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Krystal Andrzejewski - I have noticed Improvement with focus and a more positive attitude

I was looking for a program that would help my son with life skills, discipline and focus. He struggled after we moved and was afraid he wouldn’t make friends. virtual learning wasn’t for him, but we had no choice during the pandemic. After months of searching for something to help his anxieties, I came across Prestige and we have been involved for two months. Since joining, I have noticed Improvement with focus and a more positive attitude. I know this is just the beginning of many more to follow. Shihan teaches in a way that helps children and parents get set up for success. I look forward to the future with my son at prestige!

Tracy Hart - In the last 6 weeks, we have already noticed a consistent difference in our son's attitude and self confidence

Our son has been enrolled with Prestige for a little over a month now. We couldn't be more pleased! If you are looking to sign your child up for a karate class where you can just drop them off or sit on the sideline, Prestige may not be for you. Parent involvement is required to assist your child during class. Examples of parent involvement are counting jumping jacks, tracking their progress, holding a kicking paddle, hugging and high-fiving your child. The karate program at Prestige isn't focused solely on executing the moves, it's primary focus is to give your child the tools needed to live a happy, healthy, and successful life. The children work on valuable life skills like how to introduce yourself to someone new, reading social cues, set goals, contributing at home, believing in yourself, etc. I could go on forever. In the last 6 weeks, we have already noticed a consistent difference in our son's attitude and self confidence. If you are considering joining Prestige, DO IT! Shihan is an amazing instructor and life coach. If you put in the effort, you will be extremely pleased. I also highly recommend joining the Leadership Training to maximize your child's outcome. Prestige also offers virtual classes.

Kristine Burnham - My child has thrived in everything he does ever since we have joined

Amazing program and Shihan. This place has great energy and spirit. Shihan is great with the kids and parents. My child has thrived in everything he does ever since we have joined. He looks forward to going to class. My child has gone through a lot within the last year and this has helped him so much. He has just bloomed and it makes me smile to see him so happy. I would recommend this class to anyone!!

Brittany Onstead - Shihan is amazing and this program has helped so much with my sons confidence reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Love Prestige Martial Arts! My son has been here over a year. Shihan is amazing and this program has helped so much with my sons confidence, leadership skills and key assets like goal setting. It’s more than just martial arts it teaches them life skills that are essential to success even into adulthood that are not being taught anywhere else in their daily schedules. Highly recommend!

Dennys Pimenta reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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There are several reasons why parents should look for this program, the discipline, respect, the mental or body development but the one I like the most is the confidence Denny develop on his students/ninjas due to his disciplined fun way to teach them. My daughter who used to have confidence issues at school is developing in several different aspects of her life

Heidi Marini reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Prestige Martial Arts is a positive atmosphere where your child learns skills that will help them through and into their adult life. My Son is learning how to be a leader, have confidence, work with others, and many more! I love watching him grow and learn every week!

Jeff Lido

My Daughter has been attending class with Shihan for four years. She has transformed from a shy, quiet, unsure of herself girl to a strong, confident, expressive ninja who stands up in class to profess her skills and is always the first to raise her hand with the loudest voice. The skills and lessons have been invaluable. This isn't your run of the mill karate class. Not everyone gets a trophy, they have to earn their awards through hard work and effort. Shihan has their best interest at heart and makes them improve with proper discipline.

Tiffany Dempsey

I highly recommend Prestige Martial Arts. As a mom of a 6 year old boy struggling in many areas from self respect, confidence, communication to handeling his emotions it was very hard to find a program that worked on all these areas of life in one setting. I was introduced to Prestige Parent videos over a year ago!!! we are just now just finishing a two week trial. I regret not going a year ago. The facility is clean, welcoming, and you feel like a family from day one. The instructor is amazing with the kids and very experienced as well. My absolute favorite part of this program is the parent involvement. Many programs we have found focused more on one or the other, parent or child not both!!! The instructor not only supports your child but you as a parent as well!

Kristy Cox

My 7 year old has been attending classes at Prestige Martial Arts for about a year and a half. In that time, I have seen such an improvement in him. He loves Shihan and doesn’t even realize the important life skills he is learning. I love the classes so much that I recently enrolled my 3 year old as well. How many 3 year olds listen, say yes ma’am, and do things because they have a “Yes I Can” attitude? Mine does and it’s because of these classes. Shihan is wonderful with all ages and abilities of the kids and teaches valuable lessons to the parents as well. I honestly cannot say enough about this program!!!

Michael Dyja

We love this program! Our son Logan is an only child, so we wanted an after school activity that he can interact with kids his age ( age 6 at the time). SDMA turned out to be the perfect choice. Shihan not only teaches karate, but has developed a program that teaches the kids what it means and takes to be an outstanding person. Logan is now 10 and is such a considerate young man. His teachers and principal at school always comment what a great kid he is, and what a leader he is also. I owe all that to SDMA. Shihan is constantly improving the program. If something works good, he'll work hard to make great. THANKS SHIHAN FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

Ken Arnott

LOVE LOVE LOVE this studio the instructor is not only helpful with my child he also is chalk full of knowledge that helps me out in tough times when im at my witts end and don't know what to do about my childs behavior. I recommend this place to everyone i am so pleased to see how far my Gavin has came since starting here. THANK YOU Shihan

Stephanie Wright

Love this program! This is NOT your typical karate program, but so much more! The kids learn life skills such as self esteem, respect, and discipline (for example, a challenge this month is for ninjas to make their bed every day). My daughter started this program shortly after turning three years old, and I have seen tremendous increases in her self-confidence, attention span, respect for teachers at school, manners, and overall behavior (in addition to physical development). Not a day goes by that her teachers don’t compliment her on her behavior, and I believe a large part of that is owed to this program. The instructor is incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated to student success. It’s not very often that you get to see someone who has truly found his “calling” in life, but I believe Shihan is one of those people.

Grant Faulkner

Absolutely the best thing we've ever done for our son and for our family. In only a couple months we saw huge positive changes in our son's self-esteem, his confidence, his fitness, and his overall attitude. He’s always excited to come to class, and his growing pride and sense of accomplishment is a joy to see. More than just a karate school, through SDMA our son (and our family) is learning valuable life skills. Thanks Shihan Strecker!

Nicole West reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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My son Joseph loves Karate with Shihan! We tried another karate schools that was closer in location, but he kept asking for Shihan. In comparison, I was most impressed with the curriculum and organization at Skillz Dynamic Martial Arts, and I'm so glad we made the decision to return. The kids are all known by name and addressed individually throughout each class. Joseph loves it, and I have seen growth in him both as a karate student and as a young boy who displays confidence and shows courtesy and respect!

Amanda Russell reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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My son has been going here since September and he absolutely LOVES IT!! I enjoy watching him learn new things and cant wait to see him advance in his belt colors!! I am so glad i choose to go here for him rather than another place!

Annamarie Macandog reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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One of the most rewarding decisions we've made in our daughter's development has been her enrollment at Denny Strecker's Karate. She has developed so many skills in just one year. The instructors are wonderful and the skills they teach reach well beyond martial arts, including reinforcing skills to be a good student, good friend, and good person.

Donald Kolosick reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Nearly five years at the dojo now. My son, 12 year old who is autistic has really progressed under Shihan Strecker. He is doing things I would not have thought he could do. He's still very shy but his confidence has grown so much. I highly recommend this kid friendly, family oriented dojo.

Christopher Biddle reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Absolutely love what I'm seeing both our daughters achieve in such a short time, and really like how the courses focus on life skills as well as physical skills

Scott Reno reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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We're only 6 weeks in and we could not be happier w/ the progress. Our near 4 year old is not the best listener, but we are already seeing changes. Still a work in progress to be sure, but we're on our way!

Lisa Sandor reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Great place for karate and kickboxing. Instructor is awesome and looks forward to seeing you succeed

Denise DeGolyer reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Denny Strecker's teaches kids not only karate, but how to become leaders. My son has been going there for over a year and the change in his self confidence and attitude has been life changing!

David Kaye reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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Caring, detailed, and family oriented are 3 terms that come to mind when thinking about this facility. You definitely don't want to pass up this school if you want to learn self defense, confidence, respect, or just get a great workout.

Sk Heinzman reviewed Prestige Martial Arts
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We signed up my son last year when he was 5 to help him build confidence. Since then his more confident in everything and made improvements in all areas. Now, his twin sister has joined along with him after seeing how fun the class were. I love the fact that the classes focus on life skills but making it a blast for the kids!

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How Much Do Karate Classes Cost?

This is the most commonly asked question people ask every day when they call Prestige Martial Arts.

While it makes sense to ask this question, answering it can sometimes get complicated. Some schools plain refuse to tell you pricing over the phone. This is a typical sales tactic to get you to come in and take a class first and then they can “sell” you in person. This tactic usually involves a “special offer” for signing up today and discounts that will not be offered again if you leave.

This “old way” of selling comes from the fitness industry and has been used in gyms for decades. It is also the reason why people are hesitant to call or come in. No one wants to be pressured into buying something. In my opinion, if you have to pressure someone to buy your product or service, they are not the right customer for you. My approach is to make the program so desirable that parents ask how they can sign up, I give them the options, they choose the one that is best for them, and everyone is happy.

There are several variables to consider that will change the cost of karate classes. Here are the 3 categories to consider:

#1 – Recreational – This type of program is usually taught in a local gym, community center, or church. The instructor is usually a Black Belt but has little to no background in teaching, child development, or child education. Its main focus is physical activity. Classes are paid class by class, or as a course that has a set start date and end date. The cost for this karate class can range from $5 to $8 a class.

#2 – Part-Time – This type of program may still be taught in a local gym or it may be at a karate school. The instructor has a day job and opens the school in the evening as a second job. The instructor has little background in teaching, child development, or child education. Classes can be paid class by class, or monthly. The cost for this karate class can range from $7 to $11 a class.

#3 – Full Time – This type of program is taught at a karate school. The instructor is full-time and may have some background in teaching, child development, or child education. Classes are available with the most flexibility which include class by class, weekly, monthly, 6 months, or 12 months payment options.

Deciding what you want will help you find the best program for your child. Here are some questions to help guide you:

Are you looking for a physical activity or are you interested in Life Skills and helping your child develop skills outside of the karate school?

Are you looking to attend classes for a session or ongoing?

What is the main goal you are looking for from karate classes?

What is the instructor’s background in teaching?

What is the instructor’s main philosophy behind teaching karate classes?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you will start to see which of the 3 types of programs you want.

All Part-Time and Full-Time schools offer some kind of Introductory or Trial Membership for you to see how classes work. You will get a “gut feeling” about the school pretty quickly and you should listen to it. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

Not All Karate Schools Are Created Equal

Every karate school will offer a different experience for you. If you have a bad experience at one school, it does not mean all schools are like that. Some schools still teach the old military way where the students are expected to fall in place or face the consequences. Some schools seem to be little more than recess where the kids run around and play the entire class. And then there are schools somewhere in between. It is completely up to the instructor to decide how they want to teach their classes.

The question about what style of karate rarely applies anymore. Every school tends to mix something into their class from some other form of martial arts so the style is not relevant these days. The exception to that is if you attend a school and then move to a new area and want to continue your training in that style. Then it may make sense to ask. But, even then, there is a good chance that it won’t be “the same” as your first karate school.

So here is Round 2 of how much do karate classes cost?

A karate school that is predominantly physical skills will range from $50 to $80 a month.

A karate school that teaches basic Life Skills and karate will range from $80 to $130 a month.

A karate school that teaches advanced Life Skills and karate will range from $130 to $200 a month.

As a final word of advice: NEVER sign a membership longer than 12 months if you are just joining the school. If the school pressures you to sign a 2 year or longer membership right away, RUN!
The main reason schools use this tactic is they know you are not likely to stay more than a couple of months, but they will get paid for years. Again, this is the fitness industry model where gyms
charge you for multiple years upfront, because they know you won’t keep going.

My Epic Guarantee

This is the exact reason that I created my EPIC Guarantee. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee on all of my programs. My thinking is that if I don’t deliver the results you signed up for, I should not get paid.
I know that my program works to help children, so I have no problem offering this guarantee. As of the time of this article, I have not had a single parent ask for their money back.

As far as I know, I am the only one in the martial arts industry that offers this to students. I think everyone should, but I know 99% never will.

The image below is one of the reasons I know my program helps children. I have several membership options for parents to choose from with the range being between $11 and $15 a class at the time I am writing this blog post.


If you would like more information about my karate classes for kids,  click the link to visit my home page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at the karate school (248) 687-8641. I love speaking with parents and helping them to find the answers to help their child.