Message from school owner
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 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.
Compelling Reasons to Enroll
Right now your child may slouch, he may not look at you when you talk to him, he may talk in a low indistinct voice or he may not answer you at all, or he may be getting pushed around or bullied. But after training with us all this will change. He will learn to stand straight and tall, he will make and keep eye contact with everyone he engages with, he will speak with a clear direct voice, and he will project a sense of purpose and be seen as a champion and not a victim.
Laser Sharp Focus
Right now your child may be distracted easily, look away when you talk to him, get frustrated easily, or give up on performing relatively simple tasks. But after training with us he will ignore distractions, look at you when you talk to him, work calmly until he’s done, and set challenging goals and maintain a strong sense of commitment to them.
Rock Solid Self Respect
Right now he may not respect himself, and if he doesn’t respect himself then he won’t respect you or anyone else. And let’s be clear – this is not good. It will lead to a lack of respect for our laws and an orderly society and I don’t have to tell you where that will go. Parents whose children complete our program will see a completely different future. Their son or daughter will become a young gentleman or lady. Their child will learn to put other people first, will help out whenever they can, will look for ways to go above and beyond, and become a humble servant leader of people.
He may feel helpless now, but we will give him the knowledge and the skills he needs to keep himself and his loved ones safe. He will learn that battles are won by thinking, not by fighting. He will fight to defend himself but only after exhausting all other means of defense. He will learn that his imagination is his greatest defense, and he will learn that he doesn’t have to defeat his opponents; he only has to not be defeated by them.
His health and activity level may be weak or strong, but whatever it is we’ll take him to a place where he feels in control of his life. We will thorough instill in him the essence of a training program, our training program, that will, if he works it, provide him with excellent fitness throughout his life.
Superb Self Control
Your child may be a handful right now, but after completing our training program he will sit calmly, listen politely, and stay focused on the task at hand. The control he will have over his emotions will be greatly improved. If he was easily frustrated before, after training with us he will develop the patience of Job. If he exploded in anger for the slightest reason, he’ll learn to stay calm in even the most difficult situations. He will learn to clear his mind and keep it as calm as a quiet valley.
Who your child is as a person will change dramatically. His personality won’t change but he will be different in that the qualities of courage, courtesy, integrity, humility, self-control, trust, endeavor, responsibility, cooperation, justice, compassion, and creativity will be instilled in him. These are qualities that any family would be proud of and your child will have them. He will make you proud. When you die you will know that you are leaving behind a child who, through the strength of his character, will make the world a better place for himself and his fellowman.