EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A small business in the Poconos is working to create a better future for our area using the art of discipline.

Green belt Brandon Kolascnsky started learning from Sensai Anthony Scott at 12 years old.

“I didn’t like it at first. It was very hard. Very challenging,” said Kolascnsky.

He’s 23 now and says Pocono Self-Defense School changed his life.

“I grew up rough. I had a lot of problems. I was very angry. I wasn’t behaved. I fought a lot in school. It trained me to calm down a lot. A lot of discipline. It made me very humble. I was cocky a little rude when I’ve joined, I’ve been doing it for a long time. It changed my life,” said Kolascnsky

He isn’t the only one. Black belt Zaya Youkhanna says the lessons learned here have shaped him into who he is today.

“Physical, mental, you know, you get into your mindset, You have to remember, I have to go back, my mindset has to be straight. Once we bow in, we clear our minds and we’re focused on just karate and the physical aspect to, you’re conditioned to fight and almost everyone here is very flexible,” said Youkhanna.

The school has earned over 300 trophies only losing 14 times in over a decade. All thanks to self-defense lessons learned from their Sensai.

“It’s an insurance policy you wish you never have to use, but you’re glad that you have it. I’ve never had the feeling of fear for another person. If you walk on 2 legs, you’re just like me,” said Shihan, Anthony Scott.

He says the art of karate is not easy but very rewarding.