Since 1988 when I first stepped on the ice in Canada to realize my passion for teaching and love of hockey, I have been privileged and grateful for the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with many of my students and their families. It is a great joy to me to witness their long journey of pursuing their dreams and being determined to reach their goals. Seeing them being drafted, playing in the NHL, receiving scholarships or just getting better at what they love to do fills me, as a teacher, with happiness and makes so much sense of what I set out to do.
In my opinion, the secret of teaching and developing children is to give them confidence, encouragement, love and respect. Most of all, they should have the belief in the utmost beauty of who they are no matter what their level or age is. With these simple things, they will respond by performing the most challenging hockey tasks. They will also do it with that joyful smiles and much more enthusiasm! I simply love it. To all my students and their families I say: Thank you for what you became… My ultimate teachers.
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BOB MCKENZIE TSN HOCKEY INSIDER
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"Jari and the rest of the SK8ON staff have been a big part of my hockey development as a hockey player over the past 16 years. I have been attending weeknight skates, summer camps and private lessons since I was 8 years old. SK8ON has helped me develop my skating agility and puck handling skills while maintaining a fun attitude. Their unique drills and teaching techniques keep me on my toes and wanting more. SK8ON hockey school is definitely a great place to have fun while gaining confidence and improving your game. I look forward to working with SK8ON as I progress though my hockey career. Thanks SK8ON your friend.'"
STEVEN STAMKOSTAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (NHL)
"This camp is simply the best one out there; you improve so much so quickly in all aspects of the game. All the instructors make sure you have fun doing it. With Jari not only will your skills improve but your confidence will get so much stronger. Thanks and lets keep working."
BRENT BURNSSAN JOSE SHARKS
"Working with Jari and his team is one of the most unique and fun ways to work and get better in all areas of your game. He brings an energy to the rink that you don't see everyday and it pushes you to be better through each session. His creative drills make it fun and challenging at the same time to make you better in different situations you might face in each game! Definitely recommend working with Jari and his team! "