International Self Defense Institute
98 42nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
Classes Offered: Martial Arts, Self-Defense
Good for Kids: Yes
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International Self Defense Institute is a dojo unlike many. I have trained there for over 8 years. Sensei Todd Jones' passion for martial arts shows through in both his mastery Karate and in his dedication to teaching. He teaches through example, and inspires through skill. When I was starting out, the first kick he taught us was the front instep kick and to this day I can still remember my awe when he performed the kick with so much explosivenss and control. That night I went home and began practicing. Suffice to say, I am still inspired to train even though I am off to college.
ISDI is also very special because of the many female black belt instructors. Starting out, I was definitely intimidated of training in Karate, but the instructors took the time to talk to me and make me feel more at ease and eager to train. They too are phenomenal teachers that train at the same level as sensei. I once saw Angela perform a shoulder take down on an adult student twice her size with no problem because good technique. The quality of training is consistently high irrespective of whose teaching because all of the instructors are great.
On a more personal note, I have become a better person as a result of training at ISDI. Through training exercises and classes, I learned to push my limits. Through teaching, I became a better public speaker. Most importantly at this dojo no rank is given, only earned. So after each test, each rank you go away with a sense of accomplishment and confidence with the skills to back it up.
I have been bringing my three very different grandchildren to this first class Dojo for a year now. They each love coming here and I love watching them become even stronger (mind and body) respectful and positive little humans.
Sensi Todd (a 5th degree blackbelt) and the other teachers do an amazing job with each of them and all their classmates or as we call them their Kung-fu family. That is what it feels like a family. Besides the teachers really taking the time with students teaching technique as well as lessons in character building, all the students with higher belts regularly ask if they can help any of the children with lower belts before or after class and spend time showing them moves the lower belts have questions on.
Some of these higher level belts also help during class to make sure every student is getting a lot of attention. I think this is wonderful as this continues to build character all though the training of these wonderful kids. They really are like kung-fu brothers and sisters in this Dojo.
I prefer to stay and watch my grandkids and the others, but many parents may not have this opportunity and instead get their other business done or just get a much needed break for themselves during class or the special activity nights offered such as gladiator night or movie night. They also have holiday parties for everyone to visit with each other. Another help big help is it’s also affordable and easy to attend class as with one price your child can attend classes 1 to 7 days a week - it's up to you!
My Highest recommendation!
08/10/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Not only are the instuctors highly professional, but the facility places a high focus on such ideals as respect, discipline and other posative behaviours and attitudes. The children are encouraged to work at the best of their ability. The class schedule is also very flexible to suit almost everyone with a particular class available at different times throughout the week or weekend. My child (7 yrs) has been attending ISDI for almost a year and he still thoroughly enjoys it. The center also regularly organizes social nights for any children wishing to attend such as Movie night or Gladiator night giving us parents a couple of hours to get away for a nice dinner or coffee. A Very child and family friendly environment.