Testimonials

Read some of our student's success stories!

My two kids have been going here for a year now. It has been awesome watching them build confidence in themselves, watching them confidently help others, seeing the friendships they’ve gained, and the respect they have learned. My kids look forward to coming to class, they get excited to bring in their school report cards and earn stars for their uniforms for good grades. I love how the discipline that is learned in Tae kwon do carries over in all aspects of their life. Money and time extremely well spent!
Marie H. Benicia, CA 1/19/2017

We are so lucky found this place as our son’s Taekwondo School. Master Kwan Ja Nim and Ms Debbie are the best. It always a joy to come and learn. Our son is more confident and independent only a month after attended Taekwondo class. We all love the Vallejos Tae Kwon Do!!!
Joyce X. Benicia, Ca 5/22/2017

Mr & Mrs Vallejos have been a staple in this community forever!!!! They are 2 of the kindest most genuine people I have ever met in my life! They are amazing with their students and my daughter still remembers her time there! What an impact! The discipline mixed with love that they offer can truly only be found at Vallejos Tae Kwon Do!!! BRAVO!!!!
Nicolle W. Vallejo Ca 9/27/16

Great academy of Martial Arts! We have been a part of Vallejos Tae Kwon Do for over 10 years. Both our children have been a part of this institution since our son was 7 and our daughter started at age 8. He attained his Black Belt several years ago when he was 12. Our daughter is on her way to achieving her Black Belt this year. We can’t express how proud we are of our children for their accomplishments, hard work, commitment and dedication.
Kwan Ja Nim is an excellent Master, showing great skills, patience and a great instructor! Ms. Debbie alongside with Master Vallejos has imparted great advice to our kids. They make a great team!
The positive development we see in their martial arts training at Vallejos Tae Kwon Do is evident in school, sports, band & arts. The skill and knowledge of self-defense is priceless and an invaluable lifelong lesson which they have for the rest of their lives. Thank You Master Vallejos and Mrs. Vallejos for everything!
Jelayn & Len Sansone 10/24/2016

Excellent for kids because they focus on training the entire child – concentration, determination, athleticism, and progress toward goals. Kwan Ja Nim is a serious teacher who drills and encourages each child and makes everyone comfortable with smiles and laughter. His assistant, Mr. Bradley, helps the kids with patience and careful guidance. My daughter loves going to Vallejos Tae Kwon Do and we’re so glad she’s found a sport she truly enjoys!
Kristin J. 2/6/2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Our bundle of energy and little leader 4 year daughter started with Vallejos Tae Kwon Do in July 2014, and in that short amount of time,(September 2014) we see such a difference! Her energy is now guided, and restrained, she’s proud of herself and her accomplishments, has more discipline in doing everyday tasks. She has become a better in her listening skills, and practices her moves all over the house!! Vallejos is such a nurturing, and loving environment! From the second you walk in you can see the passion, and love KJNM has for his students! 30+ years educating, molding, and guiding little minds and bodies into the future leaders!! We love coming here, as does our little one!! At first she did not want to do this, but after the first initial trial (which is free) she was hooked!!!! THANK YOU Vallejos TKD for taking great care, and guiding our little future leaders and sending them out in the world with confidence, respect, and pride, that cannot be attained elsewhere!!!! 😉 BTW you’ll Love Ms. Debbie, You will want to take her home with you….her loving, yet no games guidance is AWESOME!! All we have to do now is tell our daughter that Ms. Debbie will come over if you don’t listen!! And it works! Or if we say “do you want KJNM to know you were not listening today” She will instantly listen, because she wants her teachers to be proud of her! If you are thinking about Martial Arts, please look no further, I KNOW you will not find another place that cares so much about your kids, and is the BEST! Their professionalism is just as wonderful as their love and passion!!! Great price for classes as well! You can do 2 or 4 days a week!! We look forward to our little one learning, and growing with Vallejos!! She’s already talking about which belt color she will be next!!! Now if I could really take Ms. Debbie home, that would be great!
Leyla S. 9/3/2014

Dear Master Vallejos,
Being a former student of yours, I am writing you today to thank you for the years of instruction. I am now in my senior year at UCLA pursuing a physics BS degree. As it is my last year in college, I have come to many realizations. Life shouldn’t just be about seizing opportunities and “getting ahead”. It is just as important to build relationships and show appreciation to those that have impacted my life. The lessons that I have learned and the people that I have met in your classes shaped my character and boosted my self-esteem at a critical point in my life.
I remember the first day at your dojo, hiding behind my parents’ legs. I was terrified and I had zero confidence in myself. Life at school had wrung out all my self-confidence, as I was target of everyone’s teasing and bullying. But as soon as I started taking your classes and started making friends with Chris O’Mara, Bj, John John, Jason, Alex, and the others, I began feeling better about myself. With each passing week, my self-image continued to become more positive and I became more proactive and confident in all aspects of my life. Taekwondo continually presented new and challenging obstacles. In the process of surpassing these obstacles, I learned that with practice and concentration, I could accomplish anything. Unfortunately, there were some lessons that I didn’t learn until now.
I sincerely regret abruptly leaving your dojo, seemingly loosing contact with you overnight. Focusing on college became my top priority when I left, but I was immature and too scared to tell you face-to-face that I wanted to stop. That was a big mistake. I am writing you today because I don’t want to lose touch with you and your dojo. It was crucial to my development and growth. So now, with the upmost sincerity, I want to let you know that I learned a lot about myself in your classes and that I am a better person because of you, Miss Vallejos, and the people that keep the dojo running. Thank you for the laughs, the hard work, the encouragement, and the opportunities for me to realize my potential.
Best Regards, Paul

I am so happy my children have been attending this school for over a year. It is the best feeling see them achieve things together. It has taught them a lot of valuable tools for life. My son has excelled in school tremendously!!! Learning confidence and building self-esteem from class. I am very proud to be a part of this school and highly recommend kids start early.
Aimee W.

I can’t begin to express how much the Vallejos’ have meant to my children and I.

Wow! I cannot believe I have the opportunity to do this. I was impressed the day I walked in to check out the joint. The kids were using words like please and thank you, yes mam and no sir. This was too good to be true. Then I met Debbie Vallejos’. The women who can talk on the phone answer your questions and hear a child saying something wrong at the back of a busy school and call them on it! This is my kind of lady.

Then after watching Master Vallejos’ teach class I was sold. It was not until sometime later I realized how incredibly lucky all the students are to be taught by a Master of his caliber. No matter which school you go to ask if and/or how many classes the master teaches, you will find that at a lot of schools it may be never or the students have very limited access. Not good when you have to pay for the education that they will receive.

I cannot begin to express how much the Vallejos’ have meant to my children and I. Our 14 year association with this school has produced 3 black belts and a number of assorted other belts. There were some hard lessons learned along the way. Having the Vallejos’ in their lives to help reinforce everything we were trying to instill in them has made them all better citizens and people .

If you want your child to be coddled and live in world where everyone is a winner and equal. Don’t bring them here. Because in this school you have to earn it, you have to be responsible, and you have to act in a respectful manner. This will help your child be a better citizen, build their confidence and teach them how to achieve a goal.

In short you will not find two, more caring people in the industry. As a father I will always be in Kwan Ja Nim and Debbie’s Debt. They always had my back and I will never forget that.
Richard H. 6/15/2010

Positive Development Vallejos Tae Kwon Do has been an eye-opener to what children can accomplish under qualified guidance. The program has increased my childrens ability to concentrate, stay focused and motivated, The impact is also seen in other sports, school, music and the arts. I can accredit much of the positive development in their physical as well as mental strength to the martial arts program conducted by Master Vallejos.”
Judith Bodolla Tata (current Black Belt Parent)

Dear Master Vallejos,
My experience and discipline obtained through attending classes at Vallejos Tae Kwon Do have deeply influenced me, and it’s hard to imagine what my middle school and high school years would have been like without the focus I gained from attending Tae Kwon Do classes. I learned so much more than the skills to become a Black belt. I had to break out of my shyness and build my self-confidence and my social skills.
So thank you, again, for EVERYTHING you’ve helped me achieve and for having a big influence in my life. I wish the best for you and the school.
Anonymously.

This is a wonderful family oriented organization with a great history in Benicia. My boys have attended this school for a year & a half & have grown exponentially both physically & mentally since they 1st began. Master Vallejos & his team of black belt instructors are excellent with students of any age. I cannot express how grateful I am to have Master Vallejos & Mrs. Vallejos in my boys lives. This is a serious school that will teach you lessons for a lifetime. This is not a black belt factory like some other local schools. You earn everything here with sweat, discipline & commitment.
Yer B.

To be honest, we cannot say enough about this wonderful establishment and family. Debbie and Kwan Ja Nim are unbelievable people. We started up a month prior to school starting and the boys love it. The nice thing is they work with our schedule. We would LOVE to put them in 4 days a week, but our schedule makes it more difficult so the boys go two days which in our case is better than not at all. The boys are more disciplined and respectful. I agree with the other postings that Kwan Ja Nim is VERY PATIENT and gives us and our kids feedback that we need to assist our children grow and be better people. If you are looking for a place to take your kids for martial arts, this is your PLACE!
Try it out, come as a referral, try there special they have to offer, it will be worth it. I promise! Prior to joining Vallejos Tae Kwon Do Academy, I called around to other local establishments a couple times in the last year or two and the schedules were very strict and expensive and my boys would have been separated due to their age which meant I would have to drive my boys to two different classes 4 days a week. I was pleasantly surprised when I called Debbie and I believe that I saw the original ad on Facebook. Again, they were very accommodating and my boys are in the same class they are only a year apart and are going for the same belts. I have also met some wonderful families since joining!
Christina K. 11/10/2010

There are no words to describe the excellence of Vallejos Tae Kwon Do Academy. Not only does Kwan Ja Nim have over 30 years of experience, but he is exceedingly patient with the children. Since my 5 year old son started he has improved his self-confidence, discipline, and focus not only at tae kwon do but in school and home as well. The things he’s learning will help him for the rest of his life. He gets out of school excited to get to practice. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an activity for their child that builds character and returns benefits tenfold.
Lele K. 11/9/2010

As a mother there are times when you can see a path before your child and you know that the decisions you make on their behalf will change their life and shape who they will become in the future. It was the decision to join the Vallejos Tae Kwon Do family that has proven to be one of those amazingly powerful decisions. This wonderful group of students and teachers have, for the last three years, given more to my family than I can attempt to put into words, they are simply the best. My love for the owners and all that are dedicated to creating an enriching environment for my child is never ending and the years he will be devoting himself to this art is and always will be priceless.
Jessica D. Benicia, Ca 6/20/2017

My son has been going for 2 years and now my other 2 children have joined too and LOVE IT!! VTKD has taught my children responsibility, self-respect, and discipline. Debbie and KJN also teaches the children life lessons that goes on in the outside world. What I LOVE about VTKD is that all the children’s education comes first and that everything is earned with hard work. I highly recommend Vallejos Tae Kwon Do to anyone and everyone of all ages. You will definitely see their impact of teachings that they instill your child/children.
Claire Z. Vallejo, CA 2/8/2017

Words can’t explain how happy we are here. My son loves this place. He’s been attending almost year and has grown on so many areas. Very family oriented and very supportive.
Jennifer D. 9/27/2014

Dearest Kwan Ja Nim & Debbie,
Where do I begin to thank you for all the years when I walked into your doors with my two precious little children, 7 & 8 without hesitation I remember you saying, “We can do this.” I remember thinking to myself, “Do what”?
No doubt in my mind that Vallejos Tae Kwon Do had a lot to do with that. As a parent, I saw the development and the changes my children were going through and I was in awe.
The child who needed the discipline, the respect she was beginning to show not only to everyone else but to herself was simply amazing. She achieved much more. She became a respectable, loving, nurturing and kind young woman. I have no doubt in my mind that she has VTKD for helping to mold and shaper her into the young woman she continues to grow into. The child who lacked self-confidence? He No longer was he walking with his head down and his shoulders hunched over, he was walking tall, his head up and chest out. All this achieved by that little 8 year old who walked with his head down and no confidence! Not only did VTKD bring out his confidence,
If anyone out there ever wonders, walking into VTKD, “what can this place do for my child?” I can honestly tell them it will give your child “LIFE”! It is here that they will come alive, that they will grow and be on the quest to be the best. What a great adventure it is!
Thank you Debbie and Kwan Ja Nim for everything you have done for not only my children it is great to be a part of the VTKD family!
Love, Pat

We have been a Vallejos Tae Kwon Do family for ten years. Words cannot express how appreciative my husband and I are of Kwan Ja Nim and Ma’am! Our oldest son was a student here, and now our youngest son attends the school. I am continuously impressed with the Vallejos’ dedication to their students. Kwan Ja Nim is fair but firm, exhibits patience with his students while maintaining a disciplined environment, and teaches the martial art of Tae Kwon Do in a welcoming yet structured environment. As a former teacher, I appreciate the fact that Kwan Ja Nim and Ma’am take a vested interest in the WHOLE PERSON. What I mean by this is that they not only concentrate on the skills required in learning the art of Tae Kwon Do, but they concentrate on the EMOTIONAL WELL BEING of the student as well. They encourage PERSONAL BEST in all areas of life: school, family, sports, conduct, etc.

To be a part of VTKD is to be a part of a family. And I really mean that. There have been many of us who have had ups and downs over the years…and the Vallejos’ have been there to share in the happy times as well as to provide encouragement, strength, a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on during the bad times.

Our oldest son is 15 and our youngest is 11. We are very proud of our boys and their accomplishments, and we are grateful that VTKD has been and continues to be a big part of our sons’ lives. Our boys are honor students and very involved in extra-curricular activities. They are always happy to share their experiences with Kwan Ja Nim and Ma’am, and to accept their advice as they learn to navigate through life. Vallejos Tae Kwon Do is a fantastic place to study martial arts and to learn how to be disciplined, determined, well rounded…and to achieve one’s PERSONAL BEST. Thank you Sir and Ma’am. I will always sing your praises!!!
Renee S. 1/3/2013

My son has been attending classes at Vallejos Tae Kwon Do since June of last year. It is a tremendous school that teaches their students more than just Tae Kwon do. Kwan Ja Nim and Ma’am Debbie are consistent with insisting manners are displayed every minute….they correct them if one does not answer them politely.

Kwan Ja Nim has the “patience of a saint” or now days they would say “patience of a jedi master”. I attend most of the classes and watch and observe ….. he never raises his voice, he always is calm and polite to each and every child in the class, he answers their questions (even the silly ones) and he always, always has time for the students!!!

My son has a routine Monday through Thursday that homework must be completed, his room and toys picked up so that he can go to class. He is always eager to go and most the time has his uniform on early.

The schools has installed my son with confidence but more so they have guided him to be polite, caring and successful. My son has already calculated that he will be 12 when he gets his black belt!!

Debbie Vallejos is so warm and personable – she greets you and always asks “do you need anything today” or “do you need me?” . Her demeanor and presence brings a “feeling” to the place that makes you comfortable that you could ask or tell her anything. The kids love and respect her with her own title of “Ma’am”.

Thank you Kwan Ja Nim and Ma’am Debbie for providing a safe and beneficial home away from home for all of your students.
Ms. BK

Our daughter, Jubilee aka JuJu, was once a shy, emotional girl. We have family and friends that have taken martial arts in the past and had an idea of the different ways it can build a person and we wanted that for our daughter. We have been wanting to enroll her in martial arts for quite some time. We have heard of a few schools and done some research. From word of mouth and testimonials online we came across Vallejos Tae Kwon Do. Once we heard that her cousin had signed up at the school, we decided to take a visit.

On our first visit, Juju was shy, hiding behind us and not wanting to be seen. Kwan Ja Nim asked her if she would like to participate in the workouts before class started. Of course she shyly declined. As more kids arrived, JuJu was surprised to see kids in her age group (5-10 years of age) in class. Kwan Ja Nim and Debbie Vallejos were very nice and made her feel comfortable to a point where she decided to participate.

JuJu has been there for five months now. We’ve seen a great change in JuJu in such a short period of time. She has learned respect, confidence and disciplined. In Vallejos Tae Kwon Do, she learned that “Sir” and “Ma’am” are used as signs of respect when speaking. She respects not only her family but her peers as well and cares about their growth. She has built confidence in herself in and outside of school. In the past she was unwilling to try different things that were foreign to her. She would say things like, “that’s for boys” or “I’m a girl”. We don’t hear that anymore. The school has helped build her confidence where she feels confident in doing things that boys can do or doesn’t feel discouraged when trying things because she is a girl. Also, she is more disciplined and motivated to become a better student. She practices regularly at home and, not just with her martial arts, but her school work as well.

We are so proud of JuJu and what she has accomplished so far. We thank Vallejos Tae Kwon Do for helping us instill precious values that she can use for the rest of her life.”
Jessica Peregrino

Overcoming Shyness
My experience and discipline obtained through attending classes at Vallejos Tae Kwon Do have deeply influenced me, and it’s hard to imagine what my middle school and high school years would have been like without the focus I gained from attending Tae Kwon Do classes. I learned so much more than the skills to become a Black belt. I had to break out of my shyness and build my self-confidence and my social skills.
So thank you, again, for EVERYTHING you’ve helped me achieve and for having a big influence in my life. I wish the best for you and the school.
Sincerely, Bernice

My son has been attending classes at Vallejos Tae Kwon Do since June of last year. It is a tremendous school that teaches their students more than just Tae Kwon do. Kwan Ja Nim and Ma’am Debbie are consistent with insisting manners are displayed every minute….they correct them if one does not answer them politely.
Kwan Ja Nim has the “patience of a saint” or now days they would say “patience of a Jedi master”. I attend most of the classes and watch and observe ….. he never raises his voice, he always is calm and polite to each and every child in the class, he answers their questions (even the silly ones) and he always, always has time for the students!!!
My son has a routine Monday through Thursday that homework must be completed, his room and toys picked up so that he can go to class. He is always eager to go and most the time has his uniform on early.
The schools has installed my son with confidence but more so they have guided him to be polite, caring and successful. My son has already calculated that he will be 12 when he gets his black belt!!
Debbie Vallejos is so warm and personable – she greets you and always asks “do you need anything today” or “do you need me?”. Her demeanor and presence brings a “feeling” to the place that makes you comfortable that you could ask or tell her anything. The kids love and respect her with her own title of “Ma’am”.
Thank you Kwan Ja Nim and Ma’am Debbie for providing a safe and beneficial home away from home for all of your students.
Ms. BK

Fantastic Academy for Tae Kwon Do. Master Vallejo is SO patient and a kind, gentle man with YEARS of experience and wisdom yet excited every lesson to teach new children (and adults) the skills he has. They have a great 6 week introductory package that cannot be beat and Debbie makes sure you are 100% taken care of and happy with the program at all times. A fantastic outlet for all children to learn discipline, good manners and the fine art of Tae Kwon Do. Kwan Ja Nim is SO into the classes they often run over in time, which is beneficial to the children and he makes sure everyone of all levels is taken care of. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Rachel M. 10/25/2011