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Jon Sayre reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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It's really a great place! The instructor is an amazing teacher. He not only has great passion about the style and technique that he has learned over the years, but he also teaches the history of the style and how it came to be!

Dave Flynn reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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WMK is a great place to learn karate! The students are very friendly and they go the extra mile to help you. Sensei Christian creates a friendly atmosphere and his knowledge of Uechi Ryu karate is amazing!! You won't be disappointed!!

Jamie Berube reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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My son 4 year old Sawyer has been doing karate for about 6 months at White Mt Karate and I could be happier!! Senpai is nothing but patient and loving! (We all know what a 4 year old boys are like sometimes) We just love it here!!

Kelly Mullen Wieser reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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Our daughter has been learning and growing with WMK for several years now. My favorite aspect of the program is the mind/body focus where the student is not just honing karate skills but spending time on personal development as well. The Maines and WMK are an important part of our community.

John J Guarnieri reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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If you want your child to have an extremely positive activity in their life in a supportive environment then send them here. If you are an adult or teen looking to improve your life then go here. Go here and improve. It's that simple, can't say enough

Erika Sakin reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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Thank you so much for your hard work planning my son's Superhero birthday party! You really went above and beyond to plan themed games, the Superhero obstacle course, and even theme music! All the kids were thrilled, and all the parents commented on what a fantastic job you did! I was even able to sit back and enjoy the party! Thank you again for making my son's day so special!

John Krueckeberg reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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My daughter has learned self-respect and self-discipline, among many other things, and has been coached/taught with so much respect -- from when she did not even own a belt, to now being a (Junior) Black Belt Candidate. This place is the best!

Lizza Taylor reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
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My son and I have been students at White Mountain Karate for a year. I can tell you that I am a very busy professional, I work full time and have a very full family life. I had always wanted to try karate but did not feel I would have the time. After my shy son had been in the class for a month I decided to give it a try. Christian and Jenn put their heart and soul in to this Dojo. I never feel pressured to do something I can not, but am always encouraged to keep going and trying my best. White mountain Karate is all about balance of mind ,body and spirit in the dojo and in the real world. with teaching of virtue, self confidence and humility, perseverance and self control. I would highly recommend White Mountain Karate.

Julie Corey Price reviewed White Mountain Karate
5
via Facebook

I go to Friday and Saturday morning classes every week I can and feel so much stronger for it. it's a fantastic workout and fun too! What wonderful people to work with.

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The Dojo Environment

 

The Dojo Environment

 

Over the years I have heard many different debates on what is the best martial art to study. Is karate better than aikido? Is krav maga more realistic than Taekwondo? People looking for karate lessons will ask what makes one style of karate better than the next one, or “what should I be looking for in a martial arts style”. “Simple”, I say to them. The answer is the “dojo environment”!

 

You see, it doesn’t matter what style of martial art that you study, If the environment of the school or dojo doesn’t promote a healthy environment in which one can grow and learn, the student will likely fail in reaching their goals.

 

The word Dojo means, “the place where you learn the way of karate”. Even though karate is very much an individual journey, the dojo environment and your dojo mates will have a great influence on how well you do in your Karate journey!

 

The dojo mates at any dojo should, in my opinion, far surpass any type of coaching that you would get in any professional gym or sport activity. Your dojo mates want you to get better, not only because he or she cares about you as a person, but they also know if you get better they will get better!

 

If the head instructor of any school or dojo can’t tell you with 100% confidence that his or her dojo has the greatest environment to learn and grow in, politely say thank you for your time and move on to the next dojo.

 

In my experience, there are very few places that match the positive attitude and environment that the dojo provides.

 

So, when looking for a martial arts style to study, these two things should be at the top of your list:

 

 

  • Is the teacher a person that you feel has your best interest in mind?

 

 

 

  • Is the dojo environment positive and healthy?

 

 

Train often, train hard, train because it’s good for you!

 

Maine Sensei