I attended the black belt testing for my grandson, Lucas Dunlap, last Saturday, June 23, 2012. I had to write to tell you what an incredible afternoon it was. As a "Grammy" I was very nervous for Lucas although he showed no signs of nerves himself. Once the testing began I was completely enthralled. Instructor Mary began with a great description of how the testing would proceed. There were so many students I really thought we were in for a long afternoon. When it was over, I didn't want it to end.
You have assembled the most amazing, confidence boosting, supporting group of instructors I have ever seen anywhere, in any setting. They were so encouraging with all of the students and helped ease any nerves or anxiety they had. It was so exciting to watch ALL of the students, not just my grandson. The sense of support and of family among the boys and girls was truly amazing.
It has been a terrific experience for my grandson. He has had confidence problems in the past. He really isn't into sports and all of the many boys his age in his neighborhood are all into one sport or another and mostly on teams together. Your school has given a real sense of what it is to belong to a team or family outside of home. I am so proud of him.
I just wanted to let you know that you are doing a terrific job, as well as ALL of your instructors. You really do make a difference in the lives of many young people and their families. Keep up the great work!