What people are saying about our adults classes
Dear Master Fariborz.
Today is an important milestone for me. Not just in my tenure at TKC, but in my life as well. It has been four years to the day that I quit smoking. Though I had tried and failed many times in thirty years, and many different programs to quit, I just couldn’t make it stick until I started training with you at TKC in the Martial Arts. As you know, I lost my father last year due to complications from smoking. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t miss him dearly. Well as a father myself of three young daughters, I don’t want them to have to miss me for many, many years to come.
I have learned from you and this ancient art, that to have earned my black belt, I must be a Black Belt in all aspects of my life. You are my Martial Arts Master sir, and for that I am eternally grateful. But just as important, you have made me the master of this terrible addiction and dragon that is cigarettes. And for that, my family is eternally grateful.
Thank you for all you have done for me Kyoshi.
I am aware it has been a while since you have last seen me at the studio. You probably heard from my mother that I am currently studying in Israel. I am writing this email to thank you, the studio you have established, and the TKC team as a whole. My experience at TKC benefited me greatly by improving my ability to adapt to certain situations and giving me greater self confidence. This has helped me in school and also with my social life and I am very thankful for all the studio has given me.
I heard the event held to celebrate your 50th birthday was awesome and I wish I could've been there. I hope you and your family are doing well.
I want to thank you for everything you and Team Karate Centers provided me over many years. Self confidence and friendships to name a few. Although my physical health (two back surgeries since January 2010, third being scheduled for early April) has prevented my continued training and participation I want you to know that I speak highly of you, your instructors, and your school at every opportunity. I keep one of your guest passes in my wallet and haven given several to interested friends and coworkers.
When I first started taking my kids to TKC, I would sit on the sidelines and watch. I began to develop a yearning to get on the mat. I really started to going to TKC, meeting so many nice people, and watching the training. I noticed that when my young daughter took a break from Karate, I mssed it more than she did . . . so my wife convinced me I should give it a try. After my first tryout class, I was "hooked." Over three years later, I am still hooked. My experience with TKC has been very positive, both as a parent of kids in the junior and teen programs, and as an adult student myself. What does TKC provide? Why do a enjoy it so much? That would be a long-winded discussion, but the fundamental thing is that, as an adult, it gives you a new sense of purpose and drive, and pride. You will no longer be "bored" on weeknights, flipping through the tv, but instead will look forward to each night you have class, re-making yourself in body and mind.
Fariborz empowers me to become a better person with challenges, honesty, and time. In conversations on and off the mat he shares insights that challenge my perspective and spur me to grapple with new questions. As I form my own responses to these questions, inevitably I reach a new depth of insight that informs my life-experience. In class he teases me, which motivates me to try harder and reminds me that our relationship goes beyond the teacher-student dynamic.
Fariborzs honesty keeps me accountable. When we talk about how to improve my life, he offers suggestions that raise my standards and orient me in the direction I want to go. Also he calls me on my shortcomings in a way that makes me feel cared for rather than judged. This requires a level of strength and compassion that is hard to find in a mentor, let alone a friend.
As a present father, husband, and master instructor, there are endless demands on Fariborz time. Yet he always sets aside time for me when I ask to speak with him. This makes me feel respected and valued as a person, which reinforces my sense of self-worth.
Fariborz is a friend and mentor who models a behavior that I try to apply in my own life.