“I have been training at Suncoast Tang Soo Do with my son, Allan, and daughter, Brooke, for over 6 years. It has provided us with the opportunity to study Tang Soo Do in a supportive and encouraging environment, with instructors and fellow students that have come to feel like family. There are many aspects of Tang Soo Do that I feel have helped each of us to grow personally and, as a family. What I find most beneficial is that all the things we learn in the studio can be carried out into our everyday lives. It’s not uncommon to find us bringing up a code or tenet at the dinner table when we’re talking about things that may have happened at school or at work. It has been challenging, but well worth it. We are very glad that we found such a great school to become a part of. Tang Soo!”
Suncoast Tang Soo Do have become like a home to us, and the members of the studio have become our extended family. We’ve made so many good friends, and we’ve had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. It’s been an amazing few years, and we’re so thrilled to be a part of Suncoast and the World Tang Soo Do Association!
As a parent and a former teacher, I watch Mr. Lampasona, Mr. Orlando and all of their instructors work with students from 5 years of age all the way up to adults. They do an exceptional job respectfully reaching each and every one of their learners, meeting them where they are and bringing out the best of each student, which is not always an easy thing to accomplish. They make it look effortless, but every teacher knows that that “effortlessness” doesn’t just happen. It was carefully planned and practiced. And you know, instruction doesn’t come just from the instructors, but it happens between the students as well. I have seen the students help each other and whether they know it or not, are great role models for each other. And while I’m at it, I can’t say enough about the older kids being such great role models for all the younger kids at Suncoast Tang Soo Do.
When we went to our first competition, I am proud to say that our school took home a lot of medals but even more impressive was the feeling that even at a large competition, that family feeling and feeling of mutual respect among all Tang Soo Do members from all schools was very evident. I am glad that we managed to become affiliated with such an organization where it’s not all about winning or competitiveness, it’s about having great character. Being able to win and lose gracefully and with humility, great traits that seem to get lost in this day and age, but are sorely needed.
I know my children are in great capable hands and I am thrilled with the progress my children have made in just a short amount of time both physically as well as character wise. I look forward to watching my children continue to grow in their martial art under the school’s guidance. As for my children’s goals, my son has informed me he is on his own path and he will follow it no matter how long it may take to get to black belt and beyond. My daughter announced that she was going to become a grand master! And you know, they just might with the help of the whole family at Suncoast Tang Soo Do. Thank you!
The ability to participate directly with my boys in their activity has been wonderful as well. The school is family oriented and there are several other fathers and mothers who get to study right along side their children. The instructors have demonstrated the ability to work with every sort of student, from the middle aged, inflexible father of four all the way down to two boys with very short attention spans! They have the ability to discover our limits and get us to challenge them. We look forward to continuing our journey with Mr Lampasona, Mr Orlando and the rest of the staff and fellow students at Suncoast Tang Soo Do!