Sophie Firestone is currently a junior at Simsbury High School and a first degree black belt. Sophie was seven years old when she started training at Villari's. Back then, her favorite thing about training was that it was something different and it made her feel unique.
Now, Sophie's favorite thing about training is how, over the years, she has gotten stronger, more disciplined and gained many valuable skills. The strength and balance that she has received from karate training helps her in her other favorite physical activity of dancing, which she has been enjoying for the last three years. From the age of thirteen, Sophie has been an assistant teacher at Villari's . In that time Sophie has grown tremendously as an instructor in her ability to communicate with and inspire the students that she has taught.
Her favorite thing about teaching is getting to be a part of the students' journey to a more advanced level. "Even if they don't all go to black belt, I want the students I teach to feel more confident in themselves and to know that they're always learning something new and useful".