Team Budokai 2022 Winter Cup

The Value of Competition in Martial Arts

Unlike other sports, the average karate student doesn’t get a chance to perform in a weekly game or test of their martial arts abilities.  Competition Team gives students that chance!!

The competition challenges a students’ confidence and skills in kata (forms), kobudo (weapons), kumite (sparring), and board breaking events.

Competition is not just about winning at all costs and there is much more to be gained from the experience than medals and trophies.  Kids today are exposed to so many of the wrong ideas about competition – just consider the disturbing results and controversy in women’s figure skating from the 2022 Winter Olympics: Women’s Figure Skating.  We can certainly set a better example of what true and fair competition is and should be.

The added commitment of Competition Team Training should be taken seriously but the friendships that form are also a lot of fun!

The benefits that develop from putting yourself out there cannot be underestimated!!

Competition Team Training Fridays 6:15-7:30 PM beginning March 4, 2022.

We hope this earlier time encourages greater participation!!  Students YELLOW BELT and above may participate in Competition Team Training and try 2 team practices without obligation.  Please stop by the front desk with any questions you may have or to register for team!

Please book into the class with the Member Portal or App for class credit.  This is NOT a makeup class for regular classes.  Effective April 1, 2022, a $25 monthly add-on program fee will be charged to all Team Participants.

Join NOW and be ready to compete at the April 30th Capital District Open! Affiliated with the renowned North East Open, this event is geared towards our first-time competitors! The same organization, family spirit, friendly atmosphere and focus on camaraderie as the North East Open, in a small hometown package! This event is also a part of the 518 Martial Arts Competition Circuit earning member competitor’s points towards end-of-year awards!


Congratulations to Team Members:  Katie Powell, Louie DiGrigolio-Crannell, Giuseppi DiGrigolio-Crannell, Ethan Gardner, Ashtyn St. James, Liam Otten, Rachel Douglas, and Hudson Treacy for your WINNING performances at the 518 Martial Arts Winter Cup!!


Feb 25 Team Practice 7-8 pm

March Fridays 6:15 to 7:30

March 4 Team Practice
March 11 No Team
March 12 USBA/WBA Breaking Chicopee
March 18 Team Practice
March 25 Team Practice
March 26 Copper City Rome
April 1 Team Practice
April 8 Team Practice
April 15 Team Practice
April 22 Team Practice
April 29 No Team
April 30 Capital District Open Schenectady – Register Online Now – Capital District Open


Russ Jarem
Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th-degree black belt
Susan Warzek
Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th-degree black belt & 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 the day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 518-383-0484. You can also visit our website at

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.