Jackie learned respect, self discipline, self control and most importantly self defense.“In 2004 my daughter Jacqueline and I walked into One Step Beyond inquiring about their program. We were greeted by Sensei Sarah who told us about the different karate classes, days and times. Sensei Sarah invited Jacqueline to participate in a class so she can get a feel of the class. I signed Jacqueline up that day for classes and she received her uniform. The next week when we came for class, Jackie was hesitant and did not want to go to class. Sensei Sarah came and talked to Jackie and she went to her class and attended class regularly. Jackie attended her classes regularly earning several belts. Jackie learned respect, self discipline, self control and most importantly self defense. One Step Beyond is a warm family oriented place that nurtures children teaching them respect, self discipline and self defense.”

— Anonymous

One Step Beyond Karate has instilled many qualities into our children far beyond martial arts.“Our young children have excelled under the excellent leadership of Sensei Sarah and her instruction carries over to everything else our kids do.”

— Jeff Siegert (father of 3 students)

Great people, great school, great fun.“I would like to take a moment to recommend One Step Beyond Martial Arts. My son was a student there for about three years and I as a parent loved it. Besides the usual everyday classes there was always something else to do. From participating in demonstrations in the neighborhood, doing community service projects, or putting together the annual Halloween show there was always something to do. As the students advance through the different belt levels they are required to not only behave at the dojo, but must also get signatures from the parents and school teachers to show they exhibit good behavior where ever they are. They are also rewarded for maintaining good grades at school. Sensei Tony and sensei Sarah are both deeply dedicated instructors who care a great deal about all the kids and their development in martial arts as well as in life. They go the extra mile to hold movie nights and occasional sleep overs so the parents can have a night to go out to dinner or just a quiet evening at home. I highly recommend their Karate school and can say that I would do it all over again without a second thought. Great people, great school, great fun.”

—James Harrington

Sarah creates an environment where they learn to cope with a mistake or failure, learn from it, and try again.“Going to karate class is always at the top of my two sons’ to-do lists! Both boys have been studying with Sensei Sarah for years now and will continue to do so because it is fun as well as physically and mentally challenging. We’ve seen incredible improvements in their coordination and ability to focus. Sarah understands my boys and knows how to motivate each to work harder, to focus more, to get out of his comfort zone. Sometimes the boys work hard and yet fail — losing a game, forgetting a form, not passing a test — but they’ve learned that’s ok too because Sarah creates an environment where they learn to cope with a mistake or failure, learn from it, and try again.”

—Anonymous (mother of 2 students)

No matter how rough of a day it’s been we always leave feeling good about ourselves and at peace with the world. “We have been members of One Step Beyond for about 5 years. It is always a pleasure to walk through the door at the dojo. No matter how rough of a day it’s been we always leave feeling good about ourselves and at peace with the world. For us, it has become a family sport. Jacob, 9, was the first one. He started in Little Dragon and is now a blue belt Karate Kid. Ewan, 6, was next. He has gone through Little Dragon and is now a blue belt Tiny Tiger. Myself, 43, I just started a couple of months ago and I love it. It is a great sport for all ages and One Step Beyond is a fantastic club where you meet new friends and you always feel welcome. Sensei Sarah and Sensei Tony, you are doing a fantastic job and we are happy to be part the One Step Beyond family.”

—The McKenna Family (mother of 2 students)

Seven years ago I stumbled upon Little Dragons Karate with Sensei Sarah Hanley. I have never looked back.” My daughter has been taking karate with her since and my son joined when he turned 14 months old. Sarah is very gentle with the younger children, modifying what one would think of as traditional karate skills to interest the kids as well as teach them.”

—Jenn Bastien

Her class has now become a very special father/son activity for us.“I was looking for something for my son to get involved with. He had tried baseball, soccer, and had been in cub scouts for many years. However he was looking for something different. I had taken martial arts many years ago and thought it may be something he would like. He has been training with Sensei Sarah for two years now. During that time I have seen him build his confidence. I see him patiently working with students many years younger than him. His self confidence has seemed to improve. He has made good friends in the class and he looks forward to going each week. Sensei Sarah has been patient with him and made him feel welcome. She has shown a special ability to work with younger students in that she has expectations of her students, yet makes class enjoyable and a very positive learning environment. He has learned many skills both physically and socially. It makes me very proud and happy to see him achieve his goals each time he earns a new belt. I was so impressed with Sensei Sarah’s class that I enrolled as a student myself. I have been with her for little more than a year now. Her class has now become a very special father/son activity for us. I really appreciate how Sensei Sarah interacts differently with her adult students than the younger students while in the same class. It’s really great how she can teach both groups of students at the same time without talking down to the adults or making things too complicated for the younger students. I am very happy to have found Sensei Sarah’s class, and hope that my son and I will continue to train with her for many years to come.”

—Ken Milligan