Our daughter, Zoha Aziz, began her martial arts journey three years ago at Jerry Hansman's Okinawan Karate. She is currently a 1st Kyu/Brown Belt and her next belt promotion will be to 1st degree Black Belt! It has been wonderful to see her grow into a confident young woman through these years and we feel that karate has played a major role in this transformation.
Karate has taught her many important qualities such as respect, discipline, focus, and self-defense. Zoha has always been a hard worker and will not give up easily, which is why karate was perfect for her! Zoha continues to work hard and her goal now is to be able to say “I’m a Black Belt too!” She has made many close friends within the Dojo, both younger and older! Now that she is a Brown Belt working towards her Black Belt she is learning leadership skills by leading and helping classes. Zoha really enjoys teaching and helping the younger students and junior belt ranks.
As a martial artist, Zoha has learned what it is like to be still, challenged, and focused. One of the main principles at Jerry Hansman’s Okinawan Karate is discipline. Kids also learn what it is like to take a hit, whether that hit is a literal punch or kick in sparring or a disappointment like failing a test. The key is in learning how best to take that hit and get back up.
Zoha has become a fast thinker, both in martial arts and day to day experiences. She solves conflict quickly and easily now. Karate is also a great way to get fit, build muscle, balance, and agility. Kids of all ages improve their balance, coordination and motor skills. Zoha has improved her flexibility, strength and endurance, skills that help her in other sports and they make kids more confident in their abilities.
After watching Zoha in her karate classes, both of her younger brothers, Zayaan and Uzair have also started training as well They’ve also had great experiences and we can’t wait to become a family of Black Belts!