September 19, 2017 Physical Health & Fitness

Tony & Sonia Cipressi

Hello Sensei Scott,

We just wanted to write to let you know that since our daughter, Alisa, has started Karate, we have seen improvements in her.

When Alisa began Karate, we had two main objectives in mind for her. The first one being physical fitness/weight control. Alisa has had issues pertaining to her “bad knees”. She would frequently collapse because her knees would just give out on her in the middle of running or playing. The second objective was self confidence. Alisa has tried playing soccer and skating and simply did not seem to enjoy them at all. When she asked us if she could learn karate, we were pleased and eager to sign her up.

She is always ready for class and does not put up a fuss to attend. She really enjoys Karate, and we have seen the benefits from it. Her thigh muscles are strengthening, relieving the pressure on her knees. Her knees do not seem to bother her nearly half as much.

Having an extra-curricular activity different from those of her siblings, I think, makes it that much more special to her. Alisa seems more confident and happier. She is improving with her responsibilities at school and at home.

She is so very excited to have joined the “Black Belt Club” and I have never seen her so determined to achieve something like that she is to achieve her Black Belt.

We are very proud of her and her accomplishments thus far, more importantly, she is very proud of herself.


– Tony & Sonia Cipressi, parents