Our Fans!

We know how great our “family” is!  But we want you to hear it from  them! We encourage and invite all Jukido Kai Family Members, current and former to submit their comments and testimonials to be posted here!

8 Responses to “Our Fans!”

  1. Darren Hinkle says:

    Well, one of the best things that come from training at Jukido-Kai is the fact that you know in most real situations, you have been taught and praticed ways to walk away safely… but one of the really cool things about our style, you almost always walk away bruised sore, and limping your way home from the dojo twice a week… but the honor is when you return to continue studying this powerfull form of martial arts, it will break you down and then build you back up with a whole new outlook on life.

  2. Shawn Thompson says:

    My daughter Tianna has come a long way in a short period of time, and I owe that all to Shane and the support from his staff. Shane’s knowledge of what he teaches is outstanding and the way he delivers it on each training session is so consistant. My daughter has so much respect for Shane, and that comes from how Shane teaches. I would highly recommend this class to any parent who wants to have there child taught the meaning of respect and focus. It has definitely changed my daughters life.I myself have learned a lot by just watching. Being able to interact with the parents has helped me establish some friendships as well. I tip my hat to you Nancy and Shane for the program you have provided for this community and the compassion you show to each and every person that walks through the door. I thank you for your support and providing the opportunity to help my daughter succeed .

  3. Darren Hinkle says:

    July 5th of 2010, I stepped back into the dojo for the first time in almost 13 years here I am now almost 8 months later looking back at the changes in my life, to this day I still say getting back into martial arts is the best decision I have made in my life. I will admit the first 2 months back were pure torture for me since I was drastically out of shape… now I go in there and I give it my all every time I step into that dojo, that dojo feels more like home to me then anywhere else on this planet, it has changed every aspect of my life for the better.

    The class prices are extremly inexpensive, compared to big cities where you would have to pay over $100 a month to get a quarter of the training and education you get here at Jukido Kai.

    We don’t just learn how to defend ourselves and our loved ones, that is not what this training is about really, we learn history, how the body works, we learn about other styles, and we learn what it truely means to be a martial artist, we learn that martial arts is not a hobby… it is a life style, and finally we learn the key to surviving is adaption, the key to surviving well is creative adaption.

    Training with Master Shane Topp is a huge blessing, just having someone like him around in the small town of Wapakoneta giving us his vast martial arts resources and knowledge is beyond amazing, he truely blesses this town with his presence, And I for one will follow that man anywhere to train under him. He is my mentor, my role model, my guiding spirit, and my master… I owe him everything and he ask for nothing but dedication and to train with everything I have…….

    I pray that I will be half as good as he is when I follow in his footsteps.

    -Darren Hinkle

  4. Andrew Krites says:

    I have been in the martial arts for over 15 years and regardless of where I train I keep coming back to Sensei Topp. Sensei Topp is able to incorporate multiple styles such as Karate, Kung Fu, Jujutsu, etc. and blend them into one art. He is well versed in both empty hand and weapon arts. With his vast knowledge of the human body, he is able to both show and illustrate the effects that a technique will have on the body. I appreciate all that the Topp family has done for me over the years and look forward to continuing my journey in the martial arts with Sensei Topp.

  5. Joseph Traylor says:

    Training here has effected me more than physically. The lessons, the respect, the basic principals have found a way to incorporate itself in my whole life. Weather its studying for a big test or just the small problems we face everyday. To some people think it may not sound like much but i used to get stressed out depressed about all those little things. And now it just keeps me level headed. The classes can be hard I’m not going to lie There are many classes i come home from with bruises all over. I’m a bigger guy but i still get through it and if your looking for a place to train or if your just interested you wont find a better place. The only thing is this isn’t a hobby its a lifestyle you might not get it now but join us for a little while and you will see.

  6. Kristie Hawkins says:

    When I joined Jukido-Kai, I was a stay at home mom to three kids, out of shape, and had never been an athletic person. I wanted to do something fun with kids, and since we all loved the Last Air Bender cartoon on Nick, I figured why not give Karate a try. After watching a couple of classes, I decided I was not going to sit on the bleachers and watch. There was something really good going on, and I wanted to be a part of it. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. Three years later I am still here, and going strong. Last month I was taking my belt test when Sensei Topp asked me a curious question. He asked me how long I had been training, and what has my training done for me.

    Here is the answer I gave: I have been here for just over three years, and I can not imagine my life without martial arts. It has become incorporated into every aspect of my life. I have always been a restless person, something inside of me was always looking for something more. I had things in my life that should have made me happy, and would have most other people, but I always felt like something was missing. Since finding this school and training under Sensei Topp, I no longer have that restless feeling. I am grounded, and very content for the first time in my life.

    I have also found that I am mentally, emotionally, and physically stronger now than I have ever been. I can deal with stressful situations much better now, I am calmer, and I don’t let little things bother me like they used to. I am more even keeled, and focus better on the task at hand. I used to get distracted very easily, or would just think of things out of the blue. My husband used to call them Kristie thoughts because to him, they just came out of nowhere. Although it has taken a lot of training, I can now focus my mind more readily and block out the distractions.

    Training has also increased my self confidence. I used to be very jumpy and easily startled by things, but not anymore. My husband used to say that I was scared of my own shadow, and he enjoyed exploiting that fear from time to time. Needless to say, it’s now been a long time since he has tried to scare me, and he likes the new found self confidence I have.

    Finally, training has made me a stronger person physically. I have asthma, and through physical training and breathing techniques learned from Sensei Topp, I do not need nearly as much medication as I used to. I still need a rescue inhaler from time to time and allergy medicine, but I no longer take daily steroid based asthma medication. Not only that, but I feel and act younger, and have more energy for work, family, and training. It’s amazing how good life can be when you are stronger and feel better than you ever have in your life!

    All in all, walking through the door at Jukido-Kai was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I could go on about the discipline and respect, about learning martial arts from a self defense perspective, and the friendships you find, but I wanted to share some of things training has done for me that most people don’t even realize. There is something very special going on at this school, and I am humbled and blessed to be a part of it. Thank you Sensei Topp.

  7. The Young Family says:

    What started with a structured physical activity to help a young victim of TBI, to the discipline and focus needed to give a child of ADHD some activity to look forward to every week. (Unlike sports that start and stop) There need not be a reason at all but to be active and have fun to come join us.
    The meditative and educational properties of Tai Chi give those who dont desire the more physical roles of Karate, Aikido or Iaido the oppertunity to experience a martial art through softer forms. Iaido takes us back to the Samurai legacy and into meditative forms as well, which links us to present day tactical defenses. Kata class alone is well worth the time to study the forms of our style as well as other styles and kubudo.
    Jukido Kai really does have something to offer everyone. From the childrens favorites of sparring and grappling to the more refined Tai Chi and sword arts, we have all found our place wirthin this Sogo Budo, bringing us closer together with something more in common.
    For a family that thought we were just going to have some fun, we now know that joining the Jukido Kai family is something we couldn’t live without.

  8. Lori Mccollum says:

    From Lori McCollum
    Self Defense Class

    Shane, just wanted to thank you again for providing us with such an awesome experience today. I think we all learned some very valuable information and went home feeling a little less vulnerable. I know some of us would be interested in the progressive classes in the fall! Thanks again for your professionalism and expertise!

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