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biological I am so pleased you have a program like yours. It is so valuable to teach kids to listen, follow
directions and be respectful. This is perfect!
Sensei Sal has such a caring, giving heart. He dedicates himself and his energies to the children in his dojo
as well as community organizations he knows affect the children. Within the dojo, there is A LOT of activity at
all times. Sometimes, it looks overwhelming, but Sal notices things about each individual that you can't
imagine. He teaches to each person's strengths and needs. He talks to the students about discipline and
tradition, tying in to something that's happened in class or comparing life situations with beliefs of various
cultures. He focuses on bringing out leadership skills in each student by asking that they help other
students with movements and technique. I have seen a great deal of growth in my own son as well as other
students during the almost two years that we have known Sal. I am very grateful for the understanding and
care he has shown in working with my son.
D Evans Writes ..... May
Thank you so much for providing Matthew with extra help during class today. I'm always so impressed with
how the adult students and older kids are so willing to show Matthew what to do. It's wonderful that he
has that experience. I hope that he will be able to return the favor to others as he gets older and gains more
skills. Thanks again
K Sanchez writes…….
This last year of Karate has been important to me and I appreciate Sal for giving me this opportunity
to take Karate. I have ADD, and ADHD with my mom being a nurse and her understanding of my disability
we've tried to follow my pediatrician's recommended treatment for my ADD . My Mom grew concerned with
the mood swings, my weight loss, and my lack of appetite, along with the fear that I would rely on
drugs rather than learning to control my own actions. I wanted to be like the other kids. I was made fun of
at times because I took medication. So, my Mom and I decided to work really hard at, "centering myself" and
disciplining myself to stay focused without medications. To treat my ADD without the help of drugs. First, I
have made better choices with snacks and meals, and started running when I needed to, to help with the
extra energy at recess time. We had a conference with my teacher to let her know I would not be on the
medication anymore for treatment, and we came up with a plan to help motivate me, and give me
consciences for good or bad behavior. I wanted to learn Karate and my mom said I would not be able to go
to Karate if my grades were bad or my behavior was disruptive. I had to stay on task, complete daily
assignments, and keep my grades up at school, along with behaving in class and not talking and running
around or interrupting others. I would have to miss Karate if my teacher sent a note home that I was
disruptive or falling behind. I never missed a Monday or Wednesday Karate due to bad behavior or bad
grades. My grades went up and for the first time I got excellent behavior marks and citizenship awards. I
decided not to do soccer and concentrate only on Karate. There were many times I wanted to play and goof
off with my friends after school and at home, but I kept my commitment to Karate and myself to learn to
control myself without the aid of medications. I am thankful for the Karate and the time that you Sal, and the
other parents have given to our family and me…Kaylee, "I want to be a black belt someday…"
Chloe wanted to add to this email about what Karate means to her … She wants to teach other kids some
day to be a leader like Sal, and she learned that there are consciences for not being good. Even though she
has asthma she still works her hardest. Thanks again…..