The Takashima Family

By Malissa Iida-Takashima

HSK Anecdote

My family has been with HSK since 2015. My husband and older son, Brent, joined together and it created a special bond between them. Prior to joining HSK, our son had anxiety participating in organized sports including soccer and basketball. Once they joined HSK, it not only created a unique bond but provided an environment in which he could learn and gain confidence. But that's not to say it was easy.

Sensei and all the Senpais followed the same principles which provided consistency. They (meaning Senpai Ray and Senpai Scott) consistently made Brent do many, many push ups and duck walks to get him back in line. They had expectations from the beginning, which were made very clear, and would not falter. I appreciated that very much.

Over the years, Brent has ventured out and tried various things including scouts, water polo and swimming. He continues to try and improve in his activities. I see him growing into a very good person and I don't think it would have been the same without the HSK community.

Now, I have the opportunity to participate in karate with our younger son, Marcus. I see excitement and pride in Marcus when he attends practice. I feel fortunate to be able to share in this experience because not only do I get to learn with my family, but because I get to do so in the company of so many good people. I feel a sense of camaraderie and loyalty. I also feel all the muscles in my body hurting (in a good way) during and after practice.

Thank you HSK for keeping my family healthy and teaching them such valuable life lessons. I look forward to the beach training, camp, blood drives, holiday parties and practices.

GRIPES: I have to leave work early and drive from Aiea. Just kidding.

Malissa Iida-Takashima

Years w/ HSK - 1/2 year

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