Tigger wrote: ↑
Thu May 06, 2021 9:02 am
Whilst I have sympathy for the original poster, I'd have to say that this is absolutely not our experience with Simon. Both of our children have been taught/trained by Simon and he has been nothing but brilliant. He's clearly a strong character, but his approach with our kids has always been firm but fair - as you would expect from a martial arts trainer.
Personally I would have taken this up directly with him rather than airing your views in what could easily be perceived as a character assassination on a public forum. Simon has built up a decent little business in the area and is well respected amongst all in the community who know him. Posts like these can quickly destroy someone's livelihood when a quiet word in private would be far more appropriate.
As I said, whilst your experience sounds very unfortunate, posting it on here simply feels vindictive.
I did speak with him, I even waited and came back at the end of the following class to speak in private with him. I was the last parent to leave the place. His attitude during the conversation was what made me even more disappointed and angry about what happened. He was extremely arrogant and tried to justify his actions, which by the way he confirmed in the post above.
As I said on my initial post. I do not expect any instructor to coax my son into following a class, but I don't think that kicking him out to the patio on his first class was the best solution. I cannot believe either that he could ensure my son's safety 100% of the time through a window, while he is indoors focusing his attention in several other kids during the class. If that the way he runs his classes, he shouldn't ask the parents to leave the area.
Regarding my son's behaviour. The post you are all referring to was from 2 years ago, and yes, at the time we were concerned because his language was delayed for a 3 years old. He is now 5 years old and he speaks 3 languages (Polish / Spanish at home. English in school), and he is doing fine in Reception. Some kids develop a bit later, and fortunately this was the case with our son. He can be sometimes shy in new environments, but he normally warms up quickly. He is going to swimming, gym classes and we have no issues. He was actually extremely excited about the class and quite happy when I left him.
In any case, I am not trying to convince anyone on whether what he did was correct or not. I definitely think it was not, and we are not coming back, but I understand that not everyone has the same experience and enjoy the classes. Good for you.