• We Thank You February 28, 2014

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am writing at this time to thank FSDC and FIDOY for their financial assistance I received for my child. FSDC is truly a family atmosphere where we have made many friends. The senseis have taught us many things about karate, self defense, and history. My child has become more confident in everything they do, and they now help teach other students. Having been involved in FSDC, they have now made many friends that will be there the rest of their life. FSDC has truly become part of our family and we look forward to continuing our study of Isshinryu karate. Again, I would just like to thank everyone for their generosity and support for helping our family continue something that we love. It’s a great feeling to know that we are part of the FDSC “karate family.”

    We thank you

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  • Priase from Novi Youth Assistance February 13, 2014

    Novi Youth Assistance is a non-profit organization whose main goal is providing early intervention programs that strengthen families and youth and reduce the incidence of delinquency, abuse and neglect through community involvement. It is administered by the Oakland County Circuit Court/ Family Division and sponsored by the cities and school districts in Oakland County.

    As a caseworker of the program, I am often faced with the challenge of helping a child improve their sense of self-esteem, confidence and ability to handle the challenges of life. I am grateful for FIDoY in providing an opportunity for children to learn a skill, feel competent about themselves and develop a sense of being part of a caring community. Ed and Chris Szelap have the children’s best interests at heart and recognize each child as a unique individual. Their program works wonders on so many levels!!


    Tom Swieboda

    Youth Assistance Caseworker

    Novi Youth Assistance

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  • Appreciation for the Financial Assistance January 22, 2014

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    I am writing this letter to express our appreciation for the financial assistance we received from Families in Defense of Youth for our child’s karate lessons and to extend our gratitude to both Family Self Defense Center, Novi and FIDoY. Our child was going to FSDC’s karate program through Novi Parks and Rec for learning karate and methods of self defense. It was helping them not only learning skills in Karate, but also gaining the invaluable experience of team work, learning the importance of healthy living and building self-confidence. The instructors were very helpful and the environment was very much conducive to smooth learning. Our chile was not only learning karate but also enjoying the overall experience. Everything was going on as expected until we were faced with some financial challenges and were not in a position to continue the training for our child despite our strong desire to do so. We let FSDC know our decision. FSDC then came forward with the financial assistance provided through FIDoY to continue with the Novi Parks program. It was because of the assistance that our child could continue these lessons. As I mentioned this is helping our child tremendously in all respects. I would definitely recommend this program to other kids too.

    I am sure there are other families who are in similar situation like ours. The more financial assistance FSDC/FIDoY can provide, the more number of kids can be benefited from it and continue these wonderful lessons which will help them grow for a better future.


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  • What a great thing January 19, 2014


    What a great thing- such an amazing program. Here are my thoughts:

    My family was fortunate to meet the Senseis many years ago. Our kids were typical grade-schoolers; energetic, a little distractible, and ready for a bit of experience with a team working toward individual and group goals. The Sensei’s welcomed all of us, and knew the kids’ names immediately. They took a personal interest in each student, and provided individual support and instruction in an easy-to-learn manner. The kids were hooked! They wanted to practice at home daily, and looked forward to the next class. They would run through their forms together and help each other improve. I could see the confidence and discipline beginning to take hold, and it was wonderful.

    Eventually our family circumstances changed, and we became a single-parent family. Many aspects of daily life changed for the kids. But karate remained a constant; they knew each week they would have strong, caring adults and excellent classmates to learn with and grow with. It was a place where they were given the best from their Sensei’s and they wanted to give their best in return. But finances were an obstacle. I politely tried to bow out, but the Sensei’s knew my family and sensed that my kids might be good candidates for the scholarship program. It has been a true blessing for each one of us.

    While we don’t know who the generous people are behind the FIDoY, we are grateful each week that they have made it possible for us to have the consistency of continued lessons, and the many benefits of learning martial arts in such a wonderful setting. One of my kids explains, “It made me stronger, it gave me better balance, it made me faster. It made me respect myself and others more. It made me more confident that I could handle myself and other people if I need to. I think it has been pure benefit.”

    When my kids started at a new school, they would see other students from their Dojo who would greet them in the halls, and they felt a sense of connectedness and support. When they are in the community and see a class mate they immediately greet each other, and they know they have a “karate family” all around them.

    This amazing charity has helped my kids stay in a discipline where they could develop a work ethic, a sense of personal responsibility, and learn skills for life that they would not have without this opportunity.

    It has brought tremendous comfort to me to see my kids have a week-after-week connection with the Senseis, who simply go above and beyond for their students. My kids have been able to experience much-needed positive role models, they have a secure place to push themselves toward achievement, and I see it benefit their daily lives. It’s so wonderful to see such positive skills being developed in my kids, I know it will benefit them for the rest of their lives, and we can’t say enough about this amazing charity.

    We can only say “Thank you!” from deep in our hearts.

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