Tom and Emma Runfola
I started with CCSKC (then the Downingtown Karate Club) when I was a 15 year old kid in 1985. It was the first time that I had ever taken any kind of martial arts class. I trained for a couple of years until college and a job pulled me away to places where Shotokan didn’t yet exist. During my time spent at two different colleges in two very different locations, I was able to train in college clubs that welcomed all styles of martial arts (Karate, Jui Jitsu, Tai Kwon Do, etc.). Being able to see other styles and train with people in those styles was an eye opener, in that I realized quickly that the quality of the instruction that I had at CCSKC and with Sensei Hoffman was second to none.
A full 25 years later, I had an interest in restarting my training, and looked at a few other schools. Then, I returned back to see CCSKC as well, hoping to find it to be as great as when I left all those years ago. In a nutshell—it’s even better than when I left. I found not only Sensei Hoffman still there, but many of the same people there that I knew a while back as well. Now that I have a family of my own, my daughter trains with me.