Testimonials

What They’re Saying

I was one of Brenda’s students for over 10 years and I consider the lessons learned and habits created during this time to be more than essential to my success; it is the foundation. I learned self development methods that fosters leadership and accountability, as well as techniques to maximize productivity and performance. I established habits that keep me confident, balanced, and happy. My routine of meditation and fitness first thing in the morning is an anchor to being the best version of myself. I am a first generation college graduate with a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering. I have multiple inventions, including one US patent. I’ve been a key note speaker at multiple events, including Engineer’s week at my alma mater and at Space Camp (Huntsville, AL). After 15 years of being an engineer, I’m recognized as a leader in my company and continue to learn and grow. None of this is possible without Brenda’s teaching and mentoring. More important than my titles, awards, or income, Brenda modeled the importance of giving back. I mentor many students, often promoting STEM professions as a career path that is achievable and rewarding. I’ve also learned the importance for family, friends and community. Success goes well beyond reaching one’s goals or “checking” items off of a list. Real success comes from courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. Years after my routine instruction from Brenda, I still replay the lessons in my memory. It hasn’t made me better, it has made me who I am. The lessons still pay dividends today.

Jimmy C.

​Just knowing you guys made me a better man and father. Much love to you! ~ Brent C.

I don't think I would have survived this long without some of the teachings you and Mr. Irwin taught me. You guys gave me a lot of tools to build my life with when I was young - I didn't realize that I would need to use them now, but I did. ... thank you guys for guiding me the way you did. ~ Anthony C.

My training was the start that made me the man I am today. ~ Jason H.

My time with the Irwins and studying martial arts is the single most impactful period of my life. No chance I am who I am today without it. ~ Jim C.

You will never understand your impact. The gift and curse of being a teacher. I love all my Irwins, biological and otherwise. ~ Matt J.

Thank you and your family for sharing your home and life lessons! You help me to understand how to be kind, but stern; strong, but flexible; confident, but not boastful. I do not think I would have what I have without all of you! ~ Craig P.

Former Karate Students/Family

You guys were very important to my son through middle School and high school. Saved his sanity more than once with dealing with bullies and life. Forever grateful. ~ Darcy J.

It wasn’t just Martial Arts. You and Mr. Irwin taught “RESPECT, VALUES and MORALS". Your school wasn’t just a school...it was family! ~ Heather V.

You have always been very inspirational to your other grandson Jake! We love you guys so much. ~ Debbie D.

You guys were and are amazing!!!!! Thank you for all the support you gave to the boys!!! ~ Kim C.

Parents/Grandparents of students

If it wasn't for Mama and Pop Irwin I would have been homeless and probably in prison for a nice stretch. You are the stable, level headed parents I never had and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. You took me in like I was one of your true blood, as well as my 2 boys. I can't thank you guys enough for the impact you've made on my life and all the lessons and wisdom that you handed down to me out of the kindness of your hearts. I believe people cross paths for a reason, and I firmly believe we crossed paths to save my life. Thank you! I love you guys with all my heart. You haven't the slightest idea the impact you've made on me. I love you Mama and Pop. NEVER CHANGE!!!

Brandon B.

I can honestly say I wouldn't be who I am today if it was not for the Irwin family. 

Growing up I spent a lot of time with you guys, between classes and/or just staying over the house are some memories I will always cherish. 

It's a privilege to call you guys, not just my mentors or just my friends, you are and will always be my family. 

I Love the whole Irwin crew to the moon and back. There are not enough words to describe the gratitude and respect I hold dear for you guys.

Marti D.