My shy daughter wanted to "do karate" and we just happened upon Dragon's Gate at the Liberty Fall Festival. After breaking a board, we had to check out a class or two. She LOVED it. We are still fairly new to this karate world, but already, my daughter is getting stronger and showing more confidence. She still is shy but we have seen a marked improvement to her confidence and ability. The instructors and owner are all very kid-focused and kid-friendly. They always know how to get my kiddo to understand what they are asking of her. Her current favorite thing is weapons training and I know she is learning life skills that will carry with her forever.