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"I live life in freedom now knowing that my son can take responsibility, carry it out in sequential order, give commands where needed, ask for assistance to whom needed and accomplish/finish tasks with grace and poise. He could leave home now. My job is done.
It is like he has embodied the whole concept of the teachings of Martial Arts.
I love living with this child. I have never been able to say that before now because of the stress. He has direction and something to achieve."
"It NEVER ceases to amaze me, the level of noise and silliness in the LD class and YOUR level of kindness and patience.
Those kids are so lucky to have a teacher, mentor and exemplar of discipline, confidence, attention, strength (physical but also character), fairness and a teacher who includes each member equally during (before and after) class.
I know these lessons will sit in that part of the developing brain, building conscious pathways of courage and self esteem, for the rest of those kids’ lives - whether they continue to black belt or not.
Your gentle kindness with the new boy was also a standout. You were very sweet actually and offered him security and enabled him to have a really nice experience. Looked to me like he enjoyed himself.
I know you’re aware that you’re a great teacher, (that goes for every level of skill on that mat and includes all kinds of people and all ages and ability), but you’re also a good sport and a stable influence.
I just wanted you to know that we notice all those things about you and your classes too. We, the carers, might seem uninvolved, unengaged and ungrateful - it’s not true. We bring our kids back every week - so it goes without saying that we love it too.
Thanks Renshi for another year of your effort and input. Always appreciated.
From a grateful ‘parent’ and a big fan.
I don’t know how you do it. Super human effort to do this with so much joy every day."
"Our son held his 5th birthday party at SOFMA and had a fantastic time. Everything was extremely well organised with the space set up when we arrived. All the children were entertained for the entire party, allowing the parents to relax. We can’t thank you enough for putting a big smile on everyone’s faces."
"With the help of Renshi and SOFMA, our son had a wonderful 5th birthday with 15 friends. Renshi and the SOFMA team kept all the kids busy and engaged for the whole party, culminating with our son cutting his cake with a real samurai sword (under supervision of Renshi). The organisation of the party was well managed by SOFMA and took the pressure off us parents, which allowed us to enjoy watching our son enjoy his party. Thanks Renshi and SOFMA!"
-Matt & Lauren