Hello dear friends,
Our daughter, Avery, has been training for several months in Seido Karate at Thousand Waves in Chicago. After a lot of dedicated hard work, she has reached the rank of yellow belt, 6th kyu. We believe very strongly in the skills she's learning there; patience, respect, self-discipline, peaceful conflict resolution, and a non-quitting spirit! In Avery's own words:
"Thousand Waves has inspired me to become a part of the community and to make an impact on the world. The teachers are very supportive and have helped me become a more centered, peaceful person. They've not only taught me how to defend myself, but to know when to use karate and when not to. I've become more aware of the feelings of others and I feel more inclined and ready to help.
Thousand Waves is especially important to the Chicago community because of how welcome it makes everyone feel. It changes people for the better, making them more social, influencing them to make better decisions. Thousand Waves has helped many a person in finding balance, teaching the skills they require to live life to the fullest and make everyone feel appreciated."
Thousand Waves' fundraising efforts are devoted to three critical areas:
Thousand Waves' name comes from the Japanese saying, "One wave sets thousands in motion."A donation of any amount will go a long way in helping Avery meet her goal for Thousand Waves.
In addition, those who donate $20 or more will receive a 10 pack of notecards/envelopes featuring Avery's own Thousand Waves-inspired custom dragon design! And here's something cool; turns out this very piece of artwork will be featured in the book "Celebrating Art", which brings together some of the most promising student artists in North America, due to be released this September! Thank you for your support.