Karate designed for today's families and today's student.
Boiled down but not watered down, our intensive Karate training program boosts confidence, builds strength and endurance, and improves flexibility.
Sparring is great fun, but sparring is a sport. Unfortunately, too much sparring ingrains automatic reflexes that are contrary to effective self-defense.
Many martial arts programs require years of training to prove you are worthy to learn their inner secrets. Who has time for that?
We've stripped Karate of its deliberate mystery to reveal practical self-defense applications starting on Day One!
No enrollment fees, no testing fees, no surprise fees at all. There's no expensive special equipment to buy, not even a uniform. It's just Karate, pure and simple, the way Karate was meant to be.
We train in street clothes, and shoes are allowed (and encouraged), provided they are approved and dedicated mat shoes -- that is, shoes that are worn only on the training mat and never leave the dojo.
The rigid structure of a rotating kata program forces all students to advance at the same time or fall behind. In Youth Karate Black Belt Camp, every student learns at the pace that's right for them. Although you can earn your black belt in as little as 9 months, some folks need more time.
Our program is built around bite-size chunks of information, easily learned so we can spend most of our time on usage (i.e. self-defense).
No! This is for anyone who wants to earn their black belt in just 9 months!
Absolutely not! Adults are welcome, especially parents. Training together in Karate is a great way to bond, and you're far more likely to stick with it when you train with someone you know.
Since I began teaching, I have learned that the biggest obstacle to teaching Karate is Karate itself - the long, tedious requirement of memorizing 10-12 traditional kata filled with repetitive and often incomprehensible actions. This enormous syllabus takes 2-3 years to complete.
It is this way because it has always been this way. Or so they tell us.
In traditional schools, most class time is spent on exercises, followed by kata memorization, followed by sparring, with very little opportunity to truly understand Karate or study fundamental principles of body structure and movement. Students are often expected to learn these, the most important lessons, on their own.
In order to better understand and teach Karate, I took the traditional color belt kata and boiled them down to their most important and effective self-defense skills. When I did that, I discovered, to my surprise, that the principles are few in number and relatively universal in application.
And they require months to learn, not years.
Because of our intense focus on fundamental, core skills, after 9 months your Karate will be as good (or better) than someone who has been training for two or three years.
Yes. You will graduate with the rank of Shodan-Ho: a black belt with a white stripe.
Yes, the lessons are drawn directly from the traditional Kata of Okinawa Matsusokan Dento Karate Kyokai, the system in which I hold 4th Dan rank. The main difference is how they are taught.
The uniform, called a gi, is a Japanese cultural aspect that many people find off-putting. I know that the first time I put on a gi, I felt perfectly ridiculous.
If the uniform is what stops you from starting Karate, then I want to remove that obstacle so I can share this wonderful, life-changing martial art with anyone who wants to learn. Therefore, traditional Karate uniforms are not required, but uniforms are allowed if you want to wear one.
We do still use traditional Karate belts for visual identification of rank.
Other Karate schools added additional ranks over the years to provide more frequent goals and rewards so students would remain motivated for the required 2-3 years.
We use the original Karate belt ranking system of white, green, brown, and black.
The training is intensive and focused, so very young children may struggle with it. I have found that most 9-year-olds can cope with the pace of learning and the behavioral expectations of class. Younger children have trouble staying focused and following directions and may not advance as quickly as their fellow students.
Intense. Like learning a new language (in this case, a new language of movement) the best way is to immerse yourself.
Karate classes are Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Students are expected to attend every class if they want to graduate in 9 months.
However, the schedule is divided into blocks of a little over one month (13-14 classes), with a week break between blocks. Break weeks are scheduled around major holidays whenever possible.
You can start at any time except during a break week. Lessons are continuous, rather than rotating, so you will still be practicing the same core skills on your last day as your first.
That's one of the reasons this teaching method is so effective!
$150 per six-week enrollment. That's about the same as most other schools. See our cost comparison to learn more.
My son has really enjoyed taking karate classes. Karate has helped him to become less shy and more confident. He really enjoys the fun, friendly atmosphere here. - Terri F.
Friendly and fun! My son is a little too young for classes but we'll be back! I couldn't be more excited to sign him up here. It's very clean and reasonably priced too. - Lauren S.
Mr. Crook is a very patient and kind instructor. He works to give each child the attention they need. My son loves him and looks forward to class each week. Very clean and welcoming environment. Would highly recommend this dojo. - Tiffany H.
I started learning karate and kobudo from Sensei Crook in September 2017. Since then, my confidence has grown and it gets me off the couch and moving. To top it all off, it's great fun! - Beth H.
My brother Vaughn loves this place! The instructor works so well with kids.
- Vondrae L.
Sensei Jeff is great with the kids. The teacher to student ration is low. This is a great place to build confidence and strength while training your kids in self defense techniques. - Charrody H.