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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
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What you do is just amazing. The way you had all those kids sitting there, listening to you. There must have been 25 of them and they were all there sitting up straight listening to you. I don't know how you do it, but it's amazing. And I like the way you incorporate morals into the class. That is so good. You have a real gift.<...

Sherry Paine, 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.

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 or 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 that will only lead to very serious trouble. 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 will change dramatically. His personality won’t change but the qualities of courage, courtesy, integrity, humility, self-control, trust, endeavor, responsibility, cooperation, justice, compassion, and creativity will be instilled in him and this will be cause for rejoicing. These are qualities that any parent would be proud of and your child will have them. You will know that when you leave this world 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. What more could a parent ask for?

Training for Real Life Situations

Women learn martial arts for a number of reasons. One of the reasons is self defense. If you want to learn a martial art for protecting yourself, then there are a number of choices for you. Keep in mind that each martial art style incorporates its own characteristic techniques, which is applicable to self defense […]

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Physical Fitness for Kids

Physical fitness is synonymous with healthy living and the sooner parents explain it to children the better. Most children these days tend to be coach potatoes, with hardly any physical exercise. If you are worried about your child not getting enough exercise, you could enroll him/her in a martial arts class. Martial arts for kids […]

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Stress Reduction for Kids

As an adult, you may feel that childhood is the most pleasant, stress-free phase of life. However, look at it from your child’s perspective and things may look a little different. Kids these days feel stressed due to a lot of factors – exam fear, peer pressure, bullying are just some of them. However, did […]

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Endurance Training With Martial Arts

Exercise is an important part of staying healthy. However, there are different kinds of exercises and doing all of them is the best way to gain maximum benefit. Generally, there are 4 categories of exercise that a karate school will focus on. These include: Strength Balance Flexibility Endurance Unfortunately, a lot of people, especially men, […]

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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.