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Pre-School Karate Kids Shotokan Karate Leadership School is a place where Pre-school kids grow their self confidence and can come to learn martial arts in a safe and stress free environment designed for children. At Shotokan Karate Leadership School the Karate For Kids life skills taught are valuable pre-school lessons such as confidence, courtesy, respect and self-discipline. Read More
Karate for Kids Karate for Kids classes at Shotokan Karate Leadership School, in Santa Rosa, CA are a great way to instill integrity, courtesy and respect with children in the local Redwood Empire community. Shotokan Karate Leadership School Karate programs teach children of all ages the valuable life lessons of, respect, self-discipline, self-control and the ability to safely […] Read More
Teens and Adults Martial Arts The classes offered at Shotokan Karate Leadership School utilize a top level team of instructors, who prepared curriculums under the supervision and guidance of Martial Arts Instructor, Marty Callahan. Our curriculum is designed to train each student to become a competent martial artist. These courses incorporate many different disciplines, and are tested by high level […] Read More
Leadership Training 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 Academy of Shotokan Karate 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 7000 […] Read More


In the Karate business, not all schools are created equal. Karate instructors generally do not have to answer to a state agency; or even have specific training. Some schools, require all instructors to become certified prior to owning or operating a Karate school. Be sure to research and find a Karate school that is safe and convenient.

Below are some key steps, questions to ask and tips when choosing a Karate School:

Research on the internet. Read Martial Art Articles, stories, testimonials, and learn as much as you can about your local Karate schools.
Make an appointment. The school should offer a free introductory class, take it and experience the class, academy and instructors. This should be a positive experience with class structure and a personal rapport with you and your family.
Overall positive attitude of the instructor and the students. This can serve as an accurate indicator of school spirit. Respect goes both ways, you should see both the instructor and students showing it at all times.
Does the class have structure and self control? A Karate class should include a warm up, specific training material and cool down. Many schools encourage the students to arrive early to their Karate class so they can stretch before the class to prevent injuries.
Karate Location. The school’s proximity to your home or work should seriously be taken into consideration prior to enrolling into a program.
Equipment/Facility. Karate schools vary in the type of equipment and amenities they offer. Does the school appear clean? Are the Karate students required to wear safety gear?
Check back later this month for more information on choosing the right Karate School.


Building Self-confidence

By learning to control our emotions and think before we act, karate students become more skilled at allowing others to participate in our lives. With regular practice, martial arts students learn to be better listeners and partners.

It’s perfectly natural to want to please and impress our teachers, classmates, friends, and other people important to us. But the need to “prove” ourselves by taking unnecessary risks is reduced when we become secure and comfortable in our own skin. Students learn to set our own personal goals. We learn self-defense, but we also learn self-reliance. We find power within. These lessons build self-esteem and confidence in our abilities to overcome difficulties.

Practicing Courtesy

Karate teachers and high-ranking students are treated with courtesy because of their advanced positions and skills. New students and lower ranks are treated with courtesy because they deserve support and help. Using good manners shows students the actions and attitudes of leaders. Courtesy gains respect and builds a sense of community. It shows care, humility, and gratitude. These benefits work together to improve all martial arts students’ social skills.

While the ability to defend your self and others from a bully or an attacker is very important, it’s not the only reason to enroll in a quality martial arts program. Improvement of spirit, body, and mind is the name of the game. A variety of social skills are made better by regular practice in the karate classroom. These lessons become good habits that last a lifetime and open many doors in all walks of life.


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3082 Marlow Rd B1
Santa Rosa, California 95403

(707) 575-1681

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3082 Marlow Rd B1, Santa Rosa, California 95403

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