I joined the school after watching my sons participate in the training at the dojo. I saw them learn defense techniques, fitness and most importantly, respect, discipline and the ability to work with others in a non-threatening environment. As a parent, that is what I wanted for my children and what I decided I wanted for myself. I am now a brown belt and I am so proud to say that this is my dojo. There is a sense of family here and everyone works together to help each other. The senseis are respectful, eager to teach and help , and very knowledgeable . They are patient and know how to work with children as well as the adult student. Physical limitations are taken into account and worked with . As a woman, I feel that it is important to know how to defend and protect myself. Sensei feels that way too and has classes on self defense and protection. I have gained confidence, physical and emotional strength, and eagerly looked forward to going to class and learning more each day. Karate is not just kicks and punches. It is an art that develops your mind as well as your body. Sensei cultivates this atmosphere at the dojo. I am a better person because of my karate training and I carry the lessons of hard work, respect,discipline and perseverance with me in my life outside the dojo. Sensei Arango is an accomplished martial artist in many areas and yet he sees himself as a teacher first . This philosophy of being a teacher first is instilled in every sensei at the dojo. That is why I feel the school is so successful and why I love to train and be a part of this school.