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Eric Cooper’s Testimonial

“I am both a student and the parent of a couple of kids at Houston Center for Taekwondo, and I must say, my experience in both roles has been outstanding! As a student, I must say that the workouts are challenging, which I consider a good thing. The instructors push you to achieve your potential and get the most out of your workout, as well as the knowledge and skills you are gaining in tae kwon do. My flexibility and health has increased dramatically since starting, and it is all due to the intensity of the instructors and the passion that they have for the art.

My children have both benefited from the program as well. They are being trained in a very professional manner by the instructors and even in bigger classes, the instruction still manages to be individualized so that each child can get as much out of the classes as possible. Both of my kids’ self-confidence and self-discipline have grown by leaps and bounds.

After a year and a half in the program, one of my children decided to join the school’s competition team. Since then, the changes I’ve seen in him are like night and day. He’s grown up so much in such a short period of time! He is much more mature, self-confident and disciplined than when he joined the team less than a year ago. It’s amazing to see really.

Everything in this review boils down to the fact that the instructors at this school truly care about their students, kids and adults alike. I did not have any experience with any other schools in the area, but I can say that I am thankful every day that this was the first school that we were lucky enough to join, because I really don’t see how our experience could have been any better than at Houston Center for Taekwondo!”

Jerry Becera’s Testimonial

“My son loves it!
Instructor’s attention to students is awesome.
Lots of support inside and outside the dojo every day.
The Family friendly environment there is a huge plus for us!”

Testimonial from Karen

“We began taking my children to Master Giambi’s beginner class when they were 5&6 years old. Our oldest child had a terrible teacher experience in first grade which stripped him of his self-confidence. Nothing seemed to help, until Houston Center for Taekwondo & Master Giambi. Calm, consistent, discipline along with a positive balance of learning a lifelong skill not only brought my child’s confidence back, but gave him the coping ability to not allow another person or incident to define him or take away who he is. Master Giambi along with his caring, engaging, professional instructors have a passion for the sport we were not previously familiar. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Not sure where we would be without Master Giambi. What he did for my oldest after a teacher destroyed his joy of learning and confidence, no therapist or counselor would have ever been able to do. I have observed throughout the years other children of all ages and background thrive, gain confidence, maturity, as well as friends being a part of Houston Center for Taekwondo. My boys would much rather practice then watch TV. They love it and look forward to going to class. I recommend Houston Center for Taekwondo to everyone!”

“I am both a student and a parent of two students. From both perspectives, my experience has been excellent. As a student, Houston Center for Taekwondo offers a challenging (physically and mentally) and varied workout with other adults with a wide range of physical capabilities and goals. As the parent of two students, I can speak to the firm but patient and personalized instruction that results in engaged children of all ages learning to love physical fitness in general and, specifically, the art of taekwondo.”


– Jenn

Testimonial from Farah Shah

“It was almost 13 years ago that I watched my niece and nephews’ life become enriched while taking classes at HC Taekwondo. Now, with my own children, I see first hand how this was accomplished. Under the guidance and leadership of Master Giambi, HC Taekwondo has consistently ensured a high level of teaching. Endurance, focus, respect, and self discipline are taught by highly qualified instructors who are also great role models for the students.”

– Farah Shah, MD

There may be other martial arts programs in Houston, but none compare to HC Taekwondo. The warm, friendly environment is evident the second you walk through the door and are greeted by name and with a big smile by Kim Giambi. How she remembers every student’s name is beyond me! Everything about this place is truly top notch.

I gladly wrote the testimonial above 10 years ago.  Today, those words are more true than ever!   My oldest daughter trained under the direction of Master Giambi and his outstanding instructors.  When she was 7 years old, there were days she didn’t even want to go to taekwondo.  Master Giambi pushed her when she needed to be pushed and encouraged her when she needed encouragement.  In addition to her regular training, Master Giambi chose her to participate on the competition team where she learned to compete in Olympic sparring.  While I do not think that my daughter is a gifted athlete, the structure and training and instruction brought her to the point that she went to AAU Nationals in Olympic sparring 5 years in a row, earning a silver and a bronze medal at Nationals!  I do not think there is another taekwondo training facility in the country that could have instilled the confidence and ability and fitness into my daughter that Young Brothers did.  The day that my daughter earned her Black belt was the proudest I have ever been of her.


I was thrilled recently when my youngest daughter wanted to start training at HC Taekwondo.  In just 11 months she has earned her Purple belt.  My husband was so impressed with Master Giambi and the instructors and program at HC Taekwondo, that he has recently started training there too.  While it is always difficult to work a new activity into a busy schedule, it has been more than worth it with his improved fitness and sense of well-being.  The time he spends personally and with our children training at HC Taekwondo is invaluable.


My oldest daughter has now returned to HC Taekwondo as a children’s instructor.  Watching her pay forward the patience, kindness, firmness and desire to instill discipline, respect and hard work into her young students is heartwarming.  I enthusiastically recommend HC Taekwondo to anyone, child or adult, who wants to get involved in taekwondo at any level, from beginner to multiple Dan Black Belt.  After just a few months of training you feel like part of the family at HC Taekwondo.

Marijn Yuan’s Testimonial

“I started Taekwondo about 6 years ago at age 46 and absolutely love it!  At HC Taekwondo, they give you the BEST combination of getting in shape (first 20 minutes is conditioning and working on flexibility), practicing the traditional patterns and sparring, and learning self defense skills.  There are always new things to learn, I have never been bored and I love how we all encourage each other to show up and train hard.  I really look forward to spending time with this group of people and come out of class tired and relaxed and ready to deal with whatever the day will bring.”


– Marijn Yuan