B. Jose Velez

I happened upon the Portland Shaolin Center by chance … or maybe not. I later went to check it out and met with the Head Instructor, Joe. Great person and awesome martial artist. As I started coming to classes, I was also privileged to receive instruction from Joe’s black belts. They are all, to a person, cut from the same cloth as Joe; that is, they are respectful, patient and awesome martial artists.

One of the many good things about this school is the focus on positives for all students, and that is a constant of all who Joe allows to teach. Large lower belt classes are assisted by black and brown belts, and the class is divided in to smaller groups according to their skill level. Always under the keen supervision and input from Joe and the black belts.

There is a sense of camaraderie among all participants, which is passed on down from Joe and his instructors. For a person new to Portland, this is a blessing, and I now have a new family.

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