Kovars Karate Center

★★★★☆
38.5097 -121.543
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916-481-4830

6429 Riverside Blvd

Sacramento, CA

95831

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My 3 boys have been training at Kovars for about 3 years now. They learn self-defense & also fun stuff like Escrima & Doce Pares. In order to practice at home I bought one set of Escrima sticks, but at the school they have plenty of equipment for averyone to borrow. It was the same with nunchaku - we borrowed the extra pairs. I have recently started training & the 4th person in the family is free! I go 3 days a week, so they are not making money off of me. I did sign an agreement to give them a 3 month notice when the boys decide to quit - which I hope they never do. But that's better than I get from the cell phone companies. The instructors are excellent. They meet everyone at their level & help them to progressivly get better. The head instructor has worked with my difficult tween son one on one to help him stay on track, and has involved the other instructors to give him extra attentio when it is needed so that he feels encouraged (he's an Eeyore.) I had put him a karate class provided by the city, but there were too many kids for 1 instructor, not enough time & repetition given to learn katas & techniques & overall wasa bad experience. We only tried Kovars because it was free for the 1st month. & we've been happy there ever since. Shout out to Nick Wilson who heads the Waterman Kovars & his team of instructors. They are always excited & engaging & positive. I've never sweat so much without it feeling like work.

5
★★★★★

My 3 boys have been training at Kovars for about 3 years now. They learn self-defense & also fun stuff like Escrima & Doce Pares. In order to practice at home I bought one set of Escrima sticks, but at the school they have plenty of equipment for averyone to borrow. It was the same with nunchaku - we borrowed the extra pairs. I have recently started training & the 4th person in the family is free! I go 3 days a week, so they are not making money off of me. I did sign an agreement to give them a 3 month notice when the boys decide to quit - which I hope they never do. But that's better than I get from the cell phone companies. The instructors are excellent. They meet everyone at their level & help them to progressivly get better. The head instructor has worked with my difficult tween son one on one to help him stay on track, and has involved the other instructors to give him extra attentio when it is needed so that he feels encouraged (he's an Eeyore.) I had put him a karate class provided by the city, but there were too many kids for 1 instructor, not enough time & repetition given to learn katas & techniques & overall wasa bad experience. We only tried Kovars because it was free for the 1st month. & we've been happy there ever since. Shout out to Nick Wilson who heads the Waterman Kovars & his team of instructors. They are always excited & engaging & positive. I've never sweat so much without it feeling like work.

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this organazation has changed my life forever. I am a 58 year old women and acted like it until I came here. nowI can do thing I thought I would never do again. my grandkids, son in-law, daughter and I work together to get more fit, beter citizens and stronger family. a great supportive staff to help facilate this.

5
★★★★★

this organazation has changed my life forever. I am a 58 year old women and acted like it until I came here. nowI can do thing I thought I would never do again. my grandkids, son in-law, daughter and I work together to get more fit, beter citizens and stronger family. a great supportive staff to help facilate this.

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This place is Karate's equivalent of fast food. If you have the money to pay them your child will become a black belt, whether they deserve to be or not !..Every time you turn around they are "requiring you to purchase some overpriced weapon,or headgear,or gloves that they supposedly are going to need !..Then you notice your child never seems to get any training with regard to what you just purchased.This place is a money-machine indeed!...I took Karate as achild at the YMCA, and was better trained bay far.In fact we had to all train together,..Adults and Children alike.Save your $'s and find a place that is more about training than their revenue.People are in business to make money I know, but wouldn't you rather feel confident that if your child ever has to defend themselves,they will be able to do so??

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is Karate's equivalent of fast food. If you have the money to pay them your child will become a black belt, whether they deserve to be or not !..Every time you turn around they are "requiring you to purchase some overpriced weapon,or headgear,or gloves that they supposedly are going to need !..Then you notice your child never seems to get any training with regard to what you just purchased.This place is a money-machine indeed!...I took Karate as achild at the YMCA, and was better trained bay far.In fact we had to all train together,..Adults and Children alike.Save your $'s and find a place that is more about training than their revenue.People are in business to make money I know, but wouldn't you rather feel confident that if your child ever has to defend themselves,they will be able to do so??

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My son has been training at the academy on Riverside for over a year now. I have observed nothing but steadfast commitment on the part of the instructors. Not only has my son benefited physically, but also intellectually and emotionally. He tells me how happy he is when he knows he has tried hard and is recognized and positively reinforced. Likewise, he also understands that if his heart is not in the lesson, he will experience a feeling of dissatisfaction not with the instructors but with himself. This has carried over into his behavior at school, and has made his very challenging curriculum manageable. I think the Karate instruction is excellent too, as evidenced by my observation of increased balance, confidence, finesse and focus with each new belt my son earns. As is true of most 8-year-olds, my son is consumed with right versus wrong, making the right decisions, and taking responsibility, and he is constantly asking me about his behavior and that of others. I know that the added support and consistent message from his karate instructors is providing powerful influence at a critical developmental stage. I am so proud of his progress. My goal is for my son's training to continue through the minefield of adolescence as well, because it will just reinforce his character into adulthood. Thank you Renshi McClean, Sensai Gonsales, Shidoshi Castenada, and Shidoshi Cardozo for being such an important part of our family and for working so hard with our son. We are all learning lessons to last a lifetime, and I am confident that Kyoshi Dave Kovar is proud of your excellence. We think you are wonderful!

5
★★★★★

My son has been training at the academy on Riverside for over a year now. I have observed nothing but steadfast commitment on the part of the instructors. Not only has my son benefited physically, but also intellectually and emotionally. He tells me how happy he is when he knows he has tried hard and is recognized and positively reinforced. Likewise, he also understands that if his heart is not in the lesson, he will experience a feeling of dissatisfaction not with the instructors but with himself. This has carried over into his behavior at school, and has made his very challenging curriculum manageable. I think the Karate instruction is excellent too, as evidenced by my observation of increased balance, confidence, finesse and focus with each new belt my son earns. As is true of most 8-year-olds, my son is consumed with right versus wrong, making the right decisions, and taking responsibility, and he is constantly asking me about his behavior and that of others. I know that the added support and consistent message from his karate instructors is providing powerful influence at a critical developmental stage. I am so proud of his progress. My goal is for my son's training to continue through the minefield of adolescence as well, because it will just reinforce his character into adulthood. Thank you Renshi McClean, Sensai Gonsales, Shidoshi Castenada, and Shidoshi Cardozo for being such an important part of our family and for working so hard with our son. We are all learning lessons to last a lifetime, and I am confident that Kyoshi Dave Kovar is proud of your excellence. We think you are wonderful!

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We really liked Kovars but we had a negative experience with the manager when we tried to leave. We were forced to pay the next two months of tuition, even though our child would no longer be attending (because of commitments related to school). We were planning on re-enrolling her, but after some of the things the manager said to us, we will not be going back. This is unfortunate, because we liked the instructors. However, we were not impressed with how it became all about the money, when all was said and done. It made us wonder about how many black belts they were churning out, just because the people were willing to pay?

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★★☆☆☆

We really liked Kovars but we had a negative experience with the manager when we tried to leave. We were forced to pay the next two months of tuition, even though our child would no longer be attending (because of commitments related to school). We were planning on re-enrolling her, but after some of the things the manager said to us, we will not be going back. This is unfortunate, because we liked the instructors. However, we were not impressed with how it became all about the money, when all was said and done. It made us wonder about how many black belts they were churning out, just because the people were willing to pay?

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Ok I'm going to give everybody out there on the net an honest review. Thank the heavens for the new manger (Clem Polines), current head instructor (Ms. Becky Gonsales) and director (Lynn Castaneda). Finally Kovars has assembled a team that all the students are happy with.

If I had one word to describe Mr.Polines it would enthusiastic. Polines is always looking for ways to help improve the school and the students overall martial arts experience. But what makes the pocket Kovars far superior from the rest is the instruction from Shidoshi Gonsales . Not only is she one of the best female instructors at Kovars, she??s one of the best in the Kovars system, period.

She??s is well rounded instructor who understands what works in the real world. Ms.Gonsales takes the time to make sure students nail all there curriculum correctly. Also she has put on many exciting demonstrations for students that include jiu jitsu, kenpo, kickboxing, and a wide array of weapon usage. Furthermore, she has helped one student peruse a serious career in MMA (mixed martial arts.) If you want to get in the best shape you need to show up to her classes Monday and Wednesday. Trust me if you don??t believe me she??s good go sit down and watch one her classes. You can learn practical self defense moves from Gonsales, Polines, and the rest of the staff at Pocket Kovars.

The school it's self is very clean. New bags, mats, and and a freshly painted walls makes you feel proud of your school. Another plus it that Pocket is one of the few Kovars that still has a dressing room, so there's no need to put your gi on ahead of time.

Bottom line, sure it??s a little more than other schools but the school isn??t to blame. If you do decide to join Kovars, the Pocket location is the best in the south area.

5
★★★★★

Ok I'm going to give everybody out there on the net an honest review. Thank the heavens for the new manger (Clem Polines), current head instructor (Ms. Becky Gonsales) and director (Lynn Castaneda). Finally Kovars has assembled a team that all the students are happy with.

If I had one word to describe Mr.Polines it would enthusiastic. Polines is always looking for ways to help improve the school and the students overall martial arts experience. But what makes the pocket Kovars far superior from the rest is the instruction from Shidoshi Gonsales . Not only is she one of the best female instructors at Kovars, she??s one of the best in the Kovars system, period.

She??s is well rounded instructor who understands what works in the real world. Ms.Gonsales takes the time to make sure students nail all there curriculum correctly. Also she has put on many exciting demonstrations for students that include jiu jitsu, kenpo, kickboxing, and a wide array of weapon usage. Furthermore, she has helped one student peruse a serious career in MMA (mixed martial arts.) If you want to get in the best shape you need to show up to her classes Monday and Wednesday. Trust me if you don??t believe me she??s good go sit down and watch one her classes. You can learn practical self defense moves from Gonsales, Polines, and the rest of the staff at Pocket Kovars.

The school it's self is very clean. New bags, mats, and and a freshly painted walls makes you feel proud of your school. Another plus it that Pocket is one of the few Kovars that still has a dressing room, so there's no need to put your gi on ahead of time.

Bottom line, sure it??s a little more than other schools but the school isn??t to blame. If you do decide to join Kovars, the Pocket location is the best in the south area.

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I disagree with the previous post regarding Kovars being a money making machine. Yes, they might charge just a little bit higher monthly fee than other martial arts schools, but it's all inclusive and you can train six days a week at as many locations as you want. I personally take regular karate classes at Carmichael with Kyoshi Dave Kovar on Monday and Wednesday, jiu-jitsu on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then Krav Maga on Fridays in Roseville. And that's all for one monthly fee - works well for me.

As to weapons, nobody requires you to buy anything, but I find it very exciting to be able to learn doce pares, bo and iaido and I happy to spend an extra dollar on those weapons.

Just to make it clear: I don't work for the company, but I have been a student for over 5 years and I think that Kovars have done a great job in the community.

5
★★★★★

I disagree with the previous post regarding Kovars being a money making machine. Yes, they might charge just a little bit higher monthly fee than other martial arts schools, but it's all inclusive and you can train six days a week at as many locations as you want. I personally take regular karate classes at Carmichael with Kyoshi Dave Kovar on Monday and Wednesday, jiu-jitsu on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then Krav Maga on Fridays in Roseville. And that's all for one monthly fee - works well for me.

As to weapons, nobody requires you to buy anything, but I find it very exciting to be able to learn doce pares, bo and iaido and I happy to spend an extra dollar on those weapons.

Just to make it clear: I don't work for the company, but I have been a student for over 5 years and I think that Kovars have done a great job in the community.

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It is a money machine. Tuition, tuition, tuition. Watered down curriculum. They don't charge for belt testing, but they either require you to buy new gear or weapons everytime you turn around.

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★☆☆☆☆

It is a money machine. Tuition, tuition, tuition. Watered down curriculum. They don't charge for belt testing, but they either require you to buy new gear or weapons everytime you turn around.

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This place is awesome. They really care about thier pupils. It si fit for any age group, (3-90). It is clean and very warm. The staff is so very helpful. Don't worry if you have zero amount of karate skill, they will help you.

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★★★★☆

This place is awesome. They really care about thier pupils. It si fit for any age group, (3-90). It is clean and very warm. The staff is so very helpful. Don't worry if you have zero amount of karate skill, they will help you.

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