My wife and I and our two children Sophie, aged
12 and Robin aged 9 have been doing Pil Sung
Do for three months. None of us have had any
experience with any Martial Art before, so it was
with some uncertainty that we began. The
excellent teaching skills of the instructor soon set
our minds at rest, though, as he developed
specifically tailored activities for each of us. And
we each receive encouragement and coaching
appropriate to our abilities and have fun at the
It is really good having an activity that we as a
family can attend and practise together. There is
no fitness pre-requisite, as each session develops
skills and techniques in a very progressive
On the surface, the training is for self-defence.
However, as one explores the art, one becomes
aware of the depth of the benefits arising from it.
There would seem to be an entire culture based
upon the principles of Pil Sung, which have
benefits to general health, mental attitude and
well-being. In addition, I am sure that my children
benefit from increased confidence, discipline and
Paul Truswell / Addlestone Academy
My son Connor first attended a free trial back in mid February as
he reached the age of 5 years, and was made to feel welcome
and encouraged to join in from the start.
Connor has always been a little overweight and a bit of a handful
(to put it mildly) as he has a very active brain and we were
worried how he would take to Pil Sung Do.
We had looked for something that would challenge him mentally
as well as physically and in PSD we feel we have more than
Connor has lost weight, toned up and his stamina amazes us
In July Connor took part in a 20min run/walk for charity and he
ran for the full 20mins! Last year he wouldn't have been able to
Also his attitude to life has changed, we've gone from him after
20mins moaning "I'm tired, I can't do this anymore" to "I've used
a lot of energy tonight Sir"
Don't get me wrong he can still be difficult and sometimes even
loud but 2 nights a week with Grandmaster Stephen Hammouda
has definitely changed him for the better.
We are very proud of his progress to Orange belt and he is
working hard towards his next one.
I have watched nearly every class since Connor started and it
always amazes me how hard they all work and enjoy it. The
progress the students have been incredible from Connor now
doing the splits to another student who had no confidence to talk
to people and can now instruct a class.
We are very grateful to have found the PSD team and hope to
carry on for many years to come.
Mel Ponting. Addlestone Academy.