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Business Hours:

  • Monday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

KarateBuilt Martial Arts Locations

Cave Creek Campus - AZ

29850 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 105, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Main Number: (480) 575-8171
Cave Creek

Grand Rapids Campus - MI

6469 28th St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Main Number: (616) 301-2400

Frequently Asked Questions

No. KarateBuilt Martial Arts Programs are for everyone regardless of age or experience. We have Group fitness classes for adults and offer age appropriate classes for children. We offer instruction for all levels of experience.

KarateBuilt Martial Arts does more training and screening than any other martial arts schools in the country – and more than most schools do for full time teachers. Our full time certified instructors go through well over 300 hours of supervised training, take many written exams, and are CPR and First Aid certified. We also do background checks and fingerprinting on all of our full time certified instructors.

Yes, safety is the top priority at KarateBuilt Martial Arts. Our instructors are experts in teaching proper technique and our classes are designed to maximize effort and energy while minimizing risk of injury.

Our instructors will help you select the right program for your goals. Your KarateBuilt Martial Arts instructor will perform an initial assessment when you first become a member to establish a baseline level for you. Next you will work together to set your fitness goals based on your age, overall health and lifestyle and performance/energy needs. Periodically you will get together to review and update your assessment.

Yes. We provide non-violent resolutions to conflict. In addition, we also believe a child must develop the skills and ability to defend themselves and understand right from wrong. KarateBuilt Martial Arts students will develop greater confidence and self-discipline as they learn how to act and react to the world around them. Our students are treated with respect and are taught to return the same respect toward others.

There are many reasons for kids to become involved in the Martial Arts. We have developed a program specifically for kids called Karate for Kids at KarateBuilt Martial Arts. We have found that the majority of parents have gotten their children started in Karate for one of the following reasons. Self-Confidence: It doesn't come naturally for many children, but rather is developed over a period of time. As a child accomplishes new goals, his or her confidence level increases. Children become more self-confident in karate because they progress individually at their own pace and are not judged against others. Self-Defense: Children's self-defense takes many forms. The martial arts teach children to think instead of panic in potentially serious situations as well as how to appropriately react to threats from other kids and how to handle peer pressure. Specific Classes for Children: We pride ourselves in offering classes for children only. As professional martial arts instructors, we realize that children have specific training needs and requirements that can be best be answered in their own classes since they learn differently from teenagers and adults. Every Child Wins: In karate every kid can be a winner instead of a bench sitter because karate allows children to reach for their own potential rather than directly competing against other kids. Additional Benefits: Karate at KarateBuilt Martial Arts offers many other benefits for children such as improved concentration and self-discipline both of which contribute to improved performance in school.

Self-Confidence doesn't come naturally for many children, but rather is developed over a period of time. As a child accomplishes new goals like earning their next belt level, his or her confidence level increases. Children become more self-confident in karate also because they progress individually at their own pace and are not judged against others.

We have developed an incredible program for kids as young as 3 years old at KarateBuilt Martial Arts! It’s called “Tiny Tigers” and the curriculum, instruction and schedule are designed especially for them. They are in specialized classes just for kids in the pre-school age group. Tiger Woods started golf at age 3 – this is the best time to learn!

Of course! We do work by appointment only. The first time you come in we always do a one on one evaluation to see what’s best for you. We also offer extensive One on One training to meet your specific needs.

We are the worldwide experts in bullying prevention! 1 in 3 kids are affected by bullying and along with Dr. Greg Moody, Ph.D., Chief Master Instructor we have partnered with Arizona State University to do groundbreaking research that showed kids who do KarateBuilt Martial Arts long enough dramatically reduced how much they are impacted by bullying – more than any school-based bullying prevention program.

It’s very much the opposite! There are two reasons for this. First, part of the KarateBuilt curriculum is that the students learn how to protect other kids in addition to themselves so they are contributing to lowering bullying overall. Second, as part of the research Dr. Greg Moody, Ph.D., Chief Master Instructor and Arizona State University performed we discovered that very few kids who bully others start martial arts at KarateBuilt. Additionally, if they do, we saw in our data that our program lowers the amount these kids bully. We’re the only kids activity that has shown this kind of data.

That is up to you. Students come about 1-3 classes/sessions per week.

Not being in control of an uncomfortable situation is the number one reason most women initially come to us when they consider the martial arts. Walking to a car late at night after work, riding a bicycle alone in an unfamiliar neighborhood, or even hearing of a bad experience a friend has had are all reasons for women to want to be able to defend themselves and to have self-confidence in these situations. There are many other reasons for women to practice a martial art but from our experience our female students seem to feel the following reasons are the ones that made the most sense to them when they got started!

Most women can only do so many aerobic classes or run so many solo miles before they start dreaming of something more enjoyable and exciting to do to stay in shape. This is a great way to stay in shape that doesn't become dull or routine because as you get better and learn more there are always more challenges ahead to keep you inspired and coming back to the school.

While some of the instructors are male, we also feature women who are fully certified instructors who can teach and relate to the special problems encountered by our female students. We pride ourselves in offering special clinics and advanced instruction especially for women. As professional instructors, we realize that our female students have specific training needs and requirements that can best be answered in their own clinics and advanced classes.

Many women are not comfortable with the thought of being involved in the martial arts. This initial nervousness or fear is due to many misconceptions about the martial arts or because they may simply not be a aware of how much fun and how rewarding it can be.

All of our programs are specialized by age. Our adult classes are not only separate, but the curriculum and intensity are designed for you.

We will create a program that is right for you, that will strengthen your back and get you “back in the game”. There is nothing like our programs and individual attention to "turn back the clock" and have you feeling energized, in motion and performing with confidence. Read what others have experienced here in our Success Stories.

Above all we emphasize Respect. Martial arts, at its core, is the embodiment of respect. Self-respect and respect for others is a foundation for martial arts and an absolute requirement for our school. All students are taught to use proper etiquette and trained to use their art to bring out the best in themselves and others. The self-confidence and self-discipline that students develop naturally lead them to greater levels of respect for all.

Our martial arts at KarateBuilt Martial Arts is a classes will definitely help you reach your stated goals. Running and mountain biking are great activities but if that's all you do for fitness you may end up limiting your flexibility. Because these activities are basically "linear" in nature they don't challenge you to develop in all the areas of fitness. That is why most professional athletes cross train outside of their chosen sport. There is nothing like martial arts training to develop you to your maximum potential both physically and mentally.

Send us an e-mail at We will contact you about our KarateBuilt Martial Arts instructor certification program. Note: we do background checks and fingerprinting on all of our full time certified instructors! – please do not apply if you are concerned about this.

This depends on the class we recommend for you. Initially all you need is a beginner uniform which we will supply. As you progress, depending on the class, you may need other safety gear. All necessary equipment is available at our pro shops.

Classes are from 30 to 45 minutes for our 3-6 year olds, and 45 minutes to 1 hour long for older kids, teens and adults.

Yes, and students have access to online video homework pages for extended training. That way you can review or practice when at home or traveling. You are always able to do KarateBuilt Martial Arts!

Absolutely. Our main priority is to provide a supportive atmosphere where you can develop yourself and maintain a healthy, successful lifestyle for yourself and your family.

Generally, no. Most classes are training and technique oriented to give you the best workout possible and keep you injury free. However, sparring classes will be available and again, safety and respect are emphasized above all.

All of our KarateBuilt Martial Arts classes are martial arts based so you will be developing natural self-defense instincts as well as your fitness level which is an important aspect of self-defense. For more in-depth or specific self-defense needs you can work directly with one of our trainers in a one on one setting where you will be able to study additional techniques and applications.

Generally you will work with an instructor and choose a curriculum for a period of 2 weeks to 2 months depending on your needs and progress. We will select the right KarateBuilt Martial Arts classes to fit your goals.

Definitely! We offer family classes and we do offer separate adult and child classes.

Absolutely. Martial arts training combined with meditation and a healthy lifestyle supported by a network of like-minded individuals is THE best way to achieve a calm, centered, confident state of mind.

For centuries men have developed martial arts as a means to survive and a means for self development. Up until very recently, these secrets were closely guarded as precious jewels. The instinct for survival is a powerful force and motivated men to develop extremely high levels of fitness or "readiness". Martial arts training develops an individual in all areas of physical and mental fitness in order to react to anything and everything with explosive power in any direction.

Our society currently puts a great deal of emphasis on staying in shape and looking good. Many men find that the traditional ways of working out, such as weights or running, are boring and hard to stay committed to. Martial arts offers an exciting way to stay in shape that doesn't get boring or routine.

The ability to take care of oneself in any potentially dangerous, or uncomfortable situation, is one reason many adult men join, even though most of our adults seldom, if ever, get into a fighting situation. They often find themselves, however, in an uncomfortable situation, such as walking to their car late at night, or escorting their wife or girlfriend in a less than secure neighborhood. It's at times like this that martial arts training greatly enhances your self-confidence because of the ability to really take care of yourself, or someone you care for, when the time arises. Many of the men in our program have dreamed about trying the martial arts since they were children but never had the time or money to make the commitment. The martial arts has always been known as one of the world's oldest and most recognized activities that everyone can do, no matter what age or physical ability.

You can tell that to Bruce Pfeiffer who became a 3rd degree black belt at the age of 74… or the grandmother who just tested at the World Championships for 4th degree black belt… There are more success stories than we can list here! The reason you can do martial arts at any age is that our instructors customize your training for you!