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Youth Programming


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Youth Programming


 

4,700+ Hours
800+ student participants

I help kids to focus on demand, improve low social skills, and increase self-esteem through a hybrid curriculum of martial arts and team-building. 

 
 

Why Here?

 
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ESTABLISHED - Stokes has provided nearly 4,700 hours of training.
IMPACTFUL - Stokes's programs have impacted more than 800 students.
PROVEN - It’s a proven character enrichment program.
FLEXIBLE - This flexible program can easily integrate with after-school programs and self-contained environments.
FUN - The kids and the staff enjoy the program, with rave reviews.

 

6-Week Program

 
 

Partners

 
 

Testimonies


WHAT LEADERS ARE SAYING

Testimonies


WHAT LEADERS ARE SAYING

“Early on in school, I found myself with very little motivation from day to day. Discipline, Cooperation, and Teamwork were three words that my name didn’t belong in the same sentence with, at the time. In the 8th grade, I met Stokes through his company’s Martial Arts Confidence Course program and it all turned around big time. Meeting with Stokes helped me with a lot more than just martial arts training and physical health, it helped me build a respect for others and a willingness to work with my peers that I’d never had up to that point. Even to this day I still remember more of the life lessons I learned by being in his class than I could have learned keeping down the road I was on before. Long story short, Stokes is one of my greatest mentors and comrades and I firmly believe that had we not met, Things would have definitely turned out different. “


Former Student at York Junior High
— Chris Childers
 
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I’ve known Stokes for many years and he is certainly a man of integrity, dedication, and hard work. Life Harvest, LLC was established for the purposes making a kingdom impact in the lives of young adults through Martial Arts. He is inspiring leader and teaches his students life skills well beyond what they will learn from a fitness perspective.”


Chief Revenue Officer, Liaison Technologies
— Rob Consoli
 
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I’ve had the opportunity to watch Stokes in action and serve with him, mentoring and teaching elementary students to build character around martial arts. Stokes has a unique combination of empathy, humor, discipline, fun, and communication that had the students razor focused, learning, and working together. He is very creative in the way he keeps it fresh for the kids, yet reinforces principles and habits that every parent would want their kid to know and take with them into adulthood. I highly recommend somehow seeing Stokes in action first hand. It’s one of those things you really just have to experience to fully understand and appreciate.


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— Todd Miechiels
 
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Stokes is a very experienced martial artist who takes part in teaching others in a very kindly manner. He explains the technique in a encouraging way which makes it easy to learn. His great with children and his classes are very affordable. I highly recommend him.


Student at Northern Shaolin School of Kung Fu
— David Garcia
 
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Stokes Mayfield is a professional in the true sense of the word. Not only that, he is an experienced martial arts instructor that teaches techniques for real life situations. I have had him come to my school and teach a class or two on various self defense topics. My students truly grew from his instruction. Highly recommend his instruction.


Owner/Chief Instructor at Northern Shaolin School of Kung Fu
— Sifu Jerome Delmar Minor
 
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In 2004, Stokes came to my school as a red belt responding to my ad in the newspaper looking to hire an assistant instructor. Stokes said he had no teaching experience. I told him no, but I saw his sincerity and his hunger. I offered him an eight month unpaid internship with the caveat that he could not wear his red belt, he had to start over in his training, and in turn, I would teach him how to teach and run a school. If I was at the school at 7 a.m. or 2 p.m. Stokes came, let me develop him, and stayed until the school closed typically around 9 p.m.. He came five days a week and helped out with belt testing on Saturdays.

His direction in life has allowed him a way back through these doors ready to learn the other roles a commercial Tae Kwon Do school has in it. Stokes has been reliable and trustworthy on all counts. I told him in the beginning he has natural ability as a martial artist. It’s now thirteen years later in his teaching career, and I’ve watched Stokes Mayfield stay teachable, walk in humility, and serve others from a place that motivates many. Also, he has developed an impressive way about him with children/youth.


Owner/Chief Instructor at Carolina Tae Kwon Do Academy
— Master Ron Huor
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Because of a sponsor, I was able to learn martial arts from Mr. Stokes for free! I was so thankful for the opportunity!” 


former student, Connectors
— Nicole Smith
“...I have known Mr Mayfield for approximately four years  He was hired to work in the After School Program for York School District One...He has been very effective in his role....In addition to his service to several York School District One After School Programs, Mr. Mayfield volunteered as a mentor using Tae Kwon Do activities with a group of York Junior High...He works effectively with students in different age groups and with a variety of personalities.  Mr. Mayfield has a calm demeanor and works to promote self-discipline, teamwork, appropriate decision-making skills.  The York Middle School faculty and students appreciate the experience and lessons learned...”


Principal, York Middle School
— Louvetta Dicks
“It is my sincere pleasure to write a letter of commendation for Mr. Stokes Mayfield, Jr., founder of Life Harvest....This young man has many characteristics that make him a great role model for young people...Our students have been very appreciative of what they have learned during their experiences they shared with Mr. Mayfield...Mr. Mayfield met each Thursday here at the church and this gave me an opportunity to observe his classes, and his relationship with the students.  They all respected Mr. Mayfield and were very attentive to his instructions.  They liked him, and he commanded their respect.  Mr. Mayfield is a well-rounded young man, someone on whom you can depend on doing what he has told you he will do.  ...He is a person I trust and admire, with many talents which he works hard to develop...”


Senior Pastor, Galilee Baptist Church
— Reverend, Charles L. Ashley
“...This program is something that our students in the After School Program look forward to every year.  The students have a positive response to Mr. Mayfield, which shows how much respect they have for him.  Our After School Program teachers look forward to this program because Mr. Mayfield teaches the students to have integrity, take responsibility for one’s self, and treat others with respect.  These core values help our students become better individuals...”


School Counselor/After School Program Teacher, Cotton Belt Elementary
— Amanda Watson
“As a Special Education teacher working with Emotionally Disabled students, I am always looking for way to provide enrichment activities that promote social skills...He is an excellent teacher.  His activities are engaging and relevant to the students.  The students respond well to Mr. Stokes and look forward his visits.  He is professional and has a sincere interest in the students meeting their academic and behavioral goals.  In addition, his patience is evident with every class...His knowledge and teaching ability has had a positive impact in my classroom and on student’s self-confidence.”


Special Education Teacher, York Junior High and York Comprehensive High
— Judith Ramsey
“... Mr. Mayfield has great rapport with the students.  The students respect him and are anxious to learn from him each week...”


ASP Coordinator, Hunter Street Elementary
— Kim Ramsey
“...Stokes Mayfield has led Martial Arts Confidence Course in the after school programs at the four elementary schools for four years.  In addition, Mr. Mayfield has worked in a volunteer capacity teaching students with special needs at York Middle School and York Comprehensive High School as well.    Mr. Mayfield has proven to be dependable in both his contractual and volunteer capacities.  He is consistently prepared, prompt to report, and communicates to staff.  The students have enjoyed participating.  York School District One is indeed fortunate to have been able to offer programming under Mr. Mayfield’s leadership...”


Director of Special Projects, York School District One
— Lisa Spangler
“If I were allowed to give only one word to describe Stokes Mayfield, it would be integrity.  And he teaches this quality to the children he works with in Connectors.  My daughter attended the Tae Kwon Do academy, which Stokes was the After School Program Director.  In the time he was there, I have seen him make a difference not only in her life but in the lives of the other children in the program.  He has the ability to talk with them at their level, help them understand right from wrong, and provide some experiences as examples.  There exists in him a passion to teach children self-control, focus, and many other important life skills.  If given the opportunity, I would place my daughter under his teaching again.”


Parent, Carolina Tae Kwon Do Academy
— Sabine K. Cioto
“Mr. Mayfield was an enjoyable experience in which he got to know me and was able to tailor a program to my age and ability.  The lessons learned will be carried with me throughout the rest of my life.  I look forward to working with him again in the future.”


Student, York Technical College
— Jimmy Lancaster
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“Training under Stokes Mayfield is quite a pleasure.  His teaching techniques leave students with the impression that they have achieved something great.  His method of teaching incorporates real situations very practically into martial arts study.  Relating every move to a truth in life, the student gets the feel and experience of more than just a visit inside the scenes of The Matrix, through they generally get that as well.”


Student, Montreat College
— Jesse Donovan Teets
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“Mr. Stokes class is an hour or two of learning discipline, building confidence, gaining self-control, building strength/flexibility, and becoming more accurate with your strikes.  He teaches the basics as most do at first, then as he gets to know you, he will build you based off of your own strengths.  From this, he will teach you a martial art form that will work best with you individually.  But this is not the only form he will teach you.  He will teach you other forms, so that you become a more rounded student.  He is an excellent instructor.  My knowledge of his class comes from having experienced it myself.  Once you take his class, you won’t forget it.  Not only is it informative, but it is fun as well.”


Student, Montreat College
— Mary Ellen Yenner