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UPDATE: Yong Sung Lee Studios Wins 'Patch Readers' Choice' Award

Martial arts academy received favorable comments and reviews by Patch readers

UPDATE: Friday, 10 a.m.— Congratulations to  for winning the Annandale Patch "Readers' Choice" award this week in the "Best Martial Arts" category!

Comments by Patch readers began on Monday and "YSL" saw nine favorable comments made by Patch readers by the time the poll closed Friday at 9 a.m. YSL's on Annandale Patch also has 15 reviews and 13 photos posted.

Thanks to all readers who participated by commenting or reviewing their favorite martial arts academies.

The winner will get a framed "Readers' Choice" certificate from Patch, plus bragging rights.

Stay tuned for our next "Best of" poll coming up Monday. The category will be open for comments by Patch readers at 5 a.m. 

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UPDATE: Comments for "official consideration" for a "Readers' Choice" winner will close at 9 a.m. on Friday. Comments after 9 a.m. are welcome but will not be considered when deciding a winner. The winner will be announced by noon on Friday.

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Have you had experience with a great martial arts academy in Annandale?

Patch wants you to tell us all about it in this week's "Patch Readers' Choice" survey.

You have until Friday at 9 a.m. to tell us what you think about your favorite martial arts academy by leaving a comment about it either below in the comments section or on the Places listing page (for the businesses linked below).

All you have to do is leave a comment and/or review about one of these places. (Do you think we missed one? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it here!):

  • Jennifer’s American Karate Institute
  • Eagle Taekwondo
  • World Class Taekwon Do
  • Grupo Ondas Capoeria Virginia

Don't forget to click on the links above (the linked businesses are in the Annandale Patch directory) and rate the business on their Patch directory listing. You can even leave a review. Tell us why it's your favorite: Outstanding results, friendly atmosphere, easy parking, reasonable prices, great with kids? Let other readers know the inside scoop.

What will the winner get? Bragging rights! They'll be able to tell everyone they were voted a "Annandale Patch Readers' Choice." 

The Patch editor will determine the winner, based on comments and reviews.

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Annandale business owners: Chances are, you already have a business listing on Patch. Learn how to claim your business listing. Can't find your listing? Email Jake at: jake.vanwoerkom@patch.com to let him know.

Debra March 05, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Master Ums Martial Arts is great also. Both of our boys went there. Master UM is located in the Barcroft Shopping Center on Columbia Pike. Master Um always supports our PTA at Weyanoke Elementary School for our PTA events. He is a great man. He has a wonderful program. He also has summer activities for boys,girls and their parents. Love and Peace, Debra Johnson
CD March 05, 2012 at 03:30 PM
YSL - Hapmudo is a wonderful experience. Master Lee is very community active and participates in the Annandale Parade, Bed Races & Annandale Fall Festival. In addition he will take his black belt team to other local events to perform. My son started there when he was three and is now five and has always loved it. Master Lee and his staff just has a way with the kids. He is able to bring kids out of their shell and get them involved. Throughout the year he also has special event for the Hapmudo family, Spring Picnic, Easter Egg Hunts, Christmas Dessert Social and Dance Party. He also has an after school program and camps during Summer Breaks, Spring Break and Winter Break. There are so many options for the kids and adults and it has a family feel.
Chrissy March 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM
There is no Springfield Patch (is there? I can't find it), but we drive from Annandale to Kim's Karate in the Springfield Mall for tae kwon do. They are wonderful: the instructors are so patient with the kids, but they make them work and show respect. The kids do work hard for their belts, and none of them mind the challenge. It's a great program.
Sherell Williams (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hey Chrissy, thanks for your comment. We don't have a Springfield Patch, but I occasionally post Springfield-related content here. The Burke, Kingstowne, and Lorton sites do sometimes as well. Thank you for your suggest of Kim's Karate!
Pam Dores March 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
We use to go to Kim's Karate when our son was young. He became a second degree black belt and worked really hard for it. He met many great people there that he still keeps in touch with. He use to help out during the spring, summer and winter camps. Kim's offers other programs like Jujitsu , Tai kick and cardio Kickboxing . The instructors are all great!
John Doe March 06, 2012 at 05:58 PM
YSL Studios is a great school for whatever you need. They have a real and wide background in martial arts that hasn't been diluted. There is a wide age range of students and programs that fit your needs. The owners are extremely nice, friendly, accommodating, and knowledgable. The instructors are humble and professional. Overall I find them to be a great starter to anyone who is interested in the martial arts!
Cassandra Oakes March 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
WHEN MY HUSBAND DEPLOYED TO IRAQ, YSL HAPMUDO OWNERS, MASTER LEE AND MRS. RAEDER, WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO SUPPORT ME AND MY TWO GIRLS...I DON'T THINK I COULD HAVE MADE IT THROUGH THOSE 6 MONTHS WITHOUT THEM. CANNOT SAY ENOUGH! Hands Down, YSL Studios is the best community resource for martial arts, fitness, and family activity. After school program is phenomenal and is focused on teaching respect, integrity and discipline in a fun and loving environment. Owners, Master Lee and Mrs. Raeder are 100% invested in the relationship and experience of students, kids and parents.
Derek Roach March 06, 2012 at 07:22 PM
YSL Hapmudo Studios Is an awesome mMartial Arts Academy! They have an excellent afterschool program that picks up your child from school and takes them to the studio. There they are expertly instructed in Martial Arts and in the separate afterschool building the also reinforce thier academic studies. I love the family atmosphere, so much so that when we had to move it was mandatory that we had to be close enough for my daughter to continue her Martial Arts journey under the guidance of Master Lee and his exceptional instructors!
MA March 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
YSL Hapmudo Studios all the way! I've been involved in their program for about 7 years and counting! Master Lee and Mrs. Raeder are phenomenal! Hapmudo is no longer somewhere i go to twice a week, but it's a 2nd home! We're all one big family! From the parties and events, to the After school program. I don't know how they do it!
RL March 07, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Lee's Hapmudo has been a very positive experience for our daughter. The school has built her self confidence and enhanced her focus, listening skill, and positive demeanor. It is a family and community-oriented environment where students are taught first and foremost the core values --- respect, obedience, and discipline. Our daughter is not only enjoying the different martial arts techniques she's learning, she is also enjoying the camaraderie she has developed and were encouraged by her Master, with her peers and other students in the different belt level. It's been a pleasurable experience for us.
MT March 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM
YSL Hapmudo is our second home. I am sure other martial arts schools are just as good but there is something extra special about YSL. From the way they approach and teach respect, integrity, discipline, commitment, patience and core values to the students. Master Lee and Mrs. Raider are some of the most hardworking and humble people I have run across in my 25 years of doing business. They are truly good people and they lead only by examples from the way they engage with their students, families and the community they served. It took us a few years to locate the right institution for our children but with certainty we are now HOME. Our three children are enrolling at YSL and excelling both in and out of school activities. Our goal for our children is to have them mature into well balanced adulthood by following the footsteps of YSL's core values and teachings. All in all, we are thoroughly happy and proud to be a part of the YSL family.
Wokon Watur March 08, 2012 at 03:05 AM
YSL Hapmudo has provided a positive environment for our active 6 year old. We joined the family last August and have had no regrets. The Studio participates in community events such as the Annandale Fall Festival, fundraisers for special causes, as well as throws parties for the students to celebrate the seasons at either at the after school care facility or the studio. Whether it be Halloween, Christmas, or Easter Master Lee, Ms. Raeder, and their staff reward the children for working so hard with great fun. The Studio is not just for the kids either. My husband and I have met other wonder parents that share the same supportive drive to make our children better individuals as we do. Being a part of this family has been a wonderful experience.
Emily Riedel March 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Andrew Gause's is truly top notch! Great, caring instructors and wonderful admin staff too. I have three children in the program and really feel like it is worth the price for such a wonderful experience.
Gina March 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Andrew Gause's Martial Arts has been a great place for our two children to learn Tae Kwan Do in the after school care program and during the summer camp. Our son has earned this black belt and our daughter is currently a brown belt. The staff is wonderful and caring. I can't say enough about them.
Ksmith March 09, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I wish that Top Kick Martial Arts in Kings Park shopping center could be included. Their instructors work so hard to motivate the kids and do an amazing job. The staff is so friendly, helpful, and goes above and beyond to ensure my daughter's experience is personalized. The special camps during teacher work days, school holidays, and events like movie night have been life savers for our busy family. Top Kick got my shy daughter to come out of her shell. Masters Kim and Ko have helped her become 100% more confident and disciplined. master Park is dedicated to making every family feel welcome. We LOVE Top Kick Kings Park!
J Hecton March 09, 2012 at 11:36 AM
"We really enjoy the Yong Sung Lee Hapmudo studio. Hapmudo teaches the children self-discipline and great life values. Especially unique to this studio is that everyone in the staff is very professional and friendly. The instructors are always patient and encouraging with the children! My son has been going for two years and Hapmudo has helped him mature. They also offer the best birthday parties ever: extremely fun, the kids are totally engaged, they provide everything and parents just get to watch, relax and enjoy! Master Lee, Miss Vicky and all the instructors are awesome. They really know what kids love to do for fun!"

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