“He’s now almost straight
The turnaround’s just been incredible!”
“My oldest child, oldest son, Isaac,
he was – at best – mostly C’s and
an occasional B in school. He’s been doing this
for about 90 days now. He’s now almost straight
A’s. He’s got one B. The turnaround’s
just been incredible. I’ve got 2 boys in Mile
My other son, Ian, as well. At best, he
was about C’s and one B. Now he’s all A’s
except for one B. Seeing the difference in discipline,
his goals, his drive, it’s just amazing. He’s
a different son. He’s a different kid.
Ian, the same thing. His grades have
come up. He’s just been doing great. They’ve
been doing so well in school. Now they’ve got
sheets that they come with and they’ve got homework
to do. And they’ve got to help out mom and dad
around the house. They get their chores done. It’s
working great, and we’re very proud of them.
I’ve got another boy starting next
year. So we’re pretty excited. I highly recommend
Mile High Karate. My wife does home child care and we
found out about this through one of the boys that’s
already in the school, and a black belt. So we decided
that we needed to get our guys involved. So we went
ahead and checked into it. They’re both advancing,
and doing very well.
One of the reasons we chose Mile High
Karate is we heard so many good things about it. We’re in a situation now with our guys that it’s
taken their self-esteem up, their self-confidence, their
grades have come up. We’re just elated with what
they’ve been able to learn here at Mile High Karate.
Father of Isaac and Ian
“I think Mile High
Karate’s is absolutely
wonderful to kids.”
My son, when we were white belts, was
pushed up against a dumpster while he was wearing his
uniform before class. They wanted him to show karate
moves and fight with them. And he told them no. He told
them that karate was for defense only and that he was
not going to fight them. He talked his way out of it.
But he was able to walk away with his head held high.
My oldest son has become incredibly more
responsible. Last year, he hated himself, hated his
life, didn’t want to do anything with anybody. And now he does his own homework, his grades have
improved, the teachers are very impressed with him,
he’s very helpful around the house now. He’s
a totally different child in 3 months.
I think Mile High Karate’s program
is absolutely wonderful to kids. It teaches the kids
“yes sir,” “yes ma’am.”
It teaches them respect. I’ve had a lot of parents
come up to me and say what an amazing changes their
kids have done.
“The kids who’ve
been in karate here, quite a few years especially, have
a presence and self-confidence well beyond their years”
We’ve noticed that Josh has been
able to focus better on his school work and his homework.
Mile High Karate is more than just about the karate. They focus on the kids’ positive attributes. There’s just not enough of that in the world anymore.
As far as achievement in homework, they praise doing
well on tests and they focus on a kids’ positive
In our case, Josh is a small boy and
he’s got glasses. Actually, he doesn’t get
picked on, because I think he’s got more self-confidence
in himself than maybe a child who doesn’t take
karate. Because that’s what they stress in classes
is for them to be strong and self-confident, in control.
His confidence level has increased
a lot. That’s one thing we’ve definitely
noticed. We’re going on just a little over a year
now, about a year and 2 months.
Mile High Karate kids are more focused and I think
they behave better. For their parents, I think they
obey. They have to reply to adults by saying, “Yes
ma’am, yes sir.” And Josh’s teacher
says that he’s doing that to her in class. Obviously,
he doesn’t need to. But because he’s been
trained by Mile High Karate to do that, that’s
what he does.
The kids who’ve been in Mile High
Karate, quite a few years especially, have a presence
and self-confidence well beyond their years. We’ve
already noticed that improvement in our sons, too. It’s
an ability to believe in himself and have goals that
far exceed his age.
We were concerned, at first, of whether
or not we had the right karate school. But now, there’s
no doubt in our minds that he’s in the correct
Like I said, the self-defense part went lower in our
priority list for him when we saw how much they encourage
them in school. It’s neat to see.
The higher they go, the more respect that’s there.
Josh got lucky – enrolling at Mile High Karate
was a great choice.
Wendy Myers & Blain Myers
“But I have seen
a tremendous change in her. She is just much more self-confident
and she walks ery proud.”
My name is Annie Cusack, also known as
Meaghan’s mom. My daughter is almost 13 years
old. And for the last 2½ years, she’s been
fighting bone cancer. She was diagnosed when she was
10 years old. She was in 5th grade. And she was the
perfect child. It wasn’t so perfect for a very
long time. She was very sick. We thought we were going
to lose her, but we didn’t. She fought very, very
hard and she survived. She survived, but she lost part
of her leg. She never really lost her spirit, and that’s
everything that I hold onto for her and kept telling
her to continue going forward.
When she was healed, she was very physically
healed. But I think spiritually and mentally, she needed
to heal. And for some reason, she gravitated to karate.
She wanted to do karate. She wanted to be healthy. She
wanted to have more balance. She wanted to be like everybody
else. And she wanted to be the best that she could be.
I always thought she was, but I don’t think she
She’s been in karate now for a few months. Maybe
not even that long. But I have seen a tremendous
change in her. She is just much more self-confident
and she walks very proud. And that makes me very
“One good thing
about karate is that around the house, Chris does his
chores now. He can see how he’s contributing to
About 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with
prostate cancer. And part of my therapy was to make
sure I get plenty of exercise and develop a positive
outlook on life. I found out by coming out by coming
to Mile High Karate, I could get those things. I could
come in here, get a good workout, build my muscles,
work on my flexibility, my balance, and get the positive
aspects from the school. So it’s been a very positive
experience and a very good part of the treatment.
Chris has really developed since he’s
been in Mile High Karate. He’s in the 3rd grade.
When he first started karate, he was kind of shy, didn’t
want to get up in front of the class. But now, after
a year and a half of karate, he’s one of the top
3rd graders in the school, he’s picked for special
projects by the principle herself. He has great grades
and he loves school. So karate has been great for
his mental ability, giving him that self-discipline
and that positive confidence.
One good thing about karate is that around
the house, Chris does his chores now. He can see how
he’s contributing to the family. Where before,
he really didn’t want to do it and he would just
pass the buck and let mom and dad do it. But now, he
really contributes and he realizes how he can help out.
This is a great school. I’ve
been to several schools and I interviewed several before
I came here. I thought this was the best. I think the
instructions are great and I like the way they bring
in positive aspects from all the books you have to read,
the positive self-motivation you get, and the great
workouts. Mile High Karate is an excellent school.
“Both of us have
tremendously grown from this experience.”
Both of us have tremendously grown from
this experience. My self-confidence has certainly grown
a lot. I’m a lot more apt to look at people when
I talk to them, have more eye contact, as well as certainly
the physical fitness aspect gives me the confidence
to go out and do what I want to do, feel very assertive
when I do it.
My son, as well, is in daycare and has a lot more confidence
than he has in the past in terms of talking to teachers,
having a lot of respect with that. This happened very
quickly. We’re about 5 months into the program.
These people are really friendly people.
They’re very, very accepting of everyone. Even
when we started, we weren’t exactly sure what
we were getting ourselves into, but they were very accepting
and worked with us, and were very patient with us. That’s
very important. I would recommend it very highly to
anybody wanting to get their kids into a program, as
well as themselves, as adults, for physical fitness
as well as the confidence.
“She walks with her
head held high now, she makes friends very easily, and
it’s a confidence that’s not arrogant.”
I originally got the kids involved in
karate just as an extracurricular activity. It’s
turned into a lot more than that. It’s turned
into more of a lifestyle for them. And especially with
my shy girl. Karate has taught her a magnitude of self-confidence.
She walks with her head held high now, she makes friends
very easily, and it’s a confidence that’s
not arrogant. It’s just a really strong sense
Brittany, the same. She really was probably
more confident than Anna. She’s learned how to
be confident without being arrogant. She’s the
pretty girl and she knew it, and everyone treated her
as such. And now with karate, with the confidence level
that she has, she’s able to generate confidence
without having to be the princess of everybody. So karate
is just amazing.
He’s very confident in himself and his skills.
And karate has taught him how to be disciplined.
It’s a life-changing thing, it’s
not just learning how to punch and kick. It’s
a way of life. If I have anything to say about it, we
will be in karate forever.
“And I decided if
they can do it, I can do it.”
I came to watch Lisa on her first day
of class. And as I was sitting there watching them,
I noticed that there were several other women on the
floor for their first class, and they appeared to be
my age or older. And I decided if they can do it, I
can do it. With my busy, hectic schedule, helping raise
grandchildren and children and teenagers, I was trying
to figure out some way I could get some physical activity
in my life. And I figured, “Well, I’m here
with the grandkids 3 times a week anyway, so why not
kill 2 birds with one stone. And now, my sons are telling
their friends that their mom is going to be one of those
moms their friends are going to want to come see.
“I would say that
it’s worth anything that you’re looking
for to help the self-esteem with your kids, any discipline,
helping in school.”
My daughter had very low self-esteem. And ever since
I brought her here, she feels a lot better about herself,
she’s doing a lot better in school. So I just
thought this would be one of the good reasons to help
her in that way.
I like the discipline. That was the main reason I wanted
to come. But all in all, she enjoys everything. She
enjoys it all. She feels a lot better about herself.
She likes the different people that she’s met.
She likes that she has a goal to become a black belt.
And she does good every time she comes. She gets better
every time she comes.
I would say that you get what you pay for. I would
say that it’s worth anything that you’re
looking for to help the self-esteem with your kids,
any discipline, helping in school. I would say it really
does work. It’s helped my daughter a lot, in every
“It has done absolute
wonders for him. He’s doing a lot better in school.
He’s got a lot more focus and a lot better attention
span than he did before.”
I feel that Mile High Karate has been really wonderful
for both of us. Not only are we growing closer together
on a daily basis, we have a common interest and a common
In myself, I have seen an improvement in self-esteem. I’ve seen a tremendous improvement with my son,
with his self-esteem. It has done absolute wonders
for him. He’s doing a lot better in school. He’s
got a lot more focus and a lot better attention span
than he did before.
I think it’s great that Justin has learned.
He actually had an incident on the playground where
he was surrounded by a bunch of other kids. He wanted
to start a fight with them. And Justin, at that point,
looked them, since he was in the center of the circle,
and said, “I’m sorry, but you leave me no
choice but to defend myself.” At that point, he
got into a karate stance, the kids separated from the
circle and let him walk off. At that point, he was able
to walk away and not join in the fight. Where I believe
if he had not taken karate, a fight would have begun.
I would highly recommend Mile High Karate to any
adult, as well as a child. For adults, I’ve
highly considered going to an aerobics class. I found
karate to be not only challenging as far as exercise,
I get a lot more exercise here at Mile High Karate.
I’m also learning self-defense, self-esteem and
“But now that I’ve
learned karate, I’ve learned to use it in self-defense
Before I joined, I was getting into fights all the
time. I was getting picked on and no one would leave
me alone. Before, I wasn’t avoiding the fights.
When they started pushing, I just pushed them right
back. But now that I’ve learned karate, I’ve
learned to use it in self-defense only.
Amber Plies’ Son
“The first time
she came in, she was very shy, didn’t want to
go anywhere near the front. That
has changed drastically”
That seems to have improved a lot since Heather started
karate. She’s very confident when she comes to
class. The first time she came in, she was very shy,
didn’t want to go anywhere near the front. That
has changed drastically. She’s very comfortable
when she comes in and very confident in the moves that
she’s making, and it’s been a lot of fun
watching her from the very beginning, where she learned
the basic punches, to using the sticks. It’s
been a good experience.
She’s always been really good at school. She
enjoys bringing in her work when she gets A’s
and A+’s. That’s one good thing about
the program here is that they really promote that and
recognize the kids when they bring in their good work. I think that helps motivate them to continue doing that.
Another thing that I’ve really noticed a big
difference in, they have a job list for the kids to
fill out as far as cleaning their rooms or helping out
around the house. That’s a good motivator. She
likes to pull that list out and check it off when she’s
done it. And once again, they get recognized for it
when they come in.
respect has gone way up using yes sir and yes ma’am.”
The kids’ respect has gone way up using yes
sir and yes ma’am. Being focused at school, my
oldest daughter, her grades are really maintained. She’s
proud to come to the Mile High Karate school and show
off her homework, show off her great report cards that
she’s been getting, and she’s inspiring
enough to where her little sister has joined the class,
and she’s doing really well and focusing on the
same discipline at home, keeping the room clean, things
like just natural chores around the house.
They’re both so respectful now. Even
the 3-year-old, she says, “Yes ma’am, no
ma’am, yes sir.” They take pride in coming
to karate and showing off what great things they’ve
done at home and what great things she’s done
at school and at daycare. It’s been really nice.
We just ask them to do something and it’s just,
“Yes, ma’am,” and they do it. And
they’ve both inspired me to join as well. It’s
been a nice family activity for all of us. Like
my husband said, it’s a family atmosphere. It’s
fun. They make it so much fun for the kids that it’s
like the attitudes here are so contagious that you just
feel so good being here. They’ve become like family
to us. We moved several miles away from the school and
continue to come down here because of the high-quality
instructors and just the great time that the kids have
here, and how nice everybody’s been.
My oldest started and the instructors are really good.
They give you a nice family atmosphere and make you
feel real comfortable. So then I joined, and then soon
after, my wife and my youngest joined.
into karate and their focus has become outrageous and
their grades have been
excellent from school.”
They have become very disciplined. They weren’t
rotten before, but they had their moments. But now they
love karate and they tell you to do it 2 days a week,
at least. They’ve been doing it for a couple years. They’re really into karate and their focus
has become outrageous and their grades have been excellent
from school. I’m here 6 days a week.
It’s great for the kids. I would tell
them to come to Stephen Oliver’s Mile High Karate.
The parent’s are nice, it’s like a good
family group here. We’re here 6 days a week instead
of 2. So that’s how much they like it. It’s
like, “Do we go to karate today?” “Yes.”
So we’ve got our gear in the car at all times
and we’re ready to go.
“I do it so they
can get confidence in themselves.”
They’ve been improving quite a bit here at martial
arts and I’m really proud of them. They’re
doing real good in school. She’s got good grades.
He’s got good grades, so does she. My boy, Michael,
is in here too. He’s 16 years old. He’s
doing real good in school. He’s doing great here
at martial arts school. I do it so they can get confidence
in themselves. I think confidence is the most important
thing in life, I think. That way, they can accomplish
what they want in life. I think that’s really
important. I’d recommend Mile High Karate real
to think and concentrate, to pay attention to detail,
it’s all been phenomenal for them.”
I think it’s interesting that martial arts hasn’t
gotten more positive press, because of the innumerable
benefits that I’ve seen in my kids. Confidence,
control, ability to focus, things that transfer into
the classroom, things that transfer with their friends.
I know this summer in baseball, the coach specifically
said, “Zack, I really appreciate you being a leader,”
and he was. He was focusing the guys, telling them what
to do. So I’ve seen it transfer into other
areas, academically, even with his friends in the neighborhood,
being a leader. Same with Maddie. It’s really
helped her, too. She’s an advanced reader, an
advanced studier, good concentration skills. So it’s
been phenomenal for my family. We’ve been in for
about 4 years now, and it’s been great.
The thing that I noticed so much is their ability
to concentrate, to focus, the memorization skills
that you have to have. We have words at the belt that
we memorize at each belt level. It transfers over. Their
ability to think and concentrate, to pay attention to
detail, it’s all been phenomenal for them.
You see the day and age of what’s going on today
with people, and the crazy society that we have, that
I feel a lot better about them being able to defend
themselves. These kids do so well compared to the other
I love the conflict avoidance skills that they learn
and the confidence in the way they carry themselves,
so that hopefully they never have to get to that self-defense
point. But if they do, I feel comfortable they’d
be able to handle themselves.
I would highly recommend Master Stephen Oliver’s
Mile High Karate. It’s been phenomenal for us,
individually and as a family.
“She has exhibited
such exuberance in school. Her grades have gone up.
She’s got self-confidence.”
My name is Larry Bowser, my wife Daphne, my older
daughter Leann, my youngest daughter Corey. We got into
Mile High Karate about 2½ years ago, at an after-school
program. Since Corey got into the program, she has
exhibited such exuberance in school. Her grades have
gone up. She’s got self-confidence. Since
she’s been in the program, my wife has gotten
involved. And since my wife has gotten involved, our
older daughter has gotten involved.
With the aspect of self-defense, it’s been a
great thing. There’s a lot of deals in our society
today. For the females in my family, it’s great.
I feel that their confident, they can take care of themselves,
look out after others, take care of their friends.
“It has built her
self-confidence, where she really wants to try her best
Our oldest daughter, when she started her freshman
year, she was very, very shy and did not apply herself
in school whatsoever. That’s about the time that
she started in karate. It has built her self-confidence,
where she really wants to try her best and focuses. It’s a great focus learning tool and she’s
really done very well. She’s brought her grades
And we’re not afraid to be out there, walk back
to the car from the mall. It’s really made us
feel safe and secure. Mile High Karate has really
been a great thing for us as a family. It’s
been a great thing for us to do together.
I would recommend Mile High Karate. This is a place
where kids can develop themselves. They develop themselves
socially and developmentally. It’s a great family
place to be. They meet a lot of friends, a lot of different
things, and they learn to interact with people a lot.
“I would definitely
recommend Mile High Karate.”
I enjoy Mile High Karate. It’s a great family
to be a part of. There is a lot of camaraderie here.
It’s a positive atmosphere to be involved in. My kids are more confident. They are very motivated
to do well in school. They now do very well in school.
I think that the recognition here at Mile High, it goes
beyond just self-defense. Also, the mental aspect of
doing well in school, building positive self-esteem,
character, there’s assignments that are discussed,
and I think that that helps the kids. When they get
recognized by their peers when they come into class
with their good report card, or maybe a test that they
did well on or a project that they did well on, not
only does the teacher recognize them but they’re
recognized in front of the whole school. I think that’s
very important for building self-esteem and being recognized
by their peers.
My kids get up in front of the class with ease, probably
even more so than myself. Danny, I hear from his teacher,
that he’s like one of the first ones to raise
his hand. He had no problem in communicating in front
of the classroom.
Rachel, she helps out here at Mile High Karate and
I watched her just the other night, she was really enjoying
herself just being in a teaching atmosphere, working
with the kids. And I just really felt proud of her,
that she didn’t have to be out playing, hanging
out with her friends anywhere. She was doing something
positive in her life and really enjoying it.
I would definitely recommend Mile High Karate. It’s healthy for the whole family. The whole family
is involved. You build your strength, your stamina.
You obviously get self-defense skills. You build
your mental character. So you’re a strong
person and you may be mentally more apt to get away
from having to use some of the skills that you learned
than just learning kicking and punching.
“As a program for
kids, it’s absolutely wonderful.”
We’ve got 2 boys in here. My oldest boy, when
we moved to a new house in a new neighborhood, found
he was catching a lot of flack from the other kids.
So some of the anti-bullying things that are taught
in school have really come in handy. And, in fact, one
time there was a kid who actually came up and picked
a fight with him. And he was able to use the second
part of his creed to refuse to fight. Otherwise, he
would have gotten in big trouble in school. So that
was a big impact on him was to be able to just walk
away and have enough self-confidence to say, “I
don’t need to fight with this kid, because I know
I could take him if I had to.”
In fact, I have recommended Mile High Karate to my
friends, so I recommended Mile High Karate and said,
“As a program for kids, it’s absolutely
wonderful.” I really couldn’t speak highly
enough of it. So she came and her son fit right
in, and I think he’s up to orange belt now.
“A lot more respect,
a lot more discipline.”
We’re here as a family. So I think it keeps us
together so we get just a lot of the wholesome aspect
of being together. A lot more respect, a lot more discipline.
He acts a lot more grown-up. I just come and watch.
I enjoy watching. He does really good in school and
goes to a school where there’s a lot of discipline
at school too, so it helps.
“I can’t just
sit here. I’ve got to do this with him.”
I had no idea I was going to do this. When we first
came in here, it was for Nathan, and we signed him up.
And after about the second week, I was sitting on the
sideline going, “I can’t just sit here.
I’ve got to do this with him.” So that’s
why we’re both in it together. It’s a father/son
thing. It’s not often that you can do something
together with your son that he enjoys and you enjoy,
and you do it as a group instead of doing your own thing.
So it’s nice that way.
We’ve recommended Mile High Karate to a number
of people. So it’s a great school It really
is. The instructors are good and they’re real
good with kids, and they’re real good with the
old guys, like me. So it’s a nice place. It’s
a good family-oriented place to be.
“I would say it’s
a very nurturing, caring place”
Ben’s been in Mile High Karate for about 3 years.
We really like it. We think it’s been really
good for his self-confidence. He’s made a
lot of new friends. What I like about it is you’re
competing with yourself. It’s not like you’re
competing on a sports team against other people. The
people here are all very caring and they all work together.
It’s a blend of their minds and their bodies.
It’s physical, mental and spiritual. We like it.
I’d say this has also helped his focus and I
think it’s helped him learn what goal-setting
I would say it’s a very nurturing, caring place.
And it will teach your kids a lot of things other than
karate. But he’s also learned a lot, his physical
skills have improved too in the last 3 years, a lot.
He couldn’t pass a physical fitness test 3 years
ago, and now he can. It’s helped him to be less
bashful and more outgoing. It’s helped him learn
how to make new friends.
“We were really referred
from his physician, because we were told ADHD kids should
We’ve been here almost 2 years. We were really referred from his physician, because
we were told ADHD kids should take karate, and it’s
been the best. It’s been really, really good.
Self-control, motivating, he always wants to come here.
Number one is for focus for ADHD kids, to get them to
focus. And that’s been really, really good. If
I had known that, I would have taken him in years before
that. I didn’t know. I didn’t know until
he came to Mile High Karate. It’s been wonderful.
I enjoy it. I think all the kids are
just more motivated. It builds them up and they want
to come back, and they do better in school. I would
recommend Mile High Karate for anybody. I love watching
it. I could sit here for days watching kids do it.
The biggest benefit that I have seen for Jeremy
– and we have 2 other children in it – is
The biggest benefit that I have seen for Jeremy –
and we have 2 other children in it – is the confidence,
being able to do school and reaction in school has helped
tremendously. Jeremy has gone all the way up to third
degree black belt and started at 9 years old, and has
stuck with it for that many years, which is a lot. It’s
a big commitment for a kid. So we see commitment, we
see school work, we see the good kids at home. We don’t
have problems at home.
our confidence, speaking ability, self-esteem, kind
of believing in myself, self-worth.”
I’m head instructor at the Lafayette school.
Like my father said, it’s helped our confidence,
speaking ability, self-esteem, kind of believing in
myself, self-worth. I can remember when I started, I
look back on it and I look at myself now, I see the
changes. The advantage of being head instructor is I
get to see that to the kids I’m teaching now.
I see the changes in them from when they come in to
when they leave. It’s fulfilling.
The satisfying part of it, for me, is when I see a
kid come in and a parent come in, and mom and dad having
trouble with their son or daughter and, “Here,
Mr. Cooper, can you take care of my kid? Can you help
him?” And after 4 weeks, that kid looks awesome,
turned around, happy to be in karate, happy to go home,
does his stuff for mom and dad, has a smile on his face,
and enjoys doing it. And when they come to karate ready
to learn, that’s what’s fulfilling for me.
“This one, they
really care about your kids.”
Focus and respect. Tyler respects adults a lot, and
he always says please and thank you, opens doors for
people, picks up trash when he’s out on the street.
Tyler’s been doing this almost 2 years. He’s
very confident. He has a lot of endurance. He’s
amazing. I didn’t know he could do as much as
he does. Just when I think he’s going to quit,
he keeps going. He never quits.
At Mile High Karate they really care about your kids.
They take time out and try to teach your kids and make
them better. And if I have problems or anything, they’ve
got little ways to solve those problems, to help the
kids get through things. A very good experience. We’re
here all the time.
“I think I’ve
gotten a lot of self-esteem and I’ve learned to
meet other people a lot better than I’ve been.
I’ve gotten better grades.”
I think I’ve gotten a lot of self-esteem and
I’ve learned to meet other people a lot better
than I’ve been. I’ve gotten better grades.
It taught me to be able to do speeches in front of classes.
I’m in high school. It’s helped me get
better grades by having more focus in class, being able
to do speeches, talking in front of people, and getting
to know a bunch of people.
To learn how to respect the elders and to be able
to find self-defense, too, and to do better in school.
This is so much fun. Our instructors have a way of doing
it that it’s really family-oriented, so we have
lots of fun.
“The bullying has
Kids were picking on her, bullying on her. And basically,
we’ve taught our kids not to start a fight, but
not to back down from one. And she felt that she did
not know how to defend herself correctly or even help
So basically, it came down to the point where the
last incident with a girl at school, she came home with
a swollen cheek. And that’s when my husband decided
to look for a self-defense class, and she started. We
came into Mile High Karate. We took the first entry
level classes, and actually all of us are here now.
My husband, myself and my 2 kids.
The bullying has since stopped. My daughter has
more self-discipline. She feels confident about herself.
Her grades have improved. Any issues that come up,
she can solve them. And my son here is the same way.
His grades have improved. They’re all doing a
lot better, and I honestly feel that a lot of it has
to do with being here at Mile High Karate.
Actually, we tell them if they need self-discipline,
their kids need confidence, they need something to help
them focus on their goals, that they should come to
Mile High Karate and see what they have to offer. It
sure helped our family.
“As soon as I got
in here, they noticed a change in me, drastically”
I’ve been doing this about 11 years, since I
was 10 years old. My parents noticed it right away,
from when I was a white belt. Before I wouldn’t
clean my room, I wouldn’t do the dishes or anything.
And then as soon as I got in here, they noticed a change
in me, drastically. My confidence got up and I’m
able to talk to people more so now than I was back then.
I’m not as scared. It’s a blast.
“Since Mile High
Karate, she’s an excellent student”
We started back in 1989. The girls started first.
Brandon came later. When we first got started, especially
Natasha, she always wanted to fight. She always wanted
to be the bully. She always wanted to be the one to
talk out in class. Teachers could never get her to settle
Since Mile High Karate, she’s an excellent student.
Laquita is alot better than Natasha, she’s coming
along very, very well. So Mile High Karate has done
a lot for the whole family.
Personally, if I had not gotten the girls in karate
when we did, I have no idea where they would have been.
I have no idea, because the way the kids were going
at that time, I said, “Man, we need something.”
Discipline, confidence, focus, especially focus in school.
But now we have Brandon, Brandon is 7. He also started
at 3½. At 7, he’s a role model in school.
Teachers can’t say anything but good stuff about
Brandon. Every time I look around, he’s got all
these A’s. He probably can read better than I
can right now, at 7.
Laquita, she gave me one of those little green keychains
and she said, “Daddy, here’s a green keychain.
It’s like a black belt, because you’ll never
be one.” I remember talking to their head instructor
at the time. I said, “I’m ready to get started.”
And he said, “Let me give you a uniform before
you change your mind.” So he gave a uniform and
I went to Laquita, she was about 5 now, and I said,
“Look, Laquita, I’m a white belt.”
She said, “No, daddy, you are no belt. You have
to earn your white belt.” So that’s how
I got started.
Brandon is a great kid. He can kick above his head.
As far as getting along with adults and kids, he’s
an outstanding kid. I don’t think I could have
given him that without Mile High Karate.
“I think it’s
helped me out in school a lot.”
I think it’s helped me out in school a lot. I think it’s helped me focus better, get my confidence
level up to approach the teachers and talk to the other
students to make new friends. No one even knows
I’m in karate.
“I think by being
in karate, I’ve been in the best shape of my life.
Originally, I really wanted to get started in karate
because I wanted an exercise program, plus I wanted
to learn self-defense. So it’s given me both.
And I think by being in karate, I’ve been in the
best shape of my life. No doubt. Kathy Lewis
“So it’s not just all about punching and
kicking, it’s more life-long lessons that they
can learn as well.”
I’ve been training at Mile High Karate about
7½ years. I think with my energy, I can get out
there and let them know it doesn’t matter how
big or how small, you can go out there and do karate.
It gives me energy, it gives me a sense of staying in
shape. An excellent workout, that kind of thing.
I think in the long run, it has, just because of the
fact that I don’t worry about what situation I
get myself into or that kind of deal. You’re always
kind of aware of the situation. For me, I just try not
to get myself at the wrong place at the wrong time kind
of deal. If I did, I would just kind of survey it and
make sure if I had to use skills, that I know I’d
be able to handle myself.
When students come to Mile High Karate, especially
families with little kids, like “Hey dad, I want
to come do karate,” that kind of thing, I tell
them it’s like if you come down to Mile High Karate,
you’ll get a lot of benefit from coming in. Because
not only do they teach you how to punch and kick, but
they teach you little life lessons during the week.
And like a message of the week kind of deal. So they
have something they can go by, like positive self-esteem.
We give them that meaning and then they work on it all
So if they say, “Hey Johnny, what’s positive
self-esteem,” he can raise his hand and give a
definition. So it’s not just all about punching
and kicking, it’s more life-long lessons that
students learn as well.
Basically, I started karate when we saw this
at a Boy Scout jamboree. My parents liked it. They talked
my grandparents into it. They signed up for confidence,
self-esteem, discipline, respect.
Once I got to blue belt, they started putting me in
a leadership role, where I had to project my voice,
be confident in front of students.
It helped my grades. They increased dramatically
after I signed up.
“I’m a lot
better of a person that I’ve had martial arts”
A lot of confidence, discipline, that’s what
we teach around here. I’ve gotten a lot out of
it. I’ve been doing martial arts for 20 years
now. I started when I was 5. I’ve got a lot of
self-confidence, discipline. I’m a lot better
of a person that I’ve had martial arts. I’m
not always on the edge to fight. I can try to talk my
way out of it and back down a little bit. I had a tendency
to get in trouble, to go into the fight instead of back
out of the fight. I was more “I want to fight
you” instead of “I want to try and back
out.” And now that I have that, I can walk away
and know that I’m a bigger man because I did.
I tell people it’s a great workout. We like
to build your self-confidence. We like to give you the
discipline. We show you how to defend yourself, if you
have to. We have a thing called ABC’s conflict
avoidance. We show you how to try to avoid all that.
If you get into a conflict, we sit there and we try
to show you how to get away from it instead of getting
But for people to be joining, it’s a great thing
because it gets you in shape, it works on your flexibility,
it works on a lot of your confidence and self-discipline.
We’ve been in Mile High Karate for 8 years now
with our son. He joined in 3rd grade and he went
anywhere from C’s and B’s to where now he
is getting straight A’s and he’s number
3 in his high school junior class. And he’s just
We would put most of the credit to Mile High Karate
for the improvements that have happened. I had a 6th
grade teacher call me up one time and he said, “Ben
comes in, he opens up his book and starts reading.”
He just couldn’t believe it. He says, “Why
is he like that?” I said, “Well, because
of Mile High Karate.” And then I said, “Do
you know that he has ADHD, which is hyperactivity?”
He says, “I wouldn’t have guessed.”
He had that much self-discipline to be able to sit there
and everybody else was just going around and not able
to focus. And he was sitting there and reading a book
and doing what he’s supposed to do.
I think one of the best things with Mile High Karate
is when he was a child, 8 years old when he started,
he was interacting with adults and he was interacting
with children younger than him. And as he grew up, he
started to become more mature. And he was just growing
and he’s just this incredible person that everybody
likes. They just enjoy him. We do credit karate, Mile
I wish I could recommend as many as we can. In fact,
we’ve told them if you want any parents to speak
up, we would. And now, our daughter’s even in
karate now. We started her and she signed up. She’s
going second-degree, just like what he is.
It’s a long time and a lot of driving back
and forth, but it’s worth every minute of it.
We really enjoy the benefits that he’s gotten
from karate. In 3rd grade, his teacher told him he can’t
do better than C work, and that’s okay. That’s
average. And we thought, “Well, we’re not
going to worry about her.” But we started him
on Ritalin and karate. By the time he was in junior
high he could really focus. Soon he decided he could
do the work without the Ritalin. He hasn’t taken
it for years now. Like he said, a straight A student
and taking advanced placement classes.
When he first started saying he would be interested
in karate, we did a couple of the community school type
of programs, just summer things here and there. They
could teach him the moves, but we thought when we could
see that he was going to stick to it, we better get
serious and get a class at Mile High Karate that would
do the character development along with the kicking
and punching and stuff like that. I think that’s
been the best benefit.
However, the kicking and punching and that confidence
really helped him in junior high with handling bullies.
He never had to fight with anybody. In fact, he told
us one time a kid tried to start something with him
and he just kind of looked at him and laughed. So that
helped with that, the confidence for that.
“I think what really
sold me on this program was I watched my 5-year-old
really mature and his ability to focus and set goals”
I have my husband and my 10-year-old boy and a 6-year-old
boy, who are all doing karate. My husband and my 10-year-old
started about 5 years ago, and they’re both black
belts. My husband’s a second-degree and my 10-year-old
is a first degree purple-stripe. My youngest started
just a little bit ago. He’s 6. He started when
he was about 5, and that’s about the same time
my 10-year-old had started.
I think what really sold me on this program was I watched
my 5-year-old really mature and his ability to focus
and set goals. We watched the short-term goals and
the long-term goals, that I think is really something
that Mile High Karate is really good at focusing in
on and giving the kids a sense of you’re not just
going from this belt to this belt to this belt, but
the big picture is I think that really helped. I
think that’s something that you tend to be kind
of short-sighted and kids go for short goals a lot and
then never really see the big picture. And I think that
they really do a good job of that here at Mile High
My son’s a good student. Both of them are good
students. My little guy’s in 1st grade already,
so academics is really becoming part of his life, too.
I think mostly for the little guys, when they’re
starting younger – everybody starts at a different
age – mine started when they were kindergarten
age, and I think there’s a developmental issue
in terms of focus and attention span. But I think it
really has helped them sort of expedite that process
a little bit. They’ve got a sense of maturity
in the classroom. They’ve got more poise. They
feel confident in themselves. I think it’s all
rolled into one. It’s really a nice part of their
personality and their character result and it brings
itself into the school by them feeling good and confident.
Their self-esteem is good. I think Mile High Karate
helps kids with their grades, if they’re feeling
good about themselves.
So a lot of different components there. It’s
not just attention span. I know we talked a lot about
that. But I think there are other things involved here.
I recommend Stephen Oliver’s Mile High Karate
all the time. I have lots of parents that, when
they learn my boys both do karate, they have some preconceived
notions about karate that I think I oftentimes have
to explain a little bit about. They think they’re
out there fighting and they’re going to fight
in school, and they’re going to do all these things.
I tend to have a lot of conversations about it. I’ve
actually had some of my son’s friends come in
and they’ve done the program and really have enjoyed
it. So Mile High Karate, Stephen Oliver’s program,
I really recommend.
Ph.D. Child Psychologist
“Most of all, for
me, it’s the family thing.”
He’s done really good with his discipline. When
I first brought him here, he was having a little trouble
in that area. But he’s doing a lot better now
and he has a great attention span now. He’s focusing
The best part of this program for me is that I joined
with him, and I get to enjoy a sport with him. Usually,
it’s the dads playing baseball or football or
something. But now I can enjoy it as a mom and son.
I’m a gold belt.
It’s been a great workout for me. It keeps me
in shape. It gave me a lot more confidence, self-defense.
I love it. He’s been here a year.
I would recommend it for your child for his self-esteem
and to keep him motivated. Most of all, for me, it’s
the family thing. We’re trying to get dad to come
too, so we can all do something as a family. I love
that part of it the most.
“I would recommend
Stephen Oliver’s Mile High Karate to any parent”
I have 2 children here. I have a 10-year-old son,
Alex, and my daughter Molly, she’s 6. She entered
kindergarten last year and was having great difficulty
dealing with the kids. She just felt overwhelmed. The
teacher was talking about her self-esteem. She said
she’s a bright girl, but she wasn’t applying
herself. She wasn’t trying. She didn’t have
So we saw the flyer for Stephen Oliver’s Mile
High Karate and we brought her in. And in a matter
of about 2 months, we saw a big change in her self-esteem. She started being able to converse with other kids,
problem-solve when conflicts came up, just major, major
difference. And what it was, was coming 2 and 3 times
a week to karate and being reinforced here with the
instructors. Their techniques of, “Molly, you
can do it, Molly, I know you can do this, just keep
trying, you can do it,” and encouraging her every
time. “You can do it. Keep going.” So we’ve
seen the most change with self-esteem with our daughter
We were worried about reading because that takes a
lot of confidence to do that, too. And she’s picked
up with her reading list since first grade now, and
she’s doing just fine.
I would recommend Stephen Oliver’s Mile High
Karate to any parent, whether they’re having
trouble with their students in school or whether they
want to give their kids a sport, something to look forward
to. There is a commitment for the kids to be able to
work on long-term goals, not just short-term.
“The most important
reason is you should get a child in Mile High Karate
definitely is the focus.”
I started off with Mile High Karate 18 years ago.
My parents made me start karate. I didn’t really
want to, but they made me start karate. I was a kid
who had self-esteem challenges. I was really withdrawn,
kind of quiet. My parents took me down to a couple of
classes. I thought it was the greatest thing in the
world. I did karate all through elementary school, middle
school, high school. I worked my way through college
doing it. After college, I decided this was what I wanted
to do, continued training, and became an instructor.
It’s a great thing. It’s helped me in my
career, it helps me in my family, it helps me in my
everyday endeavors. The self-esteem and the confidence.
The coolest thing in the world is to have one of my
kids come back to me from college and now been married
and say, “Mr. Brown, when you were teaching me
5, 6, 7 years ago, you helped me so much.” That’s
the best feeling in the world.
I think I’m a product of the product. And I think
that’s how all of the instructors are. All the
instructors are home-grown, so we practice what we preach.
Since we’re practicing the product, obviously
we teach success, focus and discipline. Hopefully, all
of us are successful, focused and disciplined. When
you have home-grown instructors, these are people who
have been through the growing, through the discipline,
through the focus. They understand how the translation
of paying attention to your instructor and learning
karate techniques translates into getting that raise
at work or getting the better raise. Once you stand
up in front of a class and say your name and perform
a technique, that gives you the same courage it does
to stand up in front of a class and do a dissertation
or a report, or anything of that nature. And with all
of our instructors growing up, doing this over 5, 10,
15, 20 years, they’re able to teach it. They practice
what they teach.
The most important reason is you should get a child
in Mile High Karate definitely is the focus. It focuses
on very broad subjects, with a focus on grades, a focus
on paying attention, focus on yourself. When I say on
yourself, not being arrogant but learning how to find
out what your strong qualities are and how to set those
forward, find out what your weaknesses are and how to
build upon those. Those definitely would be the main
reasons I’d put a child in Mile High Karate.
Master Frank Brown, Instructor
“The thing that
I’ve noticed the most is their sense of responsibility
that they’ve achieved”
Both of our boys are black belts. We have two sons,
one’s 13 and one’s 11. The thing that
I’ve noticed the most is their sense of responsibility
that they’ve achieved. At karate class, they
have to be responsible for their commitment.
There’s a lot of specific benefits, like better
grades and self-confidence and those sorts of things.
But I think they stem also from the fact of being in
Mile High Karate, your kids are with the kind of
people that you want your kids to be with. At Mile
High Karate we’re surrounded by nice people, good
kids, all share the same kinds of values for their children.
That’s the best part of this.
I think one of the benefits that the kids have seen
is they’ve been able to see their parents work
hard. And maybe their parents struggle with something
or their parents not having the ability to do a jump
kick like they can do. And in turn, they get to cheer
us on as we always cheer them on in life. But they get
to see us work really hard.
There’ve been times when I’ve actually
gone to my 11-year-old and asked his advice or asked
him to help me with some of my karate. It’s not
often that an 11-year-old is able to help his parent
that way. And that’s got to be wonderful for his
self-esteem. And I enjoy doing it.
In addition to learning martial arts, the thing that
I really look for is the character-building. The character
development. Not everybody’s going to have a really
great jump, 360 kick. I can’t. But I sure can
condition myself and achieve my own goals. The same
for my children. But in the children, it develops
their character and discipline. And that’s
a big, big part of Mile High Karate, not just what their
kicks and their punches look like to me. And this program
that Master Oliver’s established is excellent.
One of the thing that Stephen Oliver has been able
to do is he has developed an organization that’s
big enough, so that we can do a wide variety of things.
But we’ve never lost the family value and the
family feeling that’s so important to us. He’s
allowed people to excel within areas that they excel
in and contribute to the whole organization. It’s
been a joy to be able to not only admit to that, but
to feel that I’m committed back too, by the organization
and by Master Oliver and the instructors.
Leslie and Dean Bagley
of the reasons we came into Mile High Karate is I give
my kids every tool I can to
succeed in life.”
That’s one of the reasons we came into Mile
High Karate is I give my kids every tool I can to succeed
in life. He was 5 years old at the time when he came
in. He really enjoyed it. His self-esteem grew. His
focus grew, also. And at the same time, as he’s
been going through school, there’s a quality that
he’s got now that we didn’t even expect.
It’s a leadership skill, which has really been
great for him.
He enjoys all his teachers, all his subjects. He enjoys
going to school, which is quite a change from when I
was in school. I attribute a lot of it to Mile High.
Your kids need positive activities. And Mile High gives
them that activity that I think all kids need.
I get to be with my son. It’s a challenge for
myself. When I started with Mile High Karate, I wasn’t
sure if I could go all the way to black belt. I wasn’t
sure if I’d go as far as I have. But I’ve
learned to enjoy the challenge and it’s a great
workout. I plan on staying in as long as I physically
I would recommend Mile High Karate to everybody and
then some. To adults and to children. It’s just
not for kids, it’s for everyone. It’s a
learning experience, not only physically and in the
martial arts part, but it’s a learning experience
mentally which I’ve enjoyed.
matter the age, anybody can do it.”
When she started, she was very shy, very quiet, low
self-esteem. She’s now above all of that. Her
self-esteem is wonderful in the classroom. Not only
in the classroom, but at home also. Her grades have
come up, her self-esteem’s come up. Mile High
Karate’s done that for her.
It’s done a lot for me, also, weight-wise, stress-wise.
I like working out with her. It’s great to do
something as a family. It doesn’t matter the age,
anybody can do it. It’s great, like I said, for
the stress, for the kids.
her respect for her parents,
respect for elders.”
I’ve got my daughter here, she’s 8 years
old. It’s taught her respect for her parents,
respect for elders. I truly appreciate that she knows
the words “sir,” “ma’am.”
That’s something you don’t hear from young
children anymore. She does her school work without
having to remind her. Something else, with the world
situation it is today, with the people out there that
are praying on children, I feel if she’s got a
10th of a second of time, it may help. If it helps,
this is all well worth it.
As far as discipline goes, they’ve done
very good. They’re very respectful and I appreciate
it very much. It’s done wonders for them.
been a wonderful thing for both of my boys.”
I have 2 sons, they are high red belts. . We originally
got our oldest one in for self-defense. The way he carried
himself, he needed some self-defense. And now he carries
himself with so much more self-confidence and self-esteem,
self-defense is not even an issue. Mile High Karate’s
been a wonderful thing for both of my boys.
“I guess one of the things that surprised
me is the focus on discipline, self-respect, rather
than on fighting and the other attributes that come
to mind when you think of karate.”
My son’s a low brown belt. He’s been in
the program for a little over 2 years. I guess one of
the things that surprised me is the focus on discipline,
self-respect, rather than on fighting and the other
attributes that come to mind when you think of karate.
It’s a little bit like Boy Scouts in that regard.
Very good characteristics that are stressed. He’s
developed very well. I’m very happy with it.
done is I think it’s helped him a lot with confidence
and he structures their time in a productive kind of
What it’s done is I think it’s helped
him a lot with confidence and he structures their time
in a productive kind of way and allows him to be around
other kids that are not necessarily in our part of town,
but other schools and stuff. So it allows them all to
focus a lot on different kinds of values that people
are going to need to develop as they get older. So the
sooner they start and they get reinforced for that,
that will be for them as they grow older. They’re
going to meet up with different temptations as they
grow up, and they have a solid background with it now.
I think that’s what we’re really pleased
with a lot, as well as just seeing them physically develop
and mature and use it in productive ways.
better in school, as well. I think the confidence is
the biggest thing.”
A lot more confidence in themselves. They’re
doing better in school, as well. I think the confidence
is the biggest thing. They have more confidence in themselves.
But they’ve been Karate for 2½ years. I’m
pleased with Mile High Karate.
There’s more self-esteem. He’s very
confident in himself. He is very outgoing. I like the
discipline, the structure that helps him to stay focused.
I would have to say mostly the self-control.
He has a bit of a temper problem. Self-control. Now
he can hold it in and do something productive with it.
He’s going to be a black belt in May.
helped his focus and self-esteem.”
I have a little one that just started when she was
5. My son started when he was 10. Mile High Karate has
definitely helped his focus and self-esteem. They’re
not very confident at first, when they get into a belt
and everything is new, but then they build their confidence
by coming to events like this.
the greatest thing I’ve done for myself, and I
know my son loves it too.”
It’s the funnest thing I’ve ever done.
I got into it kicking and screaming. I took my son to
enroll for introductory classes. The head instructor
came up and said, “So are you just going to sit
here for the next 4 years?” I have learned such
self-esteem, self-control. I work downtown and I’ve
been in a couple of situations where I thought, “What
would I do if I had to protect myself?” The self-defense
that you have at every class at Mile High Karate, they
teach us workable self-defense that men, women, children
can do. It’s been the greatest thing I’ve
done for myself, and I know my son loves it too.
I recommend this to everybody. I started when
I was 45. My goal is to be a black belt by the time
I’m 50. So you’re never too old and you’re
never too young. My son has learned respect. He answers
adults with, “Yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am.”
His teachers have written notes about his respect. And
I think if we lived in a more respectful world, like
they teach us at Mile High Karate, a lot of the stuff
wouldn’t be happening.
“I think it’s
been a very good thing for them to get involved in,
to show confidence and give them something to do that’s
a positive influence on them.”
I think it’s been a very good thing for my kids
to get involved in, to show confidence and give them
something to do that’s a positive influence on
My kids enjoy it. It keeps them doing something positive.
It would be great for any kid to get into.
Jane Tyler, Littleton School
us how to come out of our shells.”
It’s taught us how to come out of our shells.
I used to be very timid, very shy, didn’t like
to do things in front of people. It’s helped me
a lot more than it’s helped my daughter, I think.
My daughter is 10. We just started together. I thought
she needed another avenue of discipline. Yes sir, yes
ma’am is not a bad thing. Mile High Karate has
worked out very well.
“I think it’s
really helped her focus and concentration, both at home,
in her homework and in
her school work.”
Jessica, age 11. I think it’s really helped
her focus and concentration, both at home, in her homework
and in her school work. She’s really become self-motivated.
She’ll take care of a lot of things on her own
that we really had to push her before, as far as getting
her homework completed and chores around the house.
It’s really given her a lot of discipline and
a lot of focus, I think.
I think every child should have at least an opportunity
to see what Mile High Karate’s all about. All
the positive things that you’d want instilled
in your child really, really can come through and be
instilled through Mile High Karate. All the positive
elements, in self-confidence, in motivation, discipline,
all those things. It’s really a great program.
a lot of self-confidence out of it”
Our oldest daughter, she’s 10, and she’s
in it. She’s gotten a lot of self-confidence out
of it and she’s more sure of herself. If kids
tease her at school about something, she just blows
it off and it doesn’t bother her anymore like
it used to. It makes her confident in herself.
him grow tremendously in the past
We would recommend it before any other school.”
I have a boy, 6 years, his name is Alexander. We consider
this school a school. We have him sent to a small, private
school in Denver. We wanted him to complement his academic
excellence with the excellence of Mile High Karate.
And we know that this is probably the largest school
in Colorado, Mile High Karate, and one of the best. We’ve not been disappointed. We’ve
seen him grow tremendously in the past year here. It
develops more so humility. Alexander is very outgoing
and extraverted. And being in school here, he’s
developed a kind of focused humility. And we’ve
seen it and been very proud of it. He’s very outgoing
and athletic to begin with. He loves to come to class.
He’s a great kicker. There’s a good fraternity
here. He gets along with his fellow students and his
So for us, it’s a complement to his academic
schooling. Mile High Karate encourages academic achievement.
If he gets a good report card, he gets a gold star on
his lapel. I think he’s got 6 or 7 of them now.
If he gets a good report card or a progress report,
they give him a red stripe, if he does his job list.
So the school pushes the students to achieve well in
school, in academics, to be a team worker at home. They’re
given job lists. Just to be an all-around good person.
And that’s one of the attributes of the school
that we love. So for example, for my boy, he’ll
be a second-degree black belt in 5 years, just as he’s
beginning to make his 12th birthday.
I would recommend Mile High Karate above any other
school. They’re asking you to take your child
to the highest level of achievement and commitment that
that child can make. We look at it as a commitment to
a great program.”
One, he’s a great kid. He has his moments. But
when he really thinks about what he’s involved
with and what he’s got to do, you can see his
karate experience come out in him to handle situations.
I’m impressed. He does quite well for an 11-year-old.
Hopefully, I’m sure he’ll keep up that good
spirit and good attitude that he’s acquired from
being involved in karate. It’s been 4+ years now.
Mile High Karate, in my opinion, from what I’ve
seen, is one of the best schools in this region. And
I’m glad that they’re starting to expand
and get more children involved. It’s such a great
good for her confidence.”
It’s been good for her confidence. You always
have kids at school who are the bullying type, and she
knows how to handle it. Not physically, but mentally
and the attitude part that she’s learned has helped
her learn how to deal with situations, how to be confident
and walk away, or to talk to people.
I would recommend it to anybody. I like the people.
Like I say, we’re all still getting to know ourselves
a little bit. We’re getting to know their philosophies
and what they’re trying to teach our children,
what’s important to them. And so far, I like it
real well. Of course, my main thing is what she feels.
She’s happy, she’s enjoying herself, she
wants to go, that’s what’s important to
It’s fun and I have a good time.
Shana McKneel, Age 10
50 pounds the last 6 months”
I have two 5-year-olds and my husband. Jimmy, which
is the oldest of the two 5-year-olds, he was a very
hyperactive child. And now he’s calmed down. He
will listen. Mile High Karate has really calmed him
The other one, he had really low self-esteem. And now
he’s starting to not let his brother tell him
he can’t do things. He’s saying, “Yes,
I can. I can do that.” So it’s helping both
of them out that way. They’re doing real good.
I’m losing weight. I’ve lost 50 pounds the
last 6 months. I’m enjoying it very much. Karate
kind of makes me feel a little bit more secure that
I’m going to be able to take care of myself if
anything weird happens.
happy with the program.”
To support my granddaughters, Sharika and Jacole,
they’re both 8 years old. Jacole is very hyper.
Since she started the karate lessons, she’s just
been so mellow and she’s really becoming more
respectful. Both the girls are enjoying this. I’m
very happy with the Mile High Karate program.
“My wife and I are
so pleased with the fun he’s had.”
I think Zackary gets a lot of confidence. He’s
used to getting up in front of people and it doesn’t
even seem to phase him. Where myself, I’d be nervous
as can be. But he’s got a lot of confidence. And
I noticed a lot of eye-hand coordination. It’s
improved his eye-hand coordination skills. I think it’s
helped him with soccer and baseball and sports. I think
it’s working on school. It’s helping him
buckle down in school and work harder in school.
I think Mile High Karate makes him a better kid all
the way around. My wife and I are so pleased with the
fun he’s had. He’s doing it with his mom
and it’s kind of a fun thing for both of them
to do together. My wife just loves it. I’ve seen
a new person. She’s like 10 years younger now
because she’s doing karate. So they’re really
having fun together doing it. It’s kind of a neat
thing for a mom and a son to do. I don’t have
time. I always get beat up on.
them more motivated and more dedicated in what they’re
I have 3 boys, a 15-year-old, a 14-year-old, and a
7-year-old. I think it’s got them more motivated
and more dedicated in what they’re doing. It’s
pretty much brought them a goal in mind, that they can
The Instructors are wonderful people. They just have
a real focus in mind and get the kids really going.
people and they care about kids.”
My daughter’s 10 years old and she’s an
orange belt. She’s kind of shy, kind of quiet.
But Stephen Oliver’s Mile High Karate has been
really good because she’s learned to compete and
get out there and be more vocal, be more outgoing. She’s
just having a good time with it. Her instructor’s
great. I’m the dean of students at a high school.
Mile High Karate’s really good for the community.
They participate, do a lot of donations, and all kinds
of good stuff.
They’re good people and they care about kids.
That’s the main thing. They’re a lot of
fun with the kids. They make it fun. My son did karate
years ago, it wasn’t with Mile High Karate. He
just didn’t have near as much positive reinforcement
for what he was doing.
this school without a doubt,
I have 2 children in this program. Number one, physical
activity, flexibility, really good discipline now. All
I have to do is kind of threaten with a belt, this belt-type
thing, and they just, “I’ll do anything
My oldest, now he wants to be an instructor. That’s
how much he loves it now. He really, really loves it.
His school work is improving, because the can’t
go to karate unless his grades are up. So he’s
working really, really hard to get his grades up. My
youngest one, he’s just keeping his grades up.
So it’s great.
I wasn’t going to do it, seriously, for a long
time. I didn’t think it looked like a lot of exercise.
I’ve been a gymnast, I’ve been an aerobics
instructor, I’ve been lots of different things.
This is more exercise than you can imagine. I love it.
I have so much fun. It’s based on your own ability.
They judge you by what you can accomplish, not by what
somebody else does. So if you can only kick this high,
that’s cool. Or if you can kick this high, it’s
cool. It doesn’t matter. But it’s all just
getting out there and having a good time.
I’d recommend Mile High Karate without a doubt,
“Her focus has really
improved a lot.”
I have a 5-year-old. Both of us started together at
the same time. We work out together. We practice together.
Her focus has really improved a lot. She was very focused
to begin with, but this improved a lot. Her schooling
has improved. She is in kindergarten and she likes it
really well now. Didn’t know what it was at first,
but she’s enjoying it quite good and the daddy/daughter
team. She’s really liking it.
I like it good. I joined more for the exercise than
anything. It’s because she wanted to join and
therefore give us something to do together. I would
definitely recommend Mile High Karate.
“He has a lot more
My little brother is in it. He’s become a lot
more controlled in how he behaves at home and how he
respects my parents. He has a lot more responsibility.
His homework and stuff he takes more seriously than
he did before. He’s grown with the program. As
he’s grown with the program, they teach him more
along the lines of how to be a good person and how to
accept responsibilities and the consequences for things
that you don’t do.
“They make the children
responsible for what is
They are learning how to take on responsibility, not
only for doing their karate but in their house chores
and also in their school work, and getting their projects
done for school. They make the children responsible
for what is their responsibility. The fact that
you need to do your homework before karate is up to
each individual child to make sure they get that done.
You can’t blame it on mom for not doing it. It
is very powerful. It’s a great program. We’ve been involved for about 6 months now and
we’ve seen a marked improvement, in both our children,
in different ways. The Instructors did a good job of
making the program clear to us. We’ve been very
pleased. They’ve lived up to every commitment
they’ve made to us.
things together as a family in martial arts.”
We joined 12 years ago, when he was only 7 years old.
At the time, he was kind of just a typical, timid, quiet
7-year-old. Look at him now. He’s developed a
lot of self-esteem from that. He’s developed a
lot of confidence.
We work well together. We’ve done things together
as a family in martial arts. It’s kept my energy
level high, kept me from being a couch potato.
It’s very good for them. When Nick joined Mile
High Karate, he was very uncoordinated, very klutzy,
very shy, smallest kid in the class. Everybody picked
on him. He’s been teaching in the area elementary
schools right now, and they can’t believe he’s
only 19. And that’s also Mile High Karate, what
they’ve taught him.
Ron & Lori French
”His teacher is so
impressed with him that she is recommending Mile High
to other parents”
As I look upon the past year, I would like to point
out that karate has definitely had a positive impact
on Chris. Chris started karate a little over a year
ago. He was considered to be a "class clown"
in first grade. We are friends with the French's and
remembered Nick growing up through Mile High Karate
and all it did for him. I saw how much it had changed
Nick. He was more self-confident and a true leader.
A different child than the Nick we remembered years
ago. So we decided to give it a try. When Chris was
promoted from white belt to gold belt, he proudly took
his belt to school to show his first grade class. At
each successive promotion, he kept bringing his belt
to show his classmates, as well as any trophies and
ribbons he won at tournaments. He is so proud of what
he has accomplished in this past year. His classmates
were amazed at what Chris has done as well.
His first grade teacher was so impressed with how much
he has changed, she wrote a letter. Here is an excerpt:
"I wanted to let you know
that I have noticed a huge improvement in Christopher
Stephens' classroom behavior and schoolwork since he
has become active in karate classes. He is staying on
task and being less silly or aggressive towards others.
--Bonnie Cozine, 1st grade teacher"
His teacher is so impressed with him that she is recommending
karate to other parents. Chris is now an aspiring purple
belt, heading towards blue. He will take a few more
years to get to his black belt, and I have no doubt
that he will get there and be a strong leader!
Thank you for all karate has done is such a positive
Mike, Diana and Chris Stephens
“I think you know
how proud we are of Ben and all his accomplishments
- and that we owe so much
of it to karate."
I think you know how proud we are of Ben and all his
accomplishments - and that we owe so much of it to karate.
We've always said we'd be happy to talk to any parents
about the benefits we've seen. Let me remind you of
some of "Ben's Story."
In 3rd grade we were told, "Ben would probably
NEVER do better than "C" work, and that's
okay because a "C" is average." We started
him on Ritalin for ADHD and Karate because it's supposed
to be good for discipline. The combination was great
and his grades started improving. By 5th grade he was
getting B's and a few A's. In Middle School
his grades were almost all A's and he had the confidence
to stand up to bullies. He also had the confidence
to stand up in front of the class for any oral presentations.
By High School he decided he could do the work without
the help of Ritalin. He's a Junior now, his grades have
been straight A's all through High School, he's taking
Advanced Placement classes, and he's unofficially ranked
3 in a class of 320 (first 6 weeks grading)!
Ben had gone to some community karate classes to start
out, but when we decided to get serious we could tell
that Stephen Oliver's MHK would teach the character
development we wanted - along with the karate –
and we haven't been disappointed. . Pick an instructor
you respect and just know that your child will grow
into an excellent a role model (and good person) as
well The education is so much more valuable.
Now Anna is in karate and loves it almost
as much as Ben does. It's easier on us, now that we
know what to expect, and that's what we'd like to pass
on to other parents: relax and enjoy! Your whole family
gain so much. Thanks a bunch,
Vonne and Larry Keiser
“I wanted to take
a moment to thank you for all the positive changes I
have seen in my sons and myself since joining Karate.”
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the
positive changes I have seen in my sons and myself since
joining Karate. My oldest son is now a solid student,
and getting better. He no longer gets negative feedback
from school, and is eager for me to review his report
cards and teacher comments – which have been improving
dramatically. My youngest son has new levels of respect,
perseverance, energy. While he is just entering school,
it is already clear that the Karate instruction is helping
him focus on completing tasks. As for me, since joining
your school last year, I have lost 45 pounds, improved
my endurance, and for the first time in my life ran
in, and completed, a 5 mile run!
Again, I attribute all of this to your school and your
curriculum! Thank you from the Hubbard family.
Joel M. Hubbard,
Joel - Age 38 - Professional
JJ – Age 11 – Trailblazer Elementary (5th
Maliek Age 5 – Trailblazer Elementary (Kindergarten)