We have been part of this Dojo Family for over ten years. It seems like it was yesterday, when we first enrolled our son as a white belt and our daughter thereafter. Many memories we have, a lot of sweat, bruises, hard work and trophies, but most of all the satisfaction to see our son and daughter excel outside the dojo. Karate has given us a lot, like the warm feeling of a big family with the objective of teaching the kids the art of karate. They both have gained a lot from their training with Sensei Jim Kelly and with no doubt the leadership, confidence and self discipline obtained will always be the best tools for their futures
...Mr and Mrs Ortiz, Cape Coral
Our 13 yr old son has been attending Cape Coral Isshinryu Karate Academy for almost 6 years now and it has been a joy to watch him progress and meet each challenge that has been placed in front of him by his karate teachers. Karate has not only helped with his confidence, but also the fitness work they do at the dojo has helped him with his competitive soccer as it has helped him build stamina and flexibility. Without a doubt we would recommend Sensei Kelly and his instructors to anybody that is looking for a martial arts school for their child or themselves.
...Mr and Mrs Gardner, Fort Myers
Our son Christian has been part of the Cape Coral Isshinryu family since October of 2004. He started martial arts in Miami when he was 3 years old. In 2002, we moved to Cape Coral and started our search for dojos in our area that would provide our son with the knowledge of martial arts, self-defense, discipline, respect but most importantly the ability to focus and complete tasks. After a two year search we found Cape Coral Isshinryu which exceeded our expectations. Sensei Kelly and his team of black belts welcomed our son with open arms and have helped him through his struggles while building his self-confidence. Christian has shown great improvements with his ability to focus and complete tasks at home and school. We never thought he would be able to remember his first kata. Christian is now a junior black belt and has every intention to become a full black belt one day. Sensei Kelly and his black belts have become role models for our son. We are very grateful and have been blessed that our son has found a home away from home.
...Mr and Mrs Padron, Cape Coral
I originally joined karate to have a daddy/daughter thing to do with Estefanie. I was a little worried at first that I was too old, too out of shape, with too many physical challenges to be able to do it. My wife was just plain scared to death about it. She quickly pointed out to me how crazy it was for me to join a contact sport with a fused neck and pinched nerves in my back, being a heavy smoker-having COPD (which karate help me quit after 38 years of smoking 3 packs a day), and for being a high risk for a heart attack She reminded me of how for 12 years I walked with a cane, and how the doctors told me that I would probably not ever walk without one, that I would have to treat my back with kid gloves for the rest of my life because my back would continually worsen as I got older— That was 20 years ago that they said that. However, after a brief discussion she fully supported my decision then, and still to this day supports me, even if she does not like to watch me fight. She not only supports me, but plays doctor when I over do it. It is all possible because of my love for Estefi and the importance of doing things together-- and of course with the motivation from Sensei with all his back problems. Seeing how he did it has help me tremendously. I'm doing it and have been for 6 years now. Most importantly—I'M LOVING IT!
...Ron Desjarlais, Lehigh Acres