Jeff Vincent started taking karate lessons at the age of 10. He couldn't have predicted that years later he himself would become a karate instructor teaching children the art of karate.
Jeff started his training in Sandy. He worked diligently for more than 11 years to learn all about karate. At 21, he decided that he would share with others his love of the martial art by starting his own business. Jeff secured a franchise opportunity with Bobby Lawrence Karate and opened his first studio in West Jordan 13 years ago.
Bobby Lawrence is a master of martial arts. He is noted worldwide for his expertise and teaching methods. He has been involved with karate since 1970 and began teaching his methods in the mid 1970s. Jeff was a strong devotee of the Lawrence method and was anxious to share his passion and skills with others.
Jeff told me there are many benefits to learning karate. His students learn the power of setting goals as well as life-long skills such as respect, focus, discipline and confidence through participating in the positive and energetic classes. A valuable advantage to learning martial arts is improving health and fitness. A student can improve his or her stamina, conditioning, weight management, coordination and other health benefits.
I was told that parents comment on how learning karate helps their children's grades improve and increases respect for authority figures. Discipline in school and work increases as the students advance in the program.
Bobby Lawrence Karate has been so successful that in October 2008, Jeff opened his second studio in Riverton. He has trained most of the instructors at both studios, and he says they are all great teachers and motivators who can identify with the needs of the students who vary in age and skill levels.