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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


Martial arts have been shown to provide mental and physical health benefits like weight loss, muscle gain, stress relief, and self-confidence. Karate training also reduces depression, improves circulation, and improves overall health of the body. Now more than ever, lots of parents, kids, and siblings are training together. This builds family unity and gives everyone the chance to teach and learn from each other.

Traditional martial arts are founded on the body’s natural design. As a result, many styles are primed to develop a stronger core. In quality programs, the focus is first placed on growing muscles to be more powerful, flexible, and durable. This helps the student’s body cope with more demanding challenges in advanced training without injury.

Building speed with power and direction is the next focus of many karate programs. Regular training strengthens key areas of the body such as arms, legs, hands, and feet. Most martial arts develop these parts with a variety of stretches, exercises, and techniques to help them resist pain and fatigue. The body’s core mid-section or torso, belly, back, and hips are also trained. Results start to show in time, and students soon see and feel themselves getting toned, strong, and fit. This great experience encourages more training, healthier eating, and avoiding unhealthy habits.

Karate training is proven to help people be more organized in their daily lives. Teachers instill life skills like self-control, patience, goal setting, persistence, and courtesy. Combined with the physical fitness benefits, these life skills help transform all family members into confident, capable, and reliable leaders!


Speaking the language of martial arts leadership in class – with terms like courtesy, integrity, and loyalty –gives parents many chances to teach children their own values too. For example, the use of mannerly terms like “yes sir,” “no ma’am,” “please,” and “thank you” inside and outside the classroom quickly turns courtesy into a positive, life-long habit. The ability to build character by shaping the attitudes and actions of students is extremely valuable.

Karate students learn to “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” of leaders as they advance in skill, rank, and belt color. By the time they earn Black Belts, many virtues have been explored and adopted. This process helps students frame positive worldviews and build self-esteem. There is simply no other sport or non-religious activity that has such a good influence on so many.

Martial arts schools often reward students for good behavior inside and outside the classroom. Positive reinforcement lets students know that their good deeds were noticed and appreciated. Praise and rewards encourage them to become second nature. By thinking, acting, and looking like leaders, students experience their lives with new confidence – Black Belt confidence. In time, most become motivated, capable, and self-reliant leaders!

Karate training offers students of all ages many benefits, but one of the best by far – especially among young people – is its ability to influence self-talk, actions, and outcomes. By teaching leadership skills with patience and purpose on a regular basis, martial arts students learn a language they will speak through all the journeys of their lives.

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