"I have been training with Greg for 3 years now and I'm still learning and improving through every class. Before I started this I had already been practicing Aikido for about 6 years but I was having difficulty improving my technique. I would take a class but have trouble processing what I was doing wrong and how to correct it and thus I wasn't improving.
I noticed an immediate difference when I started training with Greg. He always makes sure to explain everything step by step and walks me through it so I actually learn and execute the move properly instead of doing something that looks okay but is ultimately wrong or ineffective.
He is very kind and always values my opinion on what I want to learn or what I want to practice more on. Greg also places an emphasis on how to perform techniques in real life scenarios and being efficient in the movements so that I am actually learning something I could really use to defend myself instead of just a flashy party trick.
Training with Greg I am confident of my ability to put my training to good use. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning Aikido or improving their Aikido."
David Kenet, New York, NY
"Gregory is an excellent instructor, working with individuals of all ages and physical types with instruction tailored to each individual's abilities. His mastery of the craft is amazing and he successfully conveys his enthusiasm to his students."
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, Creative
P. Hardy, New York, NY
"I have always respected the philosophy of self-defense by turning an opponents negative energy against them. This is a useful concept in the struggles of daily life and I have always wanted to develop those skills. Since I began taking Greg Soon's Aikido classes, I feel I am on the right path. The skills that Greg can teach will be invaluable in developing a centered approach to life. To be able to fall down and get up again is not only a good workout in itself, but a good analog to life's challenges and living a productive life. I highly recommend Greg's class. He is an extremely knowledgeable and centered teacher that has allowed me to refine and test my abilities both physically and spiritually."
L. Saffioti, Kew Gardens, NY
"Greg is a great martial arts teacher. I really enjoy training with him. He is patient, easygoing and has a good sense of humor; but he's also specific with his instruction and serious in his aims. Taking his classes has definitely been worth my time because he teaches practical techniques of self-defense, drawing from a variety of martial arts, focusing on techniques that will actually help a person defend themselves on the street rather than spending time on antiquated traditional styles. At the same time, he integrates this with a lightly held, but deeply felt, spiritual understanding of how to use energy and intention, which has helped me to discover that I am much more powerful than I had realized before."
S. O'Conner, Inwood, NY