We signed up for TKD basically because our neighbors did and thought: "why not give it a shot!"What followed has been a remarkable transformation of our two young boys into dedicated and honorable young men.Through the thoughtful devotion of Master Misael and his staff our boys have found a community that they are proud to be a part of.With discipline, honor, and respect our boys are now black belts and i can honestly say to every parent out there; it is money well spent.You can't purchase pride, discipline, commitment and hard work; but at TKD Hapkido you can learn it and earn it.Our boys plan to make this a life long commitment. We are very proud parents. Will and Misty Davis
I have been involved with The Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy of Chapel Hill since Master Misael Rebollar first opened the school. The level of instruction is excellent, but it is the sense of community that makes the Academy special. Master Rebollar is a very encouraging instructor who knows how to push each student to achieve their best and all the instructors refelect the same attitude. Regardless of your skill level you can't help but improve. The Beach Camp weekend was a perfect blend of fun, great instruction, and an opportunity to build closer friendships. I have watched the Academy grow and it still retains the same community spirit without losing closeness and attention to detail. I highly recommend that you look here if you are interested in the martial arts or just a fun way to exercise. Craig Poms
I'd like to tell you how happy we are with our son's development at your academy. The belt tests are always a great experience for him to show what he has learned and worked hard for. He will be recognized this month at his school for "demonstrating respect, kindness, and perserverence. He is improving in self-discipline and personal growth." This we believe is a direct result of his maturation in an enviromnment that nurtures, encourages, and reinforces these traits. The environment he encounters everyday at your academy in the after school program. We are extremely proud of him and thrilled to be part of the academy! Carlos Gonzalez and Vanessa Muniz-Medina
Our kids have been training at the Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy of Chapel Hill for the past two years. We have absolutely loved every minute of our time at the academy and every year
training gets better and better! Master Misael has a perfect blend of nurturing and challenging leadership that sets the atmosphere for the entire academy. The lead instructors are
fabulous and know how to push the kids to achieve their best. The Academy is a wonderful place to train and there are plenty of outstanding role models, including several very wonderful women who
provide great leadership. I highly recommend the Academy! Penny Gorden-Larsen
The Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy of Chapel Hill has been a wonderful place for our whole family to train. Master Rebollar provides an upbeat and energetic environment and his technical instruction is superb. All the instructors demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching to students of all levels, ages, and abilities. Our son, in his fifth year of training, is as excited about the martial arts as I have ever seen him. I would highly recommend this dojhang to anyone at ANY stage of their training!
Travis and Andrea Honeycutt
Instructor David is awesome. Every class I learn new things and ache in new ways. Scott Scheffler
I never felt that I could truly defend myself until I began my training at Taekwondo & Hapkido of Pittsboro. Even though I began my training with some reservations, Instructor David (as well as Master Misael & other upper level belts) were extremely supportive of my efforts, and because they believed that I could succeed in the sport, I believed I could as well. Instructor David, my classmates and their families are my community, and the Dojang my second home. I now feel a great deal of courage, and have such an inner sense of security knowing that should I have to, I now have some skills and knowledge that I can use to defend myself. I’m strong and capable of taking care of myself thanks to my training. It’s challenging, but I encourage anyone who may be considering it, to join us at the Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy – you’ll receive so much more than just martial arts training, you’ll get a family. Lois Douglass-Alston
My son has thoroughly enjoyed training with the instructors at your academy, we did not know what to expect being sports people, but never having experience in martial arts. The progression of each student is well thought out and the training sessions are designed to challenge you at every level as you progress. As a parent I feel not a second is wasted at each training session, the instructors keep everyone moving and focused, there is no time for daydreaming or picking clovers, you will become more fit and a better athlete as a result of the training you receive at this academy. Leah Yeager
I am looking forward to school starting this year and it's because of Takwondo & Hapkido of Pittsboro! My sons, Jackson and Jamison, joined the Academy in June 2012, just as the school year was ending. Over the summer, they have learned so much about discipline, respect, and honor from Instructor David that I can't wait to see how it transfers to the clasroom. The boys look forward to seeing Instructor David for each class and I love the smiles that are on their faces as they accomplish each goal that David helps them set! Thank you for bringing this opportunity to our community of Pittsboro and my children! Jennifer Davis
I believe that my son Evan has developed both physically and mentally while attending the taekwondo & hopkido academy. His balance and coordination as well as his focus has shown
significant improvement. He has always been a good child but is now expressing his respect and courtesy in every arena he partakes in be it school, home or in public.Thank you so
much! Brad Dean
I take Taekwondo with my two daughters. My eldest daughter was the driving force to get us started. She's wanted to take Taekwondo since she was six years old and I must admit it didn't take much convincing for me; it's been a childhood dream of mine to train in the martial arts. This was my opportunity - and to have my two kids take it with me - yet another dream come true. I joined the girls in Family Class happily, which meant all three of us could be on the mat at the same time, where neither age, size, nor experience level mattered. It was a time for us to spend an hour together having good, clean fun...kicking and punching! What a release for all of us!
...and some days I take the Adults Noon Class. There's nothing like working off stress for an hour and then going back to work with a clear mind. It allows me to focus on the rest of the day...
My daughters also attend the After School program at the Academy. The kids get picked up from school and taken to the dojang where they take martial arts class, work on their homework, and participate in other fun activities provided by the staff...There are so many activities and events through the dojang and our family is very happy and proud to be a part of it! Ted Calhoun
The junior eagles class has helped increase my sons self confidence tremendously! I have seen this benefit him in school, socially and especially in his willingness to attempt new tasks. Rori Hawkins
TKD has increased my sons ability to focus in school, showed him how to set goals and achieve them physically and academically and to never give up no matter how hard something is!!! Instructor David is such a positive role model and the staff is wonderful!!! Tanya Vogel
I had a very specific list of qualities that I was searching for in a dojang. I needed a knowledgeable and accessible master, supportive and present black belts, and a strong group of adult students and especially women students. I found all that and more at The Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido Academy of Chapel Hill. Having taken a ten year break from Tae Kwon Do, I really didn't know what to expect from myself when I stepped back on to the mat. Under Master Rebollar's tutelage, I've been able to get back into condition and am looking forward to (eventually) working towards my black belt at the school. Between my family, young daughter, and my day job, I worried that I wouldn't have the time to earnestly train for Tae Kwon Do. However, after a year at The Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy of Chapel Hill I've discovered that you really can find the time to do the things you love.
Don't tell my husband or daughter, but adult beach camp was the most fun I've had all year! We spent the weekend at a gorgeous location and had an absolute blast while working on both fundamental skills and new techniques. Believe it or not, doing push ups in the surf and taking falls in the sand really is enjoyable. The workouts were physically challenging, but I walked away feeling accomplished and much more confident in my skills. Samantha Fiske
"Why should the kids have all the fun? Ten years ago I regularly ran three miles a day, lifted wieghts, swam, and biked. Once I turned 40 it was hard to get out of bed. No matter how much I slept it wasn't enough. I had somehow gone from being one of life's participants to being one of life's spectators. But I was watching my kids doing taekwondo. They were in great shape. They laughed. They had discipline. They had crazy energy and strength. They had focus...I joined the Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy to be with them and to get off the sidelines and become a participant again. I have lost 30 pounds in the last 18 months. I now work-out regularly in addition to my TKD classes. Why? Because the kids can't have all the fun!" Bill Williams
I have trained in and taught taekwondo for the past decade and when I started looking for another school the Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy stood out from the rest. Master Misael Rebollar has instilled in his school superior instruction, high energy, and a sense of fun. His coupling of taekwondo with hapkido adds a new dimension to the self defenses and increases one’s body control as well as one's self confidence. As an advanced student, I find his weapons instruction (nunchakus & bo staff) to be a fun and challenging addition to the curriculum. I strongly recommend anyone looking for an active, challenging, and fun martial arts experience to give the Taekwondo & Hapkido Martial Arts Academy of Chapel Hill a long look. Kurt Bell
The Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy is simply the best in the area. The level of instruction is in a class of excellence all by itself. My three children and I take classes
with Master Misael Rebollar and each of us is enjoying the benefits of martial arts training tremendously. We consider the time we spend in the dojang some of the best hours of our
Master Rebollar's martial arts skills and technique are exceptional and his passion for what he does is motivating to everyone who steps on the mat to train with him. It is not possible to be in his class without enjoying yourself. The community of students is a friendly, supportive group of people from all walks of life training at all levels of physical fitness. Master Rebollar is a natural teacher and deftly addresses all his students' needs ensuring everyone gets individual attention and leaves class feeling invigorated by the experience. For anyone considering starting or returning to Tae Kwon Do or Hapkido I cannot recommend this school highly enough. Do it. You'll be glad you did.
My kids and I love the family program. Having the family commitment to master tae kwon do makes it more than just another activity, it's something special we do together. I love watching my kids grow and learn, and they push me to keep pushing myself.
Mary Jane Nirdlinger
My friend Sara and I joined the Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy nearly a year ago. We were looking for a way to improve our fitness level and self defense skillls in an environment that was fun and empowering for women. Master Rebollar and the staff at the studio are warm and encouraging in a way that pushes you to challenge yourself and your abilities. The social aspects of working out with friends are also a great benefit. You get a fantastic workout without the pain and boredom of running on the treadmill by yourself at the gym. We would enthusiastically recommend this school to anyone looking for a way to get fit with friends! Brittain Mahaffey & Sara Boeding
I am extremely happy to be training at the Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy. In each class Master Rebollar is able to combine exceptional instruction with a rigorous workout embedded within a highly supportive environment. I particularly like his integrated training program in taekwondo and hapkido; this fosters the development of real skills in both kicking and grappling that can be directly applied in practical self defense. I have been both a student and a teacher in the martial arts for more than a decade, and I believe that Master Rebollar simply does it right. Patrick Curran
As a father I have enjoyed the opportunity afforded by family classes to train with my sons. Master Rebollar is able to create classes which are challenging for the adult student and achievable for the young student, which keeps both enthusiastic and engaged.Wayne Overby
I continue to be so happy with everything about Master Misael's Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido Academy. Our 4-year-old boy loves the energy level and fun activities twice a week. And I love that the lessons focus on honor, self-discipline and respect. The studio is large, clean and inviting with plenty of mirrors for the students to watch themselves run, kick and jump. Our son was so proud to earn his first colored belt and is learning the importance of listening, watching, leading and following in addition to all the physical moves. The classes are small and the instructors are fun but sincere in their desire to help the students develop both focus and discipline. We couldn't be happier with the studio environment that Master Misael has created in Chapel Hill!
When a family friend invited my children to try a class at the Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy, I was skeptical at best. That was five months ago and I'm still thanking her for connecting us to such an amazing place! To watch my kids’ strength and self-confidence grow has been so rewarding. I love watching Master Misael guide my children through lessons. So much - I got off the sidelines and became a student!
My five year old son is in the Jr. Eagles program. Every time I watch his session, I am struck by the patience of the instructors and the obvious joy they get out teaching young children. The classes are fun and challenging. Master Misael exhibits an intense desire to work with each student. There are so many benefits for kids - too many to write about. The fact that our son loves it and is sticking with it - says it all! Over these few short months, TaeKwonDo has benefitted me more than any sport or exercise program. I am more confident in myself. My strength and agility are better than they have ever been, but more importantly, I have more patience with my family, myself, and others around me. An added bonus - I'm in the best shape ever!
As I sat there watching my children learn taekwondo I started to wonder why I wasn’t out there taking it with them! So I signed up and discovered how much I love taekwondo too! It is such a pleasure being able to take the family class with my children! Master Misael is truly a wonderful teacher. He is patient and caring and wants to see each student succeed. I feel fortunate to have found Master Misael and be able to have a wonderful activity to enjoy with my children as they grow and learn with martial arts. Linda Holst
It was an intentional and strategic choice for us to add martial arts to our homeschool curriculum. We wanted our kids to be involved in a physical activity that would help them to further develop their confidence, self-awareness, and focus in a healthy, positive way.
After receiving some very sage advice form a good friend (who happens to be a former homeschooler who's children competed in taekwondo at a national level), I had some very specific criteria in what to look for in a dojang...most important to us was the environment/philosophy of the school, the involvement of the Master in the school and the overall quality of the instruction. We chose the Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy because it met all of our criterion. One of the most positive aspects of the school is that Master Misael and Instructor Jose are wonderful instructors and truly take a genuine interest in the growth and development of their students. They know how to bring out the best in each of us while keeping the classes fun, engaging, and challenging.
The homeschool-friendly timing of class and the opportunity for me to participate along with the kids is a wonderful added bonus. Taking this time during our homeschool day to focus on physical activity as a family helps us all do a better job in educational pursuits (students and teachers alike!). One of the biggest benefits of the timing is we aren't rushing around like mad during dinner time to get this activity in!
We enjoy all the classes and look forward to them every week. There is nothing better than seeing my kids grinning from ear to ear the entire class! We all come home happy, refreshed, and ready to tackle the rest of our day, regardless of what is next. We have seen growth in our children in a variety of areas and are sure to see continued progress through their individual journeys in learning this martial art.
Living in the Chapel Hill/Durham area, we homeschoolers are fortunate to have many amazing academic and enrichment options for our children. Our experience with the Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy is one that will be difficult to match. This one is a keeper and something we plan to stay with for a long time to come. It is truly one of those experiences that has had such a positive impact on our family that we want the rest of the homeschool world to know!