Kids Martial Arts

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Parents have told us they want their children to be more responsible, respectful, and outgoing… and we have a solution.


“Why Karate America is so dedicated to teaching its students to believe in themselves and hold themselves to a higher standard…”


Attention Devoted Parents:

You try to do your best with your kids, but research shows that parents are more frustrated than ever by the challenges of raising their kids. Between your fast-paced life and more work demands on your time, parent-child relations are simply more stressful. In today’s environment it really does take a village to raise respectful, responsible, outgoing children.

Do you recognize any of these children?
I would like to tell you three short stories about three kinds of kids I’ve had walk through my door hundreds of times.

Then, I would like to share with you the changes they made, and how our programs were instrumental in those changes.

Ally, Matt, and Ethan are fictional characters, but they represent countless students I’ve worked with for the last two decades in the De Pere and Green Bay communities. This doesn’t include the countless stories of kids with challenges like dealing with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, or something as seemingly simple as being the “new kid” in the area.Parents who bring their kids to our program are looking for one thing… a little help. Help in developing their more confident, self-disciplined, internally motivated child.

“The Ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” –Gichin Funakoshi (father of modern karate)

Unlike sports like soccer and football, which provide kids with new athletic skills and a sense of team, plus give parents time to socialize, our karate programs build the character of your child by teaching life-skills disguised as karate.

As a matter of fact, there are 12 character attributes that our students focus on (and have to know to graduate from one belt to the next). They are:

  • Integrity
  • Control
  • Respect
  • Self-discipline
  • Confidence
  • Loyalty
  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Teamwork
  • Politeness
  • Healthy Mind and Body
  • Benevolence
Male Student Matt “I noticed a change in Matt’s behavior almost right from the start [of karate]…the influence of the instructors has been fantastic. It’s been an A+ experience.”

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Students must earn stripes to progress from one belt to the next. One part of earning stripes is being able to demonstrate their new found skills. The second part is having a “Black Belt Attitude,” not just at karate, but at home, school or wherever they go. To make sure they have this attitude students are required to do Character Homework. And finally, both the parents and their teachers must approve them for graduation. All three of these aspects are instrumental in helping children understand they are responsible for their actions and their attitudes.

What this means for you; less fighting, less tears, less aggravation and more harmony at home. You face many challenges raising a great kid in this crazy, demanding world. And you gain a community to meet the challenges of raising kids, eliminating that sense of being “in it alone.”

At Karate America we use karate as a method to build leadership skills in kids so they can learn to rely on themselves, succeed on their own terms and become of service to their community.

A lifetime of benefits.
Not only does karate teach children to have better respect, self-discipline, confidence and control, but it also enhances their physical abilities. As parents know a healthy mind and body go hand-in-hand.

A recent study showed that 63% of black belts become college graduates. The principles instilled in your child through their formative years will last a lifetime.

We always encourage students to do their best, NOT someone else’s best. Most importantly, they’ll have fun during the whole process. As a matter of fact, one of our core principles is to have “serious” fun… not playing, but achieving.

I could go on endlessly about what martial arts can do for your child, but I think you will get a better sense from what other “real” parents have to say…

It’s these results that make me so passionate about what I do. There’s no greater joy then watching a child’s true potential unfold. I am fortunate to have the honor to serve parents and their kids, to build better communities one Black Belt Leader at a time.

I’m guessing you may still have some questions. Below are some of the most common questions I get. I understand some of you have some additional questions. You can call Christine, my Student Services Director, and she can answer any concerns you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions about our karate classes:

  1. Will karate teach my child to fight?
    On the contrary, we will teach your child that using their physical skills is a last line of defense. They will learn that a confident posture will do more to detour bullies than just about anything else. This is part of the reason we put such focus on building a child’s confidence. We want them to look and feel in control.
  2. Is karate safe?
    Karate is very safe. The number one thing I train my instructors on is having safety first, fun classes second. Not only do our students train on a specialized mat and with padded equipment, but we also put a great deal of focus on teaching students to control their bodies. Plus, skills are taught on an incremental basis.
  3. My child doesn’t do well in teams sports. Will they learn teamwork?
    Some kids just don’t do well with team sports. Martial arts is all about the individual and their accomplishments. But I constantly have the conversation with students about teamwork. And the more they progress through the ranks, the more they work as a team. By the time they become Black Belts most of what they do in class is done as a team. I constantly tell students, “We always get more done as a team.”
  4. My child isn’t athletic. Will that be an issue?
    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a baby who was running the day after they were born. Skill is individualistic, and all skill levels can be increased, regardless of athletic ability. Our goal is for everyone to get better on their own level. I will tell you from experience, some of the seemingly most uncoordinated individuals looked like superstars by the time they become black belts.
  5. Will they have fun?
    Experience has taught us that kids learn the most, and do the best, when they are in an atmosphere where they are challenged, but in a fun way. That is why our Core Objective #4 is to have “serious fun.” We are very serious about what we teach, but we teach it in a fun way.
  6. Can girls do this too?
    Girls can absolutely do martial arts. Most of our classes are between 40-50% girls (as a matter of fact, our adult class has more women than men). Martial arts is not designed for one gender. It’s designed for everyone; boys and girls, young and old alike.
  7. What is the best age to start?
    Every martial arts school has their own starting age and age specific programs. For our school, we start them as young as four years of age. But regardless of age, we do a one-on-one class when anyone starts. This allows us to see what program they will best fit into.

Something for you to keep in mind.

Karate is not for everyone.

For the fast majority of kids, karate is one of the absolute best things they can do. But sometimes it’s not their “cup of tea.” This is why we give you a chance to come in and do a couple of classes on us. You will most likely know halfway through their very first lesson if it’s a good fit for them.

Oftentimes the comment I get from new parents is, “I had no idea karate was like this. I wish someone would have told me sooner.”

Rest assured, once you join we have a 2X guarantee. This means that in the first two months after your child becomes a member, if for any reason they decide it’s not right for them, we’ll reimburse you for those two months of tuition.

Two options for getting started.

The first option is to simply enter your name and email and press the “Get More Info” button. This will take you to a page with the class schedule and our web special, and give us a tentative time and date for your child’s first appointment. One of our staff members will give you a call and finalize your first appointment.

The second option (easiest) is to call Karate America at (920) 983-7477. You will speak directly with Christine, my friendly Student Services Director. She will take care of everything for you.

Remember, this is a completely risk free way to see if martial arts is right for your child.

I look forward to meeting you and your child.

Ron Achenbach
5th Degree Black Belt
Owner/Chief Instructor
Karate America De Pere
1500 Heritage Rd.
De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 983-7477


P.S. Would you like your child to be a part of a community where they are exposed to positive social interaction, where they get to learn from outstanding role models who are specifically trained to work with school-age children in the specialized environment, and most importantly, have fun. If you answered “YES” then you’ve come to the right place.

P.S.S. At Karate America we use 7 strategies to develop more respectful, responsible, and outgoing kids. The best way for you to experience this is to come in and try it out, absolutely free (plus has the additional assurance of our 2X Guarantee). Just give us a call today to schedule your first appointment. (920) 983-7477

P.S.S.S. You were proactive and caring enough about your child to check out our site. Now, please allow me to personally invite you to take part in the “Karate America Experience.”