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Our daughter LOVES everything about coming to classes! She started last May, and hasn't looked back. Her confidence has grown so much, starting within weeks of starting! She loves how every week she is learning new skills, she loves the staff and she loves the challenges that they give them every week to work on. She looks forward to classes every week, and jumped at the opportunity to sign up for extra classes that would help her learn more. She went from being a complete gymnastics girl to everything karate. Her Christmas list was filled with rebreakable boards, pads, punching bags, t-shirts, room decorations and anything else she could think of to practice karate or that was karate! It's only been about 10 months, but you can't meet this girl and not know that she loves karate, and we have Canton Karate to thank for this! Overall, the staff at Canton Karate has changed our daughter in so many ways, but especially in her confidence! We're so glad we found them!

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The kids enjoy it, they learn to be more disciplined and behaved at the same time! Master Martin is exceptionally patient (I know because I get frustrated just watching it) and is a wonderful instructor. I am very happy with the way he mentors his pupils especially while he has his assistant instructors available to give one on one instruction to those that struggle. Having my children in his classes and seeing what they actually learn, accomplish and develop into is well worth the cost.

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The Perfect Martial Arts School. Master Martin does a great job of combining all of the elements of martial arts into the curriculum, There is a mixture of history, discipline and practical application. The classes are also taught specifically for each age group to maximize the benefit of the kids and adults. What is being taught will resonate with a 3 or 4 year old (my son) or an adult(myself).

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My son goes here and loves it. Master Martin is great with the kids. They work on focus, concentration, self discipline, confidence and many more things kids need. My son is always excited to go and it's great to see the smile on his face. I see the improvement at home and in school since he has been going.

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Canton Karate has been amazing for our family! My two have been enrolled for 6 months now. They have always struggled with attention, focus, and self control and it was beginning to impact school. They LOVE Karate! They want to practice at home, and love going to class. and their performance in school has made a complete turnaround! For the first time my daughter's teacher this year says she is focused, attentive, and hard working!
Master Martin is patient but firm and disciplined. He treats each student differently in class. and that's a good thing! I don't know how but he seems to know what every student needs to personally challenge them. I find myself repeating Master Martin's words around the house and at work. They did love the Saturday forms/sparring class and we will miss that. But we are all excited to see what comes next!

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My son started Karate lessons at Canton Karate several months ago and we can't be happier with that decision! My son has gained so much confidence. On his first day, he was so nervous to step onto that mat. Master Martin and the rest of the staff were so patient and encouraging with him. He loves going now and has so much fun at each class. Master Martin and all the staff at Canton Karate are so encouraging, helpful and very accessible. I can't say enough good things! I highly recommend Canton Karate!

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Amazing place with AMAZING staff!! The way they work with kids is wonderful! You truly feel like family from the time you walk in the door. They offer so many different class options. My kids have learned so much already from their short time here. I'm amazed at the new skills and discipline they are learning. The confidence I'm seeing fostered in my children is great. Master Martin has an amazing way of dealing with the kids. It is usually in a way that corrects the problem without disrupting everyone else. Can't wait till my 4 year old is ready to start as well. Thank you Canton Karate!!

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Have you ever thought about what you are washing your mask with?


Have you ever thought about what you are washing your mask with?

This past year has been a lot different for many of us. We have had to make many changes in our every day lives.

One of the biggest changes we have made is MASKS. Masks have seemed to become a new part of our every day life and wardrobe. Masks can come in a variety of colors and patterns, and even in different materials, like cloth or disposable ones.

Masks have also become very controversial, for it is debatable whether wearing a mask actually helps stop the spread of viruses or not. Here I will instead be talking about the germs and bacteria that is accumulating on the masks we have been wearing, and the importance of cleaning them correctly.

We already know that we should be washing our masks often, in order to keep them clean and to stop us from breathing in germs and bacteria, but have you ever thought about how and what you are washing your mask with?

Let’s start off with artificial fragrances and the danger they present to our health. Artificial, or synthetic, fragrances are “derived from petroleum (crude oil). They include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions,” as explained by holistic health coach, Annie Price, in this article here.

All these chemicals are extremely harmful to us, yet are found in everyday products, such as shampoo, soaps, lotions, and laundry soap. Yes, even laundry soap! Now, think about how you wash your masks. You want them to be clean, of course, and to smell nice, so you use your favorite laundry soap and fabric softener.

Now, think about all those chemicals that are making it smell that way. Think about your young, growing children breathing in these chemicals on a daily basis. With some kids now back in school, they are wearing their masks for 5-6 hours a day, breathing in those chemicals for hours. And those chemicals, as previously stated, are known to cause birth defects, central nervous system disorders, allergic reactions, and even cancer.

Laundry soap is filled with toxic chemicals that not only hurts our environment, but it hurts us and our children, as well. Some of the most notable brands are even filled with toxins.

As a mother with a child that has suffered from many health issues throughout his young life, I have learned quickly, and I do my best to eliminate our use of toxic everyday materials. I realize many wonderful parents are just not aware of the dangers of these products that we use everyday.

Many parents are doing their best to keep their children safe by wearing masks, but it’s also important to be safe when washing your masks.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Wash masks alone, not with other clothing. This will help avoid lint from accumulating on masks, so you and your children are not breathing in or getting lint in your mouths.
  2. Wash masks in hot water, without fabric softener. Use a laundry soap with less chemicals and toxic ingredients. Always make sure to keep in mind any allergies you may have to certain oils and ingredients. The less amount of ingredients in something, the better it probably is. Always research the ingredients, too.
  3. Use very little soap. I sometimes rinse it twice.
  4. Wash masks daily! Send extra ones in case they drop it, or in case the first one starts to build up moisture.
  5. Be careful using mask necklaces. They are wonderful for keeping kids from dropping their masks during times they take them off, like during lunch. However, they do pose a choking hazard, especially if they are outside at recess. Try to find ones with a break-away safety clasp, if you are going to use them.
  6. If you use disposable masks, please research what they’re made with and what it may have on it.


I am not a doctor, just a mom that wants to warn other parents about the health risks masks may possess. Please, do your own research about masks, too. Research how safe and effective they are, what they are made with, and what you are using to wash them.

I hope you found this helpful.


Blog Written by Lori Piwok

Mom and owner of a Martial Arts School for Children.