I started Martial Arts with Northstar around October 2004 when I saw the massive progress that my eldest son, Jensen, was making as a Junior. I new that I had to join, and, after four years of working my way through the various belts, I subsequently made it to Black Belt in December 2008 and 2nd Dan in June 2012, and this December will mark three years of teaching for me as a Black belt. Having reached Black belt, I fell like a lot of the real learning is ahead of me, so in a funny way, Black belt signifies the beginning of the journey rather than the end. I am highly motivated by the concept of service, and the way in which the Northstar system encourages senior belts to help junior belts from the moment they set foot in our dojo. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing someone who you’ve helped along the way, actually achieve their goal, whether it be their next belt, weight loss, fitness, or whether it be related to their mental discipline, their attitude or a combination of all of these.

When it comes to kids, I’m constantly amazed by their achievements, their focus, their progress and their attitude. The Northstar system helps kids from all backgrounds and capabilities to develop a can-do attitude, and it helps to build a solid foundation as they develop into young women and men. I’ve seen first hand with my eldest son, Jensen, who graded to Junior Black Belt 5 years ago, aged 10, the positive impact that Northstar had on his life, and my youngest, Gus, is hoping to grade to Junior Black Belt this December, so I feel well qualified to throw my support behind the wonderful work that Northstar does with kids.

Put simply, regardless of your goal or your capability or your background, Northstar works.

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The essence of Andy's teaching is correct martial arts training is a great method of personal growth. It can be studied on the surface to get fit and learn self-defense and it can also lead to incredible changes in self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline and self knowledge.

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