Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy and Sensei Sidney Burns have been a blessing to our family. Our son began attending when he was 5 years old, just before he was diagnosed with cancer. Though he was unable to attend for more than a year during the hardest part of his treatment, Sensei Burns kept in touch with us regarding his health. Many of the parents there often inquired about him, and made us feel like a part of a community. As soon as he was able, our son returned to class and though he occasionally has difficulty keeping up, the teachers and staff are always encouraging and helpful. As many cancer patients do, he often has trouble with joint pain and neuropathy. The movements and stretching used in class aid in relieving his pain, and provide a safe and structured environment for him to exercise. Sensei Burns is always willing to modify a lesson to accommodate our child's abilities. In addition to the health benefits, the opportunity to advance in class by earning patches and belts has provided our son with a fun way to learn responsibility to the class, to his home and to his community. We have enjoyed being a part of the Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy family!
Jenny & Liam Shutt