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Testimonials

Dear Sensei James and Sensei Jaimie,
"My husband and I sought to find an activity that would help our children develop better focus, discipline and sense of accomplishment after hard work. Karate seemed a natural fit.
We looked around at and tried the introductory class at different schools. Although all schools make similar claims, (discipline, self defense, etc.), none of the other schools “felt right”. Then my husband found you guys and signed my kids up. We couldn’t be any happier!
Justin’s teacher recently spoke with me and said that she saw a very big improvement in his focusing skills and that he also was dealing with his frustrations in a more positive manner. While taking his last test she was about to reprimand him for talking when she realized that he was muttering “Focus, Focus” under his breath.
His Dad and I don’t use that terminology and neither does his teacher.
I realized after a few seconds that I hear Sensei James tell the kids to “Focus, focus”. The respect, high expectations and caring that each of you shows the children compels them to succeed in your classes. Luckily, this also affects other areas outside of the Dojo. How do we begin to thank you?"
Susan Este, Mother of 2 Kokoro Karate & Fitness Center students

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"Karate has helped me in numerous ways and situations. Every time I practice at the dojo, I learn something new not only about karate but about life. Karate has provided me with many daily life skills not only for myself but for many of my friends at the dojo. I was recently in a situation in which I needed to defend myself. I was able to protect myself and keep my valuables. I thank my two Senseis' for everything that they have done for me, the dojo and all the other students."
Andrew Forde, 15 yrs old, Brown Belt Bishop Ford HS Student Scholarship Recipient

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"My son has been under the supervision of Sensei Jaimie and Sensei James Esopo at Kokoro Karate & Fitness Center in the neighborhood. Over the past four years, I've watched Andrew bloom to be grounded, disciplined, alert and a focused young man.
I believe this is a direct result of the education, skills and supervision offered to him by his karate instructors. The care and commitment offered at the Karate Center is outstanding and we are reaping the benefits through Andrew.
 Andrew speaks highly of his instructors and all who meet Andrew speak highly of him. Thanks to the team at Kokoro Karate & Fitness Center."
Norma Forde, Parent and Social Worker

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"Kickboxing has changed my life in many ways. It has helped me loose weight and get back my body back to the way it once was and I feel so good about myself, having four kids and a busy life.
You forget about yourself in your daily schedule, but kickboxing brought me back to me. Not only does it make me stronger on the outside, it has made me stronger on the inside as well.
I was very depressed and bored with myself and now this is part of my day and something I do for me and love it!!! Thank you James!!!!!!!"
Renee Jacobs
, student

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"These days it is rare to find a person who can relate in such a positive and enthusiastic manner such as Sensei James. One of the best things that I have done for my son was to simply walk through your door. As a result of your program my son has gained the self-esteem and confidence he was lacking.
Within just a couple of months he went from shy to running for a position in his school’s Student Council, campaigning and making speeches.
Your classes have given him a sense of strength as well as coordination, respect and responsibility. He looks forward to his lessons and is proud of his belt accomplishments. While having fun, he is building personal character and gaining physical and emotional development. For that I can’t thank you enough!"
Natalie Pellegrino
, parent

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"I was truly nervous about my 4 year old taking karate classes. He is tiny and shy but I knew he needed to learn to be confident. Sensei James is wonderful with students of all ages.
He makes them want to come back, but at the same time he teaches them how to listen and follow directions and most importantly how to respect each other. I feel that my child is learning the importance of doing his very best while acknowledging the accomplishments of others.
He is learning how to respond to disappointment and how to rise above it. It is a place where children are excited to go and the mind of a parent is at ease. I recommend Kokoro Karate & Fitness Center to all parents who want their children to grow in a strong community of learning."
Sacha Inglis, parent NYC Dept. of Ed.