Reviews

“Choosing Poway Kenpo Karate was the best thing we ever did for our son. He was only 5 when we started and he has advanced to blue belt (son Ian is now a Black Belt) with lots of practice and awesome teaching. The facility, the teaching programs, and the level of teaching are spectacular. You can tell the Barkers care about each and every student – we are proud to be a part of the Poway Kenpo Karate family.“ Bryan and Sandy Bloom (parents of Black Belt Ian Bloom)
“I have had such a wonderful time training at your facility. Between karate and boxing, working out was a blast. I wanted to give a big shout out to Brady. ALL of your instructors are truly exceptional in their talent and teaching abilities. Brady is a shining light in his field. He was able to teach me among other middle aged women how to be fighters. His patience , sense of humor and motivational skills are truly gifted…” Jacki Engel
“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of the time you have spent with Aidan and now Chloe in teaching them karate. You are diligent, focused and resolute and they have learned so much from you. I really appreciate you and the studio for providing such useful life skills to the community and for your steadfast commitment. We are genuinely appreciative of all that you have done for our children and for your continued education in martial arts. Thanks so much!” Tammie & Lance Bell
“As a busy professional with a family, I need a gym that provides a great and efficient workout with a friendly staff. Mr. B, with his years of experience, has put together the perfect gym and staff for those who want to get in shape, learn how defend oneself, and have a great time doing it. People of all ages and fitness goals should check this place out.” John O
“I am so impressed with the program your group put on for the self-defense class. I really got a lot out of it and feel privileged to know what I now know. I think it is so wonderful what you offered this for the community. What a fantastic opportunity!“ Melissa Brown
“Hello Friends, I wanted to share some information about the self-defense class I took Sunday and again encourage you to take the class there (Poway Kenpo Karate) or anywhere a similar class is offered. Today I am sore and bruised but so grateful to have had this exposure. Many of you may already have training of some sort but I was truly unaware! I gladly welcome the bumps today for the knowledge and confidence I gained.” (Esther went on to explain about the details of the class in this email to her contacts). Esther Amano
“My daughter Sarah & I attended your free women’s self-defense class this last Saturday and we just really wanted to thank you and your staff for this amazing service you are giving to the women in San Diego! Wow! We really learned a lot and left empowered and invigorated! We’ve let all our closest friends know about these classes you are offering! May God Bless You abundantly as you so thoughtfully share your knowledge!“ Karen Doyle
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your free self-defense class for women, which I attended with my daughter, was beyond my expectations; very hands on & physical & we learned a lot. Wanted to thank you and your staff for volunteering your time to help women for such a good cause.” Joy Day & Autumn Scott
“To the Team at Poway Martial Arts, Although we hope to never have to beat the crap out of anyone, we are glad we have the skills to do it and the bruises to prove it! Thanks from the ladies of the Campbell family.” Andrea, Tara & Jane Campbell
“After watching a karate demo in the Poway library one day in 1989, we took advantage of some trial lessons offered by Poway Kenpo Karate. Our son was five years old then, and nine years later he got his Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. How and why did he persist? It had to be the constant motivation, the excellent techniques and instruction, the numerous challenges, and the BELIEF in his potential that the Barker family and Poway Kenpo staff have provided. On top of that, we have created a bond of lasting friendship with the Barker’s and many other families (at the karate school).” Aurora and Chris Sarmiento (parents of Black Belt Roy Sarmiento)
“I attended your free self-defense class with a bunch of friends this past Saturday. Thank you so much for volunteering your time! I really appreciate your efforts for me and all of the other people who you’ve given extra tools to defend themselves! You are all amazing.” Jennifer Walker
“Poway Kenpo Karate has been one of the most positive, fun and rewarding experiences for our son. All of the instructors are highly qualified, with positive and encouraging attitudes and seem to enjoy their students. Under the teachings, guidance and examples set by Mr. and Mrs. Barker there is an atmosphere of respect, camaraderie, support and friendship amongst the students at the school.” Appreciative parents, Jeff and Karen Reed (parents of Black Belt Brandon Reed)
“This weekend I attended the Self Defense Class you gave on Sunday. I learned so much and went away feeling empowered to fight off an attacker. I wanted to thank you for offering this free class to all of the women in our community. We had a good time, met a lot of great people, and felt grateful to you and your staff for offering their time on Sunday to teach us how to defend ourselves.” Sally Byrd – Poway Resident
This came to me in an email more than 20 years after this student was at my school – B. “ Barry, I’m doubting you will remember me specifically. My name is Brook Foster. I received lessons from you when I was around 7 years old (started in 1987) for about 3 years. I’m not sure how large your studio is now, but I can assume the huge growth Poway experienced has also allowed your studio to grow tremendously since the mid 1980’s. You may remember me best by the roll of quarters in my hand playing the “karate champ” video game for hours with fellow students. I even recall once, to overcome my fear of belt tests, you bribed me with $10 of quarters just to come. The reason I’m attempting to reach you with this email is communicate to you the impact of your training & lessons have had on my life. Through your instruction, I learned to control not just my body, but my emotions, my fears and my mind. With your help, I learned something much more powerful then discipline, I learned SELF-discipline. Since spending those early years in your classes, I have never been afraid of another human being in my life and I have made a difference in other people’s lives. I cannot explain to you the profound effect you have had on my life. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the part you played in nurturing the ideals within me I have grown to love. I’ve wanted to reach out & communicate this to you for many years but deliberated & delayed. So I say again, thank you for everything you have done. It gives me a sense of optimism to know you are still teaching & training today. Thank you Barry.” Brook
“ I attended your Self-Defense class on Sunday at 2pm. I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for offering your time, support and generosity into teaching us women. I am very impressed with your organization. The two classes that I’ve taken so far have been very helpful and I am just amazed at how much I am able to learn.” Aileen
“Just wanted to say thanks for all your help and support with Joseph. I was not able to make the tournament as a result of my job. However he showed me his first place medals and told me all about the tournament. He practiced hard at home in preparation of the tournament. His attitude and his demeanor have come a long way from when he first joined. He has a better attitude and his grades are perfect. He is a straight A student at Mt Woodson and is part of the GATES program. I appreciate all that you and your staff have done for him and the rest of the kids. He is very proud of his accomplishment in the tournament and his progress in class. He continually challenges himself to be good and his goal is the black belt. I am very proud of him and his accomplishments and his hard work. His first place medals were a great mothers day present for me and his grandmother. I just wanted to say thanks to you and your staff.“ Magda F
“ Hi, Mr. and Mrs. B.! I haven’t taken the opportunity to tell you guys how happy your gym makes me. I am a VERY happy camper, and I love to come there and be with my people. You make a tremendous difference in my life. And the addition of Tom and Ryan has contributed to my happiness significantly. I love you guys! I hope only the very best to your success in both branches of heaven on earth—Poway and Lubbock.” Sincerely, Kim Siegel
“ As a teacher of 25 years experience I would like to highly recommend Barry Barker as an outstanding teacher. He is very knowledgeable and loves to teach and work with groups and individuals.“ Mary Templer (English Teacher PHS, National Honor Society Advisor)
“We would like to take this opportunity to show our sincerest appreciation in the care and professionalism you have shown our son in the instruction of Karate. He is involved in competition diving and we have noticed that the concentration and focusing that he has learned from you tremendously helps him in his diving. You are an excellent example for the youth in your class and serve as a good role model for them to follow. Your instruction on how to treat other living things and in how to take care of themselves is something that perhaps more people in this world should learn.” Donald and Stephanie Starks (Poway Law Office)
“Thank you for another outstanding year of instruction for our son. We are very pleased with the disciplined instruction which has enabled him to focus on and advance in a physical activity that we hope he will enjoy for a lifetime.” Christine Goldsmith (Municipal Court Judge) & Jan Goldsmith (former Poway Mayor, CA State Assembly, Municipal Court Judge, currently SD City Attorney)
“My son and I have been attending Poway Kenpo Karate for over a year now. We thoroughly enjoy working with this great group of people. Mr. and Mrs. Barker and their family are wonderful! The instructors and other students are extremely supportive and friendly. It is truly like having a second family.” Denise Mehus