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

  • Over my entire life, I have had the good fortune to successfully participate in many sporting and physical ventures. With that said, nothing could prepare me for the challenge of the martial arts. U.S. Budokai Karate Association has been offering me challenge and inspiration for over ten years. The instructors and students in the organization always prove their impressive character in and out of the dojo. I continually recommend U.S. Budokai to my friends and acquaintances who are searching for better physical fitness, skills for self-defense or a way to inner peace. The path is not always easy but it is certainly worth it!

  • As a 16 year old black belt student, I have been fortunate enough to grow up in this environment since I was 6 years old. What I thought would be just a twice a week martial arts training has become the foundation to my moral compass and outlook on life. One of the most powerful aspects of this school’s teachings that has always stuck by me, is that martial arts is not about learning how to fight, but learning how not to fight. The art is to turn your body into a deadly weapon with the hopes to never use it, learning just as much how to avoid a physical fight as what to do when one can’t be avoided. Self discipline is prioritized over being able to hit hard, which carries on into all aspects of life. From your first day of stepping on the mat you will be taught our core principles of honor, dignity, pride, and respect. The person I have become just by asking myself “what would Hanshi do?” when faced with challenges throughout each day has truly benefited me more than any other program I have been involved in. While other martial arts schools may also teach you to defend yourself, the benefits of joining the US Budokai Karate family are in my eyes, priceless. Whether you’re looking for a good workout, the ability to defend yourself, or a place to unwind at the end of each day, your appreciation of life and the way you go about it will surely be effected after hearing Hanshi speak at the end of class even just once. The staff continues to be the most inviting, honorable, wise, and loving group of people I have ever had the pleasure to be in the same room as, who are bound to better the lives of every new face that comes through the door. I cannot express enough how highly I suggest enrolling your children at any age or joining the school yourself. Whether your 8 years old or 80 years old there is a place for you waiting with open arms. After all, “We’re on a Quest to Be Our Best!”

Osu Matt! You are a walking billboard of what our program is all about and a shining example of the good in young people today. Thank you for taking the time to write this tremendous review of your experience here at USBKA!

  • Thank you so much for all your support, knowledge, patience, kindness and nurturing spirits. I have been proud to recommend your amazing staff and facility. May you all know in your hearts what wonderful people you are and all you contribute.

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