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  • As parents, we have more confidence that our children are building their skills to better prepare them for life’s challenges. Their growth and personal development have been augmented by the many terrific role models and principles and ideals that they have been exposed to over the years at U.S. Budokai Karate. They have definitely achieved their goals along the way and look forward to more opportunities to continue growing in their knowledge of karate and the respect and value that it stands for.

  • Great for senior citizens. Improves strength, balance and flexibility. Plus you can learn to not be a victim just because you are old.

Thank you for being part of our Golden Lions and proving that progress happens at every age!

  • 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!

  • U.S. Budokai provides a friendly, supportive, nurturing environment to train in. It is a real pleasure to work with classmates and staff who share the same values, respect and overall commitment to themselves and the martial arts. I couldn't imagine my life without the dojo.

  • l really enjoy these classes and get fulfillment from the program

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • I started karate when I was in 7th grade and I got my black belt in 5 years. I’ve learned a lot from karate and it has made me more confident and shown me what I am capable of. I have met some of my closest friends through karate and I have gotten closer with my family. My dad, brother, and I are all black belts and my mom takes kickboxing classes so it’s nice to have something we can all talk about and help each other with. I would recommend it to anyone.

Thank you for sharing your Budokai experience with everyone! It's been a privilege to have you and your entire family as part of ours!

  • 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.

  • I remember walking into the dojo on my first day of class when I was 5 years old. Never would I have thought that something would impact my life so much. As a 14 year old black belt who is testing for their second degree in a couple of weeks, I honestly don’t know where I would be without being a part of US Budokai. I am going to continue to train at US Budokai for as long as I possibly can. I can’t imagine my life without it, and I don’t want to ever have to live without karate. Karate is not just a sport, but it is a way of life. US Budokai will truly change your life for the better. Not only does it have incredible physical benefits, but it also builds your character. The incredible instructors here will make sure that you have the best experience possible. Their knowledge, talent, and ability to connect with their students truly amazes me. US Budokai truly is overall just an incredible atmosphere, where you can feel comfortable. Honestly, it feels like a family to me, everyone is just always so supportive. If you are having mixed thoughts about joining US Budokai, trust me, you will not regret it.

Thanks for being such an incredible spokesperson and role model for US Budokai!! Osu!

  • 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!

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