Dojo Karate - Buffalo

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  • 409 Highway 55 E

    Buffalo, MN 55313

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  • 763-684-1000

About Dojo Karate - Buffalo

Categories
  • Martial Arts Classes
  • Self-Defense Classes
  • Personal Trainers
  • Exercise Programs
Details
  • Martial Arts Classes
Hours
M 4pm-9pm, Tu 11am-1pm, 4pm-9pm, W 4pm-9pm, Th 11am-1pm, 4pm-9pm, F-Su Closed
Emails
  • buffalo@dojokarate.com
Keywords
  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Leadership Development
  • Bully Prevention
  • Focus
  • Strong Academics
  • Goal Setting
  • Commitment
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Physical Health
  • Psychological Health
Specialties
  • Self Confidence
  • Respect
  • Discipline
  • Self Defense
Payment Options
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Check
  • Cash
Services
  • American Karate
  • Westernized Korean TaeKwonDo Training Programs
  • Character Development
  • Fitness
  • Kick Boxing
  • Self Defence
  • Black Belt Club
  • Birthday Parties
  • Private Classes

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Meet Dojo's Instructors

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    Elk River, MN

      Maple Grove, MN

        Medina, MN

          Monticello, MN

            Rogers, MN

              Waconia, MN

                Training Programs

                Dojo's Training Programs

                While the Dojo Karate instructors uniquely design each class, there are some general skills students will learn based on their age group. Dojo Karate also provides classes that focus on ground self-defense, kickboxing, sport training, character development and competitions for all ages and abilities. See below for more details on our class options.
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                  I have been attending Dojo Karate Medina since it opened. I was one of the first adults to sign up at that location. I achieved my black belt from the school in about four years. I am so happy I choose this school, the I structors are very good here. I never feel or have felt like a number there, the training I have received and continue to receive is top notch. When I was much younger I always dreamed about getting my black belt, as I turned forty I looked back and thought of one regret (out of several) and decided to do something about it. I enrolled at Dojo and began taking lessons from Master Salas (5th degree black belt ). He is an amazing teacher with a tremendous amount of patience and knowledge. Later another instructor was added to help in the school (Mr. LaFavor). Mr. Lafavor is a fourth degree black belt working on his masters as well. Mr. Lavfavor is also an excellent instructor and has a lot of energy, which means when you take class with him you won't have Lot of energy left after (yes this is a good thing!!!).
                  One thing you can count on is the training you receive at Dojo is the real deal. They train you hard so you are ready in case you need it. And they train you hard so you are ready to compete in tournaments, it is highly recommended by all the instructors to go to tournaments and test your abilities and to gauge yourself against other students from other schools.
                  Quick overview:
                  I was very pleased with how I was trained and continue to be, so much so that I enrolled my son for life (masters program). When you start dojo you have a month try before you buy period, if your looking for a place to go stop by and give it a try. If you decide to sign up, there is a contract which in my opinion is good. It's good because it lays out the expectation for you and the school, they agree to train you and you agree to show up.. Without a contract some people find it was to just give up like I did so many times before. It would be great if you could just take karate for free but I think you get what you pay for here, and its no more expensive than having a health club membership.. Except here your getting much more than a workout, here you are getting all the following.
                  Self discipline,
                  Respect (for yourself, the school and others)
                  Integrity (the instructors do what they say they are going to do and they are there when they say they will be there).
                  Stress relief (if your having a bad day just say so and it becomes pad striking day.. Take out your aggression on a pad or a wave master. Or if you need to punch someone I am usually there for sparring on Mondays)
                  Self defense (I pray I never have to use what I have learned o. Someone but I feel the skills I have learned at the Dojo have prepared me to be able to defend myself or my family if the occasion was to arise).
                  Physical strength and flexibility ( when I started I could maybe kick about waist level and I could do about 18-20 sit-ups...now I can kick over my head, I no longer have chronic back pain, and I can do at least 80 sit-ups and then rest and do more.. Two weeks ago we did 200 crunches, leg lifts and sit-ups after class was over and I was able to walk to my truck and go back to work!)
                  Congratulations if have made it this far, I love to write about things I am passionate about so thank you for reading. My experience with Dojo Karate has been very positive and they get the official Ron Schultz thumbs up!!If you want to know more about Dojo ask me if you come in or call me (I have authorized Dojo to pass on my phone number to anyone wanting a reference). Or look me up at USAutofleetgroup.com. God bless.

                  5
                  ★★★★★

                  I have been attending Dojo Karate Medina since it opened. I was one of the first adults to sign up at that location. I achieved my black belt from the school in about four years. I am so happy I choose this school, the I structors are very good here. I never feel or have felt like a number there, the training I have received and continue to receive is top notch. When I was much younger I always dreamed about getting my black belt, as I turned forty I looked back and thought of one regret (out of several) and decided to do something about it. I enrolled at Dojo and began taking lessons from Master Salas (5th degree black belt ). He is an amazing teacher with a tremendous amount of patience and knowledge. Later another instructor was added to help in the school (Mr. LaFavor). Mr. Lafavor is a fourth degree black belt working on his masters as well. Mr. Lavfavor is also an excellent instructor and has a lot of energy, which means when you take class with him you won't have Lot of energy left after (yes this is a good thing!!!).
                  One thing you can count on is the training you receive at Dojo is the real deal. They train you hard so you are ready in case you need it. And they train you hard so you are ready to compete in tournaments, it is highly recommended by all the instructors to go to tournaments and test your abilities and to gauge yourself against other students from other schools.
                  Quick overview:
                  I was very pleased with how I was trained and continue to be, so much so that I enrolled my son for life (masters program). When you start dojo you have a month try before you buy period, if your looking for a place to go stop by and give it a try. If you decide to sign up, there is a contract which in my opinion is good. It's good because it lays out the expectation for you and the school, they agree to train you and you agree to show up.. Without a contract some people find it was to just give up like I did so many times before. It would be great if you could just take karate for free but I think you get what you pay for here, and its no more expensive than having a health club membership.. Except here your getting much more than a workout, here you are getting all the following.
                  Self discipline,
                  Respect (for yourself, the school and others)
                  Integrity (the instructors do what they say they are going to do and they are there when they say they will be there).
                  Stress relief (if your having a bad day just say so and it becomes pad striking day.. Take out your aggression on a pad or a wave master. Or if you need to punch someone I am usually there for sparring on Mondays)
                  Self defense (I pray I never have to use what I have learned o. Someone but I feel the skills I have learned at the Dojo have prepared me to be able to defend myself or my family if the occasion was to arise).
                  Physical strength and flexibility ( when I started I could maybe kick about waist level and I could do about 18-20 sit-ups...now I can kick over my head, I no longer have chronic back pain, and I can do at least 80 sit-ups and then rest and do more.. Two weeks ago we did 200 crunches, leg lifts and sit-ups after class was over and I was able to walk to my truck and go back to work!)
                  Congratulations if have made it this far, I love to write about things I am passionate about so thank you for reading. My experience with Dojo Karate has been very positive and they get the official Ron Schultz thumbs up!!If you want to know more about Dojo ask me if you come in or call me (I have authorized Dojo to pass on my phone number to anyone wanting a reference). Or look me up at USAutofleetgroup.com. God bless.

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                  I began martial arts with my son as a way he and I could spend time together when he was just 5-years old. That was 18 years ago. I tell people that karate helped forge a relationship with my son that I have never seen duplicated before. My training also helped me during the most difficult time of my life, fighting cancer. If it hadn't been for the training, the inspiration I received from my fellow students, I wouldn't be able to say that I am a cancer survivor. I learned the discipline of fighting from my hours at Dojo Karate.

                  Derek and I have spent countless hours in the Dojo karate studios, including Buffalo, and I have always been pushed to my limit to become my best me. Derek has been the head instructor at the Medina Dojo Karate location for over 4 years, where we are training toward our 5th degree black belt together. As a father, I see in Derek, one of the most wonderfully adjusted, disciplined and motivated young men I have ever met. I believe this is because of the core beliefs that were instilled in him from the very first class. It is the same core beliefs that he teaching his students, who range in age from the age of 3 to 67.

                  When you invest time and resources in yourself and in your children, especially martial arts training, and specifically at Dojo Karate, you benefit in fitness, being more disciplined, more focused and you build relationships that go beyond friendships. You sweat and struggle with each student in the room. I have loved every minute of my training because of the permanent bond it has given my son and I mostly.

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                  ★★★★★

                  I began martial arts with my son as a way he and I could spend time together when he was just 5-years old. That was 18 years ago. I tell people that karate helped forge a relationship with my son that I have never seen duplicated before. My training also helped me during the most difficult time of my life, fighting cancer. If it hadn't been for the training, the inspiration I received from my fellow students, I wouldn't be able to say that I am a cancer survivor. I learned the discipline of fighting from my hours at Dojo Karate.

                  Derek and I have spent countless hours in the Dojo karate studios, including Buffalo, and I have always been pushed to my limit to become my best me. Derek has been the head instructor at the Medina Dojo Karate location for over 4 years, where we are training toward our 5th degree black belt together. As a father, I see in Derek, one of the most wonderfully adjusted, disciplined and motivated young men I have ever met. I believe this is because of the core beliefs that were instilled in him from the very first class. It is the same core beliefs that he teaching his students, who range in age from the age of 3 to 67.

                  When you invest time and resources in yourself and in your children, especially martial arts training, and specifically at Dojo Karate, you benefit in fitness, being more disciplined, more focused and you build relationships that go beyond friendships. You sweat and struggle with each student in the room. I have loved every minute of my training because of the permanent bond it has given my son and I mostly.

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                  I have been involved with Dojo Karate Medina which is ran by Mike Salas and I agree with the deceptive and down right terrible business practice's that all locations follow. My family and I were some of their first students if not the first. I already had a Red Belt in Tae Kwon Do. The Goal of the organization really is to mislead and entrap you into a contract that is never fully discussed or disclosed they portray themselves in a positive manner as any good sales person does. They pick and chose who they want to keep or let go. I was told that I had to start from the beginning again and did so for the sake of my Wife and son. I even offered to help with classes but as stated above the money is what really is the motive here I have seen and heard with my own eyes and ears how they bad mouth parents who do not want to continue with the minimal martial arts service they provide. They are advanced Belts Blue Red who cannot even tie their belts properly and Medina is the new cash cow. My family and I were told that we could stop our contract at anytime but that was also a lie. I have a disabled son who was born with shwachman-diamond syndrome and had been hospitalized several times which the cosst is astronomical but the Dojo bills kept coming even though we stopped using their service we are currently in a position where we have to sell our house and have to move because we can no longer afford it and gave Mr. Sala a two week notice as described in the agreement he made with us informing him that we had no money left and are living check to check now until we sell our home and move. So we could no longer continue which in front of other parents and students was no problem he claimed he understood when hardships happen.
                  so now even with all these lies we were told they want to try and collect a $30,000 bill from us. Where is the family orientation the Great moral promotion "Now Where" but what has happened is the lust for money has exceeded their core.

                  I would recommend anybody who would like to be apart of a class action that will be filed against Dojo contact me.
                  Don't waste your money here I was reluctantly a part of this place and know every in and out so I would be happy to answer any questions. 763-218-6249 I can also be reached at ericdanielperez@hotmail.com

                  Please for those interested here is a link for only one of the State Laws in Minnesota that this will be filed under.

                  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=325D.44

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                  I have been involved with Dojo Karate Medina which is ran by Mike Salas and I agree with the deceptive and down right terrible business practice's that all locations follow. My family and I were some of their first students if not the first. I already had a Red Belt in Tae Kwon Do. The Goal of the organization really is to mislead and entrap you into a contract that is never fully discussed or disclosed they portray themselves in a positive manner as any good sales person does. They pick and chose who they want to keep or let go. I was told that I had to start from the beginning again and did so for the sake of my Wife and son. I even offered to help with classes but as stated above the money is what really is the motive here I have seen and heard with my own eyes and ears how they bad mouth parents who do not want to continue with the minimal martial arts service they provide. They are advanced Belts Blue Red who cannot even tie their belts properly and Medina is the new cash cow. My family and I were told that we could stop our contract at anytime but that was also a lie. I have a disabled son who was born with shwachman-diamond syndrome and had been hospitalized several times which the cosst is astronomical but the Dojo bills kept coming even though we stopped using their service we are currently in a position where we have to sell our house and have to move because we can no longer afford it and gave Mr. Sala a two week notice as described in the agreement he made with us informing him that we had no money left and are living check to check now until we sell our home and move. So we could no longer continue which in front of other parents and students was no problem he claimed he understood when hardships happen.
                  so now even with all these lies we were told they want to try and collect a $30,000 bill from us. Where is the family orientation the Great moral promotion "Now Where" but what has happened is the lust for money has exceeded their core.

                  I would recommend anybody who would like to be apart of a class action that will be filed against Dojo contact me.
                  Don't waste your money here I was reluctantly a part of this place and know every in and out so I would be happy to answer any questions. 763-218-6249 I can also be reached at ericdanielperez@hotmail.com

                  Please for those interested here is a link for only one of the State Laws in Minnesota that this will be filed under.

                  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=325D.44

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                  We signed up for an 18 month program for my daughter and the mighty dragons program for my son - a total cost of $2400. After just 5 months they were pressuring us to upgrade for the low cost of $10K-20K. When I expressed my concerns about the cost and decided not to upgrade they told me my sons contract had expired and he was no longer able to attend. I asked them where on the contract it had an expiration date for the mighty dragon program and all they told me is that it should have been added.

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                  We signed up for an 18 month program for my daughter and the mighty dragons program for my son - a total cost of $2400. After just 5 months they were pressuring us to upgrade for the low cost of $10K-20K. When I expressed my concerns about the cost and decided not to upgrade they told me my sons contract had expired and he was no longer able to attend. I asked them where on the contract it had an expiration date for the mighty dragon program and all they told me is that it should have been added.

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                  The beginner programs are great until they reveal that you cannot proceed without signing a lifelong contract that is $12,000.00 ! ! ! They will finance that 12k for you - at 10%. They are very good with the kids and get them hooked. Then the pressure is on the parents to continue. I am not ready to spend 12k on a 6 year old who may change her mind a year from now.

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                  ★★☆☆☆

                  The beginner programs are great until they reveal that you cannot proceed without signing a lifelong contract that is $12,000.00 ! ! ! They will finance that 12k for you - at 10%. They are very good with the kids and get them hooked. Then the pressure is on the parents to continue. I am not ready to spend 12k on a 6 year old who may change her mind a year from now.

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                  I will submit a review when my child is done with the 18 month contract we signed. I will say that she likes the instructor.

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                  I will submit a review when my child is done with the 18 month contract we signed. I will say that she likes the instructor.

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                  We are very happy with Dojo Karate in Buffalo. My son was having a hard time with getting the moves down and they were great in giving him extra attention to help him move forward and to succeed. They have great energetic and friendly instructors.

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                  We are very happy with Dojo Karate in Buffalo. My son was having a hard time with getting the moves down and they were great in giving him extra attention to help him move forward and to succeed. They have great energetic and friendly instructors.

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                  I started my son at Dojo when he was 3. The owner and the teachers were amazing with him. He is a busy child (as were many of the kids in the class) and things were under control 99% of the time. My son learned a lot about his body, self discipline and respect.. The intro price for the first month typically is about $15 and includes a uniform. It is a terrific way to try a new sport out with a young child. My child competed in one karate competition. This was definitely worth the experience and again, it was amazing to see how well the instructors worked with the little ones.

                  5
                  ★★★★★

                  I started my son at Dojo when he was 3. The owner and the teachers were amazing with him. He is a busy child (as were many of the kids in the class) and things were under control 99% of the time. My son learned a lot about his body, self discipline and respect.. The intro price for the first month typically is about $15 and includes a uniform. It is a terrific way to try a new sport out with a young child. My child competed in one karate competition. This was definitely worth the experience and again, it was amazing to see how well the instructors worked with the little ones.

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                  Message from Dojo Karate - Buffalo

                  Dojo Karate Buffalo teaches westernized Korean Tae Kwon Do, or American Karate. Located in Buffalo MN, we make it convenient for families around the Twin Cities to practice Karate together. Our focus is on the success of each of our students, ranging from preschoolers to adults with classes uniquely designed to meet needs & abilities of each student, ensuring their success through exercise, self-discipline, mutual respect & positive reinforcement.



                  Our passion lies in watching our students become lifelong martial arts participants and reaching their highest potential. Each student has the opportunity to advance through the various belt ranks to reach the ultimate goal – the Black Belt. Dojo Karate encourages student advancements through goal-setting, leadership development, character development and healthy competition. Each instructor strongly believes in creating “champions in life” along with champions in Karate.



                  We have found that our programs encourage healthy lifestyles, fitness goals, builds self-confidence, motivation & focus. Our families know that it takes dedication & hard work to achieve a “Black Belt in Life.” We instill the philosophy that Karate can be practiced for exercise and self-defense, but also assists those that may be experiencing bullying, attention disorders, fatigue syndromes or low self-esteem by teaching them how to handle each situation in a non-violent, concentrated manner.



                  Other locations: Elk River, Maple Grove, Monticello, Rogers, Medina & Waconia.

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