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Voices of Dojo Students and Parents

Voices of Parents in the Early Years Department

Anna-chan(5 years old) Dojo history: 10 months

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I joined the club because I wanted my child to be cheerful and energetic and enjoy the connection with his friends.
She has stopped crying so much since she started karate!

Ryotaku-kun (5) Dojo history: 1 year and 4 months

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I went from having a low voice and being weak to being able to say hello with a louder voice.
Also, even if someone does something unpleasant to me, I don’t back down and I am able to fight it.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
I think the best part is that he explains things in a way that is easy for little kids to understand and visualize.
Because of the specifics of the teacher’s explanations, I could see that the kids didn’t understand what they were supposed to do. I appreciate the opportunity to think about how they will grow in the future.

What happens when you do karate?

From age 4. Class Introductions

Voices of Parents in the Kids

Yuma-kun (second-year student)2years of dojo experience.

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
“I was a wimp and always cried, but when I started karate, I stopped crying. I’ve learned to hold back and be patient when I lose a match or feel pain.
I am able to say “no” to my friends when they say something I don’t like. I used to not be able to say how I felt and often stayed silent.
I used to be a shy person, but now I am able to be proactive.
When there is something I don’t understand in my studies, I don’t give up, but I tackle it until the end.
My body strengthened and I didn’t catch a cold.
I set my own goals and practice with a sense of purpose.
As I practiced with different students, I began to see an attitude of learning from the older students and teaching the younger ones in an easy-to-understand manner.”
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
Also, I think it’s rare to find a dojo that teaches not only karate but also strength of mind. I don’t think there is any other place that teaches you this much about other lessons as well. As a parent, I am very grateful for this.
Also, I think it’s rare to find a dojo that teaches not only karate but also strength of mind. I don’t think there is any other place that teaches you this much about other lessons as well. As a parent, I am very grateful for this.
Also, I think the students at Ryushinjuku are kind and polite. I am very happy that I sent my child to Ryushinjuku because they can greet you and take care of the younger children.

Miyuu-chan (3rd-year student)3years of dojo experience.

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
Through the joy of winning a match and the frustration of losing, he has learned the importance of continuing to practice and has become stronger both physically and mentally.
Before he started karate, he was reluctant to speak up for himself, but since he started karate, he has gained confidence in himself and has become more willing to speak his mind.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
Even adults who support children can learn a lot from her because she gives advice to both children and adults in a way that is easy to understand.
There is a great deal of balance in the training at the dojo, and I feel that he is able to grasp the feelings of the children and reflect them in the training by his teaching methods, such as being strict and incorporating playfulness.
I am also happy that there are various events outside of the dojo, such as a summer vacation pool and BBQ, where parents can interact with each other.

Yohaku-kun (3rd-year student)2years of dojo experience.

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
1. my mind has become stronger.
I’ve learned to think calmly about the opponent and the unknown, and I’ve learned to stand up again and again even when I’m knocked down.
2. the development of my body and character.
I feel that daily practice has not only strengthened my body, but has also played an important role in the formation of my children’s values.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
This is a place that has a philosophy of not only practicing daily but also laying the foundation for life.
I am very fortunate to have met Sensei and to have been able to attend the dojo. I always think about what I can do to help Ryushinjuku. Please keep up the good work.

Shintarou-kun(4th-year student)2years of dojo experience.

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
Because he was big and strong, he was sometimes unsure of how much force to exert on others.
Before, when I was angry, I would forcefully put my hand out, but now I am less angry and more patient.
Before my emotions, I had to ask myself, “What would happen to the other person if I put my hand out here? I think we can now consider that.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
He teaches children in a way that is easy to understand.
He considers the growth of the mind as well as the body.

You-kun (4th-year student)3years of dojo experience.

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
He used to be very reserved, but now he voluntarily runs for class president at school.
He was a child who did not show much emotion before, but now he has started to laugh a lot.
She is now able to complete a task without giving up in a competition.

Kensuke-kun (4th-year student)1year of dojo experience.

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I’ve only been going to the dojo for less than a year, but I love karate!
From my parents’ point of view, I feel very grown up. I think I’ve gained self-confidence.
He has started to actively challenge various things at school. I am very confident about him.
I think I’ve acquired the ability to concentrate. I am able to listen to and understand what people are saying.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
As a parent, I also observe and learn a lot more than just karate.
I am grateful for the support of my teachers, friends, and parents in growing up.
I am looking forward to seeing them grow and develop their confidence.

Haruhi-kun (4th-year student)5years of dojo experience.

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I am able to act by looking at my surroundings.
I can create my own goal and see myself working hard towards it.
I can see that I can make my own goal and work hard for it.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
They look closely at each child and can see what is going on with them that we, as parents, are not aware of.
For example, they may be able to do something that you thought they couldn’t do, or they may not be able to do something that you thought they could do, etc. By knowing this, we can learn how to guide them in their practice and life.
Knowing this will give you insight into how to guide your child in practice and in life, and give you awareness of how to talk to and respond to them.
It’s easy to understand how to teach about karate (according to him).

What happens when you do karate?

Kids class introduction

Voices from the General Section

Mr.Katsuren (40s), Dojo experience: 6 years and 8 months

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I have lost just over 8 pounds. In addition, my body fat has been reduced from 32% to 19%. I am amazed.
It’s a great way to get rid of stress and lack of exercise. When I sweat, I feel better about work and home (?). I can forget the bewilderment of
Ryushinjuku teaches me at my own pace, so I can continue to practice without difficulty. The teachers and seniors are especially good at praising me, so I am able to continue practicing comfortably.
It’s like an adult’s club, and the beer we drink after practice is really the best.
I have more friends than I thought I would have, and the number of acquaintances has increased. I’m a karate enthusiast, but everyone is friendly and kind.
I was told I’m getting younger at work.
I’ve become quite resistant to pain (have I become a little more “M”?).
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
The personalities of the teachers and seniors are very good, and you can spend time with them in a natural way without any pretense at all.
They don’t force me to do anything. They always take care of me in a mature manner. I am grateful for that.
My teacher is good at praising, so I think I have been able to continue with the class for a long time.
Sensei’s innovative and positive approach to karate makes it fun and interesting.
I knew my friends were great. And the beer is still good.

Mr. Kishi (30s), Dojo experience: 5 years and 8 months

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
Hitting the mitt or sandbag feels great. You can feel the tension in kumite and participating in competitions. It’s hard to get that kind of tension from hitting an opponent at my age and in my social life. I’m not good at kumite and matches, but I think I’ve grown by getting over it.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
The appeal of this club is that people of various ages and professions can practice karate while respecting and honoring each other.
In addition to karate practice, the club also holds BBQs and social gatherings several times a year.

Mr. Tomio (50s), Dojo history: 7 years and 8 months  

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I realized that it is not possible to become strong by oneself, but only by having friends to train with. I am really grateful to my sensei and all the dojo students.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
The appeal of Ryushinjuku is that we can improve mental strength and endurance while learning karate in a fun way.
Also, we can learn the importance of friends, and adults and children can work together to strengthen their body and mind.

Mr. Yamada (50s) Dojo experience: 2 years

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
My strength and skills have improved.
I made new friends.
My life became more exciting.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
Many positive and kind people, especially Teacher
It gives you energy and peace of mind.

Mr. Maezato (30s), Dojo experience: 11 years

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I don’t think I’ve gotten stronger yet, but I think I’ve been able to challenge myself through karate.
I think I have learned to enjoy even the most difficult things.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
The general and youth clubs practice together and get along well.
The president trains with us, so there is a sense of unity in training, and we receive accurate guidance from him.
There are many opportunities to interact with other karate dojos, so we can learn and be inspired.

Mr. Tame (30s), Dojo experience: 11 years

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
I think the thing that has changed the most for me is my patience. Because I endured some tough practices, I am able to think “It’s not as tough as that practice” no matter how tough it was at work, and I am able to fight through to the end no matter how strong my opponent is in a match if I think about how tough the practice is. In terms of physical fitness, I’m not naturally weak, but compared to people my age in their late 30s, I’ve built up enough stamina to keep up with them. I think the good thing about Ryushinjuku Karate is that I have been able to grow mentally and physically.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
I think that everyone, led by Teacher, is enjoying karate. As a member of society, you can interact with people from various jobs, work up a sweat, and relieve stress with a beer after practice.

Mr. Sugino (30s), Dojo experience: 6 months

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
Even for a beginner, the headmaster carefully instructs me and I can continue with the class without difficulty in my own life.
I thought it would be difficult for a beginner to join the dojo because there are many students with different karate backgrounds. However, I think it is a very good environment because the president of the school takes into account the contents of the training program.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
Many mature students are also enrolled in the class, and they are all very attractive and fun to be around. We train seriously, of course, but even in the midst of all that, there’s a lot of smiling around. I think the best thing about our dojo philosophy is that it puts a lot of emphasis on encouraging the personal growth of each individual.

Ms. Miki (40s), Dojo experience: 4 years

What has changed for your child after learning karate at Ryushinjuku?
Even at my age, I am still realizing my own shortcomings.
There are times when training is physically demanding, but I am grateful for the opportunity to learn the depth of kumite and the heart, mind, technique, and body of martial arts, which begins and ends with rei, and to have the opportunity to confront myself and my friends.
What is the appeal of Ryushinjuku?
Through karate, students can learn how difficult it is to control their own body and mind, how to have fun, and how to have compassion and care for others.

What happens when you do karate?

adult Class Introductions