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  • We looked at MANY different potential martial arts programs for our child. From the first meeting with Renshi Sue it was clear this place was different. You don't want the programs SO easy that they don't learn the actual art or develop the discipline, not SO hard they lose interest. This program hits the perfect balance. Hanshi Jarem Is TOUGH on them yet also tender and funny. Knows every kid. They seek his praise and follow his guidance. This has been terrific for our son, who is a sensory seeker, and while he's only been here since very end of April, I see improvement like I've never seen in anything else.   Every other dojo I've seen gives rank so they can keep parents $$$; not so here. Child's development first, period. There was this one time where it was was probably the first time this child ever heard no, and while your heart breaks a little with their tears (it was handled with dignity in private, but you could tell on his face later), you also know that it's probably one of the best things to happen to him. False self esteem (without the work) is actually highly damaging to kids, leading to depression and anxiety as young adults. Letting kids take some lumps is hard. Lots of dojos talk about character, but don't actually follow through. Here, they do. VERY compassionately, but firm. Guess who does the work now and has a new spring in his step? It's great to see.

  • My son is part of the Tiny Tigers program and I cannot say enough good things. This program and the instructors are wonderful. They teach honor, respect, discipline as well as self defense. I would highly recommend to anyone.

Thank you for the great review! We are honored to be working with your son!

  • I am so glad we found U.S Budokai Karate of Clifton Park. I can not think of more wonderful role models for my children then Kyoshi Susan Warzek, and Sensei Michael Favreau. The passion they have for karate, and the love they have for their students is apparent. Each child they work with is learning so much more than karate - they are learning about respect, dedication, love of self, and love of others. Kyoshi, and Sensei Michael have put their heart and soul into creating a community of children/teenagers that are dedicated sportsman, and upstanding citizens I am profoundly grateful to them, and would recommend U.S Budokai Karate of Clifton Park to anyone looking to instill in their child the values they need to further themselves both physically, and mentally. Bravo, and job well done Kyoshi, and Sensei Michael.

We are so glad you found us! Thank you for being a part of the US Budokai Family!

  • I found US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park when my previous dojo closed. I came in and did my two introductory classes with Renshi Sue and I was hooked. When you meet the US Budokai family, they embrace you and that feeling of belonging is a powerful motivator to keep going and keep progressing, especially as you are challenged on your road to black belt. I have been part of this organization for several years now and it was the best choice for me, both for my martial arts journey and for my personal growth and development. I have improved my fitness, I have lost weight, and I am healthier than I have been in years. Karate is not easy, but you get support here that helps you stay motivated-when you're motivated, you attend class consistently, and when you do that, your karate improves. I feel valued as a student here and I'm happy with the high quality instruction I have received at all belt levels. Come check us out, see for yourself why this dojo is so awesome. Osu!

  • If I was asked to grade US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park on a scale of 1 to 10, it easily grades a 10. My children participate in the junior and teen levels, one of whom is a special needs child. I cannot adequately express my appreciation to Kyoshi, Shihan Sue and all those involved in the teaching of this great sport. Tough love, humor and tremendous attention to assure their success. All this results in kids that gain skills at their different levels; and, skills that improve their focus, social skills and discipline. A great dojo and great people.

  • OSU! Congratulations to Kyoshi Susan Warzek!!! Such a well-deserved honor and recognition to someone who epitomizes what a martial artist truly is! So pleased and proud for her and for USBKA of Clifton Park. Looking forward to when I can get back in the dojo, until then please keep this great newsletter coming!

    OSU!
    Shihan-Dai Crickett

Thank you so much for all your years of support!

  • At 70 may not be the best time to start karate but I did it to improve my flexibility and balance. I found that not only does it do that but I liked it. I am amazed at how much I have learned and humbled by how much there is to learn. A great program even for seniors

Thank you for being a part of our Golden Lions Karate! The more you do, the more you CAN DO!! Osu!

  • I have been doing karate since i was 8, and I am now 15. All the teachers here have helped me through a lot, I used to be bullied, and it was really unhealthy.
    They helped me so much, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
    Thank you!

Thank you! We are so glad you are part of our school!!

  • My son has been a student for three years! He attended several other martial arts schools and US Budokai Karate is hands down the best karate and martial arts school in the area. It’s a family run business with exceptional teachers and leaders. Their classes are well run with plenty of instructors on the floor. If your considering getting your child into martial arts for whatever reason you will not be disappointed when you choose US Budokai!

  • US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park is the best! I literally cannot say enough good things about the instructors. They are kind, compassionate, considerate, understanding, helpful and supportive in every way. Finding this school was the blessing we needed and helped to bring a bit of normalcy in this crazy world to my child's life! We do not mind the expense (fairly priced) because what they bring to our child's life is worth every penny spent.

Thank you for investing in your child's future with US Budokai Karate! Developing kids into leaders!

  • US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park is amazing! Every instructor is kind, compassionate, considerate, understanding,
    helpful and supportive in every way.
    My son spent 5+ years at another martial arts school and was looking for a new challenge.
    This school was exactly what he needed and helped to bring his spark back! He is so excited to go to each and every class and throughly enjoys everything about US Budokai Karate.

  • In the years to follow, all members of the McKay family joined Budokai. Our younger son’s self-confidence started to grow from the beginning when he joined the Tiny Tigers program. Both our sons have spent half of their lives training at US Budokai Karate and it has given them a level of self-confidence, discipline and respect that carries over into all areas of their lives. For us as parents, it is a joy to share our karate training with our children. Training at US Budokai is a great way to get in shape and learn about yourself in the process. The workouts have made us all healthier as well as physically and mentally stronger. We each have grown in our own way throughout our years of training and we can’t imagine not having US Budokai Karate in our lives.

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