I didn’t feel confident putting my son in any other schools. Rocco’s background makes him an exceptional martial arts teacher for all children including special needs kids like my son.
Young and old alike can excel with this class and continue to have fun.
Rocco is wonderful and patient, he is an excellent instructor.
My two boys and I started practicing Tae Kwon Do 9 months ago. We were looking for an activity that provides multiple health benefits, physical fitness, coordination, balance, focus whilst also allowing the development of inner discipline. We have certainly all become stronger, more focused, confident and skilled. We have all seen positive changes to body, mind and spirit.
A benefit to the benefits would be a letting go of non- essential or non- working things, (habits perhaps) these benefits are more subtle in nature yet the effects are quite expansive.
The Tae Kwon Do we are practicing here is different from many martial arts forms in that limited or no contact is the norm. From this approach the players are learning cooperatively rather than competitively. In some ways, the regular practices here provide a framework for relating to the outside world in a positively engaged way, rather than adversarial. There is a sense of family present and within this all inclusive environment individuals are excepted as they are and allowed to grow as they are ready and able.
We have attended a tournament and trips to observe others practice Tae Kwon Do. It has been quite remarkable to see the many different variations of expression possible. We have been inspired to develop ourselves to our potential. I would argue that any level of accomplishment (belt advancement) would be a worth- while effort.
Our instructor, Rocco Lombardo, leads the class by good example. We couldn’t ask for a better teacher.
Oh, and yes, there is the obvious benefit of acquiring the skill and confidence of a mode of self-defense.
Eve Parent and Student
Rocco is a very kind, caring, patient and understanding instructor. He is very patient but subtly firm with the children in the class. Through his instruction you can see the love of Tae Kwon Do, and the ability to share that with others through instruction. – Sally- Parent and student
Rocco is epic, he never gets loud, he never yells, no one ever gets hurt. He is really strong and moves fast when he does Tae Kwon Do but he teaches it to us very gently and patiently. I have seen him practice with a hundred other black belts and he is awesome. Christopher age 14- student
Rocco is so cool, he knows a lot about Tae Kwon Do, he is a 6th degree black belt and I am going to be just like him when I get older. Ty age 7 – student
Rocco is a great teacher and a great person. I like him. I have taken other martial arts before but nothing like this. I really like our trips into Brooklyn, I am looking forward to going to the Catskills and even entering some tournaments. I would not miss my classes with him for anything. Matthew age 12- Student
Rocco has succeeded in creating a unique environment where individuals and families can come together and feel safe to explore their physical boundaries and abilities. He has an extensive education in psychology, sociology and therapy; that, in combination with his lengthy career in the martial arts makes him an extraordinary instructor. I have enrolled all three of my sons including myself in his classes. Together we have grown stronger individually and as a family through Rocco’s energetic approach. My children feel safe, non-threatened and encouraged. Rocco is an intelligent, caring individual who leads through example with quiet determination. His love of Tae Kwon Do and working with people is evident. The kindness and respect he and his students show toward one another is a wonderful by-product of his enthusiasm. – Donna Student and Parent