Brian Casey

Reading | attended the dojo from age 5 to 18, before going away to College |

I have been involved in karate for over 10 years now. So far my experience has been completely positive. I have gained strength, flexibility, and the ability to handle myself in a difficult situation. However, the enormous leaps in character I have made far surpass the physical ones. I have become more focused, and a better teacher, student, friend and family member. The principles and basic elements karate I learn here can positively apply to every facet of my life.

One of the main things I have learned during my training is focus. Before I started karate I couldn’t concentrate on anything, and even things I enjoyed could only hold my attention for a short amount of time. Over the years I’ve developed a keen sense of focus, and been able to excel in both karate and school.

My favorite part of the art is having the privilege to pass it on to others. While getting up at 8:30 on a Saturday morning to be in a room with 20-30 screaming children for an hour and a half might not seem like fun to most teenager, it is time I cherish. It is truly the most rewarding thing I do.

The time I have spent in the dojo has been priceless. Instead of just going to the gym like most of my friends, I have been able to work out in a great and supportive environment while developing useful life skills along the way.