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Three Rivers Aikido
Martial Arts School
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7700 Clayton Ln Ct #320 Clayton, MO 63105
7700 Clayton Lane Court #320USMissouriClayton63105
Martial Arts School, Yoga Studio
Largest Martial Arts School in St. Louis under the direction of Sensei Elliot Freeman, senior student of Master Steven Seagal. Aikido, Aiki-Kids, Tai-Chi, Yoga, Meditation, Sword (Ken-Jitsu).
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"I was told that they only offer Tai Chi classes on Saturdays from 12.30-1.30pm."
"I had the opportunity to train with Steven Seagal last summer!"
"Three Rivers truly is a family environment."
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Chris Crecelius
3 weeks ago
Sensei is a great teacher and very nice person. Our issues revolve around billing. Similar to most gyms and martial arts facilities, Three Rivers doesn't manage it's own billing so they are completely out of the loop in that regard. In our case, even after following through with all of the proper procedures to cancel the account which requires written, mailed notice (something leveraging technology from this century would be nice though) to terminate our contract after 1 year, we have continued to get billed monthly for the following 5 months. Sensei directed us to the billing company who could not locate our account even though they directly debit $140 from our account every month. The recommendation from the billing company representative was to either stop payment from our bank or take legal action (both incurring additional fees on our side). It's been a complete cluster and no one cares to take any accountability for the fact that we have over paid $700 dollars for services after having canceled the membership. No level of teaching or polite personality can overcome the horrible experience this has turned into for us.
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A Google User
3 years ago
I had a really bad experience here.  They are extremely unprofessional and have no consideration for people's time!  Even if they offer a Groupon or another deal, do NOT buy it.  You will regret it, just like I did. I had a Groupon for a block of Tai Chi classes, and called a few days ahead to find out their schedule.  I was told that they only offer Tai Chi classes on Saturdays from 12.30-1.30pm.  So I clear out my Saturday schedule so I can attend this class (which is smack in the middle of the day!), only to find an empty studio.  I found an instructor there who told me that there was no class that day because the Tai Chi instructor was out of town.  There was nothing on their website about the cancellation, and nobody picked up the phone when I called earlier in the day, so I had no way to find this out ahead of time.  So I had wasted my Saturday afternoon for nothing!  On top of this, the Tai Chi instructor didnt seem to care that he disappointed a new customer and didnt even offer a make-up class or anything.  Clearly, they don't welcome new people to their , and I am just going to waste my Groupon because I do NOT want to do business with such an unreliable place.  Don't waste your time here!
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A Google User
6 years ago
My family and I first went to Three Rivers because my son was interested in studying martial arts. At other dojos we visited, they let us watch, but only Sensei Freeman at Three Rivers as interested demonstrating what my son would learn, and it sold me! He encouraged me to "come at him," and the next thing I knew I was on my knees, facing the other direction, pinned by one finger! I sat on the sidelines for two months watching my son until I got involved. I have been training for over three years now, and I have enjoyed it so much that I am teaching a kids class. Three Rivers truly is a family environment. In addition, my coworkers have witnessed my increased confidence and competence in my handling of violent and potentially violent situations. I had the opportunity to train with Steven Seagal last summer! If you have seen aikido and did not think it "street worthy, " I suggest you check out Steven Seagal on YouTube. That is Sensei Freemans aikido!
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A Google User
7 years ago
My son joined for a semester and they just keep billing him...for years. Nobody informed him that there was an automatic renewal and if he didn't send a written notice, they would gladly bill him even though he never used the facility after his "class" was over. My son even sent a registered letter saying to cease and desist, but they did not accept it at the facility. We are following up with the BBB and states attorney. How someone can say they "serve" the community and rip off a college student on a fixed income, is beyond me!
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Kevin Akridge
4 years ago
Having four daughters, I want them to know themselves, respect themselves and protect themselves. My oldest started in third grade and has trained for almost four years. The training is mental and physical which helps concentration and stamina. Though Aikido appears defensive, an advanced student can dictate the altercation and its result. Of course I feel proud when my daughter can fend off three attackers, but what I cherish more is the peace of mind I get knowing that she can avoid a situation and, if needed, control it.
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A Google User
4 years ago
This is a great dojo. I have trained in a two other Aikido dojos of different styles for a number of years and I am beginning to prefer this school above the other two. Because Aikido is a "soft" martial art, its nuanced approach to combat can easily degrade into useless, choreographed mock-fighting and unfortunately has in many dojos. However, this is refreshingly not the case with this school. This style is based on techniques that will be effective both in the dojo and "on the street." Also, the sensei is quick to stop students immediately whenever he sees a mistake or that they are simply going through the motions. Believe me when I say he has a keen eye for what needs to be improved, I have not been here long and he has already identified the things I know I need to work on. This style of in-the-moment corrections and his habit of asking students questions randomly goes a long way to prevent one from hiding in class or phoning it in. I have found that I have had to stay more focused and self-aware during the training process in this dojo than in any other I have trained. Sensei’s instructional style can be a little gruff at times, but I personally believe in more old-world style of instruction in which sensei is not afraid to hurt your feelings if it means getting you to learn something. And he certainly does not go as far as some; I trained with a wushu instructor who has broken students’ ribs in order to prove a point. However, tough as it can be, I do not believe anything more than pride will ever receive deliberate injury at this dojo. The only thing that you may not find to be positive is that there is talking in this dojo. There are occasional sessions in which sensei waxes philosophical. However, it has never reached the level of pontification and is often brief and apropos to the techniques being worked on. I have even found some of these talks have opened me up to new perspectives on the art. Ultimately I admit this is a minor and biased critique, as I am currently on the other extreme and prefer as little talking as possible during training. All in all, what comes through the most is the dojo’s commitment to your improvement, from both the other students and the sensei. More than once a senior student has generously foregone working on the technique themselves in order to help me improve my form, then demonstrated true excitement when progress was made. There is a deep desire to develop and discover real aikido here.
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A Google User
3 years ago
For those looking for a community deeply committed to all aspects of martial arts studies, you will find no place better. There is a place for every level of training here, from the "weekend warior" to the serious practitioner. Of course, as with anything in life, you get out what you put in and this dojo has wonderful teachers to guide you and plenty of classes to do it in.
A Google User
4 years ago
Been looking at going here for quite a while my only question is how much does it cost?