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M – STUDENT

When I first heard about Kuk Sool Won of Thetford, I was definitely interested. As I learnt more about it, I read about how it could improve your confidence. I remember thinking that the confidence was going to be a slow slight change, and didn’t really pay it any mind, however now I know that I had it wrong all along.

Last year, I couldn’t speak to people comfortably, I couldn’t sing in front of people without shaking, I didn’t have close relationships with people in my class, I barely ever spoke in lessons and teachers had to push me for answers, I shook during music exams and performances, I didn’t participate in school plays because of stage fright and I was even scared to go and buy something from a shop by myself.
A year on, my school report has improved thanks to all of the teachers that are pleased that I speak up in class more, I have been in my school’s most recent play without any stage fright, I’ve been able to sing in front of people without shaking and I can hold a conversation with someone I don’t know too well, happily. I speak to my peers a lot more than I used to and I get on a lot better with at least a few members of my class. Kuk Sool hasn’t improved my confidence; it’s boosted it and now I’m so much happier and more comfortable than I would have been if I’d never started. I thought my confidence would slowly improve over many years, instead my whole personality has changed for the better in twelve months.
Thank you Kuk Sool for helping me become my better self.
Thank you PKJ Kris for being an excellent teacher and supporter.
Thank you Miss Dunsmore for suggesting I come in the first place.
And thank you everyone else that makes it fun, fair and a great sporting community to be a part of.
Thank you.

MARALYN BRITTON – GRANDPARENT

We did a taster yesterday, absolutely brilliant.  One granddaughter doesn’t listen or do as told in dance or swimming, she hung onto his every word, did as told, and is repeating it all at home.
Absolute miracle!!
She loves Kris to the moon and back apparently x

TONY CHADWICK – PARENT

Awesome class. My 5 year old boy loves it and is learning so much which is credit to kris and team, would very highly recommend.

THOMAS PARKER – PARENT & STUDENT

I started training in April 2015 in an effort to get in better shape and because I had always wanted to learn a martial art. Master French was very welcoming as was the entire class. After training for about a month my daughter came to watch class one evening. Master French took the time to show her a few things even though she wasn’t there to participate. She joined the next week with my wife a couple months later. What started as an attempt for me to get into better shape has changed my entire family for the better. We have improved ourselves in fitness, flexibility and confidence. Master French and Kuk Sool Won of Thetford made us feel welcome and part of their family. I could not be happier with the decision I made almost 2 years ago.

JEMMA FORDHAM – FORMER STUDENT

Kris is a true gentleman and a true professional. There have been many times when he has tried to teach me something and his patience and capability are second to none! Never will he make you feel like an inconvenience. Always out for everyone to succeed and be the best they can be.

JON DENNY – KUK SOOL WON MASTER

Kuk Sool Won of Thetford is a fun and friendly place to practice. We love the family element that Master Kris and his Wife Jenny create which appeals to us because my wife, son and myself also train.

I have been taught by Master Kris for 23 years (not that he wants me to tell you that🤣) his teaching style is fantastic. He is patient and enthusiastic, he makes learning fun and interesting.

We also like the variety that Kuk Sool Won has to offer such as empty hand forms and self defence techniques, sword training, staff training, and staff sparring we love that!

Master Kris has some excellent assistance also in his teaching with his black belts who do him great justice.

ELO GRUNBAUM – PARENT

My daughter has been attending Kuk Sool won of Thetford for just over 2 years.
After being physically attacked by one of her peers in our local park we decided she needed a something to boost her confidence. So we decided to try out Kuk Sool Won. It was the BEST DECISION we made.
From the moment we walked in we received a warm welcome from Master Kris, his lovely wife Jenny and the rest of the team.

Master Kris is very patient with all his students regardless of their age. He is caring and very passionate about what he teaches.

Students are being challenged to be their best…even when they think they can’t do something they are encouraged to try and everyone supports each other.

The times I have been to observe the class I can see how well everyone are getting along and they have such a great relationship with Master Kris. They can have a good laugh there which makes the classes fun.

After few months there my daughters confidence was getting better, her concentration in school was improving.

2 years on and WOW I can’t put into words the difference in her… just amazing.
She has so much more confidence..her physical strength and flexibility has improved. She even stepped up and joined anti bullying campaign in school. She would’ve never had the courage to something like that before. She always comes home happy and something funny to tell us and of course show us what she has learned.
She has made a great group of friends in there who she now sees outside of the classes too.

I can highly recommend Kuk Sool to anyone who is looking to get fit and improve their confidence and self esteem in great company.

 

STEVE & SALLY RUNNACLES – FORMER STUDENTS, NOW KUK SOOL WON OF YEOVIL SCHOOL OWNERS

If you are wondering which martial arts school, then we would not hesitate to recommend Master Kris French and Kuk Sool Won of Thetford. Master Kris is not only an excellent martial artist, but a fanastic teacher. Both children and adults will not only learn self defence, but will increase fitness, gain confidence and learn discipline. We have both had the pleasure of receiving instruction from Master Kris who is calm, collected, warm, friendly instructor and encourages you to push yourself to achieve things you think you could not! We wish Master Kris and his wife Jenny every success and can’t wait to train with them! Steve and Sally Runnacles.

DONNA SIMPSON – PARENT

Hannah has been in the junior class for two years. She’s just took part in her first adult class and absolutely loved it. Thank you for teaching her. She’s aiming for black belt!

NICOLETA GEAMBASU – STUDENT

Amazing experience, great team ☺️☺️

KELLY LOW – PARENT

Would highly recommend!!
Our 4yr old boy loves it!!

JASON NOAKES – PARENT

Brilliant . Kris and Co are amazing with the younger students. Excellent fitness for my lad and he loves it . Highly recommend !!

CHARLOTTE RUDLING – PARENT

Excellent experience for my son and partner, they enjoy training with Kris.

CARL BARRIE – KUK SOOL WON OF LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OWNER

5* instructors. Kris & Jenny are good friends & amazing instructors. Looking forward to coming to train with you guys.
As part of the WKSA association you know your children are safe here!

TONY CHADWICK – PARENT

Awesome class. My 5 year old boy loves it and is learning so much which is credit to kris and team, would very highly recommend.

BECCA WHITE – STUDENT

KSW of Thetford is brilliant. Kris as an instructor is welcoming, positive and fun. I started KSW aged 9, after gaining my black belt at 14 I gave up. 10 years on I decided to get back into it and I have felt such a part of the club from the 1st session. Kris has been working hard to help me get back to black belt level and the whole club is super friendly. I have some issues like anxiety which sometimes make it hard to show up. I have had several absences when I’m struggling and Kris is always supportive, caring and doesn’t pressure me at all. His support makes such a difference and I am getting better at coping. KSW of Thetford is my ‘happy place’ where I know I’ll always laugh, learn, focus, and feel proud. I could not recommend the club enough and Kris always works to your ability level whilst still encouraging you to challenge yourself and improve. Going to class twice a week genuinely impacts my mental & physical health in such a positive way. Come along & you won’t regret it!

GWEN FENNER – PARENT & STUDENT

I have been going to Kuk Sool Won now for nearly a year, I love it, everybody is so nice its like another little family. Master Kris French is an incredible instructor with juniors and adults alike. ***** Would highly recommend coming along.

THOMAS PARKER – PARENT & STUDENT

I started training in April 2015 in an effort to get in better shape and because I had always wanted to learn a martial art. Master French was very welcoming as was the entire class. After training for about a month my daughter came to watch class one evening. Master French took the time to show her a few things even though she wasn’t there to participate. She joined the next week with my wife a couple months later. What started as an attempt for me to get into better shape has changed my entire family for the better. We have improved ourselves in fitness, flexibility and confidence. Master French and Kuk Sool Won of Thetford made us feel welcome and part of their family. I could not be happier with the decision I made almost 2 years ago.

JIM FENNER – PARENT & STUDENT

My son asked if he could go to martial arts so after looking around i found Kuk Sool Won. Me and my son have been going for almost a year give or take. When we went to are first class I was so nervous but everyone made us feel so welcome you soon forgot about that and started to enjoy the class. Kris French is a great instructor, he will personally teach you the techniques you will be learning and other students stay with you to help you master them. He is great with the kids, it really is like a small family which makes you feel like you part of a group. I did not want to do this at first, I went for me son, but I am so glad that I made that decision to go it has been so good for me and my son. My son loves going he was so shy but going to class has helped him so much. If your thinking of doing martial arts take a look you will not find a much better class then Kuk Sool Won, give it a go and see for your self.

JEMMA FORDHAM – FORMER STUDENT

Kris is a true gentleman and a true professional. There have been many times when he has tried to teach me something and his patience and capability are second to none! Never will he make you feel like an inconvenience. Always out for everyone to succeed and be the best they can be.

PAULA GALVEIAS – PARENT

PKJN Kris French and his assistants are great with the kids. My son really looks forward to his lessons every week. His physical ability and flexibility have vastly improved since he first started as has his self discipline.
I highly recommend this martial arts school.

ANNE CURTIS – KUK SOOL WON INSTRUCTOR

If you are looking for a quality school and instructor in the Thetford area, this is the school for you. Master Kris is an excellent instructor of 20+ years experience. Kuk sool won is a complete martial arts system, unlike many other like clubs, you and your children are guaranteed the best quality teaching from a dedicated caring Master. This school will go from strength to strength because of the high standards, you will not regret it!!

CARON BETTS – FORMER STUDENT

I’ve had so many happy years of training with Kris French. His technical knowledge and passion for martial arts inspired and supported me to reach 3rd degree black belt. Kuk Sool Won is probably the best fitness training I have ever done – developing strength, stamina and flexibility. And yet Kris, you just make it seem like we’re having fun!

DANIELLA DUNSMORE – STUDENT

Kuk Sool Won of Thetford has been a fantastic experience for me since I began training here in August 2015. I started in order to improve my fitness and try something new and am now well and truly hooked! PJKN Kris and his team are so warmly welcoming. Alongside this, I always feel challenged to go just that little bit further than what at first I expect. Motivation, fitness, dedication, resilience, team-work, humour, encouragement, tailored individual development, challenge, confidence-building, and a common vision to be the best we can be by ourselves and by others are just a few words and phrases that sum up Kuk Sool Won Thetford. As a teacher, I fully appreciate the discipline, respect and focus involved and sometimes, quite literally, the new perspective! Brilliant for children and adults alike. Kuk Sool Won Thetford is an invaluable part of my physical and personal well-being and development. Thank you 🙂

LYDIA BAREHAM – FORMER STUDENT

Kris taught me from my very first lessons all the way through to my Black Belt. He was absolutely pivotal to my success in my tournaments and in achieving my 1st degree black belt. I could not recommend him highly enough. And as a side note, I will remember his Monsters Inc inspired warm-up forever! Amazing!

KRISTIN QUINTANA – KUK SOOL WON MASTER

Master Kris French is an inspiring martial artist and a caring instructor. Kuk Sool Won is a great workout and great self defense. The school in Thetford provides students with the opportunity to grow strong physically and to develop the kind of character every parent wants for their kids. Whether you’re looking for a workout for yourself, or a place for your kids to improve their confidence, focus, and respect.. this is a great place to do it.

LIZ GILMOUR – PARENT

As an occasional visitor to Kuk Sool Won of Thetford either during a lesson or at any of the demonstrations they put on, I am always astounded at the difference in the students. It is an absolute pleasure to see the changes not only in their martial art ability but also growing in confidence and self esteem. Fun would appear to be a running theme. Extra fun is to be had on a student’s birthday – they get to throw (safely, of course, ) PJKN Kris French around.
I would highly recommend taking advantage of the two free taster lessons, to see if this is for you or your family. Kris and Jenny always make you feel part of the family. Enjoy if you decide to have a go.

ALISON ROGERS – KUK SOOL WON INSTRUCTOR

Master Kris is a brilliant instructor and any student training with Kuk Sool Won of Thetford is privileged to learn with him. Highly recommended!

JACK EVES – PARENT

Since my son started training with Kuk Sool Won™ of Thetford the benefits to him have been significant. In just over a year it is not just his physical health that has improved but also his self-confidence and self esteem. The greatest change however has been in his behaviour and his overall respect for others. This, prior to Kuk Sool, was a great concern for me so, you must appreciate, the benefits are not just for my son but also for me. He is now ambitious to do well, not just in Kuk Sool but also in other aspects of his life. I am proud of my son and grateful for the help and support Kuk Sool has given us.

CHRIS NICOLAOU – PARENT & STUDENT

Growing up I always struggled with physical activities and had issues with my legs and balance. This improved a little growing up but I was left with a lack of confidence in my physical ability. Since beginning my training I have noticed a huge improvement, particularly in my lower body strength. This has in turn improved my balance and confidence. My fitness level has also grown massively and I have lost nearly two stone in weight.

All of this means I generally feel better, have more energy and am able to do more with my two children. Added to this, I hugely enjoy the training and being part of a lovely school with a family feel to it. I look forward to the days when we train and I am disappointed when work commitments mean I have to miss a class. I cannot overstate how much of a positive impact Kuk Sool has had on my life and would recommend unreservedly to anyone.

I have also previously trained at other martial arts schools, which, while enjoying it a lot, I never felt that I wanted to take my own children along too. Since starting at Kuk Sool Won™ of Thetford I have seen how well the juniors there are treated, how they look after each other and how well they respond to the instructors. My 9-year old daughter now trains with me and she loves it.

DAVID KINNEN – STUDENT

PKJN Kris and Jenny are awesome. Excellent with the younger members in the juniors class and equally good with seniors class for adults. Fully embraces all aspects of martial arts. The philosophy, the fitness, the style and the technique. Living it. Loving it. Kuk Sool!

ANNA ELMER – PARENT & STUDENT

My husband and I took our 10-year-old son to an open day at Thetford Academy; this then resulted in the whole family joining Thetford Kuk Sool Won™. in May 2014. We have enjoyed our time there and learnt so many new things since joining. We have completed two testing’s to gain our next belts which we have been supported through by PKJN Kris French and Jenny French. When I first started I was seriously lacking in self-confidence this has improved to such a level where as a team this summer we completed our first demonstration in Thetford. Through PKJN and Jenny’s support they have given me the confidence to enter my first tournament this month. The atmosphere is fantastic and we all work as a team and a family supporting each other when we don’t find things easy. So I would encourage any adult or child to try Kuk Sool Won™. and enjoy all the challenges that face you. So from Anna, Anth and Joshua, thank you Sir and Ma’am.

WENDY HUGHES – PARENT & STUDENT

Best thing I ever did… Gained confidence and new friends. Lost weight! Learning discipline, balance, patience, stamina, respect… The list is endless…. The instructors are fun! The group is one big happy family. I love it… I joined when I was 48… If I can do it, anyone can. I thoroughly enjoy it. Lots of laughs and rewards. Join us. Everyone welcome. The more the merrier… Simply the best…

CHERI CAVEN – PARENT

Great classes and very friendly bunch of people 🙂 Instructors are wonderful and very patient and understanding with the younger students.

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