We looked at MANY different potential martial arts programs for our child. From the first meeting with Renshi Sue it was clear this place was different. You don’t want the programs SO easy that they don’t learn the actual art or develop the discipline, not SO hard they lose interest. This program hits the perfect balance. Hanshi Jarem Is TOUGH on them yet also tender and funny. Knows every kid. They seek his praise and follow his guidance. This has been terrific for our son, who is a sensory seeker, and while he’s only been here since very end of April, I see improvement like I’ve never seen in anything else. Every other dojo I’ve seen gives rank so they can keep parents $$$; not so here. Child’s development first, period. There was this one time where it was was probably the first time this child ever heard no, and while your heart breaks a little with their tears (it was handled with dignity in private, but you could tell on his face later), you also know that it’s probably one of the best things to happen to him. False self esteem (without the work) is actually highly damaging to kids, leading to depression and anxiety as young adults. Letting kids take some lumps is hard. Lots of dojos talk about character, but don’t actually follow through. Here, they do. VERY compassionately, but firm. Guess who does the work now and has a new spring in his step? It’s great to see.