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Karate Instruction for Students of All Ages

Top-Quality Karate Lessons in Kalamazoo, MI

Here at Okinawan Karate Academy, we offer effective karate classes for children as well as adults. Taught by the Thompson family, your children will start out learning simple katas, which our advanced movements are derived from.

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Okinawan Karate Academy, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, offers karate instruction classes. Our sessions focus on body conditioning and strength training. We also offer authentic Okinawan weapons training, which can help improve your coordination as well as your defense skills against an attacker who has a weapon.

Studying martial arts helps relieve stress and frustration, so it can greatly improve your mood. While we maintain a very professional and respectful atmosphere here, it doesn't mean that you won't enjoy your training. In addition to self-defense skills, you'll also learn virtues that you should strive for both inside and outside of the Dojo. Call or email us for more information on our affordable karate lessons in Kalamazoo, MI.

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Learn From a True Martial Arts Master

Our head sensei has more than 50 years of martial arts experience, 10 of which were spent in Okinawa training with the best. Our martial arts master and the rest of our skilled team have taught all ages, from kids to the elderly. Our family-owned business is open to everybody because all people can benefit from karate and martial arts, especially from teachers like ours.

Karate is a challenging full-body workout that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, and it is a useful tool for self-defense. Strength training empowers students to protect themselves, stay in shape, and push themselves to do better than they thought possible. We can tailor the training for any health condition, age, experience level, and body type.

Teaching the Mind and the Body

At our dojo, our students learn more than how to perform self-defense moves and steps; they learn essential values and morals. Chief among these is that of respect for the dojo, their opponent, their sensei, and themselves. Karate lessons impart principles like discipline, courtesy, modesty, and hard work, to name a few. When you train with us, you receive it physically, mentally, and spiritually too.

Contact us to sign up yourself or your child. Our dojo serves students from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the neighboring communities.


(269) 529-1688

1837 S. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Service Area
Kalamazoo, MI and surrounding area

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