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Pre-School Karate

Karate Kids

Teaching self-control and discipline
Learn martial arts in a safe and stress free environment.

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for Kids

Grow, Develop, Learn, Thrive
A great way to instill integrity, courtesy and respect.

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Teens and Adults
Martial Arts

Strength, Motivation, Confidence
Learn real life practical applications and reduce stress.

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See What Our Students and Their Families Say

What you do is just amazing

What you do is just amazing. The way you had all those kids sitting there, listening to you. There must have been 25 of them and they were all there sitting up straight listening to you. I don't know how you do it, but it's amazing. And I like the way you incorporate morals into the class. That is so good. You have a real gift.


Mom of 7 yr. Phoenix

Before my son was quiet and hidden... now he's a chatter monster!

People have been telling us how amazed they are with the difference they see in Jordan since he started taking karate at Shotokan Karate Leadership School. Before he used to be quiet and hidden, he kept to himself and now he's a chatter monster! It's unbelievable; he's so much more confident and sure of himself. We are so happy, thank you so much, Sensei Callahan.

Kim Corn

A much better attitude - no more complaining and negativity

My wife and I placed our son at your school just a few months ago and we wanted to thank you for your work with him. Michael is 7 years old and exhibits the usual behavior of a young 7 year old. Even though he has not been with SKLS and Sensei Marty Callahan for very long the changes are quite apparent. He shows great improvement in self-responsibility and respect. His demeanor prior to his exposure to this was to complain and look to the negative of everything. Now with the teachings of Sensei Callahan that attitude is already improving. Please accept our sincere gratitude for the work and the patience you show our son.

James & Sherry Parr

Foundation for a Wonderful Life

Sensei, my name is Dean. I was your student 15 years ago. I'm calling because I want to thank you for giving me the foundation for a wonderful life. The training I received from you has helped me in innumerable ways. I have a wonderful life and I don't believe it would have turned out this way without the training that I received from you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Dean Maquet
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A Message From School Owner Marty Callahan

Marty Callahan has spent his life understanding and improving the lives of students both young and old. His passion led to the founding of the Shotokan Karate Leadership School® in Santa Rosa, CA in 1981 with a dream to awaken the extraordinary leader in his students. Having inspired, taught, coached, supported and trained over 10,000 students during 30,000 classes in Santa Rosa, Marty has become Sonoma County’s preeminent martial arts leadership instructor. His students, hundreds of whom have gone on to become leaders in their chosen fields, appreciate his engaging, student centered approach to teaching and they believe you will too.

Unshakeable Confidence

Imagine a world where children have no apprehension or “lack”. They’re always in the moment and always confident about ‘going for’ whatever makes most sense.

While most of us didn’t experience childhood in this free spirited way where we knew we could do whatever we set out to do and we knew we had the support of our family. But believe it or not your child can have this experience and more.
Maybe like many kids your child is being pushed around and struggles with life because of a lack of confidence. Or, he’s lashing out at you, at school, or at anyone or anything. Or perhaps he’s completely withdrawing away from life.
And… you don’t know what to do? — Relax. — We do.

At Shotokan Karate Leadership School® we know how to work with kids who are struggling. We’ve worked with more than 10,000 students over the last 35 years in more than 30,000 classes right here in Sonoma County.

Do you know what happens when a child becomes confident and self-assured? They no longer struggle to find their place among their peers because they know their place and how to do well in it. And because they don’t feel the threat of being dominated, they don’t have the need to dominate others. They stop being a problem to themselves, to their family, and to others. And, instead, they mature quickly into a child who sees that things could be better, into a child who is willing to work hard to make things better, and into a child who will take the lead in making things better.

What if there was a place where your child could become this child – the child who instead of causing problems, finds solutions?
What if there was a place where your child could develop into a child who is looks into the future, sees how things could be better, and then goes about making it a reality?
What if there was a place where there was a proven program designed for kids to excel at their own pace with the support and guidance of those with 40+ years of experience?

There is and we’re here when you’re ready at Shotokan Karate Leadership School®, but don’t wait too long because if you recognize that your child needs help, getting him that help sooner rather than later is, by far, the better choice. We’re here to provide a proven path for your child to walk in and excel in. And we provide a risk free way to experience our program. We do this because the only way to truly know if our program is right for your family is to try it.

Laser Sharp Focus

How attentive is your child? Does he seem far away or not in the present? Does he ignore you or only pay attention to you briefly before abruptly moving off?


Is he unable to work on a simple project long enough to finish it?

Does his play involve jumping from one thing to the next before giving up and throwing a tantrum?

Well, he needs focus.

But how do you give it to him?

That’s where we come in.

Here at Shotokan Karate Leadership School® when we finish training him his focus will be laser sharp and he will be solidly grounded in principles that will be the foundation for a wonderful life. He will have something that very few people have. This will position him on a higher plain and give him an advantage in dealing with those who might wish to take unfair advantage of him.

Unlike football, soccer, baseball and other activities your child will come to know who he is and gain an insight into his peers that few people have. This self knowledge and knowledge of others will be a direct result of having developed a laser sharp focus.

The lack of focus that your child has now will be transformed into a ‘laser sharp focus’ after repeatedly experiencing our critical life or death training. And when he applies this to the real world he will have a distinct advantage over others that almost guarantees him a high level of success. And not only will he be more proficient, but, he will be more willing to engage with others, and more eager to seek out new challenges.

He will no longer jump from thought to thought, but rather he will think things through, weighs the options, and then decisively move forward.

Just like a leader…

Focus on the Present to Achieve your Goals

Many of us want to accomplish great things. However, often we fail to reach our goals. This happens not due to lack of trying, but rather due to us not working smartly. We often have the ultimate goal in mind, but we do not pay attention to the steps involved in achieving that goal. Focusing […]

What Tyrion Lannister can teach you about raising your child

By Marty Callahan “Don’t fight for your king, don’t fight for his kingdoms, don’t fight for honor, don’t fight for glory, and don’t fight for riches because you won’t get any. This is your city Stannis means to sack, your gate he’s ramming. If he gets in, it will be your houses he burns, your […]

If you want your child to thrive and live a long happy life… read this!

Optimism, work ethic, stubbornness and bond with family, religion and land    From UC San Diego Health by Michelle Brubaker By Marty Callahan Researchers at the University of Rome La Sapienza and University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified common psychological traits in a group of 90 to 101 year old people living […]

But what about ME!

The trouble the BIG ME can cause your child and 5 tips to tame it By Marty Callahan Ego is the sum total of how we see ourselves and having a healthy one is an absolute necessity. It’s imperative that we believe that we are capable of doing good in the world. But if ego […]