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February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I trained at CAE for many years. In many ways, CAE helped me to grow up. The classes, and the opportunities to teach there helped me become more confident, and empowered me to try out things I never would have dreamed I could do. The community of CAE supported me through many phases of my life. the community I found there is still one I feel I can rely on. The skills and self-confidence I developed there still help me in my daily life. i would not be the same person if CAE had not been a part of my life.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

almost all aspects of my life!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of anything

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I trained at CAE for many years. As a single mother, it was a sanctuary for me where I was able to devote time to strengthening myself, learn new skills, study self-defense, and engage with an incredibly supportive and inspiring community- all the while, free child-care was provided for my young child, as was the opportunity to pay a sliding scale fee. If it weren't for those two options, I would never have been able to train and learn so much about abilities that I never before believed my body had. The environment was always non-intimidating and welcoming. Later, my daughter also trained there in karate, and the classes incorporated practical techniques of children's self-defense.
Throughout the years, CAE has always been a great resource and a center for organizing and activism, always a hub when it was time to support a community cause or participate in a larger one. It's the kind of center I wish every neighborhood or town could have, an oasis of support, thought and action.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the opportunity I was given to train in martial arts and self-defense when I was a struggling single mom.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise more.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I trained at CAE in the mid nineties when it was still Brooklyn Women's Martial arts. When I moved back to Brooklyn last year I returned as a karate student and also enrolled my daughter in the Children's Empowerment Project. CAE continues to be a haven of integrity and social justice and a supportive and exciting place to train. I LOVE training here. My instructors and classmates are wonderful, and coming to karate class gets me in touch with a sense of connection, authenticity, and power that makes it easier to face the more challenging parts of my life.
I also love sending my daughter here and knowing that she is in a safe environment surrounded by positive influences.
CAE is a gem. Its commitment to bringing martial arts and self defense to women and transpeople has been unwavering over the years. Being a part of the CAE community is for me one of the best things about living in Brooklyn.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Self esteem, physical fitness, connection with community.

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I would love to see CAE housed in a larger space, with more room for katas!

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I have known CAE since its beginning, 37 years ago: I was one of Annie and Nadia's first karate students. I watched it evolve into a community organization welcoming all women, adapting its self-defense programs to every kind of need and ability. I've recently (about four years ago) come back as a t'ai chi student. What is amazing to me is that it is the same place, stronger than ever-- older, wiser, much more sophisticated, but with the same radical openness to all comers, the same intense focus on making every interaction, every class, every program, every event, work. As far as I can tell, CAE lives its mission, and lives its ideals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Karate changed my life, and the changes (except for those subject to age), have persisted. Over my years of training, and especially, teaching, I saw other women, some very different from me, experience the same sense of strength and liberation from unrealistic fears. But, from knowing these same women, I also saw that violence and the threat of violence is a presence in many, many women's lives, in some ways fostered by the society we live in.

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I'm sure there is something, but I don't see it.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I took a 5-week Self-Defense course in 1993 which was very effective and supportive, so when I was invited, as part of that course, to take one free Karate class, I did so, even though I thought to myself, "Me? Karate?? Never!" Well, one class was all it took. Thirteen years of studying martial arts followed, and I am honestly a different, better person both for the physical skills I learned, the community I joined, the friends I made, and the awareness of issues I gained such as gender discrimination and social injustice.

I now walk the streets with more confidence, have better verbal self-defense and personal boundary skills, and treat others with as much respect as possible. I know how to take care of myself and share that knowledge with friends and family.

One of dozens of examples I can offer is a bit of a funny story. While dancing in a club, a man approached me on the dance floor and attempted to put his arms around my waist. I looked him in the eye, stepped back and said firmly, Don't touch me. He backed off immediately, insulted, but why should I worry about insulting him? He said he was a TV soap opera star and don't I recognize him? That I missed my chance! Ha! What an ego! I will only be touched when and by whom I chose.

There are more serious stories to share, but I'll end here. I can't imagine myself today without CAE, a unique and wonderful organization which has touched the lives of thousands. It changes lives, like mine.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

karate, self-defense, communication skills, social awareness

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funding, space, and opportunities for it to reach out to more clients

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

When I started classes at cae 18 years ago I knew I had found a special place. Since then I have witnessed the way the organization has served countless women of all ages and backgrounds find ways to become stronger, more confident and in control of their lives. It is a unique organization that fills a great need and addresses emotional and physical violence that women experience. It is a great place. I know I learned a great deal and it helped me reconceptualize self defense.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My experience as a student and as a former instructor

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its programs

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

CAE has allowed me to use my body and my brain and my heart in one place. It is the place I had been looking for for a long time and am so glad that I found it. I am a karate student and from the first class have been hooked--our martial arts are made approachable and welcoming in ways that I have not experienced elsewhere.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding my strength.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase outreach efforts

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

CAE is a truly one of a kind organization. It not only teaches the physical techniques of karate and self defense but it also is the most empowering organization that I have ever been a part of. To echo many other reviews, I joined the organization to learn karate but being part of the organization changed my life in so many ways.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the self confidence it has given me to change my life and the lives of those around me for the better.

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I would love to see it have the funding to be able to reach more individuals.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

The sense of community that CAE fosters is without peer. CAE was there when I needed to learn not just self-defense, but personal empowerment at its most basic "Yes, I Can!" level. The staff, volunteers and fellow students are some of the most cooperative, accepting and warm people I have ever come across. Everyone is invested in each other's success, and that is the secret to CAE's success.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how my confidence levels and self-efficacy has improved. Now more than ever, I am able to make decisions that are in my own best interest, which extends to being able to help and encourage those around me.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

secure larger space so that more people could experience the benefits of such a caring community.

More feedback...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Google search for "self-defense training, Brooklyn"

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I've learned to be more self-accepting, not just of my feelings but of myself as a whole person. I have gotten more disciplined. And of course, more fit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

My daughter took karate class at the Center. It was an incredibly important and empowering experience for her, and we were very grateful for the kind and sensitive staff. A vital resource for the community.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the karate class my daughter took

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

rethink this review form and eliminate redundant questions. Not every required field is appropriate to the purpose.

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