My son Marcus has been training with Sensei Alvin since he was 5 years old . He is 9 now and still totally loves it . He is going 4 times a week and would go every day , if he could . Alvin is not only an amazing and hard training martial artist . He also has this rare gift of being a great teacher. The kids really respect him and want to learn from him . He makes the classes fun while still teaching them respect, kindness, patience and empathy . You can really see , he is not in it for the money , but for his passion of teaching and living martial arts . I highly recommend shield Karate!
My kids have trained for years with Sensei Alvin and they have loved it! Alvin is an amazing teacher, leader, and human being. He treats the children with respect and in turn they give it to him. He demonstrates the qualities and values that he is teaching the children. Even the most rambunctious student falls in line in the dojo. I am grateful for the lessons that he imparts. I see the difference in how my kids comport themselves in public, around other kids at school and with us. Alvin uses styles and techniques from many martial art disciplines. It's a very well rounded education. I also highly recommend Shield Karate for any family that is struggling with bullying in the schools.
My son loves Sensei Alvin's class, we highly recommend it! He is a great dad, great mentor and a great man overall who I am happy to have as a role model for my son. The classes are fun, focused on self defense (the main focus is not on obtaining one belt after another but mastering skills and understanding when and how to use them) and overall philosophy of various martial arts. It is wonderful to watch children blossom right in front of our eyes, even the most shiest ones found their voice and let it be heard! Do come for a trial class to see for yourself!"
Sensei Alvin is a top notch person with impeccable character. Any child who takes classes at SHIELD will learn tremendously, not only in the realm of Martial Arts but in life."
My two boys love Sensei Alvin. They tell me they love his class and often come home and show their new skills to anyone who will watch them. I love his training methods, he demands respect, but at the same time he makes sure the kids have fun while they are training. His focus is on self defense and teaching the kids how to defend themselves from bullies or others. He is a wonderful role model and a very patient man. I highly recommend Shield Karate to everyone and anyone."
I was so happy to hear that Sensei Alvin was starting his own karate school. I felt compelled to help spread the word by writing a few words about our son's all time favorite teacher. Sensei Alvin helped my son in so many ways through his kind approach to teaching and his patient focus on respect and core life values. These invaluable lessons are something that has carried over into my son's daily life and helped him gather the readiness he needed for his journey through academia. One thing that I really appreciate is the way that Sensei Alvin explains exactly what each exercise in his class is trying to teach the children. Another great thing he does is that he always makes time to listen to any concerns or thoughts that I had about our son. But the best thing about Sensei Alvin's classes though, are that they are truly fun for the children. Our son just absolutely loved going to his karate classes and felt so much pride and confidence after his lessons with Sensei Alvin. There are some people who have found their calling in life, we are glad that Sensei Alvin has found his calling, working with children teaching karate. - Misses B.
Sensei Alvin is amazing with the children. He is disciplined and shows the kids how to do so. He gives them skills for protection and life lessons as well. He shows them the importance of gratitude and respect, as well as making learning a desired thing. Somehow while he's doing all of this he never forgets to keep the fun. He is amazing and any parent will feel blessed to have such an influence on their child. I say to parents come take advantage of the free trial class and see for yourself the works of the wonderful Sensei Alvin.
Having a background in child development and having trained, myself, in martial arts for over 17 years, I can honestly say that Sensei Alvin is my top pick for Martial Arts Instructors in Los Angeles (and I promise, I have met quite a few). Not only is he an incredibly skilled martial artist, he truly understands the needs of children. He believes in incorporating values and life skills into lessons that will strengthen children's inner selves while improving those fine and gross motor skills. While respecting tradition and some methodologies of past instructors, he recognizes the importance of teaching children techniques that are more realistic and applicable to today's bullying scene, with a focus on prevention rather than just response. He has a kind spirit and tone, while also able to get those kids giggling and having the time of their lives! I had to get on here and give him some props because I truly believe in what he does and every family he comes in contact with is bettered because of it. Keep changing lives Sensei!
Lindsay Burke, M.S.
Marriage and Family Therapist
Registered Intern # IMF7624