Testimonials

We have loved being in Shaolin Kenpo! Grandmaster Castro-Manner is a dedicated teacher who desires only the best for her students. She desires to help students develop themselves into respectful children, who are aware of their surroundings. Although we moved to Concord four years ago, we love this program and continue to attend.
Mike & Iris Alley, Gardener & Teacher
Madison has gained self-discipline and confidence through Antioch Martial Arts Academy. She understands the importance of respect for peers and adults, as well as the importance of fitness and safety. We are blessed to have Grandmaster, Professor, and all their staff in our lives.
Matt & Victoria MacPherson, Dispatcher & Teacher
Where can we begin? Grandmaster Castro-Manner, Professor Manner and their entire family are truly a Godsend for us. We love them all so very much. When Isaiah was just 10 years old, we started him in Shaolin Kenpo. He really needed to know he could stand on his own. Under the tutelage, love and direction of the Castro-Manner/Manner family, Isaiah grew tremendously. In December 2007, he received his black belt. His younger brother Jeremiah has become more confident and following along the same path.
Keith & Dianna Brown, Customer Service
Antioch Martial Arts Academy not only teaches their students the importance of self defense, but also emphasize the importance of respecting others and themselves. As a parent, you want to ensure that the people that teach your children impart values and lessons that you not only agree with, but that they impart the knowledge in such a way that it resonates with the children. In this, Grandmaster Castro-Manner and Professor Manner truly excel.
Tom Boyle, Accountant
My son was extremely shy, but through this class, he has developed self-confidence. He is also physically stronger. This is an excellent program and I'm so glad that my son's a part of it.
Dennis A. Herrera
After taking just one class, my boys feel confident that they can take on "the bad guys". I'm grateful for what Shaolin Kenpo teaches and continues to teach today.
Michele Mendoza, Administrative Assistant
Since practicing Shaolin Kenpo, Emily has become more confident in herself, has developed self defense skills, and a sense of awareness of herself in her surroundings as well as responsibility and respect for others.
Flora & Efren Arellano, Homemaker & Service Engineer
When Julian was six years old, we thought he needed discipline. He was intelligent but lacked in common sense and social skills. Shaolin Kenpo not only helped him acquire self-defense skills, but also helped him learn social skills and leadership skills. Reina has been with Grandmaster and Professor since she was five years old as a Tiny Tiger. Not only has she learned self-defense skills, but she also has a better sense of how to treat others with respect. We are very thankful that Grandmaster teaches all her students to be great leaders.
Tom & Tamami Carney, AT&T System Analyst & Japanese Language Instructor
AMAA's training has been very beneficial to all of us. We are more confident in everyday life and we have gained knowledge on how to protect ourselves. I really like women's self defense seminars. It teaches us the simple but effective techniques that women can do when they get attacked by one or multiple attackers. I now know how to get away from hand grab, choking throat, grabbing from behind, etc. I never knew how to get away from being pinned down on the floor until I took a seminar. It is amazingly simple but very effective. Thank you for sharing the knowledge and techniques that is necessary for defending ourselves and our loved ones.
Tamami Carney, Japanese Language Teacher
Meghan's teachers have pointed out how much more confident she has become. When some of the rougher kids try to push her or take away toys she now puts her hand up and shouts No! Andrew has improved greatly in the classroom since we started Shaolin Kenpo. His focus and self confidence have soared. We feel like Shaolin Kenpo is helping us to raise a kinder, gentler & yet confident young man. Time spent here is an investment in his future!
Beverly Richardson, Family Nurse Practitioner

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