"My very first review of this dojo was submitted on 12/23/2013. Almost 6 years later, I now have both of my sons (7 and 10) doing karate, and wanted to provide an updated review.
I want to begin by saying both my sons have autism, and one has ADHD in addition. My 7yo's autism is more severe so I have him doing only private classes with Sensei Ford. My 10yo is higher functioning and doing just fine in the group classes.
I initially enrolled my now 10yo in karate because of the potential positive benefits for his disability. I was able to observe one class to get a feel of the instructor and the class structure and immediately enrolled my son after the observation.
I saw that Sensei Ford has a natural gift in working with children. I really love how he has merged the traditional roots with practical updates from multiple disciplines.
The other update I wanted to provide is that his wife recently began offering private classes on meditation for kids in conjunction with the Kaizen dojo. I jumped at this opportunity because as mentioned previously, one of my kids has both autism and ADHD. I personally got to see the powerful impact of meditation on my son, and would recommend any other parents to try if open to it.
All in all, I'd like to close by saying I am so grateful to have run into such an incredible martial arts school led by a very humble and down-to-earth instructor."