Frequently Asked Questions

What can karate do for me?

Physically, the regular warm-up stretches and class training improve flexibility, balance, coordination, cardiovascular conditioning, weight control, as well as strength and endurance. Mentally, the training improves focus and control. It provides an outlet for stress and over time will improve self confidence. Recognition of achievement promotes confidence and enthusiasm to continue to improve. Encouragement eases the awkwardness of learning something new and provides incentive to try again.

Doesn't karate teach violence?

Students are taught that learned techniques are for self-defense only. Non-violence is stressed. Options to violence are also discussed.

Which Martial Arts is right for me?

There are many styles of Martial Arts of which Shotokan Karate is just one. The individual styles concentrate on different aspects of self-defense. Most current styles were developed by combining two or more historic styles and selecting techniques that most suited the creator. This provides a variety of styles to choose from.

Where do the students come from?

Students in these programs come primarily from the cities in closest proximity to Westland such as Livonia, Northville, Garden City, Inkster, Wayne and Redford. Students in the Lil' Dragon and Dragon programs are from communities ranging from Taylor on the South to Belleville, and the townships of Van Buren, and Canton on the West to Farmington and Southfield on the North to Northwest Detroit, and Dearborn on the East. The Traditional program attracts students from as far away as Romulus, Plymouth, Novi, Farmington Hills and Dearborn Heights.

How do I find out more?

Let us know! Don't hesitate to ask. You can phone the Head Instructor, Mr. Tony Valvona, at (734) 658-5683 or just drop by at any of the class locations during scheduled class time for the program (Lil' Dragon, Dragon, Traditional) that interests you. We'll be happy to talk to you.

Not sure if karate is right for you?

Be sure to fully explore this Web Site. There is very useful information about the specific programs, the instructors and Karate in general as well as Shotokan Karate in particular.

Come see for yourself! Visitors are always welcome to come in and watch a class.

Sounds good but you're still not sure. Give it a try. Ask Mr. Valvona about participating in a class for free, with no commitment, and no obligations.

Still have questions? Mr. Valvona is available before and after class to discuss and answer questions.