Dear Sensei Grant
We enrolled Matt in Karate in the hope it would meet many needs. These included; improving his physical fitness and co-ordination, brain gym to help with his learning difficulties and the lack of confidence arising from these and as an opportunity to socialise outside the classroom.
We are delighted and want to share with you the great improvements Matt has achieved after just six months of training with Shotokan Karate. The difference in his report card at the end of the semester two was astounding. His teachers commented on his better focus and organisational skills. The sports teacher noticed and 80% improvement in aerobic fitness. His curriculum support teacher noted a rapid and marked improvement in his handwriting. Socially he was able to work co-operatively.
Previously Matt was often anxious and awkward, so as parents, to see him develop confidence and resilience is just a dream come true. The benefits have been so transparent that Karate is not negotiable, as we believe it will continue to enable Matt to reach his best potential.
We would recommend karate training to the parents of any child struggling with attention, learning and confidence problems. At worst the child will be fitter and make a few new friends.
Our thanks to Sensei Linda, Giles, and yourself for the positive and enthusiastic way the training and mentoring is delivered and the benefits we have seen for Matt.
JOHN AND CHRISTINE
Doctors (Last name withheld for privacy)
My daughter, Jessica (14), started Karate with you at your Doubleview Club premises at the beginning of this year. Up until now she has had few real interests / hobbies in life. She has only a few good friends yet prefers to laze around the house.
She was doing Piano lessens but obviously hated the teacher etc, etc.. so I made a deal with her and said that if she agreed to go to Karate she could give up Piano. She agreed willingly and we started Karate after a long discussion with yourself in January this year.
I am so proud of Jessica as she has put everything into it. I have purposefully stayed supportive but in the background as I wanted to see how this new interest was going to unfold. It has got to the stage that she calls me at 4:30pm at work to make sure that I will be home in time to take her to Karate at 6:00pm!!
She is truly a different Girl. She is more focussed and disciplined and seems to have much more drive. she still forgets to make her bed occasionally but I guess that is normal. I even asked her if I should not watch the lessons as I was afraid that it may be cramping her style. To my utter amazement she said no she likes it when we are present. She would never have said this a year ago.
Jessica’s general attitude is so much better and she seems to be “coming out of her shell” with this new found confidence.
I can truly recommend Karate as a sport as it is truly one of the only sports where you can learn a life skill as an individual yet partake as a team member and your progress is measured regularly at every grading. This instils confidence whilst mapping progress. Fantastic!
This is just a short thank you and your team for helping to give Jessica purpose and discipline in life. She is thriving on it. You said it would be good for her before she signed – and wow what a difference!
Please use whatever you want from this letter as a testimonial but I humbly as if you leave Jessica’s name out in case it embarrasses her. It shouldn’t, but I’m sure you know how unpredictable teenagers can be.
Thank you again to you and your team for all the effort that you have put in.
Very Happy Dad.
Sensei Grant and Sheela,
Valmiki and Witrae
Grant and Sheela run great karate classes. It’s professional with a high level of skill taught, but it has a real family atmosphere.
Our daughter has made friends, built confidence and learnt so much!