World Karate

★★★★★
  • 24201 Boerne Stage Rd

    San Antonio, TX 78255

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  • 210-698-6553

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I have been a student of World Karate for almost 6 years, and I cannot say enough positive things about the high quality of teaching, the integrity, and the attentiveness of its staff, and the excellent facilities.The head instructor, David Brown, is passionate about martial arts, and I have seen the positive effect of his teaching and example impact the lives of (quite possibly) hundreds of kids, and his assistant instructors Josh Kimball and Lindsay Sanderson are equally passionate and excellent with kids. Students are taught true martial arts and are expected to learn the techniques while also improving their behavior and learning good morals. This isn't a "belt factory"; I have seen many kids (and adults, myself included) who have failed belt tests because they either hadn't shown adequate mastery of the techniques, or their (the kids') behavior inside and/or outside of class don't reflect the values the instructors teach.

BEST PART: There are no long-term contracts (you pay by the month, and can cancel [or simply freeze] your account at any time), no sign-up fees, no crazy-high belt testing fees that increase each time you move up a belt (it's $15 for >every< belt test until you reach black belt where it DOES increase, but ask the instructors why and they'll be able to tell you), and no ridiculous "Black Belt Club" or "Leadership Club" that you have to pay extra for. The sparring equipment is reasonably priced, and it's not even needed until after the first year of training (you/your child will not begin sparring until after the first year of training). From what I understand, they buy it direct, so it's at the lowest price to you. Don't quote me on this, but I think the entire sparring gear package is about $125? And it's worth noting that I still use MANY of the same sparring pieces I bought 5 years ago, so it's almost a one-time purchase.

The facility itself is high-quality and extremely spacious. It's a stand-alone building (not in a strip center), and is innovative as a martial arts school for incorporating green building materials into its design (compact fluorescent light fixtures, recycled materials, a rainwater catchment system to water the landscape, solar panels, etc.). As a student I greatly appreciate the investment put into the mats and the size of our classroom (much easier to train without cramping or being cramped by other students). Honestly, it's the best martial arts facility I've ever seen.

There's a trial that's like $14.95 (includes gi, a private lesson to get you/your child started on the basics, and two classes), but the instructors also encourage just coming and watching a few classes.

Note: Although it's called World "Karate," the curriculum is a mixture of several martial arts (including Brazilian jiu-jitsu) with an emphasis on teaching self-defense.

World Karate has been open since January 2001, and it's a true testament to the character of the instructors and the quality of teaching that there are students who joined at the very beginning who >still< train at World Karate, and the fact that the school has mainly grown from word-of-mouth referrals from very satisfied students and parents of students.

If you're looking around for a martial arts school, definitely give World Karate a look. Even if you decide not to join, your expectations of what to look for will be raised, and you'll have a much better chance of ultimately finding a high quality school that fits you, and will hopefully not be taken in by a scam/belt factory! :)

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★★★★★

I have been a student of World Karate for almost 6 years, and I cannot say enough positive things about the high quality of teaching, the integrity, and the attentiveness of its staff, and the excellent facilities.The head instructor, David Brown, is passionate about martial arts, and I have seen the positive effect of his teaching and example impact the lives of (quite possibly) hundreds of kids, and his assistant instructors Josh Kimball and Lindsay Sanderson are equally passionate and excellent with kids. Students are taught true martial arts and are expected to learn the techniques while also improving their behavior and learning good morals. This isn't a "belt factory"; I have seen many kids (and adults, myself included) who have failed belt tests because they either hadn't shown adequate mastery of the techniques, or their (the kids') behavior inside and/or outside of class don't reflect the values the instructors teach.

BEST PART: There are no long-term contracts (you pay by the month, and can cancel [or simply freeze] your account at any time), no sign-up fees, no crazy-high belt testing fees that increase each time you move up a belt (it's $15 for >every< belt test until you reach black belt where it DOES increase, but ask the instructors why and they'll be able to tell you), and no ridiculous "Black Belt Club" or "Leadership Club" that you have to pay extra for. The sparring equipment is reasonably priced, and it's not even needed until after the first year of training (you/your child will not begin sparring until after the first year of training). From what I understand, they buy it direct, so it's at the lowest price to you. Don't quote me on this, but I think the entire sparring gear package is about $125? And it's worth noting that I still use MANY of the same sparring pieces I bought 5 years ago, so it's almost a one-time purchase.

The facility itself is high-quality and extremely spacious. It's a stand-alone building (not in a strip center), and is innovative as a martial arts school for incorporating green building materials into its design (compact fluorescent light fixtures, recycled materials, a rainwater catchment system to water the landscape, solar panels, etc.). As a student I greatly appreciate the investment put into the mats and the size of our classroom (much easier to train without cramping or being cramped by other students). Honestly, it's the best martial arts facility I've ever seen.

There's a trial that's like $14.95 (includes gi, a private lesson to get you/your child started on the basics, and two classes), but the instructors also encourage just coming and watching a few classes.

Note: Although it's called World "Karate," the curriculum is a mixture of several martial arts (including Brazilian jiu-jitsu) with an emphasis on teaching self-defense.

World Karate has been open since January 2001, and it's a true testament to the character of the instructors and the quality of teaching that there are students who joined at the very beginning who >still< train at World Karate, and the fact that the school has mainly grown from word-of-mouth referrals from very satisfied students and parents of students.

If you're looking around for a martial arts school, definitely give World Karate a look. Even if you decide not to join, your expectations of what to look for will be raised, and you'll have a much better chance of ultimately finding a high quality school that fits you, and will hopefully not be taken in by a scam/belt factory! :)

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