Paradise Valley Karate

Paradise Valley Karate

5.0 (3)
2 employees
42 years in business

About this pro

I teach a full curriculum.  You can be a competition level martial artist.  You can be a hobbyist.  You can be here for self defense or to gain mastery of self and the art.

We offer traditional karate and also a more casual, but no less effective indigenous art called Kali.

I love to work with people and I like to feel that I am helping and improving those I work with

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Phoenix, AZ 85032
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3 Reviews


  • Tom Robbins

    Paradise Valley school of karate has some of Karate has some of the best instructors I have had the pleasure of training with in my nearly 50 years of training in the Martial Arts. Their goal is to continually learn and without reservation, pass on their knowledge to all students.

  • Mark Lawrence

    Excellent instruction: clear, analytical; builds on prior skills and sets the stage for further development. Focuses on patterns of motion, more than specific techniques; techniques generate, spontaneously, as movement patterns become more instinctual.

  • Tom Robbins

    The instructors are very knowledgeable and each instructor brings in a bit of their own philosophy into their class.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Each student has their own needs and talents.  We get to know our students and work with them to help them grow.  That may be strength, health, self defense, self confidence or even socially.

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

Sensei Mike Wall has been actively training for almost 50 years.  He has had a fully time school for almost 40 years.  He is a 6th Dan in Shuri Ryu and was a staff instructor for the Late Master Robert Trias.  He is a 6th Dan in Ryu kyu Kempo under Taika Seiyu Oyata.  He is currently an 8th Dan in Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu under Master Phillip Koeppel.  He continues to train and is currently expanding his curriculum to include Kali with blade, impact and gun defenses.  

Sensei Wall has won many titles in the Karate Tournament Circuit and continues to produe National and World Champions.

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

Monthly tuition for 2 classes a week is $130

Private Lessons are $15/15 minutes or $50 for an hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I always wanted to do karate and grew up in a small town in Iowa that didn't have any options.  When I went to college I began and it became a passion.  So, of course, I wanted to share that passion.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students ages 4 and up.  

You are never too old to start. We will take into account health and physical limitations in your training. 

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

Like your teacher.  You need to feel comfortable with them.  Don't buy into a bio that is over the top.  Remember, it takes time to beome good.  Take a couple of classes.  Almost every school offers a trial class.  Be wary of promises that 'our system is the best'.  All systems have good things to offer if the teacher knows how to teach them.

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

Ask about hidden costs like:

What equipment do I have to buy when I sign up or in the first month?

What are the costs for promotions?

How long will it take me to a. be able to protect myself or b. get my black belt?

Cancellation policies & black belt programs

Lessons offered