LEADERSHIP is learning how to lead!

Leaders need to be able to communicate with confidence.  Confident communication happens when your child’s confidence is greater than their fear of being in front of others!

We have witnessed a big improvement in overall confidence and communication with Leadership students!

How do Leadership students advance?  Leadership will be ranked similarly to our karate belt rank system with students being awarded a “Leadership Club” patch at 50 classes (about 6 months) and colored chevron patches for every 50 classes as they progress towards the Assistant Instructor level.  Students Green Belt and higher will also receive credit for Leadership advancement each time they assist with a class.  Students who began assisting in 2021/2022 will receive credit for all classes they helped with since our return from COVID!!  Leadership patches will be proudly displayed on the right sleeve of your child’s uniform!


Leadership students will be challenged beyond Gold Stripe Challenges on 7-8 topics each quarter.  We are currently working on DISCIPLINE and learning to build good habits.

You build your habits and then your habits build YOU!

Our first challenge is Nutrition!! Did your child try a new healthy food?  Do they regularly drink 6-8 glasses of water per day?  When the challenge is complete, drop your challenge “ticket” into the raffle basket for a chance to win an exciting prize!! This quarter we are raffling off 2 Cobra Kai/Karate Kid Themed Build-a-Bears!! The more challenges completed, the more chances to WIN!

Need more suggestions to help your young one eat right – check out this article from Men with Kids: How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Healthy


All students actively participating in Leadership are invited to our first Super Session on Friday, July 8th from 6:15-8:00 PM!  The highlight of this event will be board breaking!! Registration for Super Session will be in the Member Portal/App beginning on June 8th.  Don’t miss this inaugural event!!


Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th-degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th-degree black belt

Michael Favreau

Sensei Michael Favreau, 4th-degree black belt

USBKA-CP.com & US BUDOKAI KARATE of Clifton Park have been repeatedly selected as the communities’ #1 Martial Arts School!

Established in 1980 by Master Instructor, Hanshi Russ Jarem an 8th degree Black Belt, US Budokai Karate, and for pre-school children ages 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the skills needed for a successful in school and later in life.

US Budokai Karate Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.  A place to develop mind, body, and spirit.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or a day, 7 days a week at RenshiSue@usbka-cp.com or call directly at 518-383-0484. You can also visit our website at USBKA-CP.com

The US Budokai Karate is centrally located in the Capital District Area in Saratoga County, New York at 215 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park, NY  12065.