Feedback From Our Students and Parents
“He’s now almost straight A’s. …The turnaround’s just been incredible!”
“My oldest child, oldest son, Isaac, he was – at best – mostly C’s and an occasional B in school. He’s been doing this for about 90 days now. He’s now almost straight A’s. He’s got one B. The turnaround’s just been incredible. I’ve got 2 boys in Mile High Karate.
My other son, Ian, as well. At best, he was about C’s and one B. Now he’s all A’s except for one B. Seeing the difference in discipline, his goals, his drive, it’s just amazing. He’s a different son. He’s a different kid.
Ian, the same thing. His grades have come up. He’s just been doing great. They’ve been doing so well in school. Now they’ve got sheets that they come with and they’ve got homework to do. And they’ve got to help out mom and dad around the house. They get their chores done. It’s working great, and we’re very proud of them.
I’ve got another boy starting next year. So we’re pretty excited. I highly recommend Mile High Karate. My wife does home child care and we found out about this through one of the boys that’s already in the school, and a black belt. So we decided that we needed to get our guys involved. So we went ahead and checked into it. They’re both advancing, and doing very well.
One of the reasons we chose Mile High Karate is we heard so many good things about it. We’re in a situation now with our guys that it’s taken their self-esteem up, their self-confidence, their grades have come up. We’re just elated with what they’ve been able to learn here at Mile High Karate.
Father of Isaac and Ian
“I think Meng’s Martial Arts and Mile High Karate is absolutely wonderful to kids.”
My son, when we were white belts, was pushed up against a dumpster while he was wearing his uniform before class. They wanted him to show karate moves and fight with them. And he told them no. He told them that karate was for defense only and that he was not going to fight them. He talked his way out of it.
But he was able to walk away with his head held high.
My oldest son has become incredibly more responsible. Last year, he hated himself, hated his life, didn’t want to do anything with anybody. And now he does his own homework, his grades have improved, the teachers are very impressed with him, he’s very helpful around the house now. He’s a totally different child in 3 months.
I think Mile High Karate’s program is absolutely wonderful to kids. It teaches the kids “yes sir,” “yes ma’am.” It teaches them respect. I’ve had a lot of parents come up to me and say what an amazing changes their kids have done.
“The kids who’ve been in karate here, quite a few years especially, have a presence and self-confidence well beyond their years”
We’ve noticed that Josh has been able to focus better on his school work and his homework. Mile High Karate is more than just about the karate. They focus on the kids’ positive attributes. There’s just not enough of that in the world anymore. As far as achievement in homework, they praise doing well on tests and they focus on a kids’ positive attributes.
In our case, Josh is a small boy and he’s got glasses. Actually, he doesn’t get picked on, because I think he’s got more self-confidence in himself than maybe a child who doesn’t take karate. Because that’s what they stress in classes is for them to be strong and self-confident, in control.
His confidence level has increased a lot. That’s one thing we’ve definitely noticed. We’re going on just a little over a year now, about a year and 2 months.
Meng’s Martial Arts & Mile High Karate kids are more focused and I think they behave better. For their parents, I think they obey. They have to reply to adults by saying, “Yes ma’am, yes sir.” And Josh’s teacher says that he’s doing that to her in class. Obviously, he doesn’t need to. But because he’s been trained by Mile High Karate to do that, that’s what he does.
The kids who’ve been in Mile High Karate, quite a few years especially, have a presence and self-confidence well beyond their years. We’ve already noticed that improvement in our sons, too. It’s an ability to believe in himself and have goals that far exceed his age.
We were concerned, at first, of whether or not we had the right karate school. But now, there’s no doubt in our minds that he’s in the correct school.
Like I said, the self-defense part went lower in our priority list for him when we saw how much they encourage them in school. It’s neat to see.
The higher they go, the more respect that’s there. Josh got lucky – enrolling at Mile High Karate was a great choice.
Wendy Myers & Blain Myers
“I have seen a tremendous change in her. She is just much more self-confident and she walks very proud.”
My name is Annie Cusack, also known as Meaghan’s mom. My daughter is almost 13 years old. And for the last 2½ years, she’s been fighting bone cancer. She was diagnosed when she was 10 years old. She was in 5th grade. And she was the perfect child. It wasn’t so perfect for a very long time. She was very sick. We thought we were going to lose her, but we didn’t. She fought very, very hard and she survived. She survived, but she lost part of her leg. She never really lost her spirit, and that’s everything that I hold onto for her and kept telling her to continue going forward.
When she was healed, she was very physically healed. But I think spiritually and mentally, she needed to heal. And for some reason, she gravitated to karate. She wanted to do karate. She wanted to be healthy. She wanted to have more balance. She wanted to be like everybody else. And she wanted to be the best that she could be. I always thought she was, but I don’t think she did.
She’s been in karate now for a few months. Maybe not even that long. But I have seen a tremendous change in her. She is just much more self-confident and she walks very proud. And that makes me very happy.
“One good thing about karate is that around the house, Chris does his chores now. He can see how he’s contributing to the family.”
About 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. And part of my therapy was to make sure I get plenty of exercise and develop a positive outlook on life. I found out by coming out by coming to Mile High Karate, I could get those things. I could come in here, get a good workout, build my muscles, work on my flexibility, my balance, and get the positive aspects from the school. So it’s been a very positive experience and a very good part of the treatment.
Chris has really developed since he’s been in Mile High Karate. He’s in the 3rd grade. When he first started karate, he was kind of shy, didn’t want to get up in front of the class. But now, after a year and a half of karate, he’s one of the top 3rd graders in the school, he’s picked for special projects by the principle herself. He has great grades and he loves school. So karate has been great for his mental ability, giving him that self-discipline and that positive confidence.
One good thing about karate is that around the house, Chris does his chores now. He can see how he’s contributing to the family. Where before, he really didn’t want to do it and he would just pass the buck and let mom and dad do it. But now, he really contributes and he realizes how he can help out.
This is a great school. I’ve been to several schools and I interviewed several before I came here. I thought this was the best. I think the instructions are great and I like the way they bring in positive aspects from all the books you have to read, the positive self-motivation you get, and the great workouts. Mile High Karate is an excellent school.
“Both of us have tremendously grown from this experience.”
Both of us have tremendously grown from this experience. My self-confidence has certainly grown a lot. I’m a lot more apt to look at people when I talk to them, have more eye contact, as well as certainly the physical fitness aspect gives me the confidence to go out and do what I want to do, feel very assertive when I do it.
My son, as well, is in daycare and has a lot more confidence than he has in the past in terms of talking to teachers, having a lot of respect with that. This happened very quickly. We’re about 5 months into the program.
These people are really friendly people. They’re very, very accepting of everyone. Even when we started, we weren’t exactly sure what we were getting ourselves into, but they were very accepting and worked with us, and were very patient with us. That’s very important. I would recommend it very highly to anybody wanting to get their kids into a program, as well as themselves, as adults, for physical fitness as well as the confidence.
“She walks with her head held high now, she makes friends very easily, and it’s a confidence that’s not arrogant.”
I originally got the kids involved in karate just as an extracurricular activity. It’s turned into a lot more than that. It’s turned into more of a lifestyle for them. And especially with my shy girl. Karate has taught her a magnitude of self-confidence. She walks with her head held high now, she makes friends very easily, and it’s a confidence that’s not arrogant. It’s just a really strong sense of herself.
Brittany, the same. She really was probably more confident than Anna. She’s learned how to be confident without being arrogant. She’s the pretty girl and she knew it, and everyone treated her as such. And now with karate, with the confidence level that she has, she’s able to generate confidence without having to be the princess of everybody. So karate is just amazing.
He’s very confident in himself and his skills. And karate has taught him how to be disciplined.
It’s a life-changing thing, it’s not just learning how to punch and kick. It’s a way of life. If I have anything to say about it, we will be in karate forever.
“And I decided if they can do it, I can do it.”
I came to watch Lisa on her first day of class. And as I was sitting there watching them, I noticed that there were several other women on the floor for their first class, and they appeared to be my age or older. And I decided if they can do it, I can do it. With my busy, hectic schedule, helping raise grandchildren and children and teenagers, I was trying to figure out some way I could get some physical activity in my life. And I figured, “Well, I’m here with the grandkids 3 times a week anyway, so why not kill 2 birds with one stone. And now, my sons are telling their friends that their mom is going to be one of those moms their friends are going to want to come see.
“I would say that it’s worth anything that you’re looking for to help the self-esteem with your kids, any discipline, helping in school.”
My daughter had very low self-esteem. And ever since I brought her here, she feels a lot better about herself, she’s doing a lot better in school. So I just thought this would be one of the good reasons to help her in that way.
I like the discipline. That was the main reason I wanted to come. But all in all, she enjoys everything. She enjoys it all. She feels a lot better about herself. She likes the different people that she’s met. She likes that she has a goal to become a black belt. And she does good every time she comes. She gets better every time she comes.
I would say that you get what you pay for. I would say that it’s worth anything that you’re looking for to help the self-esteem with your kids, any discipline, helping in school. I would say it really does work. It’s helped my daughter a lot, in every way.
“It has done absolute wonders for him. He’s doing a lot better in school. He’s got a lot more focus and a lot better attention span than he did before.”
I feel that Mile High Karate has been really wonderful for both of us. Not only are we growing closer together on a daily basis, we have a common interest and a common goal now.
In myself, I have seen an improvement in self-esteem. I’ve seen a tremendous improvement with my son, with his self-esteem. It has done absolute wonders for him. He’s doing a lot better in school. He’s got a lot more focus and a lot better attention span than he did before.
I think it’s great that Justin has learned. He actually had an incident on the playground where he was surrounded by a bunch of other kids. He wanted to start a fight with them. And Justin, at that point, looked them, since he was in the center of the circle, and said, “I’m sorry, but you leave me no choice but to defend myself.” At that point, he got into a karate stance, the kids separated from the circle and let him walk off. At that point, he was able to walk away and not join in the fight. Where I believe if he had not taken karate, a fight would have begun.
I would highly recommend Mile High Karate to any adult, as well as a child. For adults, I’ve highly considered going to an aerobics class. I found karate to be not only challenging as far as exercise, I get a lot more exercise here at Mile High Karate. I’m also learning self-defense, self-esteem and self-control.
“But now that I’ve learned karate, I’ve learned to use it in self-defense only.”
Before I joined, I was getting into fights all the time. I was getting picked on and no one would leave me alone. Before, I wasn’t avoiding the fights. When they started pushing, I just pushed them right back. But now that I’ve learned karate, I’ve learned to use it in self-defense only.
“The first time she came in, she was very shy, didn’t want to go anywhere near the front. That has changed drastically”
That seems to have improved a lot since Heather started karate. She’s very confident when she comes to class. The first time she came in, she was very shy, didn’t want to go anywhere near the front. That has changed drastically. She’s very comfortable when she comes in and very confident in the moves that she’s making, and it’s been a lot of fun watching her from the very beginning, where she learned the basic punches, to using the sticks. It’s been a good experience.
She’s always been really good at school. She enjoys bringing in her work when she gets A’s and A+’s. That’s one good thing about the program here is that they really promote that and recognize the kids when they bring in their good work. I think that helps motivate them to continue doing that.
Another thing that I’ve really noticed a big difference in, they have a job list for the kids to fill out as far as cleaning their rooms or helping out around the house. That’s a good motivator. She likes to pull that list out and check it off when she’s done it. And once again, they get recognized for it when they come in.
“The kids’ respect has gone way up using yes sir and yes ma’am.”
The kids’ respect has gone way up using yes sir and yes ma’am. Being focused at school, my oldest daughter, her grades are really maintained. She’s proud to come to the Mile High Karate school and show off her homework, show off her great report cards that she’s been getting, and she’s inspiring enough to where her little sister has joined the class, and she’s doing really well and focusing on the same discipline at home, keeping the room clean, things like just natural chores around the house.
They’re both so respectful now. Even the 3-year-old, she says, “Yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir.” They take pride in coming to karate and showing off what great things they’ve done at home and what great things she’s done at school and at daycare. It’s been really nice. We just ask them to do something and it’s just, “Yes, ma’am,” and they do it. And they’ve both inspired me to join as well. It’s been a nice family activity for all of us. Like my husband said, it’s a family atmosphere. It’s fun. They make it so much fun for the kids that it’s like the attitudes here are so contagious that you just feel so good being here. They’ve become like family to us. We moved several miles away from the school and continue to come down here because of the high-quality instructors and just the great time that the kids have here, and how nice everybody’s been.
My oldest started and the instructors are really good. They give you a nice family atmosphere and make you feel real comfortable. So then I joined, and then soon after, my wife and my youngest joined.
“They’re really into karate and their focus has become outrageous and their grades have been excellent from school.”
They have become very disciplined. They weren’t rotten before, but they had their moments. But now they love karate and they tell you to do it 2 days a week, at least. They’ve been doing it for a couple years. They’re really into karate and their focus has become outrageous and their grades have been excellent from school. I’m here 6 days a week.
It’s great for the kids. I would tell them to come to Meng’s Martial Arts & Mile High Karate. The parent’s are nice, it’s like a good family group here. We’re here 6 days a week instead of 2. So that’s how much they like it. It’s like, “Do we go to karate today?” “Yes.” So we’ve got our gear in the car at all times and we’re ready to go.
“I do it so they can get confidence in themselves.”
They’ve been improving quite a bit here at martial arts and I’m really proud of them. They’re doing real good in school. She’s got good grades. He’s got good grades, so does she. My boy, Michael, is in here too. He’s 16 years old. He’s doing real good in school. He’s doing great here at martial arts school. I do it so they can get confidence in themselves. I think confidence is the most important thing in life, I think. That way, they can accomplish what they want in life. I think that’s really important. I’d recommend Mile High Karate real highly.
“Their ability to think and concentrate, to pay attention to detail, it’s all been phenomenal for them.”
I think it’s interesting that martial arts hasn’t gotten more positive press, because of the innumerable benefits that I’ve seen in my kids. Confidence, control, ability to focus, things that transfer into the classroom, things that transfer with their friends.
I know this summer in baseball, the coach specifically said, “Zack, I really appreciate you being a leader,” and he was. He was focusing the guys, telling them what to do. So I’ve seen it transfer into other areas, academically, even with his friends in the neighborhood, being a leader. Same with Maddie. It’s really helped her, too. She’s an advanced reader, an advanced studier, good concentration skills. So it’s been phenomenal for my family. We’ve been in for about 4 years now, and it’s been great.
The thing that I noticed so much is their ability to concentrate, to focus, the memorization skills that you have to have. We have words at the belt that we memorize at each belt level. It transfers over. Their ability to think and concentrate, to pay attention to detail, it’s all been phenomenal for them.
You see the day and age of what’s going on today with people, and the crazy society that we have, that I feel a lot better about them being able to defend themselves. These kids do so well compared to the other kids.
I love the conflict avoidance skills that they learn and the confidence in the way they carry themselves, so that hopefully they never have to get to that self-defense point. But if they do, I feel comfortable they’d be able to handle themselves.
I would highly recommend Master Stephen Oliver’s Mile High Karate. It’s been phenomenal for us, individually and as a family.
“She has exhibited such exuberance in school. Her grades have gone up. She’s got self-confidence.”
My name is Larry Bowser, my wife Daphne, my older daughter Leann, my youngest daughter Corey. We got into Mile High Karate about 2½ years ago, at an after-school program. Since Corey got into the program, she has exhibited such exuberance in school. Her grades have gone up. She’s got self-confidence. Since she’s been in the program, my wife has gotten involved. And since my wife has gotten involved, our older daughter has gotten involved. With the aspect of self-defense, it’s been a great thing. There’s a lot of deals in our society today. For the females in my family, it’s great. I feel that their confident, they can take care of themselves, look out after others, take care of their friends.
“It has built her self-confidence, where she really wants to try her best and focuses.”
Our oldest daughter, when she started her freshman year, she was very, very shy and did not apply herself in school whatsoever. That’s about the time that she started in karate. It has built her self-confidence, where she really wants to try her best and focuses. It’s a great focus learning tool and she’s really done very well. She’s brought her grades up.
And we’re not afraid to be out there, walk back to the car from the mall. It’s really made us feel safe and secure. Mile High Karate has really been a great thing for us as a family. It’s been a great thing for us to do together. I would recommend Mile High Karate. This is a place where kids can develop themselves. They develop themselves socially and developmentally. It’s a great family place to be. They meet a lot of friends, a lot of different things, and they learn to interact with people a lot.
“I would definitely recommend Mile High Karate.”
I enjoy Mile High Karate. It’s a great family to be a part of. There is a lot of camaraderie here. It’s a positive atmosphere to be involved in. My kids are more confident. They are very motivated to do well in school. They now do very well in school. I think that the recognition here at Mile High, it goes beyond just self-defense. Also, the mental aspect of doing well in school, building positive self-esteem, character, there’s assignments that are discussed, and I think that that helps the kids. When they get recognized by their peers when they come into class with their good report card, or maybe a test that they did well on or a project that they did well on, not only does the teacher recognize them but they’re recognized in front of the whole school. I think that’s very important for building self-esteem and being recognized by their peers.
My kids get up in front of the class with ease, probably even more so than myself. Danny, I hear from his teacher, that he’s like one of the first ones to raise his hand. He had no problem in communicating in front of the classroom.
Rachel, she helps out here at Mile High Karate and I watched her just the other night, she was really enjoying herself just being in a teaching atmosphere, working with the kids. And I just really felt proud of her, that she didn’t have to be out playing, hanging out with her friends anywhere. She was doing something positive in her life and really enjoying it.
I would definitely recommend Mile High Karate. It’s healthy for the whole family. The whole family is involved. You build your strength, your stamina. You obviously get self-defense skills. You build your mental character. So you’re a strong person and you may be mentally more apt to get away from having to use some of the skills that you learned than just learning kicking and punching.
“As a program for kids, it’s absolutely wonderful.”
We’ve got 2 boys in here. My oldest boy, when we moved to a new house in a new neighborhood, found he was catching a lot of flack from the other kids. So some of the anti-bullying things that are taught in school have really come in handy. And, in fact, one time there was a kid who actually came up and picked a fight with him. And he was able to use the second part of his creed to refuse to fight. Otherwise, he would have gotten in big trouble in school. So that was a big impact on him was to be able to just walk away and have enough self-confidence to say, “I don’t need to fight with this kid, because I know I could take him if I had to.”
In fact, I have recommended Mile High Karate to my friends, so I recommended Mile High Karate and said, “As a program for kids, it’s absolutely wonderful.” I really couldn’t speak highly enough of it. So she came and her son fit right in, and I think he’s up to orange belt now.
“A lot more respect, a lot more discipline.”
We’re here as a family. So I think it keeps us together so we get just a lot of the wholesome aspect of being together. A lot more respect, a lot more discipline. He acts a lot more grown-up. I just come and watch. I enjoy watching. He does really good in school and goes to a school where there’s a lot of discipline at school too, so it helps.
“I can’t just sit here. I’ve got to do this with him.”
I had no idea I was going to do this. When we first came in here, it was for Nathan, and we signed him up. And after about the second week, I was sitting on the sideline going, “I can’t just sit here. I’ve got to do this with him.” So that’s why we’re both in it together. It’s a father/son thing. It’s not often that you can do something together with your son that he enjoys and you enjoy, and you do it as a group instead of doing your own thing. So it’s nice that way.
We’re recommended Mile High Karate to a number of people. So it’s a great school It really is. The instructors are good and they’re real good with kids, and they’re real good with the old guys, like me. So it’s a nice place. It’s a good family-oriented place to be.
“I would say it’s a very nurturing, caring place”
Ben’s been in Mile High Karate for about 3 years. We really like it. We think it’s been really good for his self-confidence. He’s made a lot of new friends. What I like about it is you’re competing with yourself. It’s not like you’re competing on a sports team against other people. The people here are all very caring and they all work together. It’s a blend of their minds and their bodies. It’s physical, mental and spiritual. We like it.
I’d say this has also helped his focus and I think it’s helped him learn what goal-setting is about.
I would say it’s a very nurturing, caring place. And it will teach your kids a lot of things other than karate. But he’s also learned a lot, his physical skills have improved too in the last 3 years, a lot. He couldn’t pass a physical fitness test 3 years ago, and now he can. It’s helped him to be less bashful and more outgoing. It’s helped him learn how to make new friends.
“We were really referred from his physician, because we were told ADHD kids should take karate.”
We’ve been here almost 2 years. We were really referred from his physician, because we were told ADHD kids should take karate, and it’s been the best. It’s been really, really good. Self-control, motivating, he always wants to come here. Number one is for focus for ADHD kids, to get them to focus. And that’s been really, really good. If I had known that, I would have taken him in years before that. I didn’t know. I didn’t know until he came to Mile High Karate. It’s been wonderful.
I enjoy it. I think all the kids are just more motivated. It builds them up and they want to come back, and they do better in school. I would recommend Mile High Karate for anybody. I love watching it. I could sit here for days watching kids do it.
“The biggest benefit that I have seen for Jeremy – and we have 2 other children in it – is the confidence“
The biggest benefit that I have seen for Jeremy – and we have 2 other children in it – is the confidence, being able to do school and reaction in school has helped tremendously. Jeremy has gone all the way up to third degree black belt and started at 9 years old, and has stuck with it for that many years, which is a lot. It’s a big commitment for a kid. So we see commitment, we see school work, we see the good kids at home. We don’t have problems at home.
“It’s helped our confidence, speaking ability, self-esteem, kind of believing in myself, self-worth.”
I’m head instructor at the Lafayette school. Like my father said, it’s helped our confidence, speaking ability, self-esteem, kind of believing in myself, self-worth. I can remember when I started, I look back on it and I look at myself now, I see the changes. The advantage of being head instructor is I get to see that to the kids I’m teaching now. I see the changes in them from when they come in to when they leave. It’s fulfilling.
The satisfying part of it, for me, is when I see a kid come in and a parent come in, and mom and dad having trouble with their son or daughter and, “Here, Mr. Cooper, can you take care of my kid? Can you help him?” And after 4 weeks, that kid looks awesome, turned around, happy to be in karate, happy to go home, does his stuff for mom and dad, has a smile on his face, and enjoys doing it. And when they come to karate ready to learn, that’s what’s fulfilling for me.
“This one, they really care about your kids.”
Focus and respect. Tyler respects adults a lot, and he always says please and thank you, opens doors for people, picks up trash when he’s out on the street. Tyler’s been doing this almost 2 years. He’s very confident. He has a lot of endurance. He’s amazing. I didn’t know he could do as much as he does. Just when I think he’s going to quit, he keeps going. He never quits.
At Mile High Karate they really care about your kids. They take time out and try to teach your kids and make them better. And if I have problems or anything, they’ve got little ways to solve those problems, to help the kids get through things. A very good experience. We’re here all the time.
“I think I’ve gotten a lot of self-esteem and I’ve learned to meet other people a lot better than I’ve been. I’ve gotten better grades.”
I think I’ve gotten a lot of self-esteem and I’ve learned to meet other people a lot better than I’ve been. I’ve gotten better grades. It taught me to be able to do speeches in front of classes. I’m in high school. It’s helped me get better grades by having more focus in class, being able to do speeches, talking in front of people, and getting to know a bunch of people.
To learn how to respect the elders and to be able to find self-defense, too, and to do better in school. This is so much fun. Our instructors have a way of doing it that it’s really family-oriented, so we have lots of fun.
“The bullying has since stopped.”
Kids were picking on her, bullying on her. And basically, we’ve taught our kids not to start a fight, but not to back down from one. And she felt that she did not know how to defend herself correctly or even help herself.
So basically, it came down to the point where the last incident with a girl at school, she came home with a swollen cheek. And that’s when my husband decided to look for a self-defense class, and she started. We came into Mile High Karate. We took the first entry level classes, and actually all of us are here now. My husband, myself and my 2 kids.
The bullying has since stopped. My daughter has more self-discipline. She feels confident about herself. Her grades have improved. Any issues that come up, she can solve them. And my son here is the same way. His grades have improved. They’re all doing a lot better, and I honestly feel that a lot of it has to do with being here at Mile High Karate.
Actually, we tell them if they need self-discipline, their kids need confidence, they need something to help them focus on their goals, that they should come to Mile High Karate and see what they have to offer. It sure helped our family.
“As soon as I got in here, they noticed a change in me, drastically”
I’ve been doing this about 11 years, since I was 10 years old. My parents noticed it right away, from when I was a white belt. Before I wouldn’t clean my room, I wouldn’t do the dishes or anything. And then as soon as I got in here, they noticed a change in me, drastically. My confidence got up and I’m able to talk to people more so now than I was back then. I’m not as scared. It’s a blast.
“Since Mile High Karate, she’s an excellent student”
We started back in 1989. The girls started first. Brandon came later. When we first got started, especially Natasha, she always wanted to fight. She always wanted to be the bully. She always wanted to be the one to talk out in class. Teachers could never get her to settle down.
Since Mile High Karate, she’s an excellent student. Laquita is alot better than Natasha, she’s coming along very, very well. So Mile High Karate has done a lot for the whole family.
Personally, if I had not gotten the girls in karate when we did, I have no idea where they would have been. I have no idea, because the way the kids were going at that time, I said, “Man, we need something.” Discipline, confidence, focus, especially focus in school.
But now we have Brandon, Brandon is 7. He also started at 3½. At 7, he’s a role model in school. Teachers can’t say anything but good stuff about Brandon. Every time I look around, he’s got all these A’s. He probably can read better than I can right now, at 7.
Laquita, she gave me one of those little green keychains and she said, “Daddy, here’s a green keychain. It’s like a black belt, because you’ll never be one.” I remember talking to their head instructor at the time. I said, “I’m ready to get started.” And he said, “Let me give you a uniform before you change your mind.” So he gave a uniform and I went to Laquita, she was about 5 now, and I said, “Look, Laquita, I’m a white belt.” She said, “No, daddy, you are no belt. You have to earn your white belt.” So that’s how I got started.
Brandon is a great kid. He can kick above his head. As far as getting along with adults and kids, he’s an outstanding kid. I don’t think I could have given him that without Mile High Karate.
“I think it’s helped me out in school a lot.”
I think it’s helped me out in school a lot. I think it’s helped me focus better, get my confidence level up to approach the teachers and talk to the other students to make new friends. No one even knows I’m in karate.
“I think by being in karate, I’ve been in the best shape of my life. No doubt.”
Originally, I really wanted to get started in karate because I wanted an exercise program, plus I wanted to learn self-defense. So it’s given me both. And I think by being in karate, I’ve been in the best shape of my life. No doubt.
“So it’s not just all about punching and kicking, it’s more life-long lessons that they can learn as well.”
I’ve been training at Mile High Karate about 7½ years. I think with my energy, I can get out there and let them know it doesn’t matter how big or how small, you can go out there and do karate. It gives me energy, it gives me a sense of staying in shape. An excellent workout, that kind of thing.
I think in the long run, it has, just because of the fact that I don’t worry about what situation I get myself into or that kind of deal. You’re always kind of aware of the situation. For me, I just try not to get myself at the wrong place at the wrong time kind of deal. If I did, I would just kind of survey it and make sure if I had to use skills, that I know I’d be able to handle myself.
When students come to Mile High Karate, especially families with little kids, like “Hey dad, I want to come do karate,” that kind of thing, I tell them it’s like if you come down to Mile High Karate, you’ll get a lot of benefit from coming in. Because not only do they teach you how to punch and kick, but they teach you little life lessons during the week. And like a message of the week kind of deal. So they have something they can go by, like positive self-esteem. We give them that meaning and then they work on it all week long.
So if they say, “Hey Johnny, what’s positive self-esteem,” he can raise his hand and give a definition. So it’s not just all about punching and kicking, it’s more life-long lessons that students learn as well.
Basically, I started karate when we saw this at a Boy Scout jamboree. My parents liked it. They talked my grandparents into it. They signed up for confidence, self-esteem, discipline, respect.
Once I got to blue belt, they started putting me in a leadership role, where I had to project my voice, be confident in front of students. It helped my grades. They increased dramatically after I signed up.
“I’m a lot better of a person that I’ve had martial arts”
A lot of confidence, discipline, that’s what we teach around here. I’ve gotten a lot out of it. I’ve been doing martial arts for 20 years now. I started when I was 5. I’ve got a lot of self-confidence, discipline. I’m a lot better of a person that I’ve had martial arts. I’m not always on the edge to fight. I can try to talk my way out of it and back down a little bit. I had a tendency to get in trouble, to go into the fight instead of back out of the fight. I was more “I want to fight you” instead of “I want to try and back out.” And now that I have that, I can walk away and know that I’m a bigger man because I did.
I tell people it’s a great workout. We like to build your self-confidence. We like to give you the discipline. We show you how to defend yourself, if you have to. We have a thing called ABC’s conflict avoidance. We show you how to try to avoid all that. If you get into a conflict, we sit there and we try to show you how to get away from it instead of getting into it.
But for people to be joining, it’s a great thing because it gets you in shape, it works on your flexibility, it works on a lot of your confidence and self-discipline.
“One of the most exciting changes is the way he carries himself – shoulder back, chin up. Now he thinks “he can.”
As I pause to reflect about Aaron and his new adventure, my heart smiles. Just 6 months ago, I remember a young boy struggling to find his peace in all the chaos. Aaron’s grades were falling, school was a chore and his siblings trying to cheer up Aaron sometimes was fruitless. Physically he thought he couldn’t do anything. Aaron was awkward, wanting to quit often. His self-respect was low, confidence absent. “I can’t” was part of his daily vocabulary. His ability to say on task very difficult. Often, I called his name over and over. He did not have a sense of responsibility to family or himself. Also, Aaron was having more trouble dealing with or thinking about all that was going on inside.
Since beginning martial arts, there have been many changes from inside to out. Physically he has more strength and coordination. Also, it usually takes one call and Aaron responds. When engaged in something which requires focus, I can actually see him redirecting his mind and even his body. His final grads reflect his ability. With his siblings, Aaron is patent and more understanding. One of the most exciting changes is the way he carries himself – shoulder back, chin up. Now he thinks “he can.”
Although his recent strides are impressive, I am sure Aaron has some growing inside to do. Respecting oneself and others is ongoing. One day he will realize how powerful he is. Aaron will be able to be confident that “he can” hold his own. He may even try new things. When going through difficult times, we will find his strength inside. Physically, he will be in control of his body and understand his potential.
Thelsea Johnson, Aaron Losey’s Mom
I used to be very weak and the people at school made fun of me, but since I started martial arts I feel I’m getting stronger. It helped train me ears so that Mom doesn’t have to yell to get my attention. My mom goes crazy to find a place to send me like band or Boy Scouts and now she has a safe place she trusts to send me, Meng’s Martial Arts and Mile High Karate!
Aaron Losey, age 10
“I was always taught to have goals and I have a goal and I plan to stick to it.”
Meng’s Martial Arts & Mile High Karate definitely helped me with every aspect of my life. I learned so much from my training and owe Meng’s so much. I even used one of my competitions for my main college essay and in the essay I focused on what I learned in my training such as I need to take risks and that I have to always be accountable for my own actions. Even during my interviews, I always used aspects I learned from my training. I was really focused throughout my training and it transferred over to my studies and my college applications. The colleges I selected were for these specific dual programs and based on scholarship and where I see myself in the future, I picked Florida (Nova Southeastern University). I was always taught to have goals and I have a goal and I plan to stick to it. My future career is extremely important to me and my college decision was based on what will be best to enhance that future. We really do become the people we hang around, so I chose a school that will have the like minded. I chose a BS/DO school in the end because the philosophy was really similar to what I learned at Meng’s/Mile High. I could go on and on about how much Meng’s/Mile High has done for me. Sifu, you were the best teacher I have ever had. Meng’s has been and always be a big part of my life and I thank you, Sir.
Sid Goyal, 2nd Degree Black Belt and future Doctor
“I found out I could use the skills that I learned in Karate in other obstacles in my life”
The process of earning my black sash has changed my life in many way. When I was seven years old I wanted to take Karate. I went to a six week trial class and liked it a lot. My parents said that I could only o one sport per season so I had to make a choice. Even through I enjoyed playing soccer I decided to quit soccer that year and start karate as my new sport. I’m glad that I went to karate because it helped me to have more discipline and gain more focus. I also found out that it helped me with the soccer games that I had left that season, when I learned front snap kick. In one of my games I yelled to my teammate to pass me the ball and I used front snap kick on the ball and scored a goal. That made me feel glad and happy because since I had been practicing I found out I could use the skills that I learned in Karate in other obstacles in my life.