American Hapkido’s Lil Dragons has been one of the most enriching activities we have involved our kids in. Our son has Autism and Mr. Anderson works above and beyond to understand him, work with him, and treat him with utter respect and dignity just as he would anyone else. Karate has helped him no longer need physical therapy and occupational therapy services. My niece and other son have started private lessons too and we all just adore it. It has impacted our lives in such a positive way and is a highlight of our week.
The Lil Dragon program has been extremely positive and influential in my son’s social and physical development. He started the program when he was three years old, at a time when he was very introverted, shy and only spoke Spanish. He is now five years old, and one belt shy of his black belt.
What I love about this program is how it has helped him flourish in key areas of his development. Mr. Anderson has not only taught him karate, but most importantly he has helped my son overcome his fears, speak up for himself, be disciplined, and learn the value of hard work and perseverance.
He is now extroverted, social, confident and, disciplined. These qualities that have made him flourish in every endeavor he sets his mind to.
I think this program is more than just martial arts, it teaches young people life skills to succeed. In our case, it has been one of the best choices we've made."
When our grandson first started with Lil Dragons, he would not participate. He was very introverted and would not socialize with anyone, even at family gatherings. Mr. Anderson would take him out on the mat and make him watch up close to the action. Thanks to Mr. Anderson’s endless patience, he finally got him to join in. He now enjoys karate and looks forward to going.
He is a different boy with lots of self-confidence. Mr. Anderson has helped our grandson see and enjoy an entirely, new and exciting world.
Our granddaughter has also flourished. Her confidence is wonderful. She just graduated to her brown belt and her drive to continue to her black belt is exciting.
Our biggest fear was that our son would grow tired or bored quickly. The opposite happened…he became increasingly motivated, which has had a direct impact on other areas of life in which he is maturing.
Our favorite part is the control, although gentle and loving, the instructors have in their sessions. It is great to see the children learn to respect and obey authority figures, other than their parents. Character is built into each student.
This place is family!!! We love that the skills (even the difficult ones) are taught with love and fun. Each child seems bonded to their instructor and the manners and respect cultivated among the students at a peer level, is the direct fruit of a well-run program.
Just want to let you know how much Steven and I appreciate you. It's been such a blessing to have you be a part of Arkin and Titus' life and watch them respect you as their instructor and mentor.
Thank you for constantly blessing them with your wisdom, integrity, and love. Watching them grow in character because of your influence is such an amazing blessing to us as parents of two rascally boys! Thank you for pouring your love into the kids in your program. We appreciate you!