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Katie Adrians reviewed Touchstone Martial Arts
5
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This is an amazing program with incredible instructors that truly care. My 11 year old son’s confidence is soaring and it is so great to see the pride he has in himself through each step of his journey to become a Blackbelt.

Dan Pierstorff reviewed Touchstone Martial Arts
5
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My son joined Touchstone Martial Arts in December of 2016 at the age of 6. Thanks to the dedicated and passionate staff at the school, my son has exceeded all my expectations. He became more focused, learned how to be a leader, gained public speaking skills, and is more confident in himself along with his abilities. Ms. Koster, along with the other instructors, are irreplaceable in my book. I really look forward to watching him develop under the guidance and instruction of this amazing staff. I will definitely be recommending this school to others. I may even consider joining myself one day.... Thank you all for what you do and keep up the great work!

Megan Brauer reviewed Touchstone Martial Arts
5
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We love Karate America in Oregon, everything about it is amazing!!! Sarah Burkel and her team do an outstanding job keeping the kids focused, fit and learning every day! The after school program is amazing, from taking karate classes to having quiet homework time to free play... the program is top-notch. The discipline my kids have learned while in the program comes home each day and they have grown so much because of this program! Thank you Sarah and team! You rock!

Karate America Sun Prairie is now Touchstone Martial arts, but still the same great program!

Matt McCormick reviewed Touchstone Martial Arts
5
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Great school and great instructors...I have lots of good memories there:)

Melissa Beck Smith reviewed Touchstone Martial Arts
5
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Mr. Koster and his Karate America studio have earned an outstanding review. I recently resumed MMA and Jujitsu at a club near my new home in another state. I was able to fall right into my classes and perform well thanks to Mr. Koster's excellent teaching. I received a lot of praise for my technically sound strikes and kicks; I was able to immediately understand and execute the instruction of my new teachers. I owe this - and my discipline to always work hard on the mat - to Mr. Koster.

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Have you ever had that friend that asked “Why is your son/daughter in martial arts?” I am sure you have. I am also sure that you were able to provide a great answer to that question. I was recently asked that question as well! Before I replied, I knew I really wanted to get to the heart of what we do at Touchstone Karate Academy, beyond the typical responses. So instead, I remembered a few hidden benefits that I hear most often from our parents!

 

Here are 4 of the hidden benefits to having a child in Martial Arts:

 

“Structured” Physical Activity

Notice we didn’t just say “physical activity”! It is easy for moms/dads to take their kids to the playground and watch them have free time for an hour or so. But not our parents, they have invested in something far more valuable for their kids! Our classes are made with the brain in mind and are therefore structured so that we are able to deliver the most up to date information, in a manner that each age group can retain. So not only are our students getting the physical exercise they need stay fit and healthy; they are getting the intellectual stimulation they need to help them stay sharp at school!

 

Socially Positive Stress Relief

There is no doubt that the pressures of school academics and social pressures weigh on our kids releasing lots of cortisol which is retroactive to leading an emotionally stable lifestyle. This can be seen especially during back to school seasons. But the good news is that even after a stressful or busy day, our students are able to come to Touchstone Karate Academy where we have built a community in which they can feel safe, confident, and free to be themselves. Many students also create friendships here that will last a lifetime as well!

 

Powerful Positive Role Models

Our staff is proud that you chose us to be the positive role models in your child’s life. We take that seriously which is why each of our instructors is trained to use the Touchstone Karate Academy system. This allows us to understand each individual physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. We are also trained in positive reinforcement techniques that can generate results quicker than many traditional systems that often cause children to step backwards behaviorally.

 

Little “wins” add up

We all want our kids to have huge goals, and to achieve them. In our martial arts programs our students learn that each major win is accomplished through smaller victories. Every class our students work hard to earn a skill stripe; each testing cycle they are rewarded for their daily effort by achieving a new rank. This cycle continues to be reinforced and eventually they will know the elation that comes when they have their first black belt tied around their waist. This lesson is valuable beyond words and will help each child for many years in the future.

 

We hope this has been informational, enlightening even! Feel free to share this with your friends next time we come up in conversation!

 

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