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Head instructor, Esteller MMA
Pleasanton Martial Arts
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I can’t say enough wonderful things about Sifu Ron and this Dojo! We’ve been going to Esteller Martial Arts...
I work for a youth non-profit that refers kids to Esteller. The families we have sent there have had...
I started with EMA before it was called EMA. 28 years ago my mom took me and my brothers...
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Sifu Ron and this Dojo!
We’ve been going to Esteller Martial Arts in Pleasanton since it opened up (beginning of 2015); so we’ve been with Sifu Ron for over (2) years now.
We just moved back to Livermore at the end of 2014 and I visited (5) different Dojos (including several much closer to our home) before we found Sifu Ron. He’s the real deal and definitely worth the drive!
Sifu Ron has the right combination of patience, discipline, dedication and genuine love and adoration for all his kids; he refers to us as Ohana – which means family.
My oldest 2 Littles first started with him when they were 2 and 3 years old. Now, all (3) of them go to classes there. My youngest started when he was just 1 year old. Not many Martial Arts instructors will teach the Littles when they are so young. This is definitely a testament to Sifu Ron and his passion for this art.
The kids love Sifu Ron and their Kaju classes. In fact, my nearly 6 year old, just requested to go to Kaju an additional night every week (3 nights per week now). His technique and knowledge have improved so much over the last 2 years. Even his previous martial arts instructor (another wonderful teacher from New Jersey) was impressed with the skills he’s gained.
What I also love about this Dojo is that Sifu gives some of the older kids the opportunity to help mentor and teach some of the younger ones. Its a great experience for all the children; those able to learn to teach and those that are able to look up to their older peers. Many of the classes are actual Ohana classes and open to students of multiple ages. In fact, I (as a female adult) even I can take classes with my kids. That’s so much fun.
Bottom line – this is the best Dojo and Sifu Ron is the absolute best instructor. We just love him!
I started with EMA before it was called EMA. 28 years ago my mom took me and my brothers to a small sweaty room at the San Leandro Boys club for a Karate class. We were avid Kung Fu movie fans and really excited to join the class. So we take off our shoes and socks and attempt to join in …”HOLD ON ! it doesn’t work like that” was the first thing Sifu ( he was dashing back then ) said to us. “You have to watch first, if you come back, then you can join the class.” He was looking for a commitment and an understanding of what we were getting ourselves into. Because the classes were fun, but they can be a challenge. He was hard on us but encouraged us every step of the way. He never held us back in anyway, always encouraging us to go out and learn then bring it back and teach the rest. I did just that and went on to become a national heavyweight thai boxing champ. EMA instilled this amazing sense of accomplishment and self confidence, along with a healthy need to give back