Time... how to best spend mine and my children's. It's an age old deliberation, but it lead me to find the 'time' to share my experience at Keiko Shin Karate Academy.
I always admired the balance, control, and discipline of martial arts. The problem was finding someone/somewhere that earned my confidence enough to leave my impressionable 'Angels'.After a year of asking around, and visiting the many karate studios around Tampa Bay, my pediatrician was the one who recommended Keiko Shin Karate Academy. As a father of two, he said Sensei Ernesto and family has "done wonders" for his girls. He told me the 30 minute drive (from Carrollwood) would be well worth my time. My pediatrician was SO right!
I am extremely pleased with the changes I've seen in my boys, thanks to Keiko Shin. I'm not only referring to the physical strength, agility, and body control, but more importantly the mental strength: heightened awareness of ones' surroundings, extended concentration, and a heart-felt determination to achieve. All while keeping goodness and kindness in the forefront of their minds.
For example, this past weekend our Karate Academy entered a state competition. I've become accustomed to the (extremely) high success rate of our academy at competitions, but what made me stop to write this was the email we all received yesterday from Sensei. Our Sensei did not email us to discuss our great performance, but rather to highlight a Keiko Shin student's kindness towards a competitor from another academy. Sensei's entire email focused on praising this child for his wonderful display of humanity, and reminding our members (and their parents) about the importance of showing kindness to others. Again, I have been reminded why I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization....
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