USA Karate Academy

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  • 1535 NE 177th St.

    Seattle, WA 98155

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  • 206-440-5566

About USA Karate Academy

Hours
Mon 04:00 PM-08:00 PM;Tue 04:00 PM-08:00 PM;Wed 04:00 PM-08:00 PM;Thu 04:00 PM-08:00 PM;Sat 08:00 AM-12:30 PM

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I have been in and around Martial Arts programs in the Seattle area for many years. All of them positive experiences. I feel that the measure of a program is what becomes part of your life. That has never been more exhibited to me than through my grandsons experiences at USA Karate. He has always been a good smart hard working kid. But over the past year his focus, self-confidence and ethics have grown ten fold. He is doing better than ever in school and at home. This can be seen in his grades, helping his parents with chores, involvement with student government and overall confidence with what he wants to do and how he wants to do it. I feel the styles and teaching of USA Karate have helped him greatly and will continue to help him through the rest of his life.

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I have been in and around Martial Arts programs in the Seattle area for many years. All of them positive experiences. I feel that the measure of a program is what becomes part of your life. That has never been more exhibited to me than through my grandsons experiences at USA Karate. He has always been a good smart hard working kid. But over the past year his focus, self-confidence and ethics have grown ten fold. He is doing better than ever in school and at home. This can be seen in his grades, helping his parents with chores, involvement with student government and overall confidence with what he wants to do and how he wants to do it. I feel the styles and teaching of USA Karate have helped him greatly and will continue to help him through the rest of his life.

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A martial arts dojo can be intimidating. People, young and less young, are afraid of looking silly while learning something new. I've seen kids and I've seen grown men all but tiptoe the first time they enter a dojo. What's impressive about USA Karate is how many of those kids, men (and also, women, teens, and families), tiptoe in the first time, and stay for years. I think that's the best measure of a martial arts dojo, the number of members who stay beyond the initial excitement, beyond the phase of "I'm going to be able to kick butt/defend myself/look like Bruce Lee/impress my friends with my black belt."

Why do so many continue at USA Karate for years? In part, because head instructor Joni Wilson Sharrah, has won international medals in sport karate, the rank of 6th-degree black belt, and the title of Shihan (master instructor). But mostly because Shihan Joni brings a combination of passion and compassion that's rare in any field of instruction, including martial arts.

One moment, I'll be watching Shihan Joni demonstrate the form that brought her rank and medals; minutes later, I'll see her bend down to instruct a six-year-old who just joined the dojo. Shihan Joni is as dedicated to beginners as she is to black belts. She'll expend as much effort with someone who's struggling as she does with medal-winners. I've never seen Shihan Joni give up on anyone and I think that she deeply believes that anyone, given sufficient effort, can excel.

My favorite aspect of USA Karate is that teenaged senior students, who have shown dedication, maturity, and qualities of leadership, are given the opportunity to work at the dojo and become assistant instructors. I think this is a superior experience to most other pt jobs available to young people.

At USA Karate and you or your children will get in shape, learn discipline, self defense, and best of all, the satisfaction of getting good at something that's difficult.

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★★★★★

A martial arts dojo can be intimidating. People, young and less young, are afraid of looking silly while learning something new. I've seen kids and I've seen grown men all but tiptoe the first time they enter a dojo. What's impressive about USA Karate is how many of those kids, men (and also, women, teens, and families), tiptoe in the first time, and stay for years. I think that's the best measure of a martial arts dojo, the number of members who stay beyond the initial excitement, beyond the phase of "I'm going to be able to kick butt/defend myself/look like Bruce Lee/impress my friends with my black belt."

Why do so many continue at USA Karate for years? In part, because head instructor Joni Wilson Sharrah, has won international medals in sport karate, the rank of 6th-degree black belt, and the title of Shihan (master instructor). But mostly because Shihan Joni brings a combination of passion and compassion that's rare in any field of instruction, including martial arts.

One moment, I'll be watching Shihan Joni demonstrate the form that brought her rank and medals; minutes later, I'll see her bend down to instruct a six-year-old who just joined the dojo. Shihan Joni is as dedicated to beginners as she is to black belts. She'll expend as much effort with someone who's struggling as she does with medal-winners. I've never seen Shihan Joni give up on anyone and I think that she deeply believes that anyone, given sufficient effort, can excel.

My favorite aspect of USA Karate is that teenaged senior students, who have shown dedication, maturity, and qualities of leadership, are given the opportunity to work at the dojo and become assistant instructors. I think this is a superior experience to most other pt jobs available to young people.

At USA Karate and you or your children will get in shape, learn discipline, self defense, and best of all, the satisfaction of getting good at something that's difficult.

Pros: Instruction, ambience

Cons: None

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My family has been at USA Karate for over ten years and we would recommend it to anyone - and we do! My children love the family atmosphere and all the fellow students there. Besides teaching traditional karate, Shihan Joni Sharrah imparts good lessons on values, character, teamwork, and responsibility in her students. Our dojo has a feeling of support for not only the students and their families, but of the community too.

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★★★★★

My family has been at USA Karate for over ten years and we would recommend it to anyone - and we do! My children love the family atmosphere and all the fellow students there. Besides teaching traditional karate, Shihan Joni Sharrah imparts good lessons on values, character, teamwork, and responsibility in her students. Our dojo has a feeling of support for not only the students and their families, but of the community too.

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My 14-year-old daughter has been taking classes and competing at tournaments with USA Karate teammates for four years, and loves it. The dojo?s founder and head teacher, Shihan Joni Wilson-Sharrar, not only teaches karate for all ages and levels, she also fosters karate principles that help develop one?s mind, body, and spirit.

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★★★★★

My 14-year-old daughter has been taking classes and competing at tournaments with USA Karate teammates for four years, and loves it. The dojo?s founder and head teacher, Shihan Joni Wilson-Sharrar, not only teaches karate for all ages and levels, she also fosters karate principles that help develop one?s mind, body, and spirit.

 

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