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September 19, 2017 Bullying and Self Defence

The Greco Family

To: Canada’s Best Karate

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Sensei Scott Bullard and the fabulous instructors and staff at Canada’s Best Karate for instilling a sense of confidence, responsibility and self-discipline in my two sons Leo (age 6) and Adriano (age 5).

Since starting in the Novice Program at Canada’s Best Karate and currently in the Junior Karate Program, I have noticed a positive difference in both my boys with respect to their confidence level and self-discipline. Both boys truly enjoy going to karate twice a week and participating in the special dojo functions that are offered during the year. As well, the extra incentive of earning responsibility stars each month helps keep the boys motivated to do well both in school and at home.

As a mother and a teacher I am happy to know that while learning karate, my sons are also learning real life skills with regards to handling difficult situations and how to defend themselves if the need arises. Just the other day my oldest son Leo told me of a situation that occurred in the school yard. An older boy was trying to hurt him during recess and without a second thought Leo used his blocking techniques that he had learned in karate class to defend himself. Leo was so proud that he was able to handle the situation and escape without injury. It is because of these instances that I am so grateful to Sensei Scott and the entire staff at Canada’s Best Karate for helping my boys on their journey towards becoming responsible young adults.


– The Greco Family

September 19, 2017 Bullying and Self Defence

Anne & Wayne Burgess

Dear Sensei,

I wanted to share with you an amazing story within our family over the last 8 months. Last year we moved into Maple from downtown Toronto and our six year old son Tyler has a very difficult time adjusting to the change and experienced bullying for the first time in his life.

Over the next few months he became extremely aggressive and his self-esteem had dropped significantly. In almost every sport or activity we signed him up for, his poor behaviour and aggression ended him up in hot water. We didn’t know what to do to help him improved his behaviour, self-esteem and self control.

At that same time this past November, Tyler asked us to sign him up for Karate and after some apprehension we registered him at Canada’s Best Karate. From the moment he walked into the Dojo, Tyler as been a changed boy. He is much happier and has matured greatly. He handles difficult situations with much more maturity and his self-esteem has risen ten fold. His social skills have improved and when we call him down to go to Karate, he drops whatever he is doing and comes bounding down the stairs with a big smile on his face.

Now, like any child, he still has things to work on, but the positive changes in Tyler have occurred in a big part due to Canada’s Best Karate’s goal oriented Karate program and positive environment.

For two parents who had serious apprehensions about putting our son into a program that we though would foster aggression it in fact has taught Tyler self control and discipline and given him life tools to positively improve his interactions with others.

Thank you,

– Anne & Wayne Burgess, parents

September 19, 2017 Bullying and Self Defence

Alessandra Viola


This week, at school, we had a speaker come to lecture us about bullying. This got me thinking as to the reason as to why I began my karate training.

I was in the fifth grade when I had my first bullying experience. I was friends with two girls in my grade and both were close to me. They were both in a fight with one another and I observed that one of them was bullying the other. Making this observation, I stepped in between the two of them, facing the one bullying the other and advised her to stop. As you could imagine, no one had the guts to do what I had done. Little did I know that being a potential hero for one person, led me to be the victim of another.

For approximately a year I had to withstand being a victim of bullying. I would make the attempt to stay away from the one who used to be my “friend,” as she had become the bully. I withstood a year of taunting and fear. That is, until, another friend of mine told me about a new karate place opening up, “Canada’s Best Karate.”

I attended karate classes twice a week. After a while at training, I began to notice a change. A change in self-confidence and my abilities. I quit hiding from the taunting and the final time I was bullied was because I opened my mouth at home. For a while I hid from my family the fact that I was a victim of bullying. My mother, the terrific person she is, settled the “score.”

It was only after that I had regained my freedom that my school grades, which were declining, had begun to increase. I was able to concentrate more on my studies, and less about if I could remain emotionally stable.

I just wanted to thank you for aiding me in my self-confidence and aiding me in recognizing my abilities. I am currently in the 11th grade and still striving for excellence, just as karate has taught me to. With the help of my father and my karate training, I have finally realized what I would like to do with my life. I plan to continue with my education and my goal is to become a surgeon (preferably a heart surgeon).

Thank you once again and I look forward to all of the hard work it will take to achieve my Black Belt.


– Alessandra Viola, student