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Dear Mr. Walker:
I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you are doing teaching Nathan. He enjoys his time there and is motivated to do better in school. Thank You once again.
"With time limited, we enjoy that we can spend time with our children and each other in an activity that we all can participate and enjoy. The Academy of Okinawan Karate has definitely become a part of our family."
Dear Shihan and Staff,
Please allow me this opportunity to thank you for all the instruction and encouragement that you have provided to my family and myself. The self esteem that my children have shown since their lessons began has increased greatly. I have even received complements from my son, Kyle's teacher on his change in behavior and his desire to do well since he began his Karate lessons. Karate has increased my sons' coordination and therefore has made their performance in other sporting activities improve. The time spent on talking to the children and the encouragement that you and your staff stresses defending the good person you are has shown my children that respect and kindness are a quality worth obtaining. My husband and I believe that the enrollment in the Academy has been a great investment for our children's future.
My husband and I enjoy working out together. With time limited, we enjoy that we can spend time with our children and each other in an activity that we all can participate and enjoy. The Academy of Okinawan Karate has definitely become a part of our family.
Thank you again for all that you do. We truly enjoy and benefit from you efforts.
"His lectures are right on target in terms of providing students -- both adults and kids-- with the basic ethics and values that are necessary to lead better lives."
I have been taking classes at the Academy of Okinawan Karate for about four months. I attend classes three times each week, and am disappointed when, on occasision, my schedule causes me to miss even one class. I've probably been most impressed with the Karate attitude Shihan tries to instill in all his students. His lectures are right on target in terms of providing students -- both adults and kids-- with the basic ethics and values that are necessary to lead better lives. The quality of instruction (both Shihan and the student instructors) is also outstanding; the instructors are knowledgeable, and they do an excellent job of conveying their knowledge and skill to the students. Shihan, as well and Kevin and Scott, and the other high ranking instructors, are always available to answer questions about Karate or the Academy.
I also like the fact that Karate is not only a good way to build self-defense skills, but a good workout as well! And while I've joined health clubs in the past, without fail my interest has dropped out after a few visits and I've ended up paying for a membership that I didn't use. I still look forward to coming to Karate class each week, however, and if anything, my interest in Karate has grown -- not diminished-- over time.
"After a few months I with you I noticed she was more focused on school and her grades started to go up, she was more respectful at home and she was in much, much better physical condition."
Dear Shihan (Mr. Walker),
I wanted to write and tell you how much my family has benefited and grown from being a part of the Academy of Okinowan Karate. When my oldest daughter voiced some interest in learning Karate I have to admit I was skeptical about the advantages of her learning martial arts asa well as all the values you spoke about teaching your students such as focus, discipline and respect to name a few. That skepticism was quickly replaced with a realization that you were not just teaching the students this sport but that you were giving mini-lectures on history, motivation, practical self defense, Asian culture, how to perform better in school, respecting your parents and teachers, etc.
Amazingly my daughter started to change in some interesting ways. She had always been intelligent but had a hard time focusing on her schoolwork so that her grades weren't what they should be. She also had a hard time with some respect issues and frankly I was worried that she was out of shape and overweight for her age. After a few months I with you I noticed she was more focused on school and her grades started to go up, she was more respectful at home and she was in much, much better physical condition. Her attitude about life was better as well. She was also very fired up about Karate, missing a class was not a happy event. Pretty soon my wife joined and she also had many positive effects from being in your domo. She became much more focused on her life goals and her physical conditioning is incredible. Now that I have joined I have learned how rewarding a sport Karate is and almost all my kids (four out of five, the fifth is in gymnastics) are in your Academy.
What I learned from watching you interact with your Karate students was not only were you a great master of the sport and art of several martial arts disciplines but that you are a very gifted and patient teacher. It is evident in you students, with the higher belts teaching the lower belts, that you have passed those values to them as well. Everyone at the Academy is kind , supportive, and helpful. I know that one of my concerns was the "corporate culture" of the dojo, were the higher ranks going to have an arrogant or condescending attitude toward the lower belts or be impatient with someone lik me (with two left feet and apparently no coordination)? That has never been an issue. Even the black belts are nothing but helpful and patient in teaching the novices on the basics. One of my daughters is mentally disabled and I was discreetly watching the black belt work with her for an hour. I can tell you he showed her an amazing amount of patience during that lesson. Thank you again for letting our family be a part of the Academy.
Thomas H. Devlin, DDS