"At first I didn't understand how martial arts could teach my kids respect, confidence, integrity and discipline. But the results are undeniable!"
Being a parent is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding jobs you will ever have. It’s great to see your children grow and mature, but there probably have been moments when you’ve wished they’d been born with an instruction manual. Parents always second guess themselves: Am I doing the right things? Is my child going to grow up to be a good person? Am I providing the tools for my child to find success in this competitive world?
"I have to say that I have received far more from Integrity than I ever felt possible. I have seen good things in so many of the kids and even in the conversations of the adult learners. They share personal stories of temperance and control becoming part of their ability. That is because of the daily efforts of each one of the sensai. In a world that seems to be falling apart, you ve collected a group of wonderful, gifted, talented people who have been given a path that truly changes people. I want to say thank you. I feel at home at Inegrity Martial Arts and I never anticipated that. Warm regards. Sam Stoughton"
Sam Stoughton, student and father of Aidan, age 7
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At Integrity Martial Arts, we understand the challenges of being a parent. Our nationally recognized character development program is an integral part of our martial arts curriculum and parents thank us for it! That’s because they’ve seen the difference participation in our program has made for their children at home, at school and in the community. Children unlock laser-like focus, powerful and consistent respect, the advantage of discipline and the critical ability of self-control, not to mention the physical benefits of coordination, balance and strength. All together, this gives the child an edge to pursue their passions without fear and the confidence to be themselves, kind to others, and successful in school.
I've had the unique opportunity to see the program develop and expand over the years, and it's truly hard to believe how far the studio has come. The incomparable team of instructors is always developing new, effective ways to teach leadership, respect, self-discipline, self-control, and, of course, self-defense. There is also a plethora of other activities available, such as special seminars with guest instructors, the opportunity to join a demonstration team, and other programs for all ages that truly put Integrity in a league of its own.
I can say with confidence that without Integrity Martial Arts, I would not be the person I am today. Give it a try, it's one of the best decisions you can make.
Town of Enfield Recreation Department
Amy Skrzyniarz, Recreation Coordinator
Dear Integrity Martial Arts,
On behalf of the Enfield Recreation Department, I would like to thank you for adding such a wonderful program into our summer activities. The Martial Arts for Kids Camp has been quite a success for our community. I was very impressed with the ability to provide an atmosphere that was both educational and fun. Through the staff’s teaching and participants’ dedication throughout the program, it is quite evident that the students are fully learning the life skills and values such as self-discipline, personal commitment and the importance of verbal conflict resolution. I enjoyed reading the notes that the children shared at each class about how they had used these skills and values on a daily basis at their homes.
I know that the life skills that the children have learned will serve them well, and hopefully they will continue to practice what they have been taught. We look forward to working with you again soon to help the children in our community, and thank you again for working with us this summer.
The After School Program
Claire C. Hall, M. Ed., Executive Director
I would like to acknowledge the wonderful progress we have seen with The After School Program students who are participating in the Integrity Center’s Martial Arts instruction. These classes have had a profound impact on The After School Program students because of the respect, self-discipline, and self-control that your instruction has instilled in them.
Since the children in our program are at risk for school failure, we feel that they are an exceptionally challenging group. Many lack direction and focus and come from homes where families struggle with poverty, low academic achievement, limited social skills, and parental substance abuse.
Martial arts instruction has given these children a heightened level of self-discipline and provided positive peer pressure to affect change. Our all-inclusive approach of including feedback from their families and their teachers has proven to be a motivating force.
Thank you for the time and energy you and your staff have put into working with these students. Your efforts have made a difference in the lives of many young people.
Claire C. Hall
Our mission is to teach children martial arts with the express purpose of helping them develop lifelong habits in focus and discipline and practical skills to deal with bullies and self defense situations. Its critical that they practice the rules of Respect, Discipline, and Self-Control in their everyday life. Contributing to character development positively affects the lives of children, their families, their schools, and our communities locally in Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond. The second level of Integrity Martial Arts' character program is unique in Enfield, in Connecticut, and has few peers in the country. Our Maximum Impact Leadership Program is the only program available for children with a weekly lesson on how to be your best, on creating a future that is inspiring, a now that one is passionate about and a past that one can be proud of. This program will give your child the foundation for the brilliant life they are destined for by teaching in-depth lessons on Leadership, Effectiveness, Communication and Teamwork.
Enfield Public Schools
Office of the Superintendent of Schools
Dear Jonathan and Staff:
I would like to thank you again for coming to Enfield High School and giving a four day presentation to our junior and senior Physical Education classes on self-defense and personal responsibility and self-control. The physical education teachers and students were very impressed with your ability to create such a quality atmosphere for learning self-discipline, personal commitment, and the importance of verbal conflict resolution. Your staff’s teaching style and progression of activities throughout the week helped all students to understand more fully the importance of respecting others, self-discipline and self-control.
Hopefully, our students will practice what they have been taught about reacting non-violently to conflict and to use the tools they learned to de-escalate bad situations. We look forward to working with you again next year to help educate our students in making the right choices and taking responsibility for themselves and their community.
Physical Education Department Chairman
Our traditional martial arts classes are interactive and fun! We provide a variety of programs designed for several age groups: Small Samurai™ (Ages 3-5), Powerplay™ (Ages 6-10) and Breakthrough Martial Arts™ for teens (Ages 11-16) and adults (ages 17 and up).
Enfield Town Councilman
Dear Mr. Metcalf,
I am delighted to accept your invitation to the After School Program’s Martial Arts Belt Advancement. It is very encouraging to see the positive impact it has had on our youth.
Unfortunately, our society has suffered from numerous tragedies where children have been the victims of senseless acts of violence – in some cases at the hands of their peers. Research has shown that children lacking in self-esteem do not have self-respect. Consequently, this results in a lack of respect for others. Martial arts programs not only discourage violence, rather they build and stimulate self-esteem within the child.
If we are to attain a gentler, more caring society, we must teach our children how to care for and show respect for one another. Therefore, I wish you much success for the future and will continue to wholeheartedly support your martial arts program.
Cynthia Mangini, Enfield Town Councilman
To find out how Integrity Martial Arts can make a difference for your child, stop by or give us a call at 860-698-9226. You’ll be glad you did!