Academy of Brian Johnson Karate and K...
Derek

Lakewood, WA

#41 Jun 11, 2010
If you've never been there you have no reason to be talking. this "i've heard" thing shows an extreme amount of ignorance. Brian Johnson does pay attention to the younger students and does teach at his gym (he splits them into two groups during kickboxing, basically taking the more serious and hardcore people or people who ask questions and want to progress, and takes them work with technique and spar). He's a very nice guy too. I didn't have the money to start a membership, so he let me go for an extra few weeks until I could get enough money. I know first hand that he works hard. DO NOT CALL THIS A MCDOJO. the teachers are very skilled and do compete in amature fights. Brian essentially controls a lot of the mma fight scene in the northwest. He's really in it for the people and the fighting. Obviously, my experience in going to the gym was good.
Derek

Lakewood, WA

#42 Jun 11, 2010
toldyeah wrote:
Steven Larsson
Well I watched it personally on King 5 news and Brian declined talking to the news and they showed the mom and her whole story!!!
Did you?
http://best.king5.com/the-academy-of-brian-jo...
beautiful

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#43 Jun 16, 2010
soooo... i was wondering.. do they have classes for 3 year old kids? Also, about how much would I be looking at? this one place wanted $100 a month, for the kids just coming in twice a week.... sooo yeeeaaaa...
Toldyeah

United States

#44 Jul 20, 2010
well I saw him on tv. Did u look up his world championships too. I bet you didn't find ANYTHING there either! You Brian Johnson fans are so lame!! You really know nothing about MMA and he lies constantly to people. I'm sorry you believe it and give your money to a fake instructor. REALLY look him up!!! Oh And I didn't know volunteering your time at a police station makes you a police officer! What a joke!! It's like me saying I visited Ft
Lewis a few times and now I'm a soilder! Lol!!
Steven Larsson wrote:
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Well I looked all through the Get Jesse articles and couldn't find anything.
I have been practicing MMA for 3 years now and have been a fan since Gracie won the very first one, so I am more than just a casual fan.
I know Brian personally since my younger brother has competed at his events.
I'll tell you what since Brian doesn't instruct his students well enough then all of you who have dissed him can give him a call and get on the card for one of his next events. I mean since your all experts and bad asses then you should have no problem.
And please leave the .45 at home, don't bring it into the ring with you.
Joe

Seattle, WA

#45 Aug 17, 2010
I used to attend this institution for 3 years, and now after being away for 3 years, i'm reinstating back.
Since there is many variety of dojos, there are ones that will work for people, and ones that will not work for other people. If you are able to dedicate yourself and put the effort required into it, you can obtain a lot from the school. There is plenty of variety offered at the school, and you are getting great training. I'm a lifeguard and swim 2000 yrds/hour in my workouts (this is to the people who brought swimming into this) and unless you have experience in both, I don't think your argument necessarily applies to this topic.
I'm attending college nearly full time, work 20 hours a week, and I make near minimum wage. If I'm going to attend, I am going to make sure I get the money's worth out of it. Out of all the comments I have seen on here, everyone sounds pissed because they are not able to get their "money's worth out of it" simply because their circumstances are not able to help you get the most out of the gym. That's ok, everyone has their own personal life. However, when people begin to assume that their circumstances are analogous to everyone else's, that is when you are crossing the boundary of being able to give an honest, reflective comment concerning the dojo.
If you don't know first hand, it is not fair for you to bash an institution which has provided astronomical amounts of attention to its students. Research the dojo some more. Actually go in there instead of hearing rumors about it. View a few classes. Some days have different focuses, so it might not be what you are expecting to receive on those days. One of the aspects that I love about this place is that there is variety, and you are able to become a well rounded fighter, martial artist, etc.
Also, consider that the view points on this post might be upset due to that their children weren't meeting the disciplinary aspects of the training, so what they were seeing as "ripoff" or "not enough attention" was really "disruptive child" or "inattentive student". Would YOU give those children extra attention if there were other children following directions that were not getting all of what they could get out of it, BECAUSE of the disruptive children?
OR maybe the children were not ready for further instruction because they were still practicing and perfecting other katas or drills.
There are people still at the same level from when I left THREE YEARS AGO. However, there are also people that have obtained black belts when they were only at their purple belt. My point is that you can get EXACTLY what you put into this school (just like EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS WORLD). If your child (or yourself) is not going to put in the worth of what the instruction is worth, then maybe you should find a different school that will suit your needs more appropriately.
hapkido all the way

Olympia, WA

#46 Oct 22, 2010
i attended this school about 3-4 years ago andalthough i agree with joe you must be dedicated i also know that as far as the trining you actualy recieve from brian is minimal the supposed shito-ryu and shaolin kenpo is non exsistent. he focuses more on muy thai kick boxing and mma i as an idividual am not into that so i left and started training in hapkido and jeet kune do and i learned more in one month of these then i did in 2 years with brian. brians a great man and husband and father but he needs too be honest and re-name his school and take the karate part out.
ROB C

Tacoma, WA

#47 Nov 7, 2010
Sometimes, experience is the best teacher. Your opinion is based on hearsay, and in my opinion should not be shared.
ROB C

Tacoma, WA

#48 Nov 7, 2010
Bazooka Joe wrote:
I've heard various things about The Academy of Brian Johnson Karate and Kickboxing and most of it being bad. I've heard that this academy puts forth very little effort to train the children properly. Instead, manuals are given to teachers with very little Karate knowlage and low belt rank and are expected to teach these children. Why does Brian Johnson not teach these children himself? From what it sounds like, Brian Johnson, who is involved in the MMA arena, trains fighters at his own facility and also uses the facility as for cardio kickboxing. Most of the income I am sure is generated from the cardio kickboxing. I wonder how much of this income is being used to fund these trained fighters of his? I've heard that he pays very little attention to young new students which if I was paying a high price per month for lessons would not make me very happy. Who wants to be trained by someone who they themself were but a student not long before and more than likely is no older than 25 years old? I've read so much about these so called McDojo's, how they take advantage of young children for profit. I really do wish more states would take action against these sort of places and hold them accountable. When these places hide the fact that they "charge" you for belt testing that is dishonest and should be a signal to the one joining. Long term contracts are to be avoided also, this tactic is a sign of a place that for some reason cannot keep it's members. When seeking a place to learn the art of karate or kickboxing DO YOUR RESEARCH! More than likely the head instructor will show a deep interest in you until after you have bound yourself by a contract and left yourself on the hook. Then, all of a sudden the school seems to lose your best interest in the form of $$$ and it is you or your child who end up paying the price.
Sometimes, experience is the best teacher. Your opinion is based on hearsay, and in my opinion should not be shared.
Simply reading

Seattle, WA

#49 Dec 3, 2010
Funny everyone wants to slam Brian and tell us how he is a unquialified teacher but not one of the big mouths wants to show up for a one on one training session with the so called CARDIO KICKBOXER.. The comments from a few of these guys about the gym are pretty funny when you consider the lacy and other local police academy's hire brian to teach thier officers hand to hand combat and personal protection. SO THE GUN GUY UP TOP (suv)BRING YOUR GUN ON DOWN AND FIND OUT WHERE A KICKBOXER WILLS SHOVE IT FOR YOU. Brian doesnt teach kicking ass he teach's respect for self and others with the mental and physical capabilities to defend himself. I have known Brian for over 25yrs and have yet to see him pick a fight to show how BAD ASS he is. Before judging his gym take a few and go in and watch and talk to him and see what he is all about. If you still have a opinion I'm sure he would love to hear it and respect your feedback. At least then you would give and get the respect that you whould by telling him in person and not in a dumbass forum... Worse case scenario go in and take the class and get your ass handed to you and you may get a new found respect for the SPORT or kickboxing/martial arts...OH yha wtf does iraq have to do with kickboxing???
Rip Off

Olympia, WA

#50 Jan 6, 2011
The customer service is horrible, and I agree with everything in the first comment. The owner's girlfriend is extremely mean and rude to customer's and they lock you into a contract and won't let you out even when you have met the legal guidelines to break contract, which is illegal. This is a very dirty business, and they sell all their show tickets for cash probably to get out of paying taxes!!!
RIP OFF!!!!!!!
Amb

Lacey, WA

#51 Feb 7, 2011
I attended this gym for 6 years and have no complaints about the prices, the instruction I was given or the attention they give to all members during the entire time. I took Kickboxing, Aerobic Kickboxing and Karate while I was there. As for Brian Johnson himself. He divides his time between his Karate students, his kickboxing students and even teaches some of the aerobic classes. He does ALL of the Belt tests himself and doesn't just move students up through the ranks for the sake of making parents happy, and the same with the adult students...he makes his students earn their belts. His Instructors have all gone through his belt system and have been trained by him.

The negative comments made on here about this gym are likely from disgruntled former employees, competition from other gyms, or people that ran from their contract and were turned into collections. If you sign a contract to any gym you are expected to hold up your end of the agreement. That is how they stay in business, and how the member is able to pay much less per month. This gym does offer Monthly memberships as well for those who don't want to attend long term or be under a contract as well.

If you are considering this gym, or just want to see for yourself, check around all of Thurston County for prices of other Martial Arts facilities and compare them with Brian's prices. You should also call the gym and talk with Brian himself and ask him questions and schedule a time to meet him. They will also allow any potential new member to attend classes for a week free to try it out and see if they like it before paying anything. While you are there you can also read one of the many articles by The Olympian Newspaper on the wall about Brian Johnson's commitment to teaching kids.

People can talk all they want...but find out for yourself before you go slandering a gym you've never attended. By utilizing the "Free week" membership offer, you have NOTHING to lose!
Amb

Lacey, WA

#52 Feb 7, 2011
Rip Off wrote:
The customer service is horrible, and I agree with everything in the first comment. The owner's girlfriend is extremely mean and rude to customer's and they lock you into a contract and won't let you out even when you have met the legal guidelines to break contract, which is illegal. This is a very dirty business, and they sell all their show tickets for cash probably to get out of paying taxes!!!
RIP OFF!!!!!!!
Well, you are obviously very misinformed or just making up trash in order to slander. Anyone who knows The Owner's "GIRLFRIEND" (which this comment in itself laughably shows how uninformed you are), will tell you she is a very sweet and patient person. As I pointed out in my previous statement, they offer month to month as well as long term contracts. Tell me another martial arts facility that doesn't charge for a membership? As far as selling tickets to Fightcards they put on....How do you suppose they are able to rent a facility to hold the event in? Are they supposed to pay Several thousands of dollars to rent a facility and allow free admission? Tell me who does that as well? Go to any other fightcard and try to tell me they don't charge admission. All the negative comments you and the other's have made on here are obviously made out of anger in order to tarnish their name....for whatever motivation you may have. You can argue what I've said....but as I've said to anyone finding out for themself about this gym....go in and get a 1 Week unlimited membership pass for FREE and try the gym yourself....kids and/or adults.
Amb

Lacey, WA

#53 Feb 7, 2011
Toldyeah wrote:
well I saw him on tv. Did u look up his world championships too. I bet you didn't find ANYTHING there either! You Brian Johnson fans are so lame!! You really know nothing about MMA and he lies constantly to people. I'm sorry you believe it and give your money to a fake instructor. REALLY look him up!!! Oh And I didn't know volunteering your time at a police station makes you a police officer! What a joke!! It's like me saying I visited Ft
Lewis a few times and now I'm a soilder! Lol!!
<quoted text>
I was a member there when the woman that made the complaint was there. I know the facts of the story and also was personally in classes with the lunatic woman that made the allegations. Jesse failed to mention in that interview that the woman who had the complaint was let out of her contract as soon as she provided a note stating she had a medical condition from her doctor. It also fails to mention that she kept sending her children to classes there and expected them to be able to attend free. As far as the other claims you make...what are you basing it all on besides your obvious grudge towards this gym and all the rage you express?
Anonomous

Olympia, WA

#54 Mar 30, 2011
toldyeah wrote:
Well if anyone knows anything about MMA they know Brian's is a joke!!! If you know nothing then Brian's seems great. He is great at talking but that is the extent of Brian Johnson. He is super fake. So now you tell me....look up Brian Johnson as a Six-Time World Sport Karate Champion. See what comes up........nothing but his website. hhmmmmmmmm....doesn't that make you think a little bit?? Where are all his trophies or medals.....wait he says he has given them to all his students. Are you kidding me????? what a load of crap. Then check with all the soilders he has ripped off at Ft. Lewis while over seas defending our country. Check on that. And I do believe I have seen his gym on Get Jesse News Report when he ripped off a single mom who came down with cancer and he did not refund her childrens membership even though she could hardly get out of bed.
This is a very dishonest gym. I saw the Jesse Jones story how he ripped off the poor lady suffering with Cancer who was in so much pain. He was still forcing the kids to go, and wouldn't work anything out with her financially. That is the worst customer service I've ever seen. I've also seen reports that solder's who are fighting for our country are being ripped off by this gym. He told them when they signed the contract if they were relocated, they could be let out of the contract. But he lied to them, and forced them to continue to pay. I ran a background check on him and found out he has a criminal domestic violence history.
Christine urquidez

Seattle, WA

#55 Mar 30, 2011
i would like to offer you all some words of spirit i know of a very wise sensei who hold"s japans world kickboxin belt and who has brought kickboxin to united states and founder in the early eighties and this kind of talk would brake his heart he respects his talent and belt first. growing up we did not wear our gi outside the dojo or use our strentgh as a weapon. children always have in your heart the respect, and control and just because you have the power to defend yourself show respect and honor allways especially to your sensei "Hoy" Benny the jet>
RIP

Renton, WA

#56 Jul 20, 2011
Rip Off wrote:
The customer service is horrible, and I agree with everything in the first comment. The owner's girlfriend is extremely mean and rude to customer's and they lock you into a contract and won't let you out even when you have met the legal guidelines to break contract, which is illegal. This is a very dirty business, and they sell all their show tickets for cash probably to get out of paying taxes!!!
RIP OFF!!!!!!!
This gym is for women who have man issues and it smells bad.
David

Olympia, WA

#58 Feb 2, 2012
got to love the world these days. People are so closed minded and act tough. When you say stupid ass and pussy, you sound like a idiot. I was a Army sniper from 2002-2006. I have thousands of hours of small arms training under my belt. From shoot houses to 1000 meter range to ready up drills,draw from holster ect. AND yet, I would never tell someone how stupid they are or about how they would act with a gun pointing to your face...You know what that tells me without even knowing you? That tells me your immature and weak.
I also have 13 years of experience in jiu jitsu,boxing,wing chun,pradal serey and jkd/kali. I have heard nothing but GREAT things about Brian Johnson..go there and find out for yourself..then make a valid decision. Each one of us has different paths we take, and its not all about "being a tough guy"...alot of you guys like to act like it, and it makes you look foolish....STOP...spell the roses...show respect and dont judge unless you have been in their shoes. Train!!..and train more...and if your happy..then thats all that matters :) Either for self defense..or to keep in shape, does not matter.
Take care and be safe out there.
k one

Bellingham, WA

#59 Mar 29, 2012
you seem like a very unhappy person...
inside source

United States

#60 Jun 22, 2012
In my three years of being a member of Brian Johnsons gym I have to say I am glad I am no longer a member. I felt as a manager of a gym he should be more dedicated to his members not just his prize fighters. It was a bunch of high school BS, rumors and Brian and his wife often times bad mouthed his members which made me realize he's probably talking about me too. The sexual comments, and underage hook up's between members made me think twice about having my daughter attend, I would never recommend this gym to anyone. I am happy with my new gym there's no drama i'm there to workout not be in high school again. Besides outdated gyms aren't really my style anymore, that treadmill is an antique!:)
The burningman

Seattle, WA

#61 Jul 4, 2012
I have attended many gyms all around the world. This is a place to get in shape 1st kickboxing last. Mr. Johnson was extremely overbearing in both training and practices. Dealing with him made me think of a wanna be drill sergeant who was a car salesman on the side... At one point I had a knee injury and wanted to go light, don't go here unless your in peek physical condition otherwise your liable to hurt yourself because he WILL push you to complete the routine. And don't expect him being civil in anyway about your contract with him.... You signed your life away and WILL pay the remaining months of your contract regardless of circumstances... I have taken free classes that were much better than this gym. They couldn't pay me to return here. With my 6 years of martial arts in 5 dojo's around the globe, i say to look somewhere else.

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