Stephanie S. “I came to Sun Dojo because I was new to the neighborhood and saw that they were offering a donation-based women’s self-defense class. Looking to increase my self-confidence, and to develop basic self-defense skills, I attended the class and was instantly impressed. My assumption about jiu jitsu being more of a man’s martial art was challenged after first being trained by Professor Laurel, and then attending a very mixed-gender basic jiu jitsu class. Now, I train several times a week. I look forward to it. It’s been a fantastic welcome to the neighborhood because the community is so great. And the improvements I’ve noticed in my daily life are constant and tangible: higher self-confidence, discipline, patience, and surprisingly joy! I feel happier with a regular jiu jitsu practice. I’d highly recommend Sun Dojo, for both the training and the community.”
Susan E.: “My nine-year-old daughter has been taking the juniors Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes at Sun Dojo since September 2015. We are thrilled that she is learning a martial art. Not only is she learning self-defense and self-discipline but she is gaining confidence, focus and is “bully-proof.” At the end of classes, according to my daughter, the instructors, all of whom are excellent, talk to the students about the morals of being a martial artist: martial artists are ten feet tall and bully-proof; they try their best; they make smart choices. In her elementary school on more than one occasion, she has stood up for her friends when they were being teased by other kids. My daughter is naturally very shy and quiet and the instruction at Sun Dojo is instilling in her the confidence to do the right thing. She also takes the Ninja classes which she finds fun and challenging and great for her physical dexterity and bravery. We highly recommend enrolling your kids in the juniors classes at Sun Dojo!”
Michael S. : “Sun Dojo is staffed by an extremely welcoming, respectful, knowledgeable, and positive community of martial arts professionals. Classes are available for every age range and ability level and instill in the student a sense of both commitment and self-improvement.
Professor Carroll and his staff of inspiring instructors share a positive, meaningful message for students through martial arts study. I regularly attend both jiujitsu and kickboxing classes at the dojo and am extremely happy with the improvements that martial arts practice has brought to the physical, professional, and family facets of my life. I initially began training in jiujitsu in preparation for running the New York City marathon (it helped tremendously develop the mental and physical fortitude required by the event) and became inspired to commit to jiujitsu for the long term.
The fellow students of the dojo are a super respectful and inspiring group of people with whom I am proud to associate. I highly recommend Sun Dojo and honor the positive contributions that it has brought to the community.”
Gary G. “Very happy I joined. My experience (as a beginner) has been overwhelming positive. Big thanks to Prof. Carroll and the community of instructors + students for being so welcoming during my first few weeks at the dojo. Looking forward to more.
The basic classes are gentle (i.e. you won’t get injured), but challenging enough to improve overall fitness and to make some widely applicable self-defense techniques second-nature to the students.
An unexpected benefit at Sun Dojo is the attendance of some advanced students in the basic classes (advanced classes typically follow basic classes on the schedule, so the basic classes probably serve as a refresher for the advanced students). The benefit to beginners like me is that we often get to partner with some seasoned (and patient) people who are already comfortable with the techniques, and often help reinforce the correct way to practice.”