I have been a karate ka or student of Renshi Michael Norvell since 1997 or since I was 12. I am now 27, and my resilience and mental constitution are a reflection of the years I have spent training with him and many of my old friends. The dojo, no matter where it was: eastgate, olive, pershing, etc., has always felt like a home to me. We lift each other up there constantly whenever it is needed and encourage a healthy, competitive environment for the children and adults. The amount of detail, culture, and physical conditioning that is introduced to the children students at as young as 5 years old, just increases as you grow in the style. Growing up as a kid on the north-side St. Louis, Mike got me off the streets at an important, developmental time in my life, and I don't know what kind of adult I would be without the guidance.