Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club

Testimonials

Testimonial from Cher Bear, Owner of Graceful Creations Photograp
Our daughter asked to join The Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club because her friends took classes there. Little did she know that she would gain so much more than a little extra time with her buddies and a few self defense techniques! Being at PKSC for a little under a year, my husband and I have seen a shy little girl emerge into a happy, healthy and confident child. Not only is she benefitting from the physical challenges of her training, but she is also learning discipline, patience and the true meaning of 'team'. We have traveled with the dojo for a few competitions now, and I am always pleasantly reminded that these children and parents are kind, respectful, supportive and welcoming. We can see the lessons she is taking from the dojo and putting them into practice in her daily life. From pushing herself harder in school as the work becomes more challenging, or watching her sit and concentrate for longer periods of time as she tackles something new, we know she will take these invaluable lessons with her the rest of her life. Bound with the parenting she receives at home, the teachings she is learning at school and the physical and mental lessons she is gaining at PSKC - we are confident she is and will become a positive role model for others. I asked Grace her thoughts on the dojo and Sensei Baldis, and her answer was this: "I like Sensei because he pushes me. It might be hard, but when he pushes me, I realize I can do new things, so much more than I was already doing". As a parent, I see Sensei Baldis as a strict but caring teacher, who takes the time to carefully analyze each child and then mold his teaching techniques to help the child take the greatest amount of knowledge from the lesson. Because of his natural leadership abilities and the fact that Sensei realizes each child is unique, I think it would benefit anyone to spend time learning from him.

Testimonial from Shelley Lipton Ph.D.
The Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club has been an important part of our family’s life for the past four years. The physical skills attained are beneficial to our children. In addition, they have gained unique mental skills from participating in tradition martial arts such as respect, focus, integrity and humility. The teachings of Sensei Baldis have affected our children in a positive way and will most likely influence them for a long time. For example, our 8 year old has been very successful competing on a national level and has dreams of being a member of the first United States Olympic Karate Team coached by Sensei Baldis. This hasn’t been all sweat and hard work. Through the PSKC, our children have made close friends and we have enjoyed getting to know other parents. As a family, we are thrilled that we have karate in our lives under the tutelage of an outstanding sensei.

Testimonial from Annette Atwood
When my daughter joined the Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club, I knew that she would benefit from the physical demands of the martial arts. What I didn’t quite realize, was the extent to which she would benefit personally. Sensei Baldis’ disciplined approach focuses on building not only his students’ physical strength and martial arts skills but also their mental strength and personal integrity. The students are well mannered, they are taught to be respectful of themselves and others. When students forget a move, they are encouraged to rely on themselves. They are taught to stand strong, focus – and are usually rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing they figured it out on their own. My daughter feels tremendous pride and self confidence as she progresses through the ranks. Her self esteem is buoyed knowing that she has put forth her best effort – for a first grader, this type of experience is invaluable.

Testimonial from Brian D. Smith, President, Vista Pointe Wealth Solutions, LLC
Both of our sons have been taking karate at the Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club since they were 4 1/2 and are now competing at the national level. They have had a great increase in their athletic skill and overall confidence. Our parental values of integrity, sportsmanship, and discipline are strongly supported by Sensei Baldis and are evident in many aspects of our boys' lives.

Testimonial from Kelly Gary, First Grade Teacher, Sewickley Academy
In the beginning we thought our son would benefit from Karate because Karate training is a gross motor activity that helps youngsters develop a sense of integrity about their bodies. Balance, coordination, posture, and general movements improve with karate training. All that is true and Dimitri has benefited from that. But now we also believe that "Karate builds confidence and self-esteem as well as self-discipline, respect, concentration and courtesy." Sensei Dustin Baldis portrays all the above values in his Karate classes. The Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club has been an unbelievable journey for our son. Our son was shy, timid, and always a follower. He would be intimidated and afraid of the children’s "Keeyai" sounds. Because of the Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club and Sensei, his self-confidence and self-esteem grew. He developed better social interactions with his peers as well as children younger and older than him; He is now less threatened by other children or new situations. Sensei’s strict, consistent and fair approach to teaching has been very beneficial for him. Sensei stresses the importance that youngsters are taught how to avoid trouble and challenges. He teaches them to learn to have enough self-confidence that they need not respond to teasing or provocation from peers. He treats the children with respect and expects respect from them. Being a teacher myself, I believe in equipping the children of our future with these necessary skills to add to their "toolboxes." "It’s not the first one done, it’s the best one done." I have ‘stolen’ this phrase from Sensei and use it in my classroom to teach how important it is to have a sense of pride in your work not merely completing an activity and forgetting about it. The Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club is a great program and has played a major role in our son’s life by giving him the means to manage his everyday life with discipline and focus.

Testimonial from Kim Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach/Senior Woman Administrator, Carnegie Mellon University
We have been a part of the Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club for the past two years and have enjoyed every moment of it. Our son and daughter are, not only making great friends, but more importantly they are learning lifelong skills. They are learning discipline, focus, and how to work hard. They are developing the physical and mental skills they will need as they get older. To learn these skills at a young age will only help them become strong and successful individuals. Being a coach myself, I know what I look for in my athletes and that is the complete skill set that they will be able to solve problems through ingenuity, dedication, determination, and hard work. Sensei Dustin Baldis teaches this to kids of all ages and if every athlete went through this at the young ages, that my children are, then my job would be easy. Our children are now getting exposed to Shotokan Karate on a National level. They are learning what it takes to be successful and it is all because what Sensei practices in his dojo every day of every week. We are very happy that we have found the Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club and will always be grateful for its teachings.

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