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.

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

Renshi 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!

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

  • 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!

  • My Budokai story stretches across the decades. I joined the Karate family when I was eleven years old. I was being bullied in school and my Dad suggested I look into the Martial Arts as a way to defend myself. I made friends, gained confidence in myself and in my abilities. (Then) Sensei Jarem became a kind of a life coach and mentor. I looked up to him as a young man would to someone who pushed me to my limits; and beyond! After I earned the second of two Black Belts I went off to college and then to start a career.
    Fast forward thirty years and my wife and I were looking for something for our four year old son to participate in. Regular sports weren’t his thing so we decided to try Karate since I loved it so much as a child. It was not even a question as to where we would bring him; Budokai Karate and, now, Hanshi Jarem! Since my son joined my daughter has also joined. I also went back four years ago and earned my third Black Belt in 2019.
    As a parent, I get even more from Budokai than I did when I was a child. I see how much each of my children has grown, gained confidence, and become great young members of society. As an adult who is in Karate, I have a deeper understanding of what it means to be a “student” of the Martial Arts. I have learned this through the teachings of Hanshi Jarem through his actions, the way in which he encourages his students and works with us to better our mind, body and spirit. I owe a debt of gratitude to this man, Renshi, Sensei Michael and all the other Black Belts who have come before me.

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