My husband and I checked out a number of different martial arts schools, but majority of them reminded me too much of the commercialized “cage-fighting” or UFC, and that is not what we want for our kids. My husband was adamant about looking into Folsom Martial Arts Center because we were referred to Folsom Martial Arts Center by one of my husband’s patients. The first thing that we immediately liked about Master Jason is how he teaches his students about the importance of having a successful education.
I really like how Master Jason took the time to meet with my husband and I so that we could discuss, as a family, the benefits and goals that we wanted our kids to gain through martial arts. Our meeting with Master Jason made me realize that he is unlike other instructors and this is not just like any other school. I like that he’s not just interested in taking our money – I know that I can go to any school down the street, and they’ll put my kids in class, but they won’t take the time to really help my kids learn and grow both mentally and physically. Watching Master Jason teach class has shown me that he truly does care about honing his students’ minds and their martial arts skills.
What I found really appealing about Master Jason’s martial arts program is the way that he incorporates the mental strength and life-skills along with the physical, self-defense aspects of martial arts. I love how he combines the two and doesn’t just teach one over the other. Having Japanese ancestry, it was very important for my husband and I to find an instructor who emphasizes both the mental and physical aspects of martial arts. And when we met with Master Jason for the first time, we knew that we finally found the right place; he is really good with kids, and there’s a well-rounded balance between self defense, discipline, respect and responsibility.
Within a week of starting classes, my 6 yr old daughter, Madison, has adopted the “peacemaker” mantra. Prior to taking martial arts, Maddie was the aggressor in class, this isn’t something I’m proud of, but she was known as the bully. Since taking Master Jason’s classes, however, she has changed her old ways and is now a self-proclaimed peacemaker. A perfect example of this is when a girl in Maddie’s class jumped on her during naptime; now, Maddie is big for her age, and in the past she would have reacted to this girl jumping on her, but she didn't do anything this time. According to her teacher, Maddie is "less and less physical with other students."
My son, Lance, is also in Master Jason’s classes and he has told me that he likes Master Jason way better than his past instructor. When I asked him why he likes Master Jason more, he replied, “Master Jason is happier, nicer and kinder than my old instructor…”
Both of my kids are really taking the life-skills worksheets to heart, and they are learning the meaning of hard work and earning something versus just being given something without working for it. I love that Folsom Martial Arts Center is not like other schools that just give away belts without the kids earning them.
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