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Karen Hardy

Our whole family is in Leadership and it (leadership) has improved our family dynamic... the children are much more responsible & we as parents, use the life skills taught every day.

Susan D.

It was not easy to find activities for my son with autism to get involved with, which was frustrating. A friend of mine recommended introducing martial arts. I was hesitant but looked into it and found that Martial Arts is great for physical and mental development. I signed my son up for Karate and found that the trained staff is great with teaching the lessons to kids with special needs. Now, 6 months later my son loves going to karate class and has improved his motor skills confidence. I’m so glad my martial arts worked for my son!

Mike R.

My 4 year old son has always been a little shy and slow to get comfortable around kids his age. Knowing school was approaching I wanted him to gain more self confidence so I enrolled him in karate classes. He was shy and unresponsive to the staff in the first few lessons. The instructors at KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy adapted their lessons to be more interactive and within a few more lessons he was comfortable around his classmates and opened up his shell! The staff is great and gives a welcoming feel that every great business should! Now I don’t feel nervous hearing about my sons day at school, instead he is focused in school and always tells me about his friends at school!

Laura and Bob Pelikan

Karate for Kids has taught our children so much more than Karate. R.J. and Amy have learned to set goals and stick with them, PLUS they both have developed into confident leaders at school!

Madison Choi

I started this program at the young age of 5 maybe 6 and I love it. I learned many important skills such as how to help someone who is being bullied, how to stay calm when being bullied, what to do during a school shooting, and many more important skills. I miss doing it since I moved to Kauai. It was a lot of fun and I totally recommend it to parents and kids. It helped a lot when I was having a rough day and needed to get the anger out. The staff was so kind and they also provided private lessons if you needed them.

Thomas K.

The increases I have noticed from my eight year old son are amazing. He is faster, has better reflexes and is no longer clumsy because his balance has improved! He really is learning as well as participating in the lessons and I’m so proud of how far he’s come in such a short time. I am very excited to see how far he will go! I appreciate the staff of KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy so much for everything they do for these kids and my son!

Cindi and Clark Mitchell

Our children have been involved with KarateBuilt Martial Arts for several years now. Their martial arts experiences have influenced every area of their lives from academic achievement to social skills, physical fitness and self-esteem. We consider it a privilege to be part of the family.  

Tyler was very shy when we first started & seemed to lack confidence. Karate has given him the confidence he needed. In addition to a second family, he doesn’t want to let his instructor down so he always strives to do great things & make good choices. As our children get older, pressures do come up but if you surround yourself with love & positive role models, I think this will only help mold these futures. The Leadership Program has changed our lives & I can’t imagine life without it.

Tammy Chavet

My daughter was shy since birth. She rarely spoke in front of people she didn’t know extremely well. She started at age 3. Within a short period of time she became more confident and spoke in a more audible voice. By age 4, she was enrolled in the leadership program and was leading small groups that included children up to three times older. Now at the age of 6 she is preparing to test for her Black Belt. The program helped her become a leader at school and church.  

Jeannine Watanabe

My children had been in Tae Kwon Do for about 6 months before I started. They had made great progress towards the goals we had signed them up for: discipline and confidence. So I decided to join them for the Mother and kids class in May three years ago. We had a great time together as a family and I got to witness first hand what they had learned. I was hooked. The lessons mirror our family's values. The school is a great family atmosphere as well as a place to refine and learn martial arts skills. By taking the same curriculum as my children, we are able to help each other practice for testing so we all can be successful and push each other to be better people and martial artists. We can't imagine our lives without martial arts. Thanks!

Debra Benton

The Leadership Class has taught Scott to be a role model to young kids as well as his peers. He has matured and is more self-disciplined in school at home and in Taekwondo. He has learned that hard work really pays off.

Deb & Steve Prokopek

Our son Blake was quiet and insecure when he began Karate at the KarateBuilt Martial Arts in Cave Creek. He was so shy in school he could not bring himself to participate in his class Thanksgiving performance. Today Blake stood in front of his entire class and gave an oral report. He made eye contact with his peers and spoke loud and clear. We believe the skills he has learned in the leadership program have given him the confidence to succeed not only in school but in life

Beth Grula

My whole family has grown and strengthened through our practice of Taekwondo. I use the life skills all the time with my kids. They are a great reminder of our family’s own values!”  

Theresa Cibulka

The Leadership program has helped Sammy with self-esteem at home and at school. He is always the first child to help his teachers & help Mommy at home. He has gotten more comfortable with being in front of other people. This has been a very positive experience!

Ryan was spending at least 6-7 hours a day on the computer, but since starting Karate 2 months ago, he has spent a lot less time on the computer, more time outside – he’s a much happier boy! Thanks Guys!

Tucker G.

Huge thanks to the challenging staff of KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy, with their help, I no longer get bullied and tormented at school anymore. Now I have more control over the world around me, it was a life changing decision for me when I decided to sign up for Karate. Respect is important to me, martial arts definitely helps teach it. Thanks, guys.

Jeffery Tang

KarateBuilt has been an inspiring and fulfilling experience for my son, and the emphasis on developing positive life skills has fostered confidence & self-esteem.

Barrie and Mike Petty

The Karate for Kids Program has something for every member of the family. My oldest has been training for 6 years and is developing real leadership skills. His younger brother and sister are learning how to listen, pay attention and follow directions!3rd Degree Black Belt Jake Petty!

Eric B.

I did wrestling in High School and since then haven’t done much so I wanted to get back into the sport. I have since found that I really enjoy the MMA classes that KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy offers and definitely suggest to anyone interested to get started. Big thanks to the guys of KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy

Mark G.

After working my desk job for eighteen years, I managed to put on some extra pounds. A friend of mine suggested that I start taking martial arts instead of hitting the gym 6 days a week. I gave it a shot and a year and a half later I feel healthier and I am just five pounds away from my goal of losing 40 pounds! Big thanks to all the encouragement along the way from everyone in my classes! Martial arts are not just for kids and teens, adults can get started too!

Lisa Frace

Martial Arts has provided an environment in which both my children and I can succeed. The values that are stressed are those that we try to teach our children. Personally, it has provided an opportunity for physical challenge and a community that is encouraging. And as the child of a mother with special needs, it has provided a way for our son to be successful in a caring and supportive environment. I couldn't recommend it more highly!

Paula Ratliff

Zach has learned greater respect for others since starting Karate. We have seen a tremendous improvement in his self-confidence. We feel the life skills he is learning will help him greatly in dealing with the stress of growing up facing him in the future.

Damian F.

The quest to Black Belt is not easy, by any means, but it is rewarding. The students leave class tired - but smiling - every time, and they learn far more than the art and execution of TaeKwonDo. Self esteem, self control, concentration and commitment all mature exponentially as the student progresses up the ranks.

Jeanne Hann

We enrolled Ryan hoping he would develop physical skills that helped him cope with bullying. We discovered that it is the psychological skills that he developed that are the key to self-protection!

Ivonne M.

What price can one put on their child's safety and well being? It has been wonderful to watch as our daughter is instructed in the manner of how to identify a stranger; more importantly what to do should one try to put hands on or harm our child. Through the training at KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy, our daughter has grown wiser and stronger. She's receiving the life skills that we want her to have. KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy is reinforcing what she is learning at home in regards to discipline and respect, and amplifying in areas that they specialize in with the martial arts.

Jackie W.

I want to tell you how much KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy has meant to our family. Having a young man with Down Syndrome has been a challenge for us. His weight, coordination, and self confidence was all in need of help. I had checked out several options for him to help with these problems and was very happy with what I saw at KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy. I was so impressed I not only signed up my step-son, but my grandson as well. Justin and Brad have blossomed while there. Justin has improved his balance and self confidence and wants to be a black belt more than anything. Thanks so much for teaching the respect and consideration that the instructors have and that they pass on to all the students.

Tina Brooks

Ibu has increased in self-confidence, especially when pursuing goals!  

Jon Tanner

My son and I are both students at the location in Cave Creek. Our experience has been excellent! My son started at 5 years old, and after over 2 years, he has developed incredible discipline, focus, respect, and fitness. I can not recommend this studio enough, and I believe every parent should have their child enroll in martial arts. As for myself, I love taking the adult classes as well. It has increased my strength both mentally and physically. A great studio with great instructors!

LauraLee Gaudio

The values  we stress at home are reinforced at Karate. Karate has helped Danielle appreciate that hard work yields excellent results. Danielle has a deeper understanding of self-control, honor, dignity and self-discipline. She has great self-confidence, knowing she can accomplish anything she sets her sights on!Jahng Bong or Long Staff Great Kick Student Respect

Jodi Clark

Getting your child involved in the KarateBuilt Martial Arts program is very helpful for many reasons. If your child is outgoing, the program will allow them to learn when to be active and when to stop and listen. If your child is easily distracted, the program will help them with focus. I have seen all of the kids grow and become confident in all areas due to the involvement in the Tiny Tiger program. If you allow your child to become involved earlier, it is proven your results will be greater. I recommend KarateBuilt Martial Arts to all parents for their children. 

Lawrence Chrysty

As a 54 year old, I think the training has been a big health benefit. I also think the connection I have with other people is a great benefit a – to refer someone to Karate is a great feeling – knowing that they’re going to get the same benefits I have gotten!

Lorna H.

I was looking for a place to take kickboxing classes and found the perfect place at KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy! It is not a gym so people are not filtering in and out weekly. It’s a kickboxing class with a curriculum to certify you being at a higher skill level. Since joining KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy I feel more in shape than I have in years! The friendly staff is encouraging and very knowledgeable too.

Brooke Shane

My 6 y/o daughter has been in Karate with Master Sanborn for a couple months now . We came in with another family as well that's her friend and has a 4 y/o boy . She is an orange belt and and gets excited every week( if she did something good which lately is more often then not)and she gets a new star on her belt. She just counted 25 stars and got a silver shiny patch. Her confidence is building a lot and I can tell the difference in her behavior. We still have a lot of things to work out but I figure once we get to Black Belt she'll be thanking me. But the whole staff here is great and made my shy girl into a Karate machine! We love it!

Caroline S.

A couple of my daughters’ friends started taking Martial Arts lessons and my daughter wanted to join them. After doing some research, I decided to get her enrolled. She now has convinced me to take lessons for myself too! She takes Karate lessons and I take Self Defense lessons. Not only is this a great bonding tool but it is also a great way to stay in shape for me!

Steve & Deann Haage

Dear Sr. Master Moody, Your program has had a positive impact on many aspects of Amanda’s life! Since joining your school, her self-esteem has increased significantly and we are all so much happier! Karate for Kids is Wonderful! Thanks Again!

Maggie T.

For our daughter, we always want the best and thats is something we feel she is getting with her martial arts training. She enjoys it for the friends she’s made through it and we love it because of the life skills she is learning. Great for self-confidence, respect and personal protection, she really has benefited and in the two years she has been reaching new heights through the belt ranking system!

Cliff Grendahl

As a 9 year old, 2° Black Belt, Jacob has accomplished more than most people 5 times his age. His pride and commitment to all he does, shows throughout all his activities.

Glenda Sykes

This has been an awesome family experience, bringing us closer together.

Maria Nicole Egidi

Through Master Moody’s Leadership Program we have seen our son progress from a pensive teenager to a mature gentleman who excels not only at Taekwondo but academically and socially as well. We have come to expect excellence from Matthew - because he expects it from himself.

Rebecca G.

My son James loves the helpful instructors as he has worked his way from a white belt up to now being a green belt! Now after school James has something to look forward to. Although challenging he is always encouraged to further his development, something KarateBuilt takes pride in. I strongly encourage Songahm Taekwondo lessons as I have watched James development in strength and discipline.

Ms. Pate-Lamb

My son started Karate at age 5. He is now a Black Belt at age 7. He was recently diagnosed with a developmental coordination disorder that affects his gross and fine motor skills. His medical provider attributed his Karate training as contributing to his ability to compensate and has been therapeutic!

This program is excellent for kids to build self-esteem, confidence and discipline.

Esther Hunter

I have enjoyed training with my children & watching their growth!

Robert B.

I first got into martial arts when I saw a groupon offer early last year, since then I no longer find myself trying to exercise and squeeze in workouts. I feel healthier and more fit than I have in years thanks to the Krav Maga training from KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy. Confidence and feeling prepared for tough situations are excellent traits to have and thanks to Krav Maga, I am sharpening both!

Leadership has brought many new experiences for our son Hudson Buzby. His self-esteem, discipline and other life skills have really come full circle. He has travelled to many parts of the country and made a lot of new friends at the tournaments!

Tim E.

I was very impressed with the Instructors at KarateBuilt™ Martial Arts Academy ability to reach the kids and keep them wanting to come back. My son loves the active pace and the dojo. Although he may not realize it he is also learning skills that he can use to his advantage to avoid bullying or aggressive confrontation.

Carrie Wirick

I am so glad I decided to start Martial Arts after my son. It gives us something to do together, we love to go to tournaments and support each other. It has been and will continue to be a wonderful mother and son activity!

Jade Symanowski

Great way to build self confidence.

Carlos R.

As a police officer, a huge part of the job is staying in shape. I started taking Krav Maga classes, which is great for mental awareness and defense tactics as well. Krav Maga is also great for self-defense, useful to those who like to feel safe and in control during any real world situation. I strongly encourage those in law enforcement to get enrolled.