Here's what our customers are saying...
[ The names in this letter have been changed due to an ongoing criminal investigation.]
January 15, 2009'
To parents, students, prospective students and parents of American
Kenpo Karate University:
My name is Jane Doe and my daughter, Janet, has been taking karate from Mr.
Walker for 2 years. When Janet is taking class, I sit in the back of the University and study for my college classes. I often
stop to watch my daughter in class or to listen to Mr. Walker give the class instruction. One of the things I have always
enjoyed the most about Mr. Walker's teaching style is that he will often instruct students on "street-wise"
information. I have always enjoyed listening to this information. I never thought that it would one day save me from a violent
On the 5th of this month, I was grocery shopping for a few items in Live Oak. It
was latter than I usually go, about 9:45pm. As I was leaving the store I noticed a gentleman standing by his truck on his
cell phone. I also noticed in the corner of the porch of the store a young gentleman watching me leave the store. At first
I thought he was a worker from the grocery store but then I noticed he did not have on a uniform. I quickly assessed the situation
and felt that I should approach the car with caution. If the other man had not been in the parking lot, I would have gone
back in the store to ask someone to walk me to my car. I was thinking before I approached the car of what to do. I decided
not to open the main part of the car but opened the trunk and quickly threw in the items and my purse as well. As I saw the
man approaching, I quickly shut the trunk. I had my keys tightly in my hand with one keys sticking up so that I could use
it as a weapon if need be. He asked me if I would give him a lift up town. I firmly said, "No!" and started to walk
away. He walked back to the porch and I quickly got in my car and drove off.
Today, a week and a half
after the incident, my friend at work showed me a newspaper article where a man at the same store on the same day [15 minutes
after the man approached me] had given a man a ride and was robbed at gunpoint. That could have been me!
am very thankful that Mr. Walker teaches his students to be "street-wise" and I am very glad I listen in class.
Thanks Mr. Walker for saving me from an act of violence!
This parent contacted the police and is helping identify this criminal. The man she mentions in
the parking lot by his truck talking on his cell phone ended up being the one to give the younger guy a ride and ended up
getting robbed. Someone else was robbed in a similar fashion at night in the WalMart parking lot 2 days earlier and they believe
it was the same robber.
What we teach is not just about kicking and punching is it?? Yours in Kenpo, Tim
Tim, I have great respect for you for many reasons. To learn another system and go through all that is required
to be retested and certified takes a special type of person. Your help at the studio, advice and friendship have been and
always will be important to me.
Lee Wedlake Jr. 9th degree black belt
Mr. Walker is one of the most knowledgeable Instructors
in the Kenpo style of martial art that I know. In his teaching he implements valuable lessons in life that will help his students
grow in character as well as discipline which will help them in all aspects of their life. I would recommend him to anyone
interested in martial arts for recreation, self confidence and physical fitness.
Dr. Mark C. Means
are not many great teachers in the world today. You should try and be around as many as you can. Mr. Walker is one of those
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I have been a high school administrator for the past 9 years. One of my main responsibilities in this role is to
observe, mentor and teach teachers how to be effective in the classroom.
Tim Walker is not
only educated in his field, but he is one of the most effective teachers I have ever observed. Mr. Walker not only gets students
of all levels to
give 100% effort, but students also learn and progress each and everyday.
There are not many people or teachers that have the gift to transform children into respectful young adults.