What the parents say…
“They are fantastic at bonding with the children and inspirational in their approach.”
My daughter has been attending Little Ninjas at the Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy for almost two years and has thoroughly enjoyed every lesson. It has helped my daughter to understand the benefits of focus and discipline which has helped her in many different ways.
Master Olpin and Mr Hirst manage to make the lessons thoroughly enjoyable while still gaining respect from the students. They are fantastic at bonding with the children and inspirational in their approach.
On days when my daughter has struggled at school, Little Ninjas is guaranteed to boost her self-confidence and as a parent that is always wonderful to see. I would thoroughly recommend Little Ninjas for children of all abilities.
– Michelle O’Brien
“The Academy has a lovely welcoming family-friendly atmosphere”
My 10 y/o has been a member of Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy for over 5 years and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
It has been brilliant watching him steadily grow in confidence and ability since he joined. Master Olpin is an excellent teacher and mentor to the children and has the gift of commanding respect while making classes fun and enjoyable, all the while teaching them, not only the physical Taekwondo skills and moves, but the discipline and philosophy that goes along with it.
The Academy has a lovely welcoming family-friendly atmosphere so I would definitely say it’s worth coming to a class, chatting with Master Olpin and a few of us mums & dads so you can see for yourself.
– Fanny Marshall
It didn’t take long for other people to start to notice an obvious difference in Toms Focus and confidence.
“After my Son started school as with many children he suffered with a loss of confidence. In an effort to help him we wanted an extra curricular activity that would boost his confidence. After looking at many activities it was clear that Tom liked the look of martial arts. We searched locally for martial arts club and enrolled in a different karate school. These classes were rigid long and quite frankly boring.
By chance at a local summer fair we ran into Master Olpin and after talking with him I decided to take Tom along to little ninjas for a months free trial, the difference was amazing Tom was fully engaged with class. Because the classes are tailored to appropriate ages, the length of class and content was just right for his attention span. The main thing for us was that he was having fun. After the months free trial it was obvious that Tom wanted to continue. It didn’t take long for other people to start to notice an obvious difference in Toms Focus and confidence.
Master Olpin’s enthusiasm for martial arts is addictive, not only do the kids get hooked but the adults do as well. I have now joined as has my 5 year old daughter who also just started little Ninjas.
I can only Thank Master Olpin for all the time and commitment that he and the other instructors put into providing such a high quality Martial arts class.
– Phil Munyard
A warm welcoming environment..
He has created a warm welcoming environment but at the same time teaches in a very professional manner. His knowledge of Martial Arts and other related subjects is vast and this, for me, is what makes every class interesting and different!”
– Annie Traynor
A martial arts academy where there’s a place for everyone
A martial arts academy where there’s a place for everyone however big, small, fat, thin, fit or unfit you are.
Master Olpin understands everyone has their own abilities and respects what any individual is capable of and could achieve if they desire. He is especially good with the kids who all look up to him in a big way. My eldest son Robbie has been training at the academy since he was 5 1/2 in 2005. He’s now just turned 14 and is in training for his 2 degree black belt. I would personally like to thank Master Olpin for his continued support of Robbie especially with what Robbie has to go through on a personal level. My younger son Jamie also trains at the academy and although he’s a bit of a character he absorbs the information he received from master Olpin and brings it to ‘life’ when least expected.
Thank you Sir, please continue with the good work.
– Martyn Hirst
Master Olpin provides a superb role model for the children
My Son, William, has been attending the Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy for over two years, under the leadership and guidance of Master Richard Olpin and his dedicated team.
William has not only enjoyed the experience, but the way Master Olpin teaches and guides the children through not only the physical, but also the phycological side of the taekwondo philosophy and has been influential in developing William’s attitude to the way he conducts his own life and the way he reacts to and with others. He is thoroughly enjoying the experience.
Master Olpin provides a superb role model for the children and demonstrates enthusiasm, fun and a complete understanding of the benefits martial arts and it’s philosophies can provide in human development. His classes are well structured and disciplined, whilst promotion learning through fun and attention. Through this he generates great respect from his pupils.
Their approach really builds confidence with all the youngsters
A great martial arts school, really welcoming for girls even though they are outnumbered largely by boys. Their approach really builds confidence with all the youngsters no matter how good they are. My daughter loves going twice a week, it keeps her fit, teaches great skills and how to get on with kids and adults of all ages.
– Rhyannon Burman-Day
“My sons confidence, listening ability and hand eye cordination skills have greatly improved”
My 5 year old son joined Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy in October and now it’s like he was always there. Master Olpin is great with the little ones and gives them as much attention as the older more experienced guys with his tailored ‘Little Ninja’ Classes. Already my sons confidence, listening ability and hand eye cordination skills have greatly improved. We have had a very warm welcome and I Can not recommend highly enough. My 4 year old is eager to get going too!
– Mary Lonican
“From the first enquiry about the school I have been impressed with the standard of presentation, support, follow-up and training for my son”
“From the first enquiry about the school I have been impressed with the standard of presentation, support, follow-up and training for my son. The varied programme of activities has given Aaron a focus to improve his concentration, balance and d
iscipline. I look forward to his continued success in a friendly environment.”
– Mrs Julie Taylor
“I can’t believe what a difference your classes have made to my daughter’s confidence”
“I can’t believe what a difference your classes have made to my daughter’s confidence. In only a few weeks her attitude towards people and difficult situations has improved dramatically! She can’t wait for her next class.
Thanks to all the instructors for their patience and good work”
– Lee Garside
“it has been the making of him and we are very grateful to you all.”
“Since my son joined the Academy he has more self confidence and is more disciplined with a much more positive attitude” – Lawrence Watson
“Before joining the Academy, Liam was having problems at school with a lack of confidence. He has now overcome this and has a much better outlook on things.
The Academy gives Liam something to focus on, it has been the making of him and we are very grateful to you all.” – Sarah Watson