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Stephanie Anne Sullivan Cook reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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Kickboxing classes are high energy, fun and the time flies by! Instructors are very motivated and the entire class is fueled by positive energy and encouragement. If you're considering it, give it a try! You won't regret you did.

Allen Gower II reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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This place is spectacular! So many good things about this Martial Arts Dojo! The staff is friendly and welcoming. They treat you like your one of the family, from the moment you walk in the door. All of the instructors are helpful and knowledgeable. Even the students that train are welcoming! They have one of the most flexible schedules around. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! You have to come check this place out!

Ashlie Elizabeth Hagan reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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I've been attending Budo Shingikan Dojo for a little over 2 months now and I absolutely love it! Its my home away from home, my happy place! All of the members make you feel so welcomed and help you so much to make sure you fully understand each thing we are working on. Before starting this program I was very hyper-active and didn't necessarily know how to control my anxiety, with the help of all the members here I am able to focus a lot more, and keep my emotions completely level. I still have a lot to learn and I cannot wait to continue a wonderful journey with these amazing people!

Bruce Renshi Ross reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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This Martial Arts Dojo rocks! I love Kaiso D'Antonoli and all the other students. Budo Shingikan is a great place to learn Martial Arts, and a community of awesome people (of all ages and backgrounds). Thanks to Budo Shingikan, both my body and mind are incredibly stronger. What I learn at the Dojo has positive impacts in every aspect of my life. Kaiso D'Antonoli is an amazing instructor who knows how to nurture the most skilled martial artist and absolute beginners who never threw a punch or a kick in their entire life. He is able to help transform his students into a balanced confident human being who not only know how to defend themselves and others, but brings balance in their lives. And the learning never stops as you go up in rank. You just keep peeling away the layers. Honestly, you have to try it for yourself!

My biggest issue right now is trying to figure out which classes to attend. I just don’t want to miss anything.

I am very excited to continue training and to grow my skills under the tutelage of Kaiso D'Antonoli.

For anyone who feels lost, for anyone who wants to feel safer walking down the street, or for anyone who is looking to challenge themselves, or get back into shape, I can't recommend Budo Shingikan more.

Grant M Eisel reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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The staff and instructors are wonderful. They help the kids when they struggle and provide a support base for them to grow up in an environment with lots of confidence. Ours sons favorite instructor is Mr Nick. When he teaches you can really see he loves what he does and the kids respond right back. The staff treat you like family and if you have any issues they are right there to help you out. This by far is the best martial arts school experience we have had.

Barbara Olsen reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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Our son has been with this dojo for almost 4 years. He has learned so much, not just martial arts. He has learned respect, honor, never giving up, teamwork, as well as avoiding dangerous situations and resolving issues through communication. He has a couple of diagnosed behavior issues and participating in this program has definitely helped these issues. This is a family atmosphere and instructors as well as owners are always there to help and support.

Adriana Anzai Pettit reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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I love this place! Everybody feels welcomed and the kids always have fun in their classes!
This was a great choice for my son! He is learning a lot each day and really enjoys the classes.
The owners, instructors and staff are very friendly and helpful.

Alexis Rios reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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I've been practicing here for 7 months and I love it! What I love most about this place is that it's not all about kicking ass and/or winning. They teach us to listen to our bodies and always be aware of yourself and those around you. They teach us teachings that help us focus and stay flexible during training but also the same teachings can be used throughout our daily lives. It's about becoming a better version of yourself through working on yourself in the dojo and out. Excellent place, excellent people and excellent style of martial arts! I recommend this to anyone and everyone who wishes to advance their lives to a better place.

Maisabelemily Arquillano-Sirhan reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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Really enjoy the instructors. They make it fun for the kids even when they are working out. Been here roughly 6 weeks, kids enjoy it very much. The staff helps out and don't hesitate to ask questions and make sure you know what is going on things go pretty quick when you first start.

Nevin J. Glinka reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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This is hands down the best investment I have made into bettering myself! After having been enrolled here for almost a year, I have made many lifestyle changes that will stick for life. Here at the dojo, there is also a great sense of community, filled with wonderful people! The instructors here really do care the students. The time and dedication put into training material and all other aspects of the dojo, is absolutely inspiring. If it were any other way, I would not still be here. So, if you are thinking about trying out some awesome Japanese martial arts, do yourself a favor and give it a try. It will be a decision you will never regret!

Rachael Melendez reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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I was looking for something for both my son and my daughter to stay active out of the sun this summer, but they're both so different. I found a trail offer and decided that I would sign them up to see if this would be something that they would equally enjoy. Got through the trial period. They wanted more. Everyone here is so welcoming, patient, and absolutely amazing with the kids. They motivate the kids like nothing I've seen! Very nice. Very clean. Needless to say, my kids are begging to go every day they are open and have decided that this will not be just a summer hobby!

Clint Allen Horn reviewed The Budo Shingikan School
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From the moment I walked in the door I felt welcomed as a part of the dojo family! The staff are awesome and the instructors are second to none in my opinion! I would recommend this school to anyone interested in bettering themselves both physically and spiritually. I am on a better path in my life thanks in part to Kaiso D'Antonoli and the Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu martial arts system. Can't say enough good about this school!

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How to Choose the Right Martial Arts School?

How to Choose the Right Martial Arts School

a man in glasses thinking hard about somethingI once heard at a business event that the most difficult thing in the world to do was to make a decision. Even though that statement was made in jest as set up for what the individual was talking about, you almost have to agree with it on some level. Think about it. How often have you asked your spouse or partner, “What do you want for dinner?”. We all have had the experience of the merry-go-round that conversation becomes, LOL!

All kidding aside, choosing the right martial arts school for your child or for yourself can be a daunting task as well. It’s an important decision to make. The wrong choice can cause a person to become disillusioned and quit something that could have genuinely been great for them. However, the right choice could mean one of the best life journeys you’ll ever take.

Since choosing the right martial arts school is a very important decision I’m going to go over, what I call, The Big 5. The questions below will help you narrow things down as you go looking for the right martial arts school for your family.

  • Is the location convenient for you?

  • Is the dojo/studio clean and safe?

  • Do they have a character/personal development curriculum?

  • What is the culture of the dojo/studio?

  • What is their online integrity and reputation?

The questions I’ve outlined above will definitely help you become more informed about one of the most important decisions you can make. Choosing martial arts as a new activity for yourself or your child can be rewarding and there are so many benefits to training in the martial arts, so I want to make it easier for you to make the correct decision.

Is the Location Convenient for You?

Your level of commitment and your goals will determine where on the scale of importance the location of the martial arts school is in relation to your house or work.

martial arts class mixed with adults and kidsSomethings to consider. Who will be going to this dojo? You or your child? If it’s your child will you take them after school or will they go home first then to the dojo? If the classes are for you then will you plan on going immediately after work or will you be leaving from home?

These are important things to consider because you want to make it easy for you to get to the dojo. If it’s easy to get there then that means there will be less of a barrier to actually go to class. Especially on those days that you “don’t feel like it”. Believe me, you’ll have those days. Maybe because you had a bad day at work, you didn’t get enough sleep, or your kid a bad day at school.

No matter the reason, your motivation will be challenged and if the school is nearby then you’ve made it easier for yourself to get there. Remember, this decision is a healthy one, an important potentially life-saving one too. So don’t lose sight of why you started and don’t make it harder on yourself to get there.

Is the Dojo/Studio Clean and Safe?

An empty clean dojoThis is a very important question ask yourself when you’re visiting each dojo. Nobody wants to train in a filthy and unsafe environment, especially if you have kids. A lot can be said about the instructor, the staff, and their philosophy if a dojo is clean and safe.

Some areas to consider:

  • Are the bathrooms clean?
  • Is the sitting/waiting area clean and uncluttered?
  • Is there a place for students to put their personal items?
  • Do they regularly clean and sanitize the training floor?
  • Do the students practice good hygiene by keeping a clean uniform?
  • Are there rules of the dojo for safe training and proper etiquette?

All of the above are important considerations in regards to personal and professional cleanliness. Another detail to take note of, do they have rules to further reinforce the cleanliness of the dojo? For example, are students allowed to go into the bathroom barefooted and then step back onto the training floor? If so this should be a HUGE red flag for an unsanitary training facility.

Kids being told to clean their roomMany martial arts schools, I know, teach children the importance of doing the right thing, doing their homework, keeping their room clean, etc. How can a martial arts instructor tell the kids to keep their room clean when they can’t even keep the dojo clean. This isn’t a “do as I say, not as I do” situation. This is a matter of integrity and setting a good example. This is one of many, simple ways, to tell if a school lives by what they say.

Is There a Character/Personal Development Curriculum?

two kids training karate togetherIf you’re looking for kids martial arts for your child another question to ask the head instructor is if there is a Character Development curriculum they follow for their kid’s martial arts program? This has been especially important at our dojo and the parents absolutely love this part of what we teach. A solid character development system lays the foundation for success for your child and takes martial arts training to a new and exciting level.

Martial arts is more than just punching and kicking. It’s about teaching kids about respect (for themselves and others), courtesy, discipline, empathy, kindness, and other important values and life skills.

For adults, it’s really no different. This may or may not be important to you but at the Budo Shingikan Dojo we have an adult version of Kid’s Character Development program called Warrior Ways. Warrior Ways takes the student into a much deeper understanding of the martial art concepts, principles, and philosophies we teach.

Samurai standing in a field of battleMany if not ALL the Warrior Ways lessons can be applied to everyday life. This is exactly the parallel we make and that our students make when applying the lessons outside the dojo. A personal development approach to martial arts may not be what you’re looking for but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

What is the Culture of the Dojo/Studio?

two students bowing to each other in respectThe culture of a dojo is a very important thing to notice when choosing the right school for your family. The culture or “vibe” of a school is often times the best reflection of the head instructor and staff. Do the people seem friendly and inviting or guarded and rude?

Did you get a welcoming feeling when you walked in or a cold shoulder from the high ranking students of the school?

The culture is a great measuring tool to know if you’re going to like being there or not. That first impression and gut feeling are usually right, so don’t ignore it. This all comes back to the idea of respect. If the head instructor is doing a great job with his students then they will be respectful, friendly, inviting, and genuinely want to help you.

You won’t this warm welcome at every school so when you do know that you may have found your second home and future best friends.

What is Their Online Integrity and Reputation?

The word integrity highlighted in the dictionaryThis last criterion is an interesting one. What do I mean by online integrity? If you were to visit the Facebook page of the owner or head instructor and his timeline is full of lude jokes, pictures of him at the bar drinking, and living an unhealthy lifestyle then you may want to approach with caution. Not saying that a person can’t have a personal life but if there is a big disconnect between the choices they make for themselves and the image they are trying to portray in the dojo then how can a person with little to no integrity be trusted.

Go to the Facebook Business page too and check out what the dojo does online. Are they consistently communicating with their community? Are there any videos you can see of class? Any coll pictures to give you an idea of what the place may be like?

Again it’s an important decision to make and sometimes you have to go a little Sherlock Holmes to know who it is you’re about to trust your family’s martial arts education to. Check the major sites:

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Twitter

  • and Tik Tok (if it makes sense to)

Lastly, check their reviews online. This is a great indicator of what others think of the school and of the instructor and staff. We’re all used to looking at reviews for other services and products, so why not look at what the social community is saying about the martial arts school you are considering going to.

If you found yourself reading this because you are looking for a martial arts school for your child or for yourself then please, I encourage you to visit us or register for a trial program to try us out.

You won’t be disappointed!

See you soon,


Kaiso bowing with japanese sword