East Valley Martial Arts

East Valley Martial Arts

22 years in business

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Karate classes for kids, teens and adults from the Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, AZ area. We teach traditional values through traditional Okinawan martial arts. Our well-rounded curriculum helps students gain confidence in their abilities to protect themselves and others by studying the natural body motion of Ryukyu Kempo and using solid, proven self-defense techniques. Our Dojo Kun values of moral character, honesty, perseverance, respect and restraint help build character. We bring the old way of people-oriented ancient life protection arts into the modern era.

Kirk Gauger and Jenifer Tull- Gauger are a husband-and-wife team, each with a 6th degree black belt, known as Rokudan, awarded by the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance.  Both of these Renshis have over 19 years of training, and their passion is watching students grow, improve and progress on their karate path. They both love helping students improve their lives through martial arts. http://evma.net/instructors/

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Mesa, AZ 85204
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students start with our Intro Program, which is $30 and gets them a week of classes. Students start in the regular classes where basic techniques are taught beginning with their first lesson.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Our certified black belt instructors have gone through at least many years of training to get to that level, as well as ongoing training, which lends to their caring, professional, skilled teaching.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We have month-to-month, pay by the month on a year-term, or pay a year in full. The more commitment you make, the lower your pricing. Discounts for family members and heros (active military, police, sheriff and fire department employees).  Contact us for tuition rates.

How did you get started teaching?

It was a birthday gift and lessons were loved from day one!

What types of students have you worked with?

Kids (age three and up) and adults of all levels and and walks of life.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Our annual Spring Karate Camp: you can not beat the cameradierie, great training, meeting and training with martial artists from other states, yummy food and great weather!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a place of mutual respect where you feel comfortable and make sure the teachers focus on safety and that their values align with yours.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Are there any physical, mental or emotional difficulties or limitations that should be addressed as they could relate to the student's martial arts training?