My son has been going here for the last 3 years and the karate program has been awesome. The staff is always friendly and my son always leave with a smile on his face. Highly recommmended
STAY AWAY. This place is horrible. My four year old child was physically assaulted at this facility and the staff denied it. They didn’t even inform me about his injury, write an incident report; or administer first aid. The owner DOES NOT respect women. He only cares about MONEY. Staff DOES NOT supervise young kids appropriately in the classroom or when they go to the restroom. They are grossly understaffed and DOES NOT follow CDC guidelines. Some mornings there is trash on the floor and tables at 7:00 am, and kids are sitting at filthy tables without adequate supervision. There are about 30 kids in a small class with one adult, and the kids sit next to each other - No social distancing. Some kids don’t wear a mask. I wouldn’t bring my dog to this place.
My son was there 3 weeks and got COVID. They take zero precautions to protect the children, and have 18 plus kids in a small classroom setting. The kids seem to routinely have their masks hanging off during pick up, with no reiteration to keep on, and same with staff. Kids are allowed to share toys, iPads, and other personal items from home which isn’t the smartest given today’s environment and not being able to sanitize personal items brought in. There should be some precautionary measures in place for these children such as limiting class sizes, providing hand sanitizer to each child upon entering and exiting the facility, routine hand washing, mask reiteration, and daily deep cleaning of all areas. The owner will say “its the kids bringing the virus not us.” There were over 5 cases of covid in the first grade class that I know of. Had precautions been in place I absolutely believe that could’ve been prevented. My son has done swimming, basketball and so many other activities this summer which all went above and beyond to be precautionary for the children they serve and NO COVID CASES at those venues!!! Cases will happen yes HOWEVER mitigating the exposure to others and your staff should be a top priority! When notified of a positive case children should not still be permitted in that area! Common sense would be to shut off that area and deep clean immediately! I would much rather find alternative care for my son for a day to deep clean the facility versus having him there exposed and then you all do it at night! I was never notified of the app alert system which alerts you of cases apparently, when I registered my son. I was informed by another parent of the positive case alert for one child and unfortunately was to late as my son and other classmates had already contracted it. : ( He since has been removed! I blame myself partially for not removing him the very first time I saw mask off other children! I also assumed they had professionals coming to deep clean areas daily but instead was told the teachers use a approved solution to wipe down desk. I can’t imagine those teacher’s doing so because it’s only a few of them as is and shouldn’t have to teach all day then be responsible for the cleanliness of the facility??? This really upset me as my son loved the karate class and was really looking forward to continuing there.
I usually don’t write reviews but I felt compelled to write this one due to the excellent service I have received from the After School Karate Academy. It is going on 5 years that I have utilized ASKA’s services. The staff are always kind and extremely supportive! As a parent, we always have concerns about the safety and care of our children. Thankfully, ASKA has never given me any reason to worry about my childrens’ well being. I thank God for ASKA and the “Peace of Mind” it has given me throughout the years!
My daughter has been attending ASKA for three years and I am more than satisfied! The staff is excellent; caring and dependable. Mr. Ray, the nucleus of ASKA, is always there to answer questions and provide direction to the staff. His leadership is second to none. The owner is always on site - - very approachable and hands on. Mr. Lashly and Ms. Joyce (tae kwon do instructors) are both professional and caring. My daughter's confidence has grown due to this program. Mr. Lashly has the ability to bring the best out in every student. He expects the best and demands nothing less; very disciplined! Overall rating is excellent! The facility is always clean and inviting. Parents are welcome to speak with the staff at any time. As a bonus, ASKA offers parents night out for a very reasonable price. My daughter loves this place. There are many other programs offered within Bowie, but I will never leave ASKA. Well worth the money!!!!!!
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