Our Head instructors have a minimum of 20 years experience, with both of them consistently training since they were 5 years old.
We don't give away belts in our Dojo, and we keep our standards high. We don't push testing to get fees, we only let you test when you are ready. Our Senseis are National and International level karateka, competing and medaling all over the world from Brazil to Poland to Switzerland.
Our Style is Traditional Shotokan Karate mixed with knowledge of body mechanics to keep our students structurally safe as well as effective.
We teach Kihon (basics), Kata (forms), Bunkai (application) but we specialize in Kumite (Sparring).
It is our Passion to Train and Teach Karate. Building Strong, Confident Leaders of Society is just icing on the Cake.
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This is the best Dojo in St. Louis. Every sensei are really good and love teaching kids. They make every one feel like they belong and set student up to be successful. Kids love coming to class, very highly recommend it.
They Taught me everything I know.
I recommend all new students come in for a trial lesson to get a few for the dojo, the students, and the Senseis.
For the first class usually, a brown or black belt will go over basics with them for the first half of the class.
After a couple classes, we go from there to decide how often they can come to class per week.
Barry Power Chief Instructor - 37 years experience (42)
Sean Huchzermeier Main Instructor - 23 years experience (28)
Over the past decade especially we both have traveled around the World and the US attending seminars and finding the best Instructors the Karate World has to offer. We then take that knowledge and bring it back to our students.
I, (Sean Huchzermeier) started teaching the kids class about 10 years into my karate training. This was soon after I received my youth black belt in Shotokan Karate. I have been teaching since around 2006, and have loved every second of it.
I always knew I loved teaching, but getting to see your students grow and mature over time is one of the greatest feelings ever in an Instructor. My goal is to teach someone to be better than myself.
We have worked with students from ages 5 and up.
Recently we had a student start who could barely walk because of a muscular problem, he's now a purple belt, who is very devoted and moves just as good as the other kids his age and rank.
We also work with students at the opposite end of the age spectrum (50-72) we start off slowly but precisely as to protect the joints but also be incredibly functional.
My 3rd-degree test, 2016, in front of one of the greatest Karate Kata Experts: Sensei Toru Shimoji, a former world champion.
It was nerve wrecking but it was great to test again after so long and feel the pressure of the situation. Similar to the all too real feeling of fighting in a high-level tournament.
Give everybody a chance, but you'll quickly see what teacher is right for you. Make sure to take care of your body and especially your knees. Bad alignment and going too hard, too fast, will damage your body.
If there are any mental or physical limitations that need to be noted. Other than that come in with an open mind.