Parent testimonials:

* As a parent, I am thrilled to have my daughter
participate in a program that can actively and
effectively contradict the 1000th (give or take a few
hundred) messages a day given through the media that
insinuate physical beauty is the most important goal
for women.  In Girl Power, my daughter learns that
confidence, intelligence, and physical strength =
beauty.  In a very fun and always entertaining way,
the Girl Power instructor reinforces the girls'
ability to defend themselves and to control their
environment.  He manages to install in the girls a
high degree of confidence in their own abilities.   My
daughter looks forward to each session and has become
extremely motivated to build her strength and
coordination.  I love to see her practice, knowing
that she is developing life-long skills to help cope
with often less-than-perfect society.

*Girl Power has given our daughters a huge boost in
their confidence and self-esteem, and made them feel
safer by being aware of what's around them.  Best
program we've ever put them in!

* My daughter loves Girl Power! She always looks
forward to class.  I've seen a lot of improvement in
her coordination, balance and confidence.

* My daughter really enjoys coming to Girl Power.  She
learns respect, stranger danger and her kicks have
certainly gotten higher.  Seeing her friends every
week is also a plus.

*Our daughters have received so much from Girl Power
-- respect for self, respect for others and to realize
they are equal, not less than.

*Besides the obvious physical impact, the positive
spiritual impact on my daughter has been a God
send.The instructor nourishes their self-esteem at the
same time that he makes them exercise their bodies
through the discipline of the art itself.

* In a world full of Gameboy, Nintendo, e-mail and
telecommunication, the Peaceful Warrior program helps
us, as parents, provide the boys with an environment
full of friendship, discipline, laughter and
confidence.  Thank you.

*My son's confidence continues to grow as a result of
his participation in this program.  He is inspired not
just by the physical skills he learns, but also by the
life philosophies taught there.

Children testimonials:

*It is amazing how much I have learned.  I go home
every Saturday thinking how much I have learned, for
example kicks, punches and paries, but not just that,
but accepting people who they are and not judging them
by their outside looks but by their inside looks.  The
inside is more important than the outside look.  My
class is the most supportive group I have ever known.
They give you compliments and help you when you are
struggling.  Most of all they accept you if you are on
a lower or higher level than they are.  Kung Fu is the
most fun activity I do and I hope to do it through my
adult years.

*Robert, I like the classes that you teach me.  I
think  you are the best person in the world.

*Girl Power means to me that I have the power of
believing in myself and protecting myself.  I like my
class because it is fun and makes me feel powerful.

*I enjoy Girl Power because I learn about self-defense
so that I can be safe.  I know what to do now if a
stranger comes to me.  I learn different kicks and
punches that I may use if someone grabs me.  I learn
blocks to block punches and kicks so I don't get hurt.
I like to get a certificate for doing good too.  I
think Girl Power is good because it teaches girls that
they can be strong, smart, beautiful and special.

*Every morning I wake up and say to myself "What's
today?  A Girl Power day?   I hope so!" It's wonderful
going to a class, meeting new people and learning new
things.  The instructor makes class fun by telling
jokes, teaching us what he knows, doing funny things,
and best of all, he acts himself.  He doesn't act like
we're just girls that can't do anything.  He
encourages us to be the best that we can be.
Everybody is at different levels.  And competition,
it's out of the question.  We don't want to see who's
better.  Girl Power just wants to see how you can
improve.  Girl Power means so much to me for all these
reasons.  If  you don't agree with that me, that's too
bad for you, because you are missing out on so much.

*Girl Power means to me that I have faith in myself
and that a girl can have power and be confident.  When
I am at school, I don't feel afraid of anybody.  Now I
can defend myself from a person that is mean.  In Girl
Power you will learn a lot of stuff that is very
interesting and important.

*Especially for Christmas, written by one of our Girl Power students:

On the first day of Girl Power, Mr. Girl Power said to me, "Do 10 push-ups and you will get stronger."

On the second day of Girl Power, Mr. Girl Power said to me, "Do stillness and you'll focus better."

On the third day of Girl Power, Mr. Girl Power said to me, "Do Last Ninja Standing and you'll balance better."

On the fourth day of Girl Power, Mr. Girl Power said to me, "You only compete with yourself and not others."

On the fifth day of Girl Power, Mr. Girl Power said to me, "I AM SPECIAL. I AM BEAUTIFUL. I AM SMART, AND I AM STRONG!!!