by Becky Barclay
I am so thankful I found this class; Combat Hapkido changed my life! I am a mother of 3 young children. 3 months after I had my 2nd child there was an earthquake in Northern VA, and I had a panic attack. My husband traveled often and after that panic attack, I developed anxiety and was afraid to be alone, especially at night. I knew this was no way for me to live and wanted to be back to the person I was before. I decided maybe if I learned how to defend myself it might help. Combat Hapkido changed everything for me. With this class, I have regained my confidence and am no longer afraid and no longer have anxiety. I have more confidence than I have ever had in my entire life and I know that I can protect myself and my children. Master Scali is such a great instructor, and I consider him and everyone in this class my family. It’s such a great group and class is so rewarding and so much fun!
by Andrea Borak
As a small sized woman, I have found Combat Hapkido to provide me with tools that increase my confidence in many situations in life. I not only feel safer because of the self-defense techniques I have learned, but I am also more aware of what’s going on around me when walking to my car or entering my building at night.
The Combat Hapkido workouts also provide increased flexibility, coordination and body control, and increased fitness level. All of these added benefits help me in my job as a personal trainer, and are valuable to me as a former athlete.
I would recommend Combat Hapkido to anyone who is interested in learning self-defense techniques and improving their overall fitness level.
by Wade Austin, Jr
Thanks to Ray Powers (a Combat Hapkido practitioner) I was introduced to a class taught by Master John Scali. A class with dedicated students willing to share their knowledge. I have practiced with the class for several months. During this period I have gained in the following areas:
- Confidence: by achieving only one belt my confidence has grown to a level that I now feel better equipped to protect both myself and family in adverse conditions.
- Flexibility: I had forgotten how limber I ‘use to’ be in my early 20’s. Today, my arms, wrists, and torso are nearly as flexible as they were then and I am close to completing a full split. Something just a couple of months ago I thought I would never achieve again.
- Respect: My former, fellow Tae Kwon Do partners are proud to know that I am leading the way back into the martial arts. All of them have stated their desire to take a similar type of self defense class in order to regain general conditioning and the ability to protect themselves and their families.
It is my intention with God’s help to dedicate myself to achieiving a black belt in Combat Hapkido. The benefits to be gained out weight the time, energy, and practice I must do in order to accomplish this goal.
Thank you, Master Scali, for accepting me into your special world. I do not take this honor lightly.