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We originally put my son into jujitsu to help him with focus, however after 5 years at KSK we got a lot more than that. Sensei Greg is amazing with the kids and has a great understanding of each of their individual needs. He knows how to work with children who struggle with behavior, those who are shy, fearful, unfocused, being bullied or have low self esteem. He definitely has a good balance between discipline and fun. His sense of humor is very entertaining not only for the kids, but the adults as well. I love that the kids are not just rewarded with belts so easily, they really need to work hard to earn them. My son has learned a lot about respect and how to conduct himself in and out the dojo. Sensei gives the children opportunities to be leaders amongst their peers and that's a great skill to carry on with them. I definitely feel it's helped my son with confidence and he's having a great time learning all these amazing skills. He never wants to miss a class. It's truly a great family owned business that I have recommended to several friends.

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So happy we found this dojo! Greg is passionate about his art and in helping the students grow, both athletically and personally. The after-school program is a wonderful service for working parents. Highly recommend.

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My son has attended classes here for 2 years. I remain impressed by the curriculum, the cleanliness of the studio, the quality of the instruction, and the family atmosphere they offer. My son has moved up the ranks gradually (very slowly!), but it has helped him develop character and patience and continues to help him define and polish his commitment to the sport. One thing I appreciate the most is the level of integrity that is displayed and modeled for the students (not just in martial arts, but in life situations). It has been a positive experience for us, and we will continue to be a part of this dojo.

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Authentic Japanese way of leading youngsters to the productive part of the community. Even though this style of jujitsu is developed by Japanese judo experts in Hawaii I would consider the style authentic Japanese.

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This review is long overdue. If I could give 10 stars I would. My daughter started here in January. She has never been very athletic or even really motivated to do anything physical. She is a girly girl to the fullest. Since attending KSK she's so much more confident and disciplined. She gives everything she does 110% effort now. She just wants to be the best at everything and works on her Jujitsu techniques at home because she loves it so much. Sensei does an amazing job at teaching the kids everything they need to know while ensuring all of the students are safe and no one feels uncomfortable or out of place. If your contemplating coming to KSK you won't be disappointed!

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I can't say enough about Sensei Greg and the staff at KSK. Jujitsu has been such a great experience for my boys. It gives them a controlled environment to release that "boy energy", they learn discipline and respect, it builds self confidence, they learn self defense/anti bullying tricks and best of all they have fun. Sensei demands respect without being a heavy handed task master. He makes working out fun. And most importantly I think he really likes the kids in his program. As a parent you really can't ask for more. Seeing the successes my kids have had through jujitsu has really been rewarding. There are a lot of McDojos out there. KSK is not that, it is an "old school" dojo teaching the finest aspects of martial arts. I would not take my boys anywhere else.

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Great school. Good instruction, has a good feel to it. Only have been going for a short time but very happy with this dojo so far.

Alan Redulfin reviewed KSK Martial Arts Academy
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I'm 44 yrs old and I've been taking classes at KSK. I wanted to wait a year before I wrote this review. I've done martial arts off and on for many years now, Wing Chun and Escrima, and I can honestly say this dojo is a great place to learn. Sensei Greg and the staff teach not only a traditional martial art but also its practical usage. Promotions are based on actual student knowledge and performance and every effort is made to make sure you are ready. The emphasis here is respect, technique, confidence, and camaraderie. I'm glad I found this place, this style of martial art and this team. Now I have my son going here and enjoy watching him flourish.

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Great place to grow within a caring environment and friendship.

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The dojo has been a major part of my life for almost 10 years. Every class brings new things and renews my passion for martial arts. I look forward to training every day.

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My sons are 11 and 14 and they look forward to each jujitsu class at KSK dojo so much. It is one of the best things I have done for my kids. For their health, confidence and happiness.

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5 Presidents Who Studied Martial Arts

5 Presidents Who Studied Martial Arts

The term “Martial Arts” is a relatively broad expression that encompasses a variety of different disciplines. Typically, when we hear the words martial arts, the first ideas that come to mind are one or more of the techniques that have developed in Asian countries.However, the martial arts are comprised of most types of fighting techniques that focus on hand-to-hand combat and can come from any country.  For example, Savate comes from France, Back Hold Wrestling comes from Scotland, Capoeira comes from Africa by way of Brazil, and Skillz was developed right here in the United States.

While modern views on martial arts include smiling kids learning cool moves, many programs also offer adult training.  Not only have your friends and neighbors been taking advantage of the benefits of adult martial arts, but many world leaders are also involved in the practice.

Historically, there have been a number of Commanders-in-Chief who have studied at least one of the martial arts. Most often, wrestling has been the discipline of choice, but there have been a few who have gone with disciplines that originated in Asia.

George Washington’s Defense Against Bullies – Wrestling

Washington was not the type to take an attack lying down, not even at 15. To deal with bullying at school, He became proficient in an old Irish folk wrestling art. This art, called “collar and elbow,” (Irish: Coraíocht) involves learning a series of Kicks, Throws, Trips, Pins, Chokes, and Locks.


Abraham Lincoln – Bully Fighter

Long before he was president, he was known locally for his size and strength. Also skilled in collar and elbow wrestling, he was once asked by the locals in Illinois to take on the town bully. Lincoln agreed. It was no contest. Problem solved. Even after he began his political career, he would intervene if he saw a bully at work. Once, during his legislative bid, he saw one of his supporters being roughed up during his speech. He stopped speaking, tossed the guy 10-12 feet, then went back to his speech.


Ulysses S. Grant – Recreational Wrestler

Also a wrestler, Grant would sometimes let his form of martial arts have an effect on his work. In fact, during the famous surrender of the Confederates at Appomattox, it’s said he apologized to General Robert E. Lee for the disarray of his camp. Apparently several of the “boys” had joined Grant for an evening of wrestling the previous night.


Theodore Roosevelt Takes on Judo

Young Teddy Roosevelt Studied Judo

Teddy Roosevelt took up demanding exercise to help treat the illnesses and asthma he suffered as a child. Known to be extremely adventurous, once during his travels he had the opportunity to see a demonstration of one of the popular martial arts, Judo. After seeing it performed, he knew he had to give it a try. He eventually achieved the rank of 3rd Brown in Judo.


Barack Obama Practiced Taekwondo

President Barack Obama Studied TaeKwonDo

Barack Obama trained in Taekwondo while still in Chicago, IL when he was working as a professor and part-time state senator. His instructor was David Posner, who remembers him as a very diligent and disciplined student. President Obama eventually earned a green belt for this discipline of the martial arts. Then, in 2009, during his presidency, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak awarded him an honorary black belt during a visit to South Korea.

Like his vigorous uncle, Franklin D Roosevelt sought out the Founder of Danzan Ryu, ‘Henry’ Okazaki  not for martial arts training but for his fame as a healer. Roosevelt stated that Okazaki was the only one who was able to give relief from his polio related ailments. Franklin Roosevelt - Fireside Chat #7, On the Works Relief Program and Social Security Act (1935 ...

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