See what our parents are saying about our Kids Program!
Black Belt and Straight A’s in High School.
Thank you for all the help you've given David over the past six years. David’s developed self-discipline, focus, and goalsetting through martial arts. He also benefited from the physical fitness and leadership training. I’m very proud that he achieved his black belt last year. David also got straight A's at the end of his first year of high school. He also received an academic award for the highest mark in Grade 8 social studies. Martial arts certainly helped David and has given him an excellent foundation for the future.
- John Lowe
My Son’s Confidence and Physical Abilities Have Soared...
Vancouver Martial Arts has been a tremendously rewarding and fun experience for my son and for our whole family. We’ve watched his confidence and physical abilities soar under the expert guidance of Master Alan and his Vancouver Martial Arts team!
- Dr. Peter J.Zetler , M.D.
Physical Fitness in a Safe and Positive Environment.
Vancouver Martial Arts helped get me in great shape and taught me effective and practical self-defense in a safe and positive environment. It also helped my son become more disciplined, confident and respectful!
- Gordon Richards C.P. Architect
Develop Strength of Mind and Strength of Body…
Vancouver Martial Arts is encouraging my daughter to reach her maximum personal potential. She’s developing strength of mind and strength of body. The skills and philosophies learned at Vancouver Martial Arts will give direction to my daughter throughout her life.
- Andrea Stewwart
Personal Growth Through Martial Arts.
Our research convinced us that Vancouver Martial Arts is worth driving across town to attend. Students of all ages, athletic abilities, body types, temperaments, and ethnic backgrounds in various belt levels work together to learn and grow. Martial arts have helped our children gain strength, speed, agility, and self-defense skills. They’ve also gained confidence, self-discipline, and respect for themselves and others. We highly recommend Vancouver Martial Arts to anyone interested in bettering themselves through martial arts.
- Dan, Joshua, Justin and Lisa Herrera Kamin
Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Success
My son now approaches physical activity with more confidence. His lower body strength has increased with all the kicks he’s learned and practiced. He’s proud that he outruns some classmates who used to be faster than him! I keep sending my son to Vancouver Martial Arts for his continued physical, emotional, and spiritual success.
- Jean Chun
Outstanding References. Outstanding Results.
I enrolled my sons because of the outstanding references I received from other parents. Both sons have surpassed all my expectations over the past three and a half years. They’ve developed better attitudes and greater confidence. They’ve become focused in their studies. Bahir, 11, is a few months away from a black belt. His younger brother, 9, is also at his black stripe level. I encourage all parents to seriously consider investing in their children through Vancouver Martial Arts.
- Dr.A.H Khan
Respect, Teamwork, Accomplishments.
Janice confidently and joyfully demonstrates her accomplishments in martial arts. She’s had the opportunity to meditate before each class for increased focus and mental discipline. Master Alan Azizi always teaches his students respect and teamwork. He encourages students to do their best. Learning martial arts is one of the greatest things Janice has done. She’s looking forward to getting her black belt soon and continuing her journey of becoming the best that she can be.
- Sue Lee
Gain Purpose, Discipline, and Focus.
Justin’s been attending Vancouver Martial Arts for nearly a year now. He’s gained purpose, discipline, and an outlet for physical expression without losing his pacifist philosophy. The program’s helped him remain calm and focused under trying circumstances. Vancouver Martial Arts encourages individuals to improve to their maximum potential. Thank you for providing such a positive atmosphere for personal growth.
- Dr. Marty Fishman, M.D.
Increased Focus, Physical and Mental Sharpness
I enrolled my 9-year-old son, Chance, into Vancouver Martial Arts to increase his focus. He’s become more focused, as well as physically and mentally sharper. Chance’s improvement convinced me to join, too. I’m very pleased with how I feel and the impact it’s had on my life for hopefully decades to come. I encourage all parents to enroll their children and also enroll themselves to support their children, and to become better people.
- Ed Chyzowski
Martial Arts Benefits My Son’s Athleticism, Attitude, and Grades.
Vancouver Martial Arts has unquestionably been the most valuable extra-curricular activity I’ve ever enrolled my son in. The curriculum of meditation, focus, goal setting, and achievement that martial arts offers has benefited my son very much in preparation for kindergarten. Sitting still and listening is such an important prerequisite to school, life, and learning. After three years, martial arts continues to benefit my son's athleticism, his attitude, and his grades.
- Hamish Beckett
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Developing Leadership Skills and Improving My Physical Health…
Since joining Vancouver Martial Arts about a year ago, I’ve seen my fitness improve drastically, which includes losing over 20 pounds. I struggled with the pace of the class for the first few lessons and had to ask for additional breaks.
Not only has my physical health improved, Vancouver Martial Arts also provides an optimal environment for relieving stress and letting loose after a long day at school, allowing me to move forward into the next day with a clearer mindset. Vancouver Martial Arts also helps me develop leadership skills which are essential in school and in the workplace.
- Ying Qiu (Johnny)
The Simple, Vigorous Exercises Were Easy to Learn and Made Me Work Hard.
Master Alan was very warm, welcoming, and a great instructor! He took the time to explain some things before the class started which was helpful because it can be a lot to take in at once. The exercises were simple but vigorous, so it was easy to pick up, and it really made me work hard. The class size was good. It allowed for the instructor to help anyone who was struggling. Everyone was really respectful. Having a friend along would make it extra fun. It's exciting to be able to learn some moves and test them out on each other!
- Chen Vu
Every Time, I Was More Inspired and More Driven Than Ever…
Every time I walked into Vancouver Martial Arts, I came out more satisfied, more inspired, and more driven than ever. The teacher cares so much about my well-being and teaches me more than just the patterns.
- Mel Jaini
Getting My Black Belt Was My “Coming of Age” Personal Triumph.
Getting my black belt at Vancouver Martial Arts is a personal triumph. It symbolizes a "coming of age" ceremony that, regrettably, many young people miss out on in their lives. Just as I must begin my own life as an adult, so does a black belt represent a step into adulthood in the world of martial arts.
- Alexey Eskin
Better Figure Skater. Better Teacher. Better Person.
No matter where I am in the future, the gift of martial arts that Vancouver Martial Arts gave me will never be forgotten. For me personally, it has enabled me to become a better figure skater, a better teacher, and most importantly, a better person.
- Kailea Wong
Vancouver Martial Arts Magnified My Better Qualities.
Because of Vancouver Martial Arts, I knew that I could do it. And I came to realize that Vancouver Martial Arts hadn't really created a new me. It had only magnified the things that were already there and had brought out my better qualities
- Johua Kamin
I No Longer Consider Anything to Be Impossible…
The atmosphere at Vancouver Martial Arts has had a huge effect on my personality. With the guidance of Master Alan and the support from the rest of my fellow martial artists, I have eliminated the word “impossible” from my mind.
- Jordan Wilson
Vancouver Martial Arts: A Welcome Refuge.
Vancouver Martial Arts became a refuge where I could forget my thoughts and the stresses of work and school to focus on self-improvement.
- Rebecca Helsel
Chase Your Dreams, AND Live Your Dreams.
Martial Arts are in my life, and my black belt status at Vancouver Martial Arts is just the beginning. With this black belt honor, I encourage people to not only chase their dreams but to live their dreams, too.
- William Ma
The Training and Skills I’ve Acquired Are Applicable for Daily Life…
Though at times it’s difficult to attend martial arts classes due to school, work, and other commitments, the training and skills that I’ve acquired as a student of Vancouver Martial Arts are useful for solving life's various challenges and makes me realize how valuable those classes are. Every class is enthusiastically led by Master Alan, whose passion for martial arts and for his students shows clearly in both his actions and his words. He brings out the best in people and encourages each of his students to achieve their goals.
- Kelvin Ong
Here’s to the Support of My Fellow Students…
The day I began my training here, I realized that this place was something special. The positive atmosphere and the willingness of the students to help and encourage each other is not something I normally see in day-to-day life. The encouragement of my fellow students has helped me overcome many challenges. I wouldn’t have come very far in martial arts without their support, and I look forward to facing the challenges of achieving black belt status with them.
- Keith Ong
Passion. Kindness. Prowess.
Martial Arts are very much a positive way of life. Through practicing martial arts in Vancouver Martial Arts, ultimately you will not only learn the methods of self-defense, but you will also lead your life into passion, kindness, and prowess.
- Lucia Wong
Best Thing I’ve Ever Done Was Join Vancouver Martial Arts…
Joining Vancouver Martial Arts is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I have never gotten more out of anything else in the world. This place feels like a second home to me. I recommend to anybody thinking of starting Tae Kwon Do to take the initiative and do it. The rewards are unbelievable, and I would definitely start the journey to black belt all over again because it was so worth it.
- Ryan Taylor
Focus Is Essential to Success
Practicing at Vancouver Martial Arts has helped me in many areas, but most noticeably it has helped with my school work. It has taught me that focus is essential to success, that it is important to keep my mind on the present, on the task at hand. I’ve also learned not to be hasty; to take my time, and to be patient.
- Ben Richards
Learn Life Lessons as You Learn Martial Arts…
Vancouver Martial Arts has seriously influenced my life in a positive manner. Without Vancouver Martial Arts, I don’t even want to imagine where I'd be. I believe that the lessons taught here at Vancouver Martial Arts are not only of martial arts, but of life. The most important and basic of all is positive attitude. A positive attitude has got me where I am today.
- Arthur Lo
Vancouver Martial Arts Has Helped Me Receive Several Promotions and Bonuses.
Vancouver Martial Arts has helped me more than words can express. Since joining in January, 2007, I’ve lost 40 pounds -- mostly within the first 6 months. Today, I live a healthier, more meaningful life. I give to others before myself and feel that I’ve become a more compassionate being. I’ve succeeded in my career as well, receiving several promotions and bonuses as I strive for excellence in every aspect of my life. Vancouver Martial Arts has changed my life in ways that I never thought possible.
- Gavy Gosal
It’s Enjoyable and Easy to Learn at Vancouver Martial Arts…
The atmosphere at Vancouver Martial Arts is filled with happiness and positive attitude, and that makes it so much more enjoyable and easier to learn new things. It’s a place where you can rid yourself of all the problems, stresses, and issues of everyday life.
- Navdeep Sandhu
Reach for Your Higher Goals.
People of all ages and different backgrounds come together to train at Vancouver Martial Arts. I see elderly people move and jump like teenagers. This is because Master Alan welcomes everyone to come share in his philosophy that all individuals can reach for higher goals in life. Through martial arts, one develops a positive outlook and learns to inspire excellence in life.
- Jonross Fong
Attitude Shaping, Goals Reinforced, and Life Guidance.
What I’ve learned from Vancouver Martial Arts and the people I've met there have helped shape my attitude, reinforce my goals, and guided me in life.
- Vanessa Ko
Attending Vancouver Martial Arts Brings Many Benefits…
Because of Vancouver Martial Arts, my business is doing better, I’m thinking more positively, I’m allowing new people into my life and seeing the good things in them instead of the bad things, and I’m even a more patient driver!
- Camille Naylor
Have a Fun Time Learning Motivation and Attitude.
Vancouver Martial Arts provides a chance to calm down after a hard day at work or at school, and to have fun practicing martial arts. It’s through this sense of fun that the lessons of motivation and attitude are learned. Vancouver Martial Arts is both a school and a proving ground, and I’m proud to be part of it.
- Benjamin Richards
Achieve Your Personal Best With Martial Arts.
All students have different backgrounds and strengths, but we all enjoy training together and learning from each other. For those who are younger than me, I’m impressed by the discipline, determination, and level of focus that they’ve achieved at such a young age. For those who are older than me, I’m impressed by the determination and physical abilities they’ve achieved at their age.
A lot of my motivation for overcoming obstacles -- one at a time -- in my training comes from these people I train with. You can do martial arts at any age. The important thing is to have the attitude to achieve your personal best. Master Alan often emphasizes these principles of martial arts. These principles are applicable to other aspects of my life.
- Gloria Jang
There Is No Limit to Our Potentials…
At Vancouver Martial Arts , I’ve met many friends of various ages and backgrounds. Some of us are students, engineers, nurses, teachers, business owners, and so on. However, we are also all the same. We are all martial artists and members of a big family. Martial arts to me is about gaining more spirit and persistence. One more thing I discovered from learning martial arts is that there is actually no limit to our potentials. In other words, there's no such thing as maximum potential, but rather, there are unlimited possibilities.
- Jessica Lam
Perform at a Higher Level Than You Imagined Possible…
I am much more agile and have a better sense of balance than I had before. I’m fitter and stronger. But these are minor things compared to the shift in attitude I’ve experienced as a result of participation in Vancouver Martial Arts.
Most importantly, Master Alan has helped me to see my limitations as being malleable. I can work with them and shift things and get around problems and eventually perform at a higher level than I imagined possible.
I'm interested in how a middle aged body develops athletically, and how the mind and nervous system change in response to training. Master Alan's understanding of body musculature and physical dynamics have provided a framework for me to learn about my own body and how it responds to various kinds of conditioning.
- Gordon Richards
Commitment Shows People That You Are Always There for Them.
I dedicate my black belt to Master Alan, because if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today in Vancouver Martial Arts and in life. He is a role model for me. The commitment and loyalty he shows towards his students is matchless. Besides being our Master, he is also our friend. I don't think there’s been even one day that he has been absent from class.
Throughout the years I’ve known him, I’ve learned that commitment is an important part of life, because it shows people that you are disciplined and will make sure that you are always there for them. My Master has always been there for me. He pushes me to do better.
- Manpreet Narwal
Martial Arts Are About Doing Battle with One’s Own Limitations…
What first struck me when I started with Vancouver Martial Arts was how nice the other students are. In particular, those of higher rank. It seemed a little paradoxical to me at the time that the more lethal you are, the gentler and more caring you are. Now, of course, it makes sense.
In the past five years, I've learned a lot by training with these individuals, a great deal of it having to do with being a better person in all aspects of my life, and I've come to consider many of them as family.
The level of support and commitment shown by Master Alan and my fellow students to learning Martial Arts and in developing life skills is absolutely incredible. I've come to realize that martial arts not about physical fitness but about doing battle with one's own limitations of body, mind, or spirit. These are ones' real opponents. Ultimately, we strive to know no limits.
Thank you, Master Alan, for showing us a way to achieve this and for constantly believing that we can be far more and far greater than we are.
- Jason Brown
All My Stresses Are Removed at Vancouver Martial Arts.
I’ve been practicing Martial Arts for almost seven years, and as the time has passed, Vancouver Martial Arts has become my second home. I’ve practically grown up at Vancouver Martial Arts and have cherished all these years of practice.
It’s become a place where all my stresses are removed. I remember experiencing one of those awful days when nothing seemed to go right. School had been awful that day, and I had Martial Arts class that evening. When I arrived at Vancouver Martial Arts, the atmosphere completely turned me around. Everyone is incredibly thoughtful and encouraging, and there is always a cheerful vibe. Nearing the end of that day's class, I realized that all the agitation that was held in me that day had vanished.
- Dalvin Narwal
There Are No Limits If You Put Your Heart into Achieving Your Goals…
One of the students of Vancouver Martial Arts encouraged me to join. That day was a turning point in my life. Now about a year after I joined, I feel that my entire attitude towards life improved dramatically because of Vancouver Martial Arts' beliefs and philosophy. There are no limits if you put your heart into pursuing your goals. That’s what Vancouver Martial Arts brought into my life.
- Chris Lehmann
Martial Arts Are About Finding the Best in Yourself.
Master Alan wonderfully sets expectations for us beyond what we start out believing what we can do, then he shows us that they can actually be attained. He teaches us that our limits are in our minds, and that learning Martial Arts is not about kicks and punches alone, but also about finding the best in yourself.
- David Kauffman
Vancouver Martial Arts: Your Home Away from Home.
Within a month of joining Vancouver Martial Arts, I knew I found something that I loved and wouldn't give up. Master Alan made it feel like my home away from home, and the things I learned are amazing.
- Sean Walsh
Vancouver Martial Arts Makes Me Feel Complete
I receive so much from Vancouver Martial Arts that I always hunger for more. I love the technique and the style of Vancouver Martial Arts. I like the discipline that we practice because it makes me more disciplined at other things in life. Vancouver Martial Arts makes me feel complete.
- Aaron Jang
Self-Improvement Waits for You at Vancouver Martial Arts…
Vancouver Martial Arts is dynamic. The completion of each class brings a feeling of self-improvement, which is built not only by the instruction of Master Alan, but also through the encouragement of its members.
- Algis Rudaitis
Vancouver Martial Arts Brings Out the Best in Everyone.
Vancouver Martial Arts is a place where I see love and encouragement. Vancouver Martial Arts brings out the best in everyone.
- Beverly Ng
Discover Greatness Within Yourself…
Vancouver Martial Arts has given me something so special, from mental to physical. Master Alan's wisdom never ceases to surprise me.
Gain the Self-Confidence You Need to Win.
I am extremely glad that I joined Vancouver Martial Arts at the age I did because it has provided me with determination and perseverance at a time when it was crucial. Around that time, I was beginning to engage with bigger atmospheres, such as high school, and was facing many obstacles.
Vancouver Martial Arts also given me self-confidence to overcome life's turbulent challenges. Vancouver Martial Arts continues to enrich my life and many other lives, too. Vancouver Martial Arts' positive philosophy now flourishes within me, making my life much more meaningful.
- Andrea Sandoval
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When we say "dragons forever", you can't help but feel that Vancouver Martial Arts has made a lasting impression on you. You have poured sweat, energy, and heart in here and no matter where you are in the future, the gift of martial arts that Vancouver Martial Arts gave you will never be forgotten. For me personally, it has enabled me to become a better figure skater, a better teacher and most importantly, a better person. I am truly honoured to be considered a dragon.