I started kickboxing a year and a half ago and I can honestly say it has changed my life. Kickboxing has given me the motivation I needed to lose the weight I wanted in order to feel better about myself and to get back to where I used to be. Not only have I lost a lot of weight, but I have gained muscle tone and confidence in myself.
Kickboxing has been a great energy source and stress reliever. I know when I take a class it will end with me feeling absolutely great. The instructor is phenomenal! He has a great way of getting you to excel and achieve your goals. He has an enthusiastic teaching style that helps to motivate you to push forward and feel the “burn”. The people are wonderful. We are all able to get together, have fun, and help to push each other to the limit. If you want to achieve all of your fitness goals, Kickboxing is the way to go!
After we relocated to Easton from Canada a year and half ago, we started searching for a karate school for our two oldest sons to continue their studies. We were looking for a school that would respect their previous belts but more importantly one that aligned with our core values and emphasized not only self-defense, but also respect, discipline and integrity. We visited three schools, tried two and decided on enrolling them in Personal Best Karate in Easton. Mr. and Mrs. Rappold went out of their way to ensure that our sons (and ourselves) felt welcomed and gave them significant personal attention to help them quickly learn their new forms and self-defense which really helped them build their self-confidence and settle into their new schools in Easton. Their personal progress as Black Belt students of karate and life has been remarkable and above and beyond all of our expectations. We were so happy with the school, the instructors and all the wonderful families at karate we have met, that we enrolled our youngest son, Declan last summer. From what he is learning at karate, Declan has improved a lot in his listening skills and discipline while have so much fun that he can't wait to go to karate again. We all really enjoy being involved in the charity work that Personal Best does to support the community and how it is help our boys develop respect and gratitude. Thanks to the Personal Best Karate team, all of our boys are having a lot of fun, excelling in their fitness, self-defense, and most importantly, being the best that they can be from applying the lessons being taught at Personal Best Karate
I’d been through a lot in 2011 and 2012, dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. I have always struggled with my weight and maintaining consistent exercise and healthy eating habits, but this time was different. Dealing with constant anxiety, nausea, and fatigue, coupled with all sorts of medications that don’t exactly do the weight-challenged any favors, I gained about 40 pounds during chemotherapy. Lucky for me, I have a great primary care doctor, who asked me at the end of 2012 if I was ready to make my health a priority by finding a form of exercise I liked and would be able to do consistently. After a week of agonizing over what sort of exercise I should take up, making up a slew of ridiculous excuses about why I couldn’t or shouldn’t take a kickboxing class, convincing myself that I wasn’t ready, that I didn’t have the money and I didn’t have the time, I quit making excuses, walked into Personal Best Karate and signed myself up. I look back at that first kickboxing class, and can’t believe I am the same person. I remember beingdiscouraged because I couldn’t finish 20 seconds of V-ups, but that didn’t last long. By the time class was over, I was delighted that I finished the entire workout, encouraged by the best mentors and a class full of new friends with shared goals. I joined the 90 day fitness challenge in early 2013, which allowed me to take advantage of the karate classes in addition to kickboxing. Who knew I’d want to take it up a notch? Since starting at PBK, I have gotten stronger, more confident, learned new ways to manage stress, and cleaned up my diet, all while learning tae kwon do forms, self-defense techniques, and sparring skills from the most patient, positive, and encouraging instructors. Master Mansour, Miss Stacy, and all the other PBK instructors really take the time to make sure every student in class understands how to perform the techniques safely and correctly. They answer any questions you have – and sometimes they even need to remind me which foot is my right and which is my left. And get this – I weigh less now than I did before my cancer diagnosis. It’s been so much more challenging and fun than forcing myself on the elliptical three times a week. A few of the newcomers have told me that they’ve been trying to keep up with me during the kickboxing classes. Keep up? With ME?! What a rush that is, considering I couldn’t do 20 seconds of V-ups a year ago! I just hope that I can be as encouraging and inspirational to PBK newcomers who may be making up their own excuses about why they can’t or shouldn’t make their health a priority. It’ll be the best thing you can do for your body and your mind with the greatest bunch of people!
Joining Personal Best Karate has been one of the best things I have done with my two daughters. Until my 15-year old daughter (who is now in Black Belt training) joined Personal Best about 3½ years ago and I joined with my 13-year old daughter over two years ago, I never imagined I’d be actively participating in a sport with them. Personal Best is very much a family friendly school that provides a nurturing environment to learn skills far beyond karate forms, while also providing a great environment for exercise and bonding with my daughters. It is an environment where age, gender, position in life, and belt rank do not matter. We are all in it together to learn, grow, exercise, have fun, gain confidence, develop some great skills, and progress toward the coveted Black Belt together!
I started karate in third grade. It’s been 10 years since then, and I have been an assistant instructor here for the past four at the Personal Best Karate in Foxboro. This training, under such an amazing staff, has transformed my life completely. My confidence, my leadership capabilities, my self-control, my entire character has been shaped by what I have learned here. Personal Best has become my second home, a place that never stops challenging me and improving me. I wonder who I would have become without Personal Best, but I’m sure I could have never achieved what I have, whether it be on the mat or in everyday life.
Personal Best Karate has helped me establish high goals. My martial arts training has accelerated my athletic performance and endurance while increasing my academic focus and discipline in school. The principles taught by PBK have driven me to challenge myself and extend beyond my comfort zone. My Black Belt experience will help me excel at whatever path I choose in life.
I am a single mom of one boy. He is 14 now, he was 10 when he started at Personal Best Karate in Easton. As a 10 year old he had some anger issues. I was getting regular calls from school. I was at my wits end with what to do to control his outbursts. It so happened I got a random post card in the mail, Free Uniform, two private lessons, and two weeks of classes for a special. I called PBK the very next day to make an appointment. We met with Miss Malone, who was AWESOME with Evan. She went through Spot Runs, rest position, right guard, left guard and the almighty Kee-Yi's . I'm not sure who was more excited for Evan to sign up, me or him! Watching the transformation over the four years, with the teachings of the Rappolds and the rest of the staff, has been amazing! All of the staff is phenomenal with the kids. I'm not sure where we would be without Personal Best Karate. I am so thankful for that post card and for the wonderful staff at Personal Best that I now consider family.
Geo LOVES karate. He LOVES it. I had to fight such a battle to get him there to just try it - I knew, knew, knew he would resonate with it and it would be so good for him. We had a really great talk just last week about how hard it was for him to try and how nasty he was to get there, but about how proud we were of him working through his anxiety to do it... and what a pay off! He found something he absolutely loves because he was able to get himself to try. I'm really proud of him and he's really proud of himself. Even though he's only been there a short while, I do see a confidence difference in him. He's been more responsible around the house and randomly will come out with little comments about how great his kicks were, or how hard he worked to have great form while doing his push-ups. He's proud that he's so focused in class, while some other kids are really goofy...he recognizes how hard that can be for him to be the focused one and he's really proud that he's achieving it. Thank you so much for being SO fantastically supportive of him and for making his two intro classes so fun for him. He really enjoyed that time with you and I can't say enough what a wonderful program you are all running, and what a perfect fit it is for Geo.
We all have obligations as parents to raise our children to the best of our abilities and Personal Best Karate has helped us on that journey. We teach our children to do what is right in everything they do and to treat people with respect. Personal Best Karate reinforces the lessons they learn at home and school. Together, we are raising a fine young man.
My son Ben was having trouble in school with reading and his focus and behavior were not the greatest. After a year at PBK, he went into third grade with a much better attitude and tries as hard as he can. My two youngest decided Ben wasn’t going to have all the fun and they joined PBK as well. My daughter is very shy and doesn’t interact well with people she doesn’t know. She has shined in this program and is starting to come out of her shell. My youngest is five and is not shy at all, he comes into karate fully focused, and has his best “Black Belt face” on. He wants to be just like his older siblings. As a mom there isn’t any place I would rather have ` helping me nurture, educate and mentor my children in becoming awesome people. PBK will always be a part of our lives.
My husband and I have been amazed at the values you are teaching our daughter more than the karate moves. The words you have been teaching her -courtesy, courage, leadership, concentration- are not words you hear a lot today, yet they are values that I had been trying to instill in Kimmie and now you are emphasizing them. I think she is also learning that though she is small she has a voice and she is learning to use it.
Just as parents come to realize the positive influence Personal Best Karate training has on their children, teachers do also. In the classroom I have experienced the effects of the Personal Best mission, philosophy, and training in my students. These students can become more focused in their work, able to self-discipline, improve their listening skill, and relate to their peers, as well as adults, more respectfully. They connect to their surroundings. They come to understand more fully the feeling of achievement in meeting set goals. Personal Best promotes commitment to community - home, school, town, and society. Students develop a sense of pride in their participation beyond themselves. The students I have known willingly share these Personal Best Karate experiences with their classmates. Personal Best surely develops physical strength; but in doing so, it also enables social, emotional, and mental growth. A Personal Best Karate student can become a well-rounded student in life and for life.
Joining Personal Best Karate has been one of the best things I have done with my two daughters. I never imagined I’d be actively participating in a sport with them. Personal Best is very much a family friendly school that provides a nurturing environment to learn skills far beyond karate forms, while also providing a great environment for exercise and bonding with my daughters. It is an environment where age, gender, position in life, and belt rank do not matter. We are all in it together to learn, grow, exercise, have fun, gain confidence, develop some great skills, and progress toward the coveted Black Belt together!
Since starting at PBK after going through breast cancer surgery and chemo, I have gotten stronger, more confident, learned new ways to manage stress, and cleaned up my diet, all while learning self-defense techniques and sparring skills from the most patient, positive and encouraging instructors. They answer any questions you have – and sometimes they even need to remind me which foot is my right and which is my left. And get this – I weigh less now than I did before my cancer diagnosis. It’s been so much more challenging and fun than forcing myself on the elliptical three times a week. I just hope that I can be as inspirational to PBK newcomers who may be making up their own excuses about why they can’t or shouldn’t make their health a priority. It’ll be the best thing you can do for your body and your mind with the greatest bunch of people!
I absolutely love bringing my son there a couple times a week. Everyone there is so friendly, positive and encouraging. I also love that they organize a turkey brigade to help feed >3000 people each year for Thanksgiving! Amazing people, amazing place to be a part of!
Just did my first kickboxing class and I'm hooked! I was a bit intimidated at first but once the class started that all went away. Everyone is so encouraging and helpful. I'm extremely looking forward to more classes at Personal Best Karate Easton!
From the moment I was introduced to Personal Best I have been amazed at the sense of pride in everyone that has to do with the school. From the teachers to the students to the parents, everyone knows that they are there to better themselves physically and mentally.
In my own family I have seen it help them with confidence, strength, self-esteem and a sense of humility.
We all love being part of this amazing family of people.
Personal Best is the Best 👍
My daughter has been going there since she was 5. Oh the kids are so cute in their tiny white uniform and white belts. Now she's 10 and an advanced brown belt. She has so much more confidence in herself now. The kids learn how to talk in front of other kids and parents. I haven't seen any shy away from standing up and preforming what they have learnt. Miss Barbara and Mr. Mosca are very understanding and patient with the kids .They helped build my daughters self esteem. She has great balance now that she did not have before. Personal Best has helped my daughter in positive and physical ways
Personal Best Karate of Norwood is where I bring my 8 year old son and also where I take classes. Barbara and John Mosca run their school and teach Tae Kwon Do and kickboxing with a small professional staff of helpers. The school is clean and organized and has a safe corner for young siblings to play. The classes are challenging and steadily progressive in material and rank. The kids learn to keenly focus and follow directions, and how to build excellent character. The adults stay fit, learn self-control, self-defense and how to project confidence. Everyone learns from the fantastic examples that Barbara and John demonstrate for us every day, both for inside of school, and where we live and work and travel. I have made some great friends to have a lot of fun with and share all our achievements with. More than everything, I feel GREAT in every way from working out with such dedicated, proficient instructors!
Great school. Love the leadership lessons for kids
My son, daughter and I are all working towards our Black Belts but it is more than A karate school, PBK is an important part of our support system. They are family.
Our son has been with PBK for over 5 years now and we love it. John and Barbara are excellent life role models and excellent teachers also.