As a parent of children that are getting to be school-aged-kids – or at an age where outside activities are important to their development – we went in search of something to occupy our 5 YO after school. We hoped, that whatever he got into, it would be something that he’d love.
Luckily, we didn’t have to search far and found USKA through his TK school’s recommendation/flyering. Not only that, he had a classmate that also went to the studio, which added to the fun of being part of the USKA group. It gave our son something to look forward to. Almost every week he’d ask “is E going to Karate today?!”.
So what brought us to USKA?
As parents, the main concerns we had were:
1) Would he enjoy it?
2) Do the instructors genuinely enjoy what they are doing and make learning fun?
3) Is this studio a place where they just want to make money, or do they really care about their students?
Growing up, I always overheard stories of how certain studios would ask you to pay for EVERYTHING – even to the point of where each belt would cost money to earn. Some studios would go as far as allowing parents to buy their way through. Although this could all just be hearsay and not the truth or maybe even just exaggerations, I definitely was wary of my son attending a martial art studio. But, when it came time to find a place, I did my best to go in with an open mind. I also hoped that, whatever studio my husband choose, it would be one where he’d be comfortable with our son staying at. Especially having done little martial arts himself, I let him choose the place.
When we first attended the USKA Eastlake studio, I didn’t know what to expect. But not too long after, I saw the excitement in my son’s eyes. Not only that, but I also saw the genuine love that the instructors had for their students. The instructors genuinely looked like they were enjoying what they were doing. It was a different environment. It was an environment where the students looked like they were having fun and loving their time at the studio. And it seemed, some were always there and had so much to do!
Every time we attended a class, I made it a point to get to know the parents of some of the kids that were my son’s age. They too raved about the instructors. It was then that we knew we made the right choice. Although at times it’s can be pulling teeth to get him to the studio, overall, it’s awesome to see him grow little by little. He always comes home with a smile on his face and when asked “did you enjoy the class”, he’d always say “yes!”
It was an awesome privilege that I was asked to do photos for the Spring photo shoot! It was overwhelming – due to the fact that I had almost 60 kids to take photos of. But it was an awesome experience!