Martial Arts Classes at Shotokan Karate Leadership School®

Shotokan Karate Leadership School®
Santa Rosa, CA

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At Shotokan Karate Leadership School® we have been training community members from kids to adults. 
Our students of all ages excel socially and in life at home, at school, and at work.

At Home

Self-discipline and impulse control are two of the biggest advantages of martial arts training.

At School

Kids who practice martial arts have a much higher attention span and self-discipline.

At Work

Improve your focus and concentration with the new found energy you will have.

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Kids Karate

Our Karate Classes for kids in Santa Rosa, CA help enhance a child’s focus, respect, courtesy, self-control, self-confidence, etc. which leads to improved life skills, better grades, reduction in ADD/ADHD issues, less bullying resulting in better behavior at home and school.

Adult Martial Arts

Our Martial Arts programs service teens & adults from traditional to modern martial arts training in a safe and fun environment. Practicing concepts that build physical fitness, situational awareness, self-confidence, esteem, self-defense and much more.

Leadership Training

Awaken the extraordinary leader in you and transform your life and the world you live in. In the proprietary Shotokan Karate Martial Arts Leadership Program by Marty Callahan, in Santa Rosa, children and parents are trained not only to defend themselves but also to lead.

Shotokan Karate Leadership School® WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

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See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs

Dean Jones, Student, Santa Rosa

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 training that I received from you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sherry Paine, mom of Phoenix, age 7

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.

Caitlin Clary

Dear Shotokan Families, Although many of you do not know my face, you may know my name and voice. For just over a year now, I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to have been brought onto the SKLS team during one of the most difficult times our city, nation, and world has faced. Sensei Callahan took me on and employed me with one goal for the school, and that is to see it survive this pandemic. His drive to continue to be a place where children can grow in strength of character and become prepared to face the new world we seemed to have been given, with leadership, integrity, and a leader’s voice, has never wavered. Being a vested part of what happens behind the scenes at the school has been very eye opening. The daily grit, effort, devotion, and sacrifice that was and is shown by Sensei, and the servitude of Billy, Sam, and Josh during this time, were evidence of the care for humanity we strive to exemplify in our school. They never gave up on the school, they never gave up on you, and during my short time here, neither did I. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that the only thing in life that is always the same is that everything always changes. Which leads me to the purpose behind this letter. With a humble and grateful heart, my family and I have been given the incredible opportunity to own a business in the field of expertise my husband has been gifted. While our family leaving the school is necessary for the future success of this new journey in our lives, it is with a heavy heart that we must say good-bye. Shotokan Karate Leadership School will always hold a special place in our hearts, as we witnessed our three teenagers train here for more than two years. Being some of the oldest on the floor with nary a martial arts skill initially, they were welcomed, encouraged, and when necessary, appropriately pushed to stretch beyond their comfort zones and rise to the caliber their senseis saw in them. In turn, they’ve had the opportunity to help instruct many of your children and I will remember fondly witnessing them grow into this special and coveted role as assistant instructors. It is my hope that each of your children find within themselves their own gift to offer the world as they strive to find what that is, barefoot on the mat, with joy and determination. We know we will hear much of what Shotokan Karate Leadership School will continue to do in the community and will always feel blessed that we held a small part of that legacy. Our family’s last day is July 25th. I look forward to serving you all until then. Sincerest Regards, Caitlin Clary (Roger, Chase, Aislinn, and Brooklyn) Communications Director Shotokan Karate Leadership School

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Marty Callahan

Meet Our Chief Instructor

Sensei Marty Callahan

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 15,000 students in 40,000 classes in Santa Rosa, Marty has become Sonoma County’s preeminent martial arts leadership instructor. His students, thousands 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. He is an 8th Degree Black Belt and a graduate of the prestigious Japan Karate Association Instructor Training Program.


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