Ms. Debbie, NYC School Teacher......

As an instructor, Shihan David is experienced, hard-working, friendly, calm and conscientious at performing his classes and in his interactions with the students and staff. He maintains a professional appearance and approach in each of his undertakings. Of equal importance is that he has always proven to be flexible and organized. 

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Philip, parent of 10 year old.....

The best part is, she really likes it. Shihan David is serious but kind, and he puts the kids through their paces. In every class the group gets a rigorous workout and they have fun. It's not about collecting belts-the emphasis is on developing physical skills and gaining self-awareness.  

Karen and Steve, parents of 6 year old......

Shihan David has worked with our son in an after school program and in both special needs and mainstream classes. David has a very special way of encouraging each child's best effort and maintaining discipline while being sensitive to the capabilities of each child. Our son has a great time in class and looks forward to karate more than to any other extracurricular activity. David also gave very insightful feedback on the differences in our son's behavior in his after-school and weekend classes. Other karate classes we tried out had so many kids that it was like our son was part of a herd, and spent most of the time waiting.  With David they stay active the whole time.  We highly recommend his classes.   

Gina, parent.....

If I had to summarize Shihan David's teaching style I'd say that he is uncompromising when it comes to safety and firm when it comes to form, focus and respectful behavior.  This is done in a positive and attentive manner, which is to say that Shihan David is never domineering and is far more apt to smile than glower.  He treats each student as an individual and is remarkable at gauging their potential and current level.  As such Shihan David is able to challenge his students to better their Karate every lesson while keeping it both fun and doable.

Mr. Rob, NYC Special Ed Teacher......

I have had the opportunity to observe Shihan David's martial arts program taught at our school for special needs children for over two years. The children are taught through structure and discipline. Under Shihan David's instruction, the children learned invaluable skills of: focus, concentration, balance, tone, awareness, self-regulation, core strength, anxiety reduction, and spacial awareness. The children enjoyed and looked forward to their ongoing weekly lessons. Many of them expressed an interest in continuing the following of the art/sport that Shihan David introduced to them.

Mike Bauer, parent......

For our son, Karate with Shihan David is a bright spot of pride and eagerness in his life.  To see him embrace the idea that practice and patience are positive qualities in an endeavor rather than something to resist and rebel against is especially gratifying.

Susan, parent of 12 year old girl......

Shihan Martial Arts provides an excellent program for my daughter. She is twelve and has been studying with Shihan David for over two years. In that time we have seen her gain confidence and poise.