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Michelle Stachowski

AKKA - Northland offers great martial arts training. The instructors are knowledgeable, experienced, and always willing to answer questions and provide guidance. The high quality instruction combined with an emphasis on hands on practice is very effective.

Jessica Hurst reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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An excellent school with skilled, compassionate instructors. They are great with kids as well as adults, regardless of fitness level. If you're looking for martial arts lessons in Kansas City, you should definitely head to AKKA Northland.

Christopher Mark

Masters Schee and Miller are absolutely fabulous with the kids. Our 5 year old loves his time there and they do an excellent job encouraging the kids while still keeping them accountable for controlling themselves. Excellent balance!

Paige Burks reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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My daughter just started taking lessons a few weeks ago and loves it! Mr. Schee & Ms. Miller are awesome!

Beth Whipple reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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We absolutely adore this studio and its staff. From the beginning, Ms. Miller and Mr. Schee have been friendly, supportive, and downright encouraging. We have and would continue to recommend AKKA to our friends, family, and anyone looking into self defense or a safe welcoming place to learn discipline, courage, and respect. I am so proud to have my children training here.

Scott Pfeifer reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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This is a fantastic school with very knowledgeable and professional instructors. Class schedules are flexible and the instruction very organized. It’s a safe environment to train and fellow students are supportive of each other. Very happy with my experi nice here.

Brooke Marcellino reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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My kids and I both joined last summer. We have made friends and found a great community at AKKA. It's rewarding to learn and grow, and the instructors and students are all great people!

Brian Harmon reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
5
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We found this school a few years ago and thought it would be good for my (at the time) kindergartner to try in between swimming and soccer. Bored with the gym, treadmill, and video fitness trainers that I always ended up burning out on, I signed up shortly afterwards and have never looked back! Now my son and I are working up through the ranks together. The instructors are friendly and knowledgeable, and the camaraderie with my fellow students is rewarding. The skill developed here can be useful in everyday life, and last a lifetime.

Todd Garrett reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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AKKA Northland is a wonderful place to take your children to learn Karate. The Children learn the motto of Honesty, Courtesy, Respect and Discipline on a daily basis. The instructors make the class fun and at a pace that keeps the kids interested and engaged for the entire class. If you are are looking for a way to teach your children core values and exercise at the same time, I couldn't recommend this school more. The Instructors are top notch and very responsive to your individual needs. If your thinking about joining, go for it!

Xerxes Falcon reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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This place is quickly becoming a second home. Loved it for my son so much that I have joined as well. The staff feels like family (the type you actually look forward to seeing). Only regret is not finding it sooner, but making up for lost time. Try their studio. You will not regret it.

R.J. Smith reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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Very well run! Class sizes are not too large and the instructors are amazing at what they do. They are able to really work with the kids and the kids learn new things every week. My child is learning way more than just karate. They teach respect, discipline, confidence, focus, and even how to deal with bullies. Could not be happier! AKKA is great!

Eric Lyles reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
5
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Amazing place to learn and grow. The instructors are caring and love to see the progress of students.

Tim Vantuyl reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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My kids and I have been at AKKA for eight plus years. It is the one of the best thing I can do with my kids. We learn together and support each other.

Patsy Hampton reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
5
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This place was a God send for our family! It's more than karate and they really teach you to grow personally and physically! It's perfect to do as a family and their class schedules make it possible to attend with lots of variety. My son has asthma but never has an issue kicking butt and showing respect!

Matthew Allen reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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AKKA is an outstanding martial arts school that teaching more than how to kick and punch. Their system embodies the spirit of martials arts and helps you train both your body and mind for better self discipline. The instructors are wonderful people who care about their students both on and off the training deck. This is a great place for all ages and you will find yourself leaving a better person than you were when you arrived.

CeCe Holt reviewed AKKA Karate USA Northland
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We have two very different boys and they both love going to karate at AKKA! The instructors are so knowledgeable and patient. They take it very seriously and still have a lot of fun. There is a comfortable place to wait while the kids have their lessons. A lot of parents and adults train too though. We are so glad that we found this place!!

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Six tips to choosing a martial arts school

We all know that finding a martial arts school can be a large and daunting step towards starting to train. That is why we want to make it easier for you! Here are six tips to help you choose a martial arts school that works for you:

 

  • Find a team of instructors that you really like. Let’s face it, for most people starting a journey in the martial arts is not a short-term thing. However, it can become a very short-term experience if you end up with instructors that you don’t care for. Observe a class and notice if the instructors are liked by their students. Are the students engaged and having fun? Are the classes structured, or is it chaotic? Are there male and female instructors? Do the instructors all seem to be working together? Are they friendly when you walk in the door? Do they listen to your questions, or does it seem like they are trying to “sell” you? Trust your gut, if you don’t feel that the instructors are people you would want to spend time with, or want your children spending time with, then move on!

 

  • Is the school well-maintained? Ask for a tour or to use the restroom and then look around. A good school owner will take pride in the appearance of their school and how it looks. This will reflect the care and attention they offer to their students.

 

  • Does the schedule work for you? Ask questions. Find out if they have thetimes/types of classes you are looking for. Are the children separated by age, or can they attend together? If you are looking for yourself, do they mostly have kids’ classes, or are there adult or family classes? Is there a wide variety of days and times available to you?

 

  • Do they have beginner classes? It might seem like an odd idea at first, but beginner classes will allow the instructors to focus solely on the foundations of martial arts, which will greatly benefit you or your children in the long run. Also, you won’t run into anyone that has been practicing for a couple of years and thinks they know everything. Every school has people like this. Practicing in a group class of beginners can offer a great sense of community and friendship. Everyone is working on the same material with the same skill level and no one should be there to judge or make you or your children feel uncomfortable.

 

  • Cost. This is a very important question! Make sure you can afford the school you are looking at. Ask about monthly tuition. How do the contracts work, are they month-to-month, 6-months, or 12-months? Are there belt testing fees? If so, are they a reasonable price, or an extra $100 or $200 every time you are up for a belt promotion? If something changes in your life, such as relocating, or losing a job, does the contract offer a reasonable way out of it, or are you stuck paying for a service you cannot use? When you inquire about the cost, is the person you are talking to up front about it, or do they try to dodge your questions, or give you an answer that isn’t really an answer?

 

  • Lastly, no question is a bad one. If you get a stiff response from your inquiries it may not be a good sign. Remember that this is a large investment of time and money. You will be spending at least a few hours a week in this school. Make sure it has the atmosphere, sense of community, and welcoming feeling you are looking for, either for yourself or your children, or both!

 

We hope this information is helpful in choosing a school that is right for you or your family. Feel free to put our advice to the test by contacting us or setting up a free trial class! When you do, we know you will be happy with what we have to offer here at AKKA – Northland. .