My first experience with this school was when I came to observe the end of one class and the beginning of the next. As students were arriving and leaving, most of them paused to introduce themselves and welcome me. The teacher welcomed me, too, and answered any questions I had. Everyone seemed eager and happy to be there. The atmosphere was challenging, safe, and completely supportive, respectful with some humor thrown in.
I have now been practicing kung fu and tai chi for almost two years. My first impression has been confirmed many times over. As an older student, I was unsure about how I would fit in, but from the beginning, I have been encouraged, supported, challenged, and included in every way. The instructors are amazing martial artists as well as skilled teachers. The camaraderie among the students, who come from a wide range of backgrounds, is genuine and fun. We all do our best, and we help and support each other.
One of the most important benefits of this school is how my training extends beyond class and permeates the rest of my life. I am healthier, of course, but it’s much more than that. I have a more positive outlook, with less stress and worry. I handle conflict in a more productive way. People think that being a martial artist is about being tough, but in this school, we learn how to be warriors of body, mind, and spirit. This cultivates peace rather than aggression.
I am so lucky to be part of this unique school.