Success Stories

  • Erin's BJJ Testimonial

  • Mike's Martial Arts Story

  • Tim's Training gives him Confidence

  • What Is Courage?

    Wonderful Blog Article on Courage Written By a Sherwood Park Student

    This article was posted to a blog run by a student at our Sherwood Park school. It is several stories in one; it is a story of self discovery, of the ability to go beyond self imposed limits, it is about struggle, of self-doubt, and of overcoming. It is the story of someone recognizing fear for what it is and fighting back at it each and every day. It is inspiring and it is all of us.

    Check out the beginning of this great blog article..

    “Quickly, follow the unknown with something more familiar.”

       Courage is an interesting concept. I think a lot of people associate courage with brave or substantial acts that put the courageous person in harm’s way. For me, courage is much smaller than that. It is the thing that gets benched when fear steps onto the field. With fear in the spotlight, there was no room for courage, so it sat patiently and waited for that time when it could break free of all others and score the winning whatever (I don’t watch sports, so use your imagination). And it sat there a long time, waiting for that fear to take a much needed water break so it could jump up and say, “I’m ready coach!” Last year, I benched fear a few times, and let’s just say that my ego was not impressed. What was this unfamiliar feeling? Courage? Back on the bench! So fear reigned.

    You can Read The Rest of Meagan’s post on her blog!

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  • A Father’s Story

    This was sent to the young students’ instructors after a Muay Thai Tournament.

    I just wanted to send a note to thank you for going through all the effort to organize & host the recent tournament in Sylvan Lake this past weekend. This was my 7 year old son’s first tournament, and it was thoroughly enjoyed! Before his division was up he managed to meet another boy and actually ended up sparring with him for quite a while in the warm up area. It was so great to watch – 2 kids that had never met, started off running around playing tag and then graduated to sparring totally on their own – but not competitively – it was just no attitude, honest, innocent, sharing something they had in common that they could never do with their “regular” friends. This is truly the essence of the sport at this age! When I asked James what the best part of the day was he said, “meeting my new friend”. How much better does it get? What a great first experience!

    Khru Chris, Thank-you for taking the time to have your picture taken with James, and for coming over to cheer him on when he was a little “out-gunned” in his first match. He told me he could hear you telling him to get his kicks going during the bout and that made him feel really special that you were cheering for him. I’m sure if you think back far enough you’ll remember your first tournament – James will always remember this one and the support he had from yourself and his Sensei’s.

    Six months ago my boy left half way through his first Muay Thai class very upset and nervous. Now he can’t wait for his next tournament and still asks when he’ll be big enough for a full contact fight. What a change! He has a great pair of trainers, and I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring.


    Thank-you for providing this opportunity.

    Brad Adam

  • A Mother & Son’s Story, West Edmonton

    My son, Kaine, has been in Tiny Thaigers @ Arashi Do West Edmonton since August 2013. Since then I have noticed his confidence grow substantially, his technique improved quickly and his respect for others has increased. The instructors are compassionate, patient and use discipline when needed. I highly recommend!!!

    For myself, prior to joining the women’s only Muay Thai boot camp I had never entered a gym in my life!! I knew I would be challenged and I knew it would be tough, I never gave up, and it’s all because of the great rapport we have as a group and the excellent abilities and skills of Sensei Rem-she pushes us to our limits but at the same time ensures we get the most from our workouts. Highly recommended!!

    Sincerely,
    Pierrette Coombs

  • 40 Year Old Male

    Sylvan Lake
  • 35 Year Old Male & His Children

    Sylvan Lake
  • 11 Year Old Female

    Sylvan Lake
  • Awesome, Dedicated Instructors

    Awesome, dedicated instructors, Chris and Jason, make learning Muay Thai a lot of fun and always a great workout.

    Christian N.

    Calgary Deerfoot North

  • Great instructors and students

    Great instructors and students, their jiu-jitsu program for kids rocks!

    Myk T

    Calgary Deerfoot North

  • Great place to learn.

    Great place to learn.

    Rob E

    Calgary Acadia

  • My children's love story with Arashi-Do

    My children's love story with Arashi-Do started in the Fall of 2014.

    My daughter Marielle,10, decided to try out their karate class for the first time. Acadia dojo is the one nearest our home so it was the most convenient for us.Initially, my goals for Marielle were merely to develop self-esteem and to belong in a group but she obviously gained far more than that after 13 months of training. Marielle's after-class feedback: "KARATE is FUN!!!".
    I have never seen my daughter gotten so engaged in an activity before. She also likes the fact that she is a potential black belter. Her goals are set and she wants to be able to attain them It was also through Marielle's encouragement that she was able to convince her brother Theo, 7, to join in a trial class which eventually led to us signing him up for a year's membership.
    To this date, my children are passionate about what they do. Their discipline, focus and determination have immensely changed as well. Karate truly has a positive impact on who they have become. I commend all the teachers who were very patient, understanding and generous in sharing their knowledge and skills with all of our kids. Kudos!


    Thank-you for providing this opportunity.

    Joi P, Parent

    Calgary Acadia
  • Trevor is One of a Kind

    Trevor is one of a kind, he gave Grayson a belief in himself and a confidence through his example and training.

    Emily

    Calgary Springbank
  • Our kids just started to go here for BJJ...

    Our kids just started to go here for BJJ.

    And their professor Chris is amazing with these kids in his classes. Way to go keep up the greatness that we can see.


    Ryan Jobe

    Edmonton South
  • I started my oldest son in karate last year for 2 reasons.

    I started my oldest son in karate last year for 2 reasons.

    The first reason was Nicolas was having trouble with his speech, as many children do, but along with speech therapy I wanted to ensure I was instilling as much confidence in my child as possible. I knew the speech would come but kids can be cruel and I wanted to ensure that Nicolas had as much self confidence as possible and I believe that martial arts, specifically karate, in this case can enhance self esteem. Nicolas has come a long way in the last year and much has improved but he is so proud of his achievements in karate. He has had 3 belt promotions and has even taken his current belt to show his kindergarten class for his show and tell class. Both Sensei Trevor and Sensei Lauren are extremely helpful and supportive with all the children but specifically never made a 'big deal' of Nicolas's pronunciation of words. Actually, even one day which I will never forget ( I'm sure Sensei Trevor doesn't remember) he even called out another student for laughing at my son. I also truly appreciated the class on bullying! I knew from then on that this was the Dojo that Nicolas was meant to be at. The second reason is that martial arts is very important to my husband and is his main form of exercise and has always been his way to unwind. He feels it's important to raise our children with teachings of martial arts. Once my other two children are old enough to begin karate at Arashi Do they will also become members.
    Thanks to both Sensei Trevor and Sensei Lauren!


    Chandra Scarbrom

    Cochrane
  • Hey Monette & Trevor,

    Hey Monette & Trevor,

    I would like to thank you for the work you have done over the past couple years with Eric (my girlfriend son). He is a different kid than when I first met him and a lot of that started to change when he started going to Karate.


    Trevor

    Calgary Springbank
  • I have always held an interest in martial arts

    I have always held an interest in martial arts but lacked time and commitment to get into a qualified instruction program as a young adult.

    I joined Arashi-do in my 40’s and admittedly it was, and continues to be, a great physical and mental challenge. Renshi Trevor Clarke and the Arashi-do team provide an active and dynamic training environment.. Renshi Trevor Clarke and the senior students always make time to provide guidance to assure you have the tools to continually improve. I am at the beginning of an exhilarating and challenging adventure and look forward to growing my skills with Arashi-do.


    Sean Parenteau

    Calgary Springbank
  • My kids have learned so much

    My kids have learned so much from this program and they have a lot of great memories and trophies that they can hold on to.

    I joined Arashi-do in my 40’s and admittedly it was, and continues to be, a great physical and mental challenge. Renshi Trevor Clarke and the Arashi-do team provide an active and dynamic training environment.. Renshi Trevor Clarke and the senior students always make time to provide guidance to assure you have the tools to continually improve. I am at the beginning of an exhilarating and challenging adventure and look forward to growing my skills with Arashi-do.


    Mary

    Calgary Springbank
  • I joined Arashi-do in my 40’s...

    I joined Arashi-do in my 40’s...

    and admittedly it was, and continues to be, a great physical and mental challenge. Renshi Trevor Clarke and the Arashi-do team provide an active and dynamic training environment. Renshi Trevor Clarke and the senior students always make time to provide guidance to assure you have the tools to continually improve. I am at the beginning of an exhilarating and challenging adventure and look forward to growing my skills with Arashi-do.


    Sean Parenteau

    Calgary Springbank
  • I enrolled my son in karate to help him learn self-confidence.

    My kids have learned so much from this program and they have a lot of great memories and trophies that they can hold on to.

    In a world of bullying I wanted to give my child every tool possible to handle such struggles in his youth and into adulthood. After his first class with Renshi Trevor, I knew Arashi-Do Springbank would be a life altering experience. Renshi Trevor has not only taught my son the techniques to protect himself physically should the occasion arise, but his inner confidence has also strengthened.. My son has achieved several levels and his own personal goals in karate, he has learned the value of hard work, self-discipline, focus and respect. My son looks forward to attending classes, has made a number of friends, learned the importance of physical health and exercise, and is determined to achieve his Black belt.

    Cheers


    Carrie

  • Since beginning ladies cardio kickboxing at Arashido

    Since beginning ladies cardio kickboxing at Arashido, I have noticed significant improvements in my cardio, endurance and strength.

    It's a total body workout that keeps you moving the entire class. Every class is different, working different muscles and learning new techniques while keeping it fresh and fun!


    Kendra

    Calgary Springbank
  • I heard about Arashido...

    I heard about Arashido through my wife as several of her friends were in the cardio kickboxing classes.

    I always heard how good the workout was and how intense the instructor was. I decided to try the Muay Thai for the summer and really enjoyed the classes. I decided to go full time and I'm happy I did. It is great to learn a new skill which protects and challenges yourself while also getting in a workout.


    Nelson

    Calgary Springbank
  • Omar is very happy in karate classes with Jordan.

    Omar is very happy in karate classes with Jordan.


    Zeinab Sheref

    Edmonton South
  • 5 Stars on Google Reviews.

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    Greg Hogan

    Edmonton South
  • Arashi-Do West is a great place to train

    Arashi-Do West is a great place to train.

    Lots of friendly people and helpful people and a fun, clean environment to train in.


    Anonymous

    Edmonton West - La Perle
  • Sensei Rem is an absolute professional.

    Sensei Rem is an absolute professional.

    Not only is she an expert in martial arts but she is also a fantastic teacher. She focuses on discipline and building confidence. Strict and fun. My son loves her class and we love what she teaches him.


    Russell Patrick

    Edmonton West - La Perle
  • Incredible, focused instruction.

    Incredible, focused instruction.

    I learnt so much at this place, many years ago, it's great to see so many of the wonderful instructors are still at it!


    Suzanne S-D

    Edmonton North
  • Trained here for a few years

    Trained here for a few years.

    I loved every second of it! Hoping to come back soon.


    Tony C B

    Edmonton North
  • Great personal interest exhibited by all members of staff and students...

    Great personal interest exhibited by all members of staff and students...

    the feeling of belonging and "family" multiplies the dedication to personal excellence.


    Terry K

    Red Deer, ATC
  • The coaches are the best...

    The coaches are the best ...

    I have ever known and I will continue to recommend them to everyone I can.


    Chris W.

    Red Deer, ATC
  • I have been with this school for almost six years now.

    I have been with this school for almost six years now.

    First class facility, very clean and well maintained with lots of space. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming and open. An expert balance of pushing you to your limits while making sure no one gets hurt. Not just a club, but a family.


    Bradley Fraser

    Sherwood Park
  • My teen boys have been with Arashi Do Sherwood Park since the doors were opened.

    My teen boys have been with Arashi Do Sherwood Park since the doors were opened.

    We had spent time in other dojos which did not offer a fraction of what we receive at Arashi Do Sherwood Park. They participate in all 3 disciplines of martial arts offered and I could go on at length about what the arts have done to build all aspects of my boys' character, fitness and health.
    There is nothing about them that has not been influenced profoundly by Arashi Do. As important as the martial arts are, the people at our club are where the real value is.
    We have family friends, best friends, supportive friends, life long friends, coaches and mentors who I can only hope have another 8 years of influence over my kids. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend Arashi Do Sherwood Park for you and/or your family. It's not just a martial arts club.
    The support and opportunity afforded to my kids on and off the mats are priceless.


    Darlene Perry

    Sherwood Park
  • As a young girl, Kayla started training...

    Kayla Gregory, formerly Kayla Roseth before her marriage. As a young girl, Kayla started training in Karate at Arashi-Do Caroline in the mid 90's with Renshi Chris Bonde.

    Her whole family was taking Karate, with her mom Della, going on to earn her Black belt. She recently started her boy into martial arts at Arashi-Do Red Deer and sent this message to me:. Hey Chris! I hope your well. I wanted to drop a quick note. My boy started with Arashi Do Red Deer on Monday. 3 generations of Arashi Do, I can't believe it. Anyways, I wanted to pass along a note about his instructor.
    He's training under coach Ryan in Red Deer, and I'm so incredibly impressed with Ryan, and the way he is with these kids. I wasn't able to watch the entire class but the bit I did see he absolutely blew me away. He spent time building kids up, disciplining them and being a leader at the same time. I watched him calm and reassure a child who was getting upset. I watched him handle a misdemeanor with respect for the child while upholding authority. He was aware of a sensitive child's needs and met them while maintaining control of the kids with kindness. He is awesome. Please pass this along to whoever needs to see it. I am also sorry for bothering you personally on FB but I was so impressed with him I thought I would let you know.
    I was most impressed when he gave a kid laps as a punishment and then ran said laps with the kid to encourage him to finish. I've heard it said that great leaders don't say "go first" they say "follow me". I have read several leadership books spanning business and even military leadership. I seen a lot of those qualities in Ryan. I'm grateful my child is under his instruction.
    Take care, Chris! Kayla


    Kayla Gregory

    Red Deer, ATC
  • The coaching staff , atmosphere, and athletes there are top notch.

    The coaching staff , atmosphere, and athletes there are top notch.

    I had trained at the club for 5 years had zero previous combat sport or martial art experience. Kru Ryan is exceptionally knowledgeable and a great teacher, he was able to take a guy with zero experience and turned me into a confident fighter in the ring and on the mat.. Arashido Sherwood Park pumps out some of the most technical athletes in the city the also have world class fighters training there and believe it is the best club around. I've been a personal trainer for 10 years and have seen a lot of gyms and fitness fads come and go, so if you are looking at this from a workout stand point it is tried tested and works. I have never been in better shape in my life then when I was training at this club.


    Chris Cooknell
    BJJ & Competitive Muay Thai Fighter

    Sherwood Park
  • When my daughter and I first started training here...

    When my daughter and I first started training here...

    I knew very little about martial arts of any kind and was honestly intimidated. The instructors here are amazing and welcomed us to the club with friendly encouragement. We have been here going on 6 years now and I would never train anywhere else. This club offers traditional discipline with supportive individual attention.. The instructors work with the kids to foster self esteem and confidence and it's been amazing to see how the kids who have been attending since we started are growing into amazing confident inspirational humans. There truly is a "family" feel at this club and everyone is welcomed. I would recommend it to any parent looking to enroll their child, as well as anyone looking for an amazing workout that challenges you both physically and mentally.


    Kris Grue

    Sherwood Park
  • My son has been attending classes...

    My son has been attending classes...

    at Arashi Do Sherwood Park for the last two years. He's been doing Muay Thai since September 2014, and added BJJ last fall; he also goes to kids' camps, seminars, and Open Mat every chance he gets - I think he'd live there, if he could! The instructors and equipment are fantastic, but the atmosphere and camaraderie are truly unbelievable; as soon as you go to one class, you're pretty much part of a great big family. And they want you to learn, be happy, and win. If you have any interest in trying a new martial art or furthering your existing skills, I would highly recommend this place - we just love it!


    Ruth Hamlyn

    Sherwood Park
  • My Family has been training at this Dojo since it first opened.

    My Family has been training at this Dojo since it first opened.

    It has become our second home. The Instructors are World Class in knowledge and they treat everyone like family. Regardless the discipline you train, the Instructors will always take the time to answer a question and teach a technique properly. The atmosphere in the Dojo is that of Love and Respect. I cannot think of a better Dojo to train in and many of my Instructors and training partners are now some of my closest friends.


    Scott Hrynchuk

    Sherwood Park