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Thomas Ott reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
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I've been going to TOK for close to 6 months now and I can honestly say that it's the best martial arts studio I've ever attended. I practiced martial arts many years ago and dabbled in different styles but TOK is different than all the rest. The instructors and students are all very helpful and inspiring. There is a genuine desire to help you succeed and build your confidence at the Dojo. A friend of mine introduced me to TOK and she said, "it's like getting an instant family" and she was right. I was invited as part of a Friends and Family night and never left. A+++!

Janet Velante reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
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This is a very family oriented karate school. I have both my boys ages 7 and 12 enrolled. It has particularly helped my oldest son get motivated to not only get in shape , but he is excited about something! Anyone who is the mother of unenthusiastic teenagers knows how hard it is to get them motivated to do something that they are unfamiliar with. I am so happy we found the school!

Jennie Marie Sanchez reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
5
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An absolutely astounding set of instructors with the goal of inspiring students, giving them confidence, creating positive change in our community, and also being a friend. I've studied martial arts in other schools but have never felt this apart of a family before, and I've never been this excited to attend class!

Davina Patricia reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
5
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This dojo is professional, efficient, encouraging and disciplined. They are all amazing with young kids and motivating for adults. Love them!!

Bridgid Ann Elizabeth Gene reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
5
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Wonderful place to learn karate, grow as a person and gain a family.

Steven Collier reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
5
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Traditional Okinawan Karate has been wonderful with our 2 girls (7&8 years old) not only in their physical abilities like strength and balance but also in their mental ability, confidence and pride. The instructors are excellent with the girls and always manage to pay attention to each child individually even while teaching an entire class. They also know exactly what to do and say to build the confidence in the children and make them want to work harder.

Rox Oswain reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
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Extremely professional staff and a wonderful environment for children. An excellent Karate school that teaches children not only self defense but also self respect and confidence. I Recommend this school very highly. Excellent for children of any age!

David Mastny reviewed Traditional Okinawan Karate
5
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Great school! The kids love coming to every class. I love being able to take classes with my children, but the adult classes are fantastic. I Highly recommend NPKA!

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Bow In to Class: Unplug for health

When I started my martial arts practice almost 12 years ago, I would rotely bow on to the floor. It was one of those rules of courtesy, like shaking someone’s hand or saying “how are you?” that I performed as part of the routine.

But then one day, my instructor opened my eyes to another way to think about “bowing in” to a class. Senior Instructor Susan Rogers of New Paltz Karate told me to think of it as a symbol, an intention to be fully present and leave behind everything in my day. Setting this simple intention, to take a break from life’s stresses, made my martial arts experience even more healing and healthy.

March 2 is the National Day of Unplugging. If you’re reading this now, you obviously haven’t yet unplugged from technology. But do you know that you should be taking more time away from your devices and diving into experiences.

Research shows that unplugging after work is crucial to recharge for the next work day. Researchers at Kansas State University have found that although we may resist it, we really do need downtime after work to mentally recharge for the next day. What’s more studies have linked overuse of technology to lack of focus, depression and antisocial behavior.

It might be hard to unplug at home. So why not find a regular activity such as a karate class, where you can engage with an awesome community of people, and challenge your mind and body to learn something new? It’s really almost impossible to think about that frustrating talk with your boss, or the mean kid at school, when you’re doing pushups, performing group kata or sparring.

Bow in to life, you’ll be glad you did.

Meghan Borland is a senior instructor at Traditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley.

Our schools proudly bring the traditional martial arts of karate, jujitsu and aikido to our communities with classes for adults and kids.
New Paltz Karate: also serving Highland, Rosendale, Gardiner, Modena, Plattekill and Wallkill.
TOK Brooklyn: also serving New York City, Sunnyside Queens, Bushwick, Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Flatbush, Ridgewood, Bed-Stuy (Bedford-Stuyvesant), Maspeth, and Greenpoint.
TOK Kinnelon: also serving Butler, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale, and Pequannock, West Milford, Bloomingdale and Wayne.
TOK Pleasant Valley: also serving Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Lagrangeville, Millbrook, Hyde Park, Salt Point and Verbank.
TOK East Fishkill: also serving Hopewell Junction, East Fishkill, Wappingers, Fishkill, Beacon, and Stormville