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Pre-School
Karate Kids
Teaching self-control
and discipline
Learn martial arts in a safe and stress free environment.
Karate
for Kids
Grow, Develop,
Learn, Thrive
A great way to instill integrity, courtesy and respect
Teens and Adults
Martial Arts
Strength, Motivation,
Confidence
Learn real life practical applications and reduce stress.
Leadership
Training
Awaken the
Extraordinary
Withstand peer pressure, resolve conflict, create win-win situations
Karate Classes Gave My Son Confidence
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My 4 year old son has always been a little shy and slow to get comfortable around kids his age. Knowing school was approaching I wanted him to gain more self confidence so I enrolled him in karate classes. He was shy and unresponsive to the staff in the first few lessons. The instructors at Shotokan Karate Leadership School® adapted their lesso...

Mike R.
Proud Father
Teaching Respect and Consideration
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I want to tell you how much Shotokan Karate Leadership School® has meant to our family. Having a young man with Down Syndrome has been a challenge for us. His weight, coordination, and self confidence was all in need of help. I had checked out several options for him to help with these problems and was very happy with what I saw at Shotokan Kar...

Jackie W.
Happy Mother
I Really Enjoy the Classes
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I did wrestling in High School and since then haven’t done much so I wanted to get back into the sport. I have since found that I really enjoy the classes that Shotokan Karate Leadership School® offers and definitely suggest to anyone interested to get started. Big thanks to the guys of Shotokan Karate Leadership School®

Eric B.
Returning Student
Impressed with the Instructors
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I was very impressed with the Instructors at Shotokan Karate Leadership School® ability to reach the kids and keep them wanting to come back. My son loves the active pace and the dojo. Although he may not realize it he is also learning skills that he can use to his advantage to avoid bullying or aggressive confrontation.

Tim E.
Parent of a Student

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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

Unshakable Confidence

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.

Impenetrable Defense

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.

Lifelong Fitness

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.

Noble Character

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.

How Martial Arts Help Develop Greater Self Discipline

The ability to control our emotions, our desires and our reactions can be a huge asset both in personal and professional life. However, it is a very difficult to attain this state of balance and control; but with regular practice of martial arts, it is indeed possible. Martial arts for men and women is not […]

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Physical Fitness with Martial Arts for Men

When it comes to the issue of physical fitness, martial arts for men offers a number of unique advantages. In most of the martial arts for men, training is done without special equipment or weights. Students practice in groups or in their individual capacity. As the body knows its limits, strains or injuries are very […]

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Preschool Age Kids Do Well in Karate

Practicing martial arts is a very popular sport. With its roots in the Japanese history, techniques used in karate evolved through different stages of the cultural exchange that spread from the the Ryukyu Islands to the entire world. Contemporary trends in martial arts training toy with the idea of preschool karate training. Indeed, it is […]

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Benefits of Martial Arts Training

Benefits of Martial Arts Training

Shotokan Karate Leadership School®

Santa Rosa, California

Developing Self-Esteem at Shotokan Karate Leadership School® in Santa Rosa, California – With confidence comes enhanced self-esteem. We utilize a series of multiple goals that that boost self-esteem levels. This builds greater self-respect and self-esteem in our martial arts students. Please note: Our martial arts instructors turn most quiet, shy and doubtful beginners into strong outgoing leaders that become powerful practitioners.

Learning Self-Discipline at Shotokan Karate Leadership School® in Santa Rosa, California – The foundation of martial arts is the focus of self-discipline incorporated into a students training. Instant gratification, the I want it now, and lessons in self-restraint and discipline are learned traits for both children and adults. To succeed in life…this is one of many goals we have for our students. Our Instructors are here to serve.

Making Habits of Physical Fitness – Tired of the boring mundane and repetitive workouts? Shotokan Karate Leadership School® in Santa Rosa, California is more than a lifestyle change when it comes to fitness. It is a synergized martial arts training program that our students enhance their level of fitness. Our training facility incorporates fun and exciting training concepts that are unique to Redwood Empire. Get fit by taking the right steps to creating good habits.

Developing a Sense of Respect – As a student of Shotokan Karate Leadership School® in Santa Rosa, California our students learn to show attention and respect to themselves and others. In this modern and fast paced world too often we see the lack of self-respect for oneself or others. We are proud of our Martial Arts students and the respect shown within the community. Through quality training our students carry on a high level of respect.