Bristol >Sports & Recreation Instruction > Kevin Sullivan's Black Belt
1235 Farmington Ave Ste 5, Bristol, CT | Directions 0601041.698012 -72.902351
My son has been attending Grandmaster Sullivan’s karate school for several months now and absolutely loves it. From what I see, all of the other kids in his classes love it too.
He is learning so much so quickly and is demonstrating more self-confidence and responsibility at home and at school. It has made such a difference in his ability to focus on his school assignments and homework, and he now listens very well to directions and instructions.
The grandmaster runs a very structured, positive, and encouraging environment. He communicates regular with the parents about each student’s progress. He is also always willing to take the time aside to talk with me as well as the other parents about our children’s progress and to answer specific questions that we might have.
When directing students he is very kind, positive, and consistent. When correcting behaviors he always refers to the specific behaviors that need to stop and redirects the students by encouraging positive behaviors and praising achievements. I always see all of his students focused and participating and learning so much!
One of the many great things about this karate school is the sense of community and the variety of events offered. Grandmaster Sullivan holds regular student performances where the parents can watch what their students have learned. He also holds monthly Friday training events for the kids with games, special activities, prizes, and a movie. I stayed for one of these to check it out-they are such a fantastic, fun-filled time for the kids. For example, at the last Black Friday class event, in addition to learning several self-defense moves and working on belt training, the students also worked on their writing skills. Grandmaster read them the Dr. Suess story of the Grinch, they talked about the themes in the story, and the kids made holiday cards for their parents. It was quite an educational experience for them!
I have just started the kickboxing classes. There are a range of times to choose from so that I can easily fit the classes into my schedule. I went in worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the others, however, I soon realized that everyone works towards their individual goals and encourages one another. The people that attend his kickboxing classes are so nice and I feel very at home and comfortable. The grandmaster is very enthusiastic and creates a motivating and fun environment with some serious work out routines! I leave feeling great and am already feeling stronger, more energetic, and toned.
I can definitely see that Grandmaster Sullivan is an expert at what he does, and I feel that my son is in a great program. This karate school is a fun and exciting place to be a part of! The prices are also very reasonable and affordable compared to other schools that I have seen. This has been the best thing that I have ever done for my son, and now the kickboxing classes are a great thing that I am doing for myself. Thank you Grandmaster Sullivan! You rock!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
Guest, Monday, May 21, 2012
This review is for: Kevin Sullivan's Black Belt Schools of America
May 10, 2012 To Whom It May Concern: We are the proud parents of a student at Kevin Sullivan’ Black Belt Karate School. Dominic expressed interest in karate school after an “awesome” birthday party for one of his friends. He had just turned 5 years old. This was a little more than a year ago. We could not be happier with the experience we have had with Grand Master Sullivan and his class. Within weeks Dominic’s coordination and athleticism had improved markedly. He routinely made “head high” kicks when, just weeks earlier when we first arrived; he had trouble kicking knee high. The improved coordination is evident now that he is playing T-Ball and is around other children in an athletic environment. Dominic has also shown improvement in the other areas that Grand Master Sullivan stresses in his class. Dominic’s focus, discipline and respect for family, God and country are all enhanced by his time in class. We are so satisfied with the classes we wanted to send our 4 year old Jacob to karate class. He had not been too keen on the idea until the night of Dominic’s belt test. Even at 4 years old we could tell he was impressed with the display put on that night by his brother and his class mates. That night he asked, “When do I start karate?” So now we are the proud parents of TWO students at Kevin Sullivan’s Black Belt Karate School. We highly recommend Mr. Sullivan and his school to anyone interested is having their children in a learning environment focused on both the body and the mind. Sincerely, Frank and Jennifer Guzzardi
Open Letter From Kevin Sullivan,
I would like to thank all of the Parents, Students, Teachers, Doctors, Police Officers, Military Personnel, Veterans, Fellow Martial Artists, Colleges, and others, that I have had the pleasure of providing training for. I have learned a lot about life from them and I am eternally grateful for their rock solid support.
I'm aware of some of the made up declarations about me that appear on the Internet and in reviews posted by known persons as well as many anonymous unknown persons. I've seen some of them. Some are funny. Some are pretty far out there. Some I would not dignify with a response. Being more a student of the Martial Arts and a positive lifestyle, than the wild, wild web-world of the Internet, I'm not quite sure what to make of it all. It's quite surprising.
I do know that boys will be boys and you can’t please everyone. I neither take offense nor do I take these things too seriously. Who knows, maybe these made up declarations will lead people to seek out the real facts, as found in my recently updated website’s Testimonial Recommendation Letters, Awards, Citations, Thank You Letters, Championship Titles that I won in NASKA and KRANE Tournament Competitions as well as, the Photos. Meeting me in person is a great option and you can see the originals of any letters, awards or photos. I look forward to meeting anyone interested. I'm very proud of these accomplishments and the efforts of other people putting their name on the record and department’s with their endorsement of me, and my teachings.
I shall remain forever grateful to all of the wonderful people I have met and served throughout the years. I wish all my critics, real or imaginary all the best. I wish all of my supporters the absolute best as well as my humble gratitude for allowing me into your lives and to of been privileged to have served you.
I have only good intentions for all. Good- bye for now, God Bless and all the Best!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
Letter Review on Judys Book From Cardio Girl
I have attended both self-defense and…
I have attended both self-defense and cardio kickboxing classes with Kevin for many years. Over this time I have lost 30 pounds and feel comfortable defending myself. Kevin is a very motivational and inspirational instructor and provides a wonderful learning environment that is fun. I love the music, and the other students and ladies are wonderful and the atmosphere is as awesome as the classes! I would recommend the classes (and have!) to all of my friends and brought them down. If you thought you have had a karate or cardio experience, you need to have this better experience. I am super looking forward to getting toned for the beach now that I have lost my goal weight :) I love the feeling of getting healthier mind and body with the confidence building I have received from training with Kevin Sullivan.
Love the school – My husband and I are very proud parents of two children that attend Kevin Sullivan’s Black Belt School. When we first met Kevin we were so impressed with the importance he places on respect, family, country, and faith. At first we only enrolled our 5 year old son…little did we know just by watching the classes our little 2 year old would also fall in love with the program. For months our son attended class and for months we were continually impressed with Kevin’s teaching style, and the results we were getting with our son. Our son was not only learning karate moves and self defense strategies but more importantly he was learning life lessons. He was learning to respect and encourage others, he was learning to respect his elders and teachers, and the best part was that he was having a BLAST doing it. Kevin makes class a perfect blend of learning and fun. After a few months of watching my son, my 2 year old daughter who barely speaks in full sentences was found in her room reciting the full Kota that the students learned in class complete with kicks and punches. She would beg to go to Karate class with her brother and we finally enrolled her. She has also reaped all the benefits of class and has really found her strong, focused little self. We love that in order to test into a new belt category a student not only needs to be able to do Karate but must also prove that they are being a good family member, a good friend, and a good academic student. Kevin’s students will leave his instruction as well rounded, respectful, independent members of their families, schools, and ultimately society as a whole.
Jessica and David
Positive Experience – I just started bringing my three children to Grandmaster Kevin Sullivans' Karate class. From the past few weeks I can already tell it was a great life enhancing decision I made for my children. I can see how it is going to help them grow into strong well rounded individuals.
As my children train with Grandmaster Sullivan, I see how he not only teaches them karate; he makes them confident in themselves and helps them to find the internal strength to make the right decisions in life. Every class I have watched so far has incorporated important life skills such as; respect, teamwork, social skills, sportsmanship and many others in a fun environment for any age.
Grandmaster Sullivan is great with the kids and the parents. After the first session with my children, he was able to see their strengths and weaknesses. He explained how karate with him as their Grandmaster would be beneficial in overcoming their fears and weaknesses. In a fun structured environment, he has not only proved what he said to be true, but left me speechless as I already see the effect it has made on them so far. For example, my two eldest are very shy and not easily motivated. Over the past few weeks I have seen them become excited to go to karate every Monday and Wednesday; they even were brave enough to do their kicks and punches in front of everyone with the support and cheering of their class and Grandmaster. My youngest has attention problems and we can't get him to sit still for anything. However; he will sit and be obedient throughout the entire class time. He has even started to be more attentive outside of karate as well. It really shows the effort Grandmaster Sullivan puts into his students and the level of care he has for each one of them.
I'm extremely grateful for all Grandmaster Sullivan does for the kids. I believe he is a very positive role model and instructor for the children. I would recommend his class to anyone who has children and would like to see them become strong, responsible individuals.
Stay away! – Not recommended by any means. Sullivan is great at intimidation, manipulation, and aggression. If you question anything he does, his response is anger and intimidation. My experience was negative to say the least. He should not work with children. He will criticize your parenting skills if it affects his pocket. His background should be looked into. Beware of people who try too hard to convince you how great they are. Search elsewhere and protect you children from this man.
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