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Karate Kids
Teaching self-control
and discipline
Learn martial arts in a safe and stress free environment.
for Kids
Grow, Develop,
Learn, Thrive
A great way to instill integrity, courtesy and respect
Teens and Adults
Martial Arts
Strength, Motivation,
Learn real life practical applications and reduce stress.
Awaken the
Withstand peer pressure, resolve conflict, create win-win situations
What you do is just amazing

happy mom3What you do is just amazing. The way you had all those kids sitting...

Sherry, Mom of 7 yr. Phoenix
July, 2011
A much better attitude - no more complaining and negativity
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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-respons...

James & Sherry Parr
Parents, 2009
Foundation for a Wonderful Life
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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 trai...

Dean Maquet
Called in June of 2011
Before my son was quiet and hidden... now he's a chatter monster!
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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...

Kim Corn
Mom, October 2009

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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.

Imagine Your Child 4 or 5 Years from Now

You’ve enrolled your child in our school now what will he be like in 4 or 5 years when he earns his black belt?

  • The steady diet of making life or death decisions has spurred him/her to act with courage, courtesy, integrity, humility and self-control in all situations.
  • He’s well rounded in his studies and personality.
  • He can think on his feet better than others.
  • He’s quick to identify problems and holes in arguments.
  • His training has given him an advantage in dealing with his peers.
  • His decision to seek to perfect of his character has propelled him to success in school.
  • He has a strong sense of himself and has a high level of confidence in what he says and does.
  • He got this way from repeatedly forming and articulating his own opinions.
  • He stands, talks and walks with a sense of purpose.
  • When introducing himself to others he looks them in the eye, extends his hand, and speaks in a clear voice.
  • He’s polite, confident and self-assured.
  • Upon seeing him people get the sense that he is not someone to be trifled with.
  • When you talk to him you know that his complete attention is on you and understanding what you have to say.
  • When he says he’ll do something he does it. It doesn’t matter how much harder it is to do than he thought – he said he would do it, so he does it.
  • Whining and complaining is not an option with him.
  • He’ll quickly assess a situation and do what in his heart he knows has to be done, even if no one else is doing it.
  • He knows he’s only as good as his word.
  • He knows that setting and keeping high standards is what’s going to make him sleep easy at night.
  • He’s a good man or woman and would make any parent proud to call him child.


Leadership Skills

Martial arts training for women can deliver great leadership skills. It teaches all that an ideal leader should have: discipline, courtesy, respect, and honor. The setting of goals is important in both. The best part about leadership skills that it is possible to acquire them even if you are not born with them. Martial arts […]

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Self Talk… Does it Work?

By Marty Callahan We’ve been talking about goal setting recently and how Self Talk or, what you say to yourself, is a key element. It’s well known that people who set goals do better in life than people who don’t. People who write their goals down, put a date to them and tell others, do […]

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Stress Reduction in Martial Arts Training

The core purpose of martial arts is to ‘end conflict’ whether it is a real life opponent or whether it pertains to ending your inner conflict that gives rise to immense stress. Instead of looking at martial arts as training for combat, it is far more appropriate to understand it as a means to improve […]

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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.