Featured on this page are various testimonies given by alumni students, parents, school oficcials, and district superintendents. Each and every one illustrates the overwhelming impact that KICKSTART KIDS has on the students’ lives and even the community at large
KICKSTART KIDS Testimonials
KICKSTART KIDS has changed my life entirely and made me a stronger person.
KICKSTART KIDS has given me a better work ethic and greater determination.
KICKSTART KIDS has helped me in many ways. First, I want to say thank you to my instructor Ms. Cantu [Bradley]. She has taught me to be a better person… It has taught me to make the right choices and have more self-confidence in whatever I am doing. It has also helped me in my self-esteem and my self-control. I want to thank KICKSTART KIDS for giving me the opportunity to become a better person and make the right choices. Thank you KICKSTART KIDS and thank you Ms. Cantu.
It was an amazing experience in which I gained martial art skills and sense of character. Martial arts trains the body but the program also helped instill discipline, repsect, and many more traits. Without KICKSTART KIDS, I might’ve never known I had that kind of potential.
The program didn’t spoon feed me blind hope for the future. It prepared me for the world as it truly is, and provided me with the tools needed to overcome any obstacle thrown my way. It gave me a family, which I was lacking beforehand. It taught me to always shoot for the moon, because, even if you miss, you’ll still be amongst all of those beautiful stars.
Most importantly to me, the program gave me a father. My instructor filled the hole in my life that had been dug deeper and deeper over the years. The lessons he instilled in me led me to a greater state of confidence and understanding of the road that would lead to my destiny. I am currently serving in the United States Army as an Information Technology Specialist, and I owe this entirely to KICKSTART KIDS. I owe the very fact that I’m still breathing to KICKSTART KIDS.
I was in KICKSTART KIDS when it was still KDOOA. I had Mark Leach as my instructor and he was the absolute greatest. The time that I was in KDOOA was the best time of my life.
Unfortunately once I began High School I didn’t have a whole lot of time for karate. I have to say that I really regret not making the time to go back, and would really like to continue my study. You guys are doing a wonderful thing. Thank you for everything you do and I can say that I know, first hand, the impact it makes on a kid’s life.
KICKSTART KIDS has changed my life, by teaching me to respect other people, and giving me the ability to move faster & stronger…
I have a lot of good things that I can say about KICKSTART KIDS and how it’s played a big part in my life, but that would take hours to talk about. So I’ll try to hit key points.
I’ve always been a well mannered kid with lots of goals, but after meeting Mr. Stinson I learned how to always want more and never settle. This and many of the other teachings have helped mold me into a role model citizen capable of showing everyone that I meet that karate doesn’t just teach you how to kick and punch but to also be productive and aim for your dreams, I’m currently still participating in KSK events even though I’m in college. I plan to continue growing with KSK and all of my friends as long as I can.
It kept me out of trouble and helped me have discipline. Thanks to KSK I am now I’m in college.
I’m a Blue Belt going to Green Belt. This is my 3rd year in KICKSTART KIDS. KSK was a beginning to a life change. When I was in 6th grade, I was shy, bullied and scared of what Middle School would bring me. When I stared KSK, my life changed. KICKSTART KIDS taught me Honesty, Loyalty, Courage, Discipline, Respect, and now Dedication. My goal is to get my Black Belt and to become an instructor. I’m going to try my hardest because KSK is the hardest thing ever. In my 2nd year, KSK got harder. Did I give up? Honestly, I did give up but I kept trying. By the time I started my 3rd year I knew what to do, I needed to be a role model and to give all my best, but most of all have fun in what I love. I’m a KICKSTART KID for life. I owe it all to KSK for who I am today.
I began your program in 2001, back in the days when we were Kick Drugs Out of America. I was a shy, awkward, and not a child you would call a leader. Through the years, I maintained my path of Martial Arts through the goals I set; getting my black belt, competing at tournaments to represent the program, getting my second and third degree, leading the citywide demo team, and helping my little sister get her very own black belt. These were things that kept me motivated to maintain the high values and leadership positions that came with my rank and age.
Then came a day that I left the program to finish my college career. I finished school, and was offered a job at a FORTUNE 100 best place to work. Working for some of the best leadership seen in the technology industry, I was given the opportunity to be an influential leader at such a young age and have been able to move the company’s needle in successful ways. To this day, I attribute most of the skills I use in my career to my instructors and the program.
We always hear the testimonials of those that went through the program, and decided to become instructors and give back to a program that has changed their life. But what does MY story mean for the program? What about the other students who left the martial arts world but were still successful adults of society BECAUSE of their involvement in Kickstart Kids?
My point is this: I think this program is a life changing experience that develops outstanding human beings and martial artists… and I want the world to know that too. I can’t do that by teaching or coaching the next generation as many of my friends are doing, but I (and I know of many other former students) who have the passion to help the program evolve into the potential we all know it could be.