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Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Will Martial Arts, Karate make my kid violent?”

No way! In fact, martial arts makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.

Q: “Does my child face a risk for injury with Martial Arts, Karate?”

Our program is extremely safe. We have measures upon measures in place to ensure that your child will stay safe, and have a great time. From stretching to warmups to very close supervision - we've got your child covered. Injuries do happen sometimes - but they're quite rare.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate fun for children?”

Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to Martial Arts class - something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn... but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate a skill / talent that will give my child pride and confidence?”

Yes! A lot of kids perform their martial arts moves in talent shows and other things. Their friends are always blown away. The positive feedback children receive helps build their self-esteem and confidence. Kids feel good knowing they can do something that's "cool and special."

Q: “How old should my child be to start Martial Arts, Karate?”

Any age! Most kids range from 5 to teenagers, but we have kids who are younger, too. Classes are customized to suit children of different ages. A teenager receives very different treatment than a 6 year old, for example.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate for boys AND girls? Or just boys?”

Martial arts are for boys and girls. Our classes have a good mix of both, too. So if you're worried about your girl being alone in a group of boys, wipe that worry from your mind!

Q: “My child isn't athletic. Can they still participate in Martial Arts, Karate if they're not athletic?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is a beacon of light for kids who just don't fit into team sports. Kids who couldn’t throw a ball well or run fast find that martial arts is accessible to them. It's something they excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars. Plus...no one is left out or sits the bench at East West Karate Academy! We make sure everyone gets personal time to work on specific needs for success!

Adult Martial Arts

Q: “Can martial arts cause injury?”

Because we place such a huge focus on safety and injury prevention, we're proud to say that injuries are very few and far between with our program. In fact, because martial arts gets you in great shape, and makes you strong and flexible, people often see LESS injuries in their lives.

Q: “What level of fitness is required for Martial Arts?”

People come to us of all fitness levels. We get natural-born athletes, and we get people who have a harder time with athletic endeavors. However, everyone gets the same focus and attention.

If you're not in great shape, don't worry. Go at your own pace, and we'll do everything we can to help you learn each and every technique. Soon enough, your physical fitness will improve, and you'll be in better shape than ever!

Q: “I've heard Martial Arts is violent. Is this true?”

Absolutely not! Martial Arts is about peace, balance & harmony. It's about becoming in touch with your body and all of life. It's about happiness and fulfillment.

The self-defense techniques you learn help you become flexible and strong. They help you become confident and proud.

The guiding principles of Martial Arts help you diffuse situations before violence becomes a part of them. However, if a hostile situation does ever come about, you'll have the tools you need to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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East West Karate Academy - A Tradition of Excellence for over 25 Years

Welcome to our school! We study the Isshinryu form of Karate, which is an Okinawan style emphasizing speed, simplicity, and practical self-defense. Isshinryu translates to "One-Heart Style". And we truly have one big heart!

East West began in 1989 and in 1992, we opened a second dojo. Both were combined into one Academy in 1999. Our new location is just plain awesome with state of the art mats and equipment, super clean floors and a fun, friendly feel for your entire family!

At East West, we love what we do and it shows...

All Ages and Skill Levels Are Welcome

East West provides martial arts programs whether you're beginner, intermediate or advanced. Karate provides a healthy and exciting way to learn new skills, increase strength and focus.

Between the bows, high fives and getting to know all the new friends you'll make, there is group stretching and conditioning, basic exercises of stances, punches, throws and kicks. Students are then separated into groups according to age, rank and ability, to learn and improve specific techniques for each group.

Studying karate isn't just about the moves. you'll also learn about physical fitness, conditioning, agility and balance. That means you'll be super healthy, strong and quick! you'll never have to worry about being bullied in school...or anywhere.

Karate also helps you unwind and relieve stress and can also provide a form of meditation.

Your Goals Are Our Goals

We set short- and long-term goals to:

Our instructors are gentle but firm, and stress the importance of developing a positive mental attitude. They love what they do and because their reputation is important, they continually work on self-improvement through the art of karate.

Training, getting incredibly fit and having massive amounts of FUN don't end with just karate. Other focuses of study include:

A Healthy Balance of Learning New Skills, Getting Good at it & Having Fun

Each class is professionally planned and taught in a disciplined way to develop a proper attitude and environment for learning. But we also make it LIVELY and FUN because they're kids. Your kids...and ours. We're family here.

Our large staff increases the teacher/student ratio to keep your child safe, get the individual attention they're here for and to feel that one heart style. Students are taught to always do their best, in and out of the dojo.

Check out our super awesome web special going on right now. Register today because our classes fill up fast, especially with this fantastic deal!

Are you ready to experience the best prices, the most caring staff, and have the most fun you've EVER had getting fit? We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Instructors:

Scott Klinger began training in Isshinryu Karate in 1974 and has been actively training for over 40 years.

He was promoted to First Degree Black Belt in 1982. Through Shihan Nick Adler, Scott is now a 8th Degree Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate, and a First Degree Black belt in Okinawan Kempo Kobudo.

Scott has traveled to Okinawa, Japan on two occasions to train with world renowned Masters and has trained in many different martial arts including Judo, Jiu-jitsu, and Kali.

Mr. Klinger also conducts his own Karate Camp in New Jersey which is an intensive multi-day program for over 100 students.

Scott has a long list of impressive awards including:

Scott has brought his expertise to many age groups in the community through programs such as Women's Self Defense and Rape Awareness seminars.

He's also designed a program for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy for Overlook Hospital in NJ.

Mr. Klinger has held demonstrations and lectures on martial arts, self-defense and family protection for many educational, athletic and social organizations throughout the United States.

He's had satellite locations for after school Karate programs including Camp Auxillium in Newton NJ, St Joseph's School Newton NJ, Kiddie Academy Sparta NJ, Oak Tree Children's Center Sparta NJ, Reverend Brown School Sparta NJ, Green Twp Public School Newton NJ and Fredon Township Schools Fredon NJ.

Scott has coached hundreds of students that have received medals at the AAU National Karate Championships since 2007. Some of which have competed internationally on Team USA in Japan, Germany, Spain and Hungary.

Our East West Family of instructors are all "home grown," meaning they are never hired from anywhere else. Each one has earned a black belt at East West. They are parents or students who have taken special training with Sensei Klinger on the methods of teaching.

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