World Class Karate Training

As a longstanding member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Sensei Kohn has garnered firsthand knowledge and experience defining and adapting the training strategies off olympic-class athletes into his local dojo. Training the USA National Karate Team at the USOC facilities in Colorado Springs and Lake Placid afforded him the unique advantage of developing regimens which extend far beyond the integration of basic kicks and punches.

Within a typical class, students focus on all essential aspects of physical fitness including physical conditioning and strengthening, stretching, endurance building, and the integration of the mind-body interactions. These special attributes have led to the development of of an internationally renowned program.

Karate Can-Do! Program

The Karate Can-Do! Program offers individuals with a wide range of abilities the opportunity to Sensei Kohn and ????participate in karate while improving their physical, cognitive, and emotional health. The intention is to provide inclusion and adaptation in a program that is both recreational and competitive in nature. Sensei Kohn, director of the program, has developed progressive methods of teaching karate to children and adults with various disabilities that has garnered attention on a global scale. His classes are unique to the karate world and in most communities because they include individuals with physical, cognitive, developmental, behavior, emotional, sensory and learning challenges.

The program is based on the following core values:

  • Everyone has the ability to learn, the right to participate and compete
  • The focus is on what the individual CAN-DO! Focus on the ability vs. disability
  • Appropriate and challenging goals are set

Karate CAN-DO! Athletes Improve in the Following Areas:

  • Attention and focus • Physical conditioning including coordination, balance, flexibility and muscle tone
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Social skills including listening and communication skills
  • Self-discipline including controlling disruptive behaviors
  • Academic performance
  • Respect for others
  • Team work

Sensei Kohn is the pioneer of teaching children with disabilities in this country. His unique program is one of the few and finest in the country.

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Michael McCarthy, a Karate CAN-DO! Student in an exhibition with Sensei Kohn at the 2011 U.S. Open

Kids & Teens

Our kids and teens program offers many of the same benefits in a much more traditional shotokan karate environment. The same benefits, including, self-confidence, better social skills, discipline, and respect are gained in these classes.

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We offer private lessons for adults interested in karate. Please call (847) 729-0001 for more information.