Dear Sensei and Staff,
I wanted to write to you about the wonderful progress that our son, Tristan, has made over the past year. It all started when his school classmate recommended that he come to an open house to try some Karate classes at your dojo. I’ll have to tell you that we were very reluctant to bring Tristan because in the past he had been enrolled for Karate classes at a local community centre and it was a complete disaster. However since Tristan was willing we agreed.
We were totally amazed that, from the minute he entered the dojo and lined up with the other students and started to recite the “ Student Creed”, he was actually focussing and listening to the instructor and managed to follow along for the whole class. We were delighted; we told Tristan that he could come back for a second class and he agreed. Again he seemed to enjoy the class and follow instruction. We asked him if he thought he would like to join up and he kept saying, “ I’ll think about it”. We didn’t want to force him into something that he didn’t want to do but we could see the obvious benefits your teaching could offer him.
Finally after the 4th class Tristan announced that he wanted to join. Although Tristan immediately liked what he was hearing and on many occasions says that he wants to become a Sensei like yourself, we still had our doubts he would last more than 2 weeks. However, we signed him up hoping that the classes would teach him some discipline, how to focus and maybe make a friend or two.
Today, Tristan has exceeded all our expectations and is currently in the process of practising for his red stripe test to obtain his GREEN belt (and we didn’t even think he’d get to through the first white belt level!)
At home he has become more compliant and will help with chores when asked the first time and sometimes even without reminders! Bur the best part is that Tristan still says he wants to keep coming to Karate class and now we no longer see that black belt goal for Tristan as impossibility, but rather a probable reality.
Thank you Sensei and staff for allowing my son to participate and excel, despite his many challenges. We are truly grateful. To those who have any doubt, we would recommend Canada’s Best Karate in an instant, as your organization truly lives up to its name.
– Mr. and Mrs. Latocha, parents