About Us

About Us

About Our School

Welcome to the US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park website! We appreciate your interest in our school and the opportunity to serve you and your family. A martial arts instructor and program director are standing by to assist you in joining a program that is a perfect fit for your martial arts education and fitness goals. In our 5000 square foot facility, each student has 100sq ft of personal training space. We offer programs for pre-school kids in tiny tiger karate, elementary-age kids junior karate, martial arts for teens and adults as well as traditional weapons. Master instructor Hanshi Russ Jarem, began training in 1977 and established our school in 1980 making US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park the oldest martial arts school in the Clifton Park area. We maintain a high teacher to student ratio and every karate class is instructed by adult instructors ranked 3rd-degree black belt or higher. Thank you for visiting the US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park website and we hope to see you soon!

Instructor/Owner

HANSHI RUSS JAREM, 8TH DAN Master Instructor | Owner Hanshi

Russ Jarem began his marital arts training in 1977 and has been the Master Instructor/Owner of U.S. Budokai Karate of Clifton Park since 1980. Hanshi Jarem graduated in 1972 from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, has a certificate in Health education and a permanent NYS Teacher Certification. He has guided hundreds of students to achieve the rank of black belt. He has thirty students at the rank of third degree or higher that currently train at the dojo. Hanshi Jarem studies and teaches the art of Japanese and Okinawan Weaponry (Kobudo). Hanshi Jarem founded Brave Belts, a program where he works weekly with the children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders at the Melodies Center of Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. Hanshi Jarem continues to actively teach all levels of students, from four-year-old Tiny Tigers to students in their eighties.

KYOSHI SUSAN WARZEK, 7TH DAN Head Instructor | Business Director

Kyoshi Susan Warzek is a 7th degree black belt and Head Instructor and Business Director of U.S. Budokai Karate of Clifton Park. Ms. Warzek began her marital arts training under Hanshi Jarem in 1983 and has over thirty years of marital arts training and instructing experience. Ms. Warzek graduated in 1993 with an Associate Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State College and has a 2nd degree black belt in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu and is a member of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai and a student of Hanshi Carl Long. Ms. Warzek is also a direct student of Roy Goldberg (Shingen) Sensei and a member of the North American Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu where she has achieved the rank of 2nd degree black belt. A lifelong student of the martial arts, Ms. Warzek is uniquely qualified to bring the highest quality martial arts experience to all of our students and families.

US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park of Clifton has the most experienced staff in the area!

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SENSEI MICHAEL FAVREAU, 4TH DAN

Sensei Michael Favreau started training at US Budokai Karate in 2002 at the age of six. Sensei currently holds a 4th degree black belt in Karate and a 3rd degree black belt in Kobodu (Okinawan Weapons). He has competed in numerous martial arts competitions and was named USBA/WBA North East Regional Competitor of the year three times and was the recipient of the Northeast Open Warriors Cup 2013-2015. Sensei Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Albany in 2018 and joined the staff at US Budokai as a full time instructor after his graduation in June 2018.

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Why Choose U.S. Budokai Karate of Clifton Park?

Develop Self-esteem

With confidence comes enhanced self-esteem. We utilize a series of multiple goals 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.

Learn Self-Discipline

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.

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LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY PARENTS ARE SAYING

  • US Budokai is fantastic for all ages! All of the instructors are eager to answer questions and accommodate clients' needs. It is conveniently located just off Route 9. The children's classes are a great start and there is a kids' area for parents who need to keep their kids occupied while [they are] taking a class. Rockin' Kickboxin' is a great workout for all fitness levels (and it's affordable). Positive atmosphere with attentive, informative staff. We are so thankful for this place!

  • We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to you both, for taking our son under your tutelage. He has really developed a love for karate and we have seen his attitude improve within all areas: home, school and socially. We have seen an increase in respect towards us and toward others. His confidence and self-respect have improved as a result of your training. For a child on the autism spectrum, your school offers a wonderful experience in providing a chance to grow and develop both physically and mentally. You have provided outstanding leadership, discipline and self-control role modeling, in a thoughtful and respectful way and we appreciate all your efforts to reach each student to help them to be their best.

  • 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.

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