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  • 18 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal D.
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I was quite impressed with the way Sensei Werth greeted us before class, having been fully prepped on the quirks of my sometimes overly sensitive 8-year old. What impressed me most is that he met us in regular clothing before dressing to lead the class - thereby giving my son an opportunity to interact with him as a regular person he might meet on the street as opposed to another instructor we'd visited a few years prior, who was already engaged in teaching students. My son was "incorporated" into the class, not just to observe, but to participate so he'd have a much better (hands on) opportunity to understand how the class was run. What continued to impress me was that Sensei Werth continued to be the genuine individual he is and not morph into someone teaching in a rote manner - he managed to meet each individual in the family class where they were, without judgement and clearly giving them the respect he aspired to be given himself. I wish I could introduce you to my son as a part of this review as it's difficult to relay in writing how challenging he can be. He is silly at times, has hopelessly high expectations of his abilities (and himself) at other times...he's probably just like any other boy aged 8-10 years old, but the only one that I've had to raise. He's funny and smart, but always thinking, thinking, thinking, and if he thinks he can't master something right away, he's ready to throw in the towel and quit. Sensei Werth has a manner about him that is curious, respectful and encouraging - basically the patience of a saint when it comes to young children. How he and the co-owner of the dojo manage essentially a pack of wild wolves (boys) during a class (we've been to 3 now!) is amazing. Wait, don't think there's only young children in this class as well as beginners - no, there are adults and parents participating as well! My martial arts experience is limited and from well over 20 years ago, so I like to think I have a good idea of classes can be run. My experience is more from a self-defense prospect; I very much enjoyed classes offered by my Sensei in college, but he did have a slightly different approach when he was addressing larger groups of individuals at varying levels and practicing Go-Jo-Ru Karate. Sensei Werth's approach with students seems much more gentle and individualized - skills are not rushed and everyone is encouraged to participate at their level - whether it be skill and/or energy. Overall, this has been a very rewarding experience and I look forward to seeing my son's self-confidence (the secondary goal) grow and hope he's able to learn how to efficiently and safely burn off his abundant energy (primary goal).

American School Karate
from 7 reviews
  • 32 years in business
Tracy C.
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My son has been "part of the family" at American School Karate for nearly 3 yrs. The lessons have helped him learn the respect and confidence he needs to be successful in the future.

  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara H.
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Mr. Bruno is obviously a well-trained, first-rate martial arts professional and his love of this art is evident in the way he patiently and confidently approaches training and teaching others karate, Ju-jitsu-Judo, always in a safe and personal manner. He makes this learning experience realistic yet fun.

Don C.
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Joe is an enthusiastic and highly skilled instructor of classic Okinawan Karate. Having worked with a number of senseis over the last 30 years, I find his expertise to be world-class, and his style to be effective for studens at all levels: beginniner, advanced, adult, and children.

Body Mind Systems
from 3 reviews
  • 15 years in business
Don H.
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I am very pleased with my training at the Body Mind Systems School of Martial Arts. I will not call it a karate school, or even a martial arts school. You learn about martial arts in this school; and how it can impact you in your daily life as well as how the various martial arts that you learn in this school can help you to become better prepared physically as well as mentally towards meeting daily challenges. I would call this a school that enhances and teaches you life long lessons in utilizing your training, understanding, knowledge and observations in the teachings of the martial arts. The martial arts that you learn at this school should become a daily part of everyone’s life just as essential as breathing. We breathe every day but don’t think about it or even notice but it is essential to our daily lives and this is how much I feel about the martial arts as it should be a daily part of everyone’s life and lifestyle. By learning about the various martial arts that are taught within the school I personally have learned a lot about myself. I have learned about how my body and mind works and responds to various martial arts forms as well as the understanding of what my body can do today and what I could expect from it going forward. When I first began this program I started out at the age of 49, my back was very sore to the point where my leg got numb from just plain walking for 30 min per day. I couldn’t even walk 3 miles without having to stop at least 2 or 3 times before completing my walk due to the numbness in my leg. My back went out four months prior to my attending this school and I had to use crutches and canes just to get up and walk around. At one point I couldn’t even put my leg on my other knee and couldn’t even bend forward to put on my socks. When I started with Body Mind Systems they told me to bend over and try to touch my toes, I couldn’t even get past my knees. I also experienced constant back pain each and every day. Today exactly one year later, my back pain is either non-existent or I occasionally have minor back pain that will go away once I start stretching and practicing the martial arts. I can now without any warm up get to within about 2 ½ inches from my toes and with a good warm up actually go past my toes and touch the floor. I am now 50 years old and it is my belief that the last time I was able to touch the floor without bending my knees was when I was 4 years old. Right now I am very happy with my training as well as obtaining a better knowledge and understanding of the martial arts training that I am receiving. I practice each and every day and I feel better and stronger as well as more confident in myself that I can overcome any challenges presented to me. I would highly recommend this school to anyone wanting to improve themselves physically as well as mentally.

Belmont Karate for Kids
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Holly J.
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We've been going to karate with Greg for the last year and my son LOVES it so much. Greg is incredibly patient and brings a perfect balance of fun and discipline to the art of karate! We tried several other karate schools before finding Greg, and his was by far the best for my son!

Diane S.
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Ms. Emily Therrien is an exceptional child instructor when it comes to Taekwondo. She brings out the best attitude, confidence and self esteem in all her students. Signing my children up for the ATA Karate for Kids program in Bedford, NH is in my opinion, the best decision I have ever made. My kid's pediatrician has even noticed a difference in their flexibility, range of motion and focusing skills. What a blessing!!


Tim Mahoney, the owner and chief instructor, has been teaching Kempo Karate in the Tokyo Joe system for more than 15 years. Tokyo Joe's teaches Kempo Karate with an accent on personal goals. The instructors pay great attention to the individual and the individual's needs. Shaolin Kempo is a defense-based system with practical application. We integrate character development in our children's program to help make them better people.


At (K.I. Salem ) Karate International Salem, MA. We are not just different!  We are real professional in each martial art we teach. Our coaches are the most experience with a real background in martial art to make sure you learn from the source and have the best experience of your life, in a very safe environment. We don't allow bullies in our Martial Art  School,  we teach you and your kids how to prevent bullies !!


We offer Martial Arts instruction for children, teenagers, and adults. Our classes are fun, challenging, and always a great workout. We have been in business since 1993, and have produced national and international champions. If you want to be part of a school where the Black Belt degree still stands for excellence, we are the school for you! We have a great atmosphere, great instruction, and we want to help you achieve your goals. Try a week for free, anytime!

  • 26 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Here at Red Tiger we teach not only the basics of karate but we pride ourselves on being a black belt school. Learning to become a black belt not only in Karate but in life. Developing a "Yes I Can!" attitude to help carry over in everyday circumstances. *Confidence building through continuous positive feedback *Respect *Strength building *and FUN


New Horizon Karate has been teaching the highest quality martial arts program in West Boylston since 1986. We teach simple easy to learn martial arts programs in both karate and jujitsu. Our instructors are highly trained in how to help students maximize their individual potentials. Each person is and individual and earns their own success. Our program are taught by adult instructors. We have a fun and safe program that will help you or your child enjoy and learn the martial arts. Come as you want. We have classes everyday for age 4-6, 7-11, teen and adults.


Kyokuhsin is one of the more practical styles of martial arts out there. At 5 Dragons Karate, you learn traditional karate that develops mind, body and spirit. Classes are held at Haverhill YMCA and are taught in a family-friendly environment. After 3 classes, one of my beginner students was able to escape a headlock from a bully without having to resort to further violence. Karate is 90% mental and 10% physical. Honor, discipline and respect are key at 5 Dragons Karate. There are no frills and no hidden costs. Student's/parent's feedback is key to our success. Try one free class. It is guaranteed that you will learn from first-class, real world self-defense techniques. Classes are $60 for 2 months if YMCA member or $80 for 2 months for nonmembers.


"The Christian Karate Ministry" is a non-violent self defense training Ministry. This is a combination of my training and teaching experience as a martial artist, as well as what the scriptures mean for my life. Since Karate is a part of my life, I can relate what I know in Scripture to my martial arts development.


Because for the last 30 years we have specialized in private individualized instruction we get much better results for our martial art programs clients.


Villari's of Shrewsbury is clean, comfortable, and welcoming. Our staff, our students, and their families are happy to talk to newcomers, answer questions, and give recommendations. Our mission is to help you or your child improve your life through martial arts training so we're always willing to listen to concerns or suggestions. We maintain an ego-free dojo with lots of friendly faces to help you!


Hello, I'm Soto. After ten years of teaching, having worked with students from the ages of three to sixty, one thing is certain: people learn best when they are enjoying themselves! While practicing the most applicable methods of self-defense my students are happy, focused and, most importantly, safe. The key is an dynamic personality, a personalized teaching style and a true passion for the material.


Teaching Traditional Martial Arts to Children - Teens - Adult learning Discipline Respect Self - Anti Bullying.

  • 8 years in business

We use karate, Qigong, Pilates, MMA and boxing drills to melt fat and change bodies. We have turned young people into champions and restored youth in older people. This is all done safely, effectively and most importantly, in a fun way.


We are serving 1,000's of area families for over 18 years. We were voted best karate school in the area by Landmark readers poll 2009 and 2010. Call us today and find out why we are one of the best! Discover how your child can pick up true, wholesome values from learning how to kick, block and punch. I don't blame you. You're thinking, come on, how can karate and martial arts teach wholesome values? Well, I'm here to tell you, in more ways than you can even begin to imagine. My name is Harry Grimm, father of a teenager and grown adult. I'm also the owner of one of the most successful martial arts schools in the country, Holden Martial Arts right here in the Wachusett community. For over 20 years, I've been nurturing children like yours with character building tools found only in karate. No other sport can teach them. In the next few pages, I'm going to tell you how you and your child can sample all of this and more -- all at no charge. Watch as your child increases in confidence, energy and spirit. Stand and be dazzled as he becomes unstoppable in his quest for: * Greater academic achievement * Unshakable self-respect * Increased strength and fitness, in both body and mind Look at it this way, your child's first and biggest challenge comes not from fighting for his rights on the street or beating up the neighborhood bully. It comes, instead from battle more sinister forces. Your children's won fears and self-doubts. * I'm not as smart as John * don't get what my teacher is saying * I wish I was as (strong, pretty, tall) as Sally * Why does Jim keep giving me a bad time? * Why can't I be as popular as Jill? The question is, how to get your child to fight these demons? You know the problem; your child has a tough time even telling you they haunt her; never mind how she might conquer them. Well, the good news is, I have a proven solution. A program that has already worked for over 1000 area children. A series of lessons you child can learn easier than you think. Let me tell you its secret. To repeat, martial arts are less about your child learning to fight others, and more about fighting himself -- his innermost fears. Conquer them, and your child unleashes within himself a powerful and unstoppable force. A force that gives him the strength to kick down the doors of his own self-doubts. A force that opens your child to the exalting power of values. In other words, when your child uses the discipline of karate to conquer his own fears, he has the power to transfer that discipline to all other areas of his life. I know of no other sport that does this better than karate. I should know, remember, I've been teaching it for over 20 years. But don't take my word for it. " I am so pleased with my daughters experience at Holden Martial Arts. They have learned techniques for making friends, making good decisions and feeling the impact that acts of kindness brings. They have also learned how to protect themselves, both their bodies and their character. I also want to share my experience as a parent. To watch my kids self-confidence grow has been so rewarding. It is so comforting to know that my values as a parent are being reinforced and emphasized in every class. I love watching the instructors guide my children through lessons to help them gain the tools they need to be successful in life. I get a real good feeling watching my kids experience the art of Kenpo Karate. I feel like a good parent when I bring my kids to Holden Martial Arts. Thank you." - Lucy E., Worcester " Before joining the program at Holden Martial Arts, Brandon had the tendencies of a follower. He was easily influenced by his peers and too shy to speak his mind. Since he has been involved with Karate, he has developed a strong sense of self. He has become more comfortable speaking his mind, even when faced with peer pressure." - Beth and Paul S., Jefferson "Holden Martial Arts has been a positive and driving force in my children's lives. Due to the effects of the Harry Grimm and his excellent staff, I have witnessed my son's transformation from a quiet, shy individual lacking confidence, to an outgoing, courteous and confident person. My daughter, Amanda, was so taken with the upbeat camaraderie that she had to join to be a part of the incredible team spirit that dominates Holden Martial Arts. Thank you for changing their lives for the better." - Mark and Kathy B., Holden Now, you may be asking, how does all this value stuff work? And why does Karate manage to do a better job teaching it? Again, more than any other sport, karate gives your child the chance to explore her innate powers. She'll marvel (as you will) as she increases in strength, endurance, balance, and harmony. Yet, this is only the start. In fact, her physical skills act as a foundation for something much more important: the development of her value skills, mental and spiritual. And not cut-off from her physical skills, but intimately connected even bonded to them. Like this: Courage. Your child finds the courage to move outside of his comfort zone. He wills himself to take on more difficult karate moves and skills. He becomes no longer afraid of being afraid. Staying power. Your child finds joy in improving her physical stamina. She can walk farther, run longer and practice skills until she gets them right. In turn, she learns not to give up. She sticks things out. With the help of her teachers, she strives harder, longer to reach her goals. Even if she fails, she preserves her self-respect. She won't let her self-doubts get in the way of finding ultimate solutions Honesty. As the man said, Where performance is measured, performance improves. Yet you child has to first accept where he stands now. That means measuring current strengths. Above all, she learns that to succeed, he can't fool anyone, especially himself. This results in laser-like focus. He learns to make eye contact with his teacher (and not just in karate). He pays greater attention to what the teacher says. He knows and accepts where he stands. These are just three of the powerful, energizing values your child will get from the program at Holden Martial Arts. In short, you can look forward to your child developing the following: - Fearless self-confidence. Watch as your child finds the courage to open any door life has to offer. - Improved focus. She'll learn what's needed, along with the skill to zero in on critical tasks at hand. Normal, yet time-wasting, childhood distractions won't get in her way. - Powerful self-control. He'll refuse to give in to negative peer pressure. He'll have a deeper respect for the rules. Towering role model teachers. As you might guess, all of this couldn't have happened unless I had the very best of teachers. To make sure I have the very best, each of them started as white belt beginners, right here in my school. Today, they are all martial arts experts skilled and advanced black belts. All participate in different continuing education opportunities throughout the year in order for our students to receive the very best in instruction. "Jeff loves going to karate. I believe the principles taught here have helped him in areas outside of karate. The classes would be nothing without the enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers. They love their jobs and it shows through their interaction with the students." - Sharon A., Worcester Now I still know what you're thinking: How can I know for sure the program at Holden Martial Arts will work for my child? Will learn to kick, block and punch really work for her? I've made it easy for you to find out. Free trial lesson $40 value. I'm offering you one private lesson with no strings attached. See for yourself, that in fact, I can give your child the powerful benefits promised in this letter. After your free trial private lesson, you may enroll your child in our current trial special: another private lesson and up to 2 free weeks of group classes. Here's how it works: Watch with your own eyes as your child gets coached by a top Karate teacher. Lesson one (free trial). Your child begins by learning the profound influence of the martial arts greeting. Then watch him as he does the following: - Warms to the idea of emotional respect, for both himself and others. - Begins to increase his listening and focusing skills, to follow directions better. - Gains knowledge in discovering the empowerment of his own body. Lesson Two. Receipt of the white belt. Then watch as your child: - Begins to increase his personal responsibility, which may mean a cleaner room. - Gains confidence and assertiveness, for success in all areas of life. Believe me, with just these classes, your child will come away with her self-confidence greatly improved. Not just in how she feels; she'll actually end up with a real life skill. Skills that she can put to powerful use right now, today. All while enjoying the fun and excitement of an upbeat martial arts program. And it's free to try. Whatever you do, I urge you to contact us today and schedule your free trial lesson. Believe me, it could be the most important thing you can do. But be warned. Remember, I'm inviting you to check out the most successful martial arts school in the area. Due to increasing demand, we have limited time slots. Avoid long delays. Call or e-mail as soon as possible. Yours in Kenpo, Harry Grimm All this talk of values may mislead you. Be assure, I do teach karate as everyone likes to think of it. Your child will end up knowing how to protect herself. She'll know how to avoid danger, how to use conflict resolution techniques but without once throwing a kick, block or punch! Remember, call today and get over $100 in value: one private lesson, 2 weeks of group classes, one official karate uniform, and one official karate white belt.

  • 7 years in business

We offer classes for women, men and children starting at 4 years old. Our exciting classes focus on character development, fitness, fun, and self defense!

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