Testimonials

Justyn was afraid to take karate but as he became more confident with himself he has learned control, discipline, and honesty towards his family and friends.
Agnes Garcia, Pharmacy Technician
Ethan enjoys being a student at Shaolin Kenpo. This past year he was promoted to Tiger and the challenges/requirements that come with an orange-white belt have given him added confidence. He talks of having his Black Belt like Grandmaster May Castro-Manner.
Ronda DeMay, Sales Management
We love A.M.A.A. Grandmaster is awesome with all the students. Frank has learned to focus better and has learned about stranger danger. The girls have learned better coordination, the importance of concepts like teamwork, focus, and respect. They have gained more self confidence and the importance of not giving up.
Amy & Frank Drenik, Public Service
Jacqlyn has developed confidence and leadership skills since enrolling in Antioch Martial Arts Academy. All of the instructors are great with the kids.
Sandy Jones, Consultant
Our daughters have both benefited greatly from A.M.A.A. It has helped with their concentration, coordination, stamina, and confidence. They love their instructors and are really disappointed if we miss a class.
Matt MacPherson, Construction
Since Brian has been at A.M.A.A. he has increased his focus & self control at school. He is more respectful & is always wanting to help others. This we believe is due to him training at A.M.A.A. He loves it. He loves Grandmaster & Mr. M.D. Castro-Manner!
Brain & Tami Rose, Shop Super & PG&E Scheduler
It was a very good idea to enroll Gabriella at AMAA. We have seen marked improvement in her behavior, in interaction with other people. Also, it has taught her discipline and responsibility. I would strongly recommend AMAA for kids.
Tito Shafique, Engineer
Cameron has displayed confidence in knowing safety steps if encountered by a stranger as well as knowing basic information to give if lost, including but not limited to parents name, phone number, and home address.
Chris Boutilier, Firefighter
Since starting karate Noemi has gained confidence and self esteem. She is also more disciplined to practice and wants to be better at everything she does.
Silvia Hernandez
I enrolled my five year old grandson in Antioch Martial Arts Academy karate class not only to learn karate, but so he could learn how to live. Karate teaches the children the art of self defense, but also the ability to focus on a task, to have confidence, self-discipline and control, to set a goal and achieve it, the importance of family and respecting others. My grandson has learned all of this and more from AMAA. He has told me that karate has helped him to focus on his school work and to do his homework every night without his mother "nagging" him. Grandmaster May Castro-Manner is amazing. She sets high standards for her students and communicates her expectations clearly and effectively. The result is that they respect her completely and give her their best effort every time. Physical fitness and exercise are an important part of each karate class, and Grandmaster Castro-Manner has instilled this in her students. This is so important especially today when children are not nearly as active as they should be and childhood obesity is at an all-time high. I am so grateful that my grandson is learning all of these life skills at such an early age. He has been enrolled in karate for two years now, and it is my hope that he will carry these skills with him as he grows up and faces all the challenges life will bring. He will be much better equipped to handle whatever comes his way because of his experience with AMAA. I believe in AMAA and Grandmaster Castro-Manner so strongly that I drive from El Cerrito to Antioch twice a week--I want my grandson to learn from the best.
Louise Ozawa, Retired

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