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Read What Some of Our Students Are Saying:


1. "For me it is a miracle"

What has Karate done for me? In 1996, I began to have panic attacks. Then, depression followed. For years, I tried different medication with little or no success. I became an agoraphobic. I rarely left the house because of fear. In, the spring of 2002, I hit rock bottom. One of the worse things that could happen to an agoraphobic (such as myself) occurred. I became a victim of a terrible crime. Words, cannot express the desperate state of despair that I entered. I turned almost everywhere for help. I had noticed the Family Martial Arts Academy on several occasions, but I did not have the confidence to check it out. That is, until, spring 2005. I got the courage to stop in; of course, I brought my mother along for the sense of security. Sensei Shoen was kind, proper, and motivating. Hard for me to believe, but I joined with my two sons. Sensei has showed me how to trust again. It took some time, but with discipline of both body and mind, I overcame my despair. For me, it is a miracle. Once, again, I am a Leader, and involved in the community. Instead of looking down, I look ahead to the wonderful possibilities in life.  I work part time, take the boys to swimming, love to shop, joined the Cub Scouts as a Den Leader, drive at night, take my boys to the movies, or to eat at a restaurant, go to church, and especially, we go to Karate twice a week. These, were the impossible, just a short while back. I am telling my story in very few words, but it’s important to let others know how awesome Family Martial Arts Academy and Sensei Shoen have been for us. They taught my family and me, qualities that will last a lifetime. I am thankful.

Cindy Carrasco
Mother of Miguel (7) and Michael (11), Aurora

2. "I have felt both a sense of pride and humility"

In the short time I’ve been a member of the academy I have felt both a sense of pride and humility. Pride in being part of such a wonderful pursuit and humility by what I must learn. To date I have managed to apply most of the physical, mental, and emotional techniques that I’ve learned to my daily life. I pay more attention to my tasks. Thank you, Sir.


Aisha Ajayi
Kent State Professor, Kent

3. "I can see that hard work [in karate] helps me with life's challenges"

Karate helps me to be more focused, and concentrate in my school and Pastoral work. I can see that the hard work [in karate] helps me with life’s challenges, especially the challenge of being virtuous. My best day in Karate is graduation day – challenging, exerting, and fulfilling.

Father Mwaka
Local Priest at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Aurora

4. We love every bit of the Family Martial Arts Academy."

My two children have been with the academy now for a year they love every bit of it. They are ages 3 and 4 and are quite a handful. My son, the 4 year old, has show the best improvement thanks to Sensei Shoen and his staff. He is very hyper active and has a bit of a temper but is very intelligent. He takes extra patience and understanding. My daughter is naturally well behaved and even with her I have seen her confidence improve. She even says "Yes, Mom" at home when I ask her to do something. Sensei has helped our family in so many more ways than just karate. He has given our family support when we needed it and even went to the zoo with our family at a school event. My family looks forward to the wonderful things that Scott Shoen and the Aurora Family Martial Arts Academy have in store in the future.

Amber Wolff
Mother of Owen (4) & Savannah (3)

5. "I am now more confident in all areas of my life."

[Because of Karate] I am now more confident in all areas of my life. I am now physically fit. My best day in Karate was not too long ago. It was my Black Belt graduation. All of my friends were there! I did my presentation and it was a great success. One of my friends had his mouth open and actually said, “Andrew?”

Andrew Kondik
13 year old from Aurora

RAVE REVIEW

6. "Most of all it has given me a pursuit with my whole family."

[Karate] has strengthened me. It has given me a focus. It has given me self-discipline. Most of all it has given me a pursuit with my whole family. It is good to do this together. No, it’s awesome!

Janet Paratore
Mother of Brynn (12) & Fred (15), Aurora

RAVE REVIEW

7. "I am more respectful. I can make friends easier."

I listen to my Mom and Dad. I help do the dishes, and other chores. I’m more respectful. I can make friends easier.

Dante Leone
7 year old from Aurora

RAVE REVIEW

8. "Sometimes I feel like I don't want to do my homework. Self-control has helped me with that."

Sometimes I feel like I don’t want to do my homework. Self-control has helped me with that.

Adrienne Siow

13 year old from Aurora

9. "Karate has changed my life!"


Karate has changed my life by helping me with my respect, honor, and passion. I have made many new friends and I have passed lots of tests.

Miguel Carrasco
11 year old from Aurora

RAVE REVIEW

10. "[Karate] has made me more respectful."

[Karate] has made me more respectful. It’s fun. I am more confident.

Macenzie Starcher
7 year old from Aurora

RAVE REVIEW

11. "[Karate] has improved my attitude at home."

[Karate] has improved my attitude at home. [Karate] has helped me get better grades in school.

Andy Boyer
6 year old from Aurora

Comments from Parents and Students

12. "I have seen so much improvement in his confidence level as well as in his ability to deal with everyday situations."

Hello, my name is Tim Edwards and I am writing this letter on behalf of Family Martial Arts Academy and their staff. My now eleven-year-old son has been attending class at this facility for approximately three years. When he started, he was a little timid and lacking in self-confidence. Within this time, I have seen so much improvement in his confidence level as well as in his ability to deal with everyday situations. I credit this to the instructors and staff of Family Martial Arts. I would strongly and wholeheartedly recommend Family Martial Arts to all who are interested in helping their children learn valuable life lessons and self-defense.

God Bless,
Tim Edwards

Listen to what some School Teachers have to say about FMAA:

13. "I enjoyed seeing some students with difficulties rise to the occasion and shape up. I would definitely recommend this program".

I am Elisabeth Patterson and I teach Physical Education at a K through 5 school in a Cleveland suburb. My students had the experience of having Mr. Shoen and his staff, come to my school and introduce Karate. It was a great experience for my students, because not only was it absolutely fun and exercise, it also included a lot of character education. I enjoyed seeing some students with difficulties rise to the occasion and shape up. I would definitely recommend this program.

- Elisabeth Patterson

14. "They have learned and practiced goal setting…"

The lunchtime program taught by instructors from Family Martial Arts has provided our students with valuable life skills. They have learned and practiced goal setting, that applies not only to kicking and breaking a board, but also to doing homework and chores. I would highly recommend this program to students of all ages.

Sandy Noel Teacher Cleveland school district

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