Developing self-defense skills might be the most-obvious outcome of training at Champions Martial Arts, but it's not the only one. Parents of children enrolled in the school's program say it also boosts kids' confidence levels, social skills, and academic performances. These benefits aren't limited to children, however; teenagers and adults also can achieve fitness goals and improve discipline during their own age-appropriate classes.
Led by a husband-and-wife team—both 4th degree black belts—the instructors at Karate America aim to develop self-defense skills of their pupils and positively impact the way they approach daily life. Each day, a variety of classes are offered for all ages and experience levels, ranging from self-defense classes for kids to cardio kickboxing classes for adults.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Please call to schedule your first visit. We will answer all your questions at that time.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have worked with hundreds of children, teaching them how to believe in themselves and hold themselves to a higher standard.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
We focus on developing leadership skills in kids and adults. We use martial arts as the tool to help us achieve those results.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Your child will start out with a private lesson. During this lesson, we prepare them for taking their first class, give them some self-discipline homework, and talk to them about when they CAN and CAN'T use their karate.
Signing up for a class at Karate America is like taking the first steps in a long, fruitful journey. The instructors—who have more black belts than even the most fashionable country music stars—start teaching students as young as 4 years old in the Little Ninjas program. Up next is the Junior Basic class, where kids begin to master essential skills like discipline and focus. The most committed students can join the black-belt team and then move on to the masters team upon earning their belts. To accommodate everyone who wants to learn self-defense techniques, the instructors also teach adult classes.
A room full of three-year-olds kicking and yelling is no cause for alarm at Karate America DeForest. The youngsters are learning the basics of karate—and building respect and self-confidence—in the KinderKickers class. As students grow, the classes grow with them, imparting knowledge of self-defense moves such as kicking and hand techniques, but most of all, respect. Teen, adults, and families have their own karate classes and can also participate in Cardio Kickboxing, Toning and Zumba classes.
Awarded “silver” for best martial arts school/studio by Madison Magazine in 2007 and 2008, Kicks Unlimited offers weekly kickboxing classes for teens and adults. Each class features ultra-aerobic cardio-boxing, bag-punishing sport kickboxing, and full body conditioning for upcoming mixed martial arts and craft nights. Check out the schedule for Fitchburg, Middleton, or Sun Prairie and call ahead to schedule your first life-changing duel with a stocky, indifferent punching bag.