Students on fast track to black belts

Students on fast track to black belts

There are 91 comments on the The Press-Enterprise story from Jul 30, 2006, titled Students on fast track to black belts. In it, The Press-Enterprise reports that:

Aspiring PE teachers can get a first-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of tae kwon do in just one semester as part of a new class at Cal State San Bernardino.

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#87 Feb 15, 2008
Kit Mattson is one of the most immature boys I have learned about. He recently tried to start a fight with a girl while his son was a few feet away getting his hair cut. He told the girl that when she stepped out of the door he was going to pound her into the ground, all because she said the f word while having a private conversation with a friend. I do not belive that he follows the ethics of honor and respect outside the dojo. Thankfully, I have three witnesses which include two older women whom were sitting there while he was threatening my client. Furthermore, learning about his extensive training could put him in even hotter water with the judge. This is not a person I would want teaching my children, so parents beware!!

United States

#88 Feb 15, 2008
Kit Mattson, c-ya at Fantastic Sams you little bitch!
GM Kit Mattson

Denver, CO

#89 Feb 16, 2008
Get your story straight. Your client if that is what
you say is true, was drinking beer,and had it in a paper bag! Thats drunk in public. My son was a few feet away and so were other middle aged clients, all while the two men I thought, because they both looked like men with flat tops and baggy jeans with t-shirts and bro shoes on, and acted like drunk men were cursing every third word really loud.I said if you would like to curse you should go outside and not do it in front of children and ladies. I stand up for what is right! Period!! Cursing again I see.
okey dokey

United States

#90 Apr 4, 2008
It appears everything is OK with GM Kit and Mike, since Mike has his own school now. GM Kit and Mike have kissed and made up. Doesn't that just make your day? Don't waste the gas to sign up. LOL
Happy Worthy Mom


#91 May 29, 2008
Wow! I stumbled on this site and am appalled on how people can ramble on about something they know very little about. My son has been attending Kicks for almost 2 years. The training is exceptional. The Instructors are exceptional. The availability of training is worth the price. My son attends 15-20 hours a week. I have absolutely NOTHING bad to say about GM Kit Mattson or his company. I can understand why he would get upset/defensive in his attempt to protect the reputation of the business he has put so much effort into, and his personal reputation that he has been building since a young child.
He delivers everything he offers and more. I feel that in order to properly judge the dojo, you must visit the dojo. Do not use this blog to determine whether you want to attend. Go there. I am confident you will see what I do. He loves Martial Arts, he loves his students and they work hard for their advancements.

United States

#92 Jun 2, 2008
Your still here! You must be bitter. If anything you have written were true you could list your real name, I couldn't go after you for the truth! But seeing as though it is all lies you don't list your real name. The mike you are talking about was a different person. Inst. Omar was making fun of your ningas blog you wrote evansville. Happier than ever! GMK THE REAL DEAL

United States

#95 Mar 16, 2009
Sorry, but MOST of these dojos, will promote your child to Black Belt, when they are nowhere NEAR being a black belt. No child can be a Black Belt in such a short time. It's all about the "testing" fee.... All these dojos claiming otherwise, are full of you-know-what. It's all a money thing. It takes a lot of training and time to become a REAL Black Belt...So sorry, but your kids are NOT Black belts......

New Zealand

#96 Mar 17, 2009
Honestly, I have never seen or heard such unprofessionalism from someone in charge of their own dojo... People like you, Kit, are supposed to lead a good example. I normally wouldn't get riled up over an internet debate, but you are putting your martial art to shame, whether this post contains slander or not. Rise above it, act your age, and your rank.
an old student

United States

#97 Jun 29, 2013
Honestly master kit is a good teacher. He helped me achieve a black belt at a young age that was well deserved. I went to tournaments like the red scorpion and Las Vegas tournament multiple times at A young age. I placed gold several times in forms and sparring. He is a good teacher and kicks is a good school.

Corona, CA

#98 Jul 2, 2013
it is true wrote:
it is true that you can pay some teachers something like $1000 to train you every day and get you a black belt in a short amount of time. Not my master.
It isn't about how much you would pay for personal lessons. It is a matter of how much time you put in, how much dedication to the martial art life, your physical shape and athleticism, intellect, and if you really "get it" and understand why techniques are done certain ways. Note that first degree black belt is just a level you reach when you are ready to truly learn martial arts. So, hypothetically, if you are a top athlete, train 5-6 hours a day at the studio six days a week, train forms using video analysis at home, are taught your forms and techniques at a fast pace (e.g., your master teaches you at double the pace if you show good knowledge and technique), and you pass all of the tests fgor each belt, you probably could make first degree black belt in two years. In the old traditional days, your master would keep a book with everything you had learned so far. You would have to demonstrate the last technique you were taught to the master. In order for you to move on, the last technique you were taught had to be properly demonstrated. Else, go "practice." One on one lessons are good as you can take time to correct the mistakes on an individual basis, instead of walking around giving limited time due to the number of students per class. So, it definitely can help speed the process if one was dedicated and can afford the costs.

Corona, CA

#99 Jul 2, 2013
Please wrote:
Sorry, but MOST of these dojos, will promote your child to Black Belt, when they are nowhere NEAR being a black belt. No child can be a Black Belt in such a short time. It's all about the "testing" fee.... All these dojos claiming otherwise, are full of you-know-what. It's all a money thing. It takes a lot of training and time to become a REAL Black Belt...So sorry, but your kids are NOT Black belts......
Traditionally, in TKD you couldn't even be awarded a black belt until you turned 15 or 16 (depending on Federation). If you passed the requriements for BB and were under age, you would earn a "jr" BB or black/red belt. But, some schools do award BB differently than others. I had a BB come to one of my classes. I asked if he wanted to workout or train to learn and earn belts. He wanted to earn belts. So I tested him in sparring against different ranked students and also myself (I was defensive sparring or spar-teaching) so I can see his skills personally. After watching him spar, and sparring with him, I told him he couldn't wear the BB in our classes, but I would rank him at purple belt. He didn't hesitate and joined as a purple belt and we welcomed him. We weren't putting his school down, but it appeared there was a difference in philosphy in awarding BB. People get caught up in belt colors. In reality, the belt colors are good for motivation and goals, but also can cause issues. Students with the same belt color may not have the same physical skills. Outsiders expect BB to be able to fight. That is the wrong way to look at it. The real goal is the way of life, personal development of skills, control of ones emotional and mental aspect. If everyone is committed to excellence, the school will be excellent. If everyone started at white belt and never changed their belt or washed it, eventually the belt will turn black...

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