"I found Mr. Miyagi"
Shotokan Karate has been a huge part of my life for the past 25 years. It is a sport that has impacted my life in so many ways from teaching me about self-defense, responsibility, respect, discipline and how to control myself. Other ways it has impacted my life is that throughout my training I have met amazing karate from all over the world and formed great friendships.
When I moved to the United States of America in 1996, after the Civil War in Bosnia, I was on a quest to find a dojo that would be similar to my home or even better. I was on a quest to find "Mr. Miyagi!"
I initially found my karate home with Sensei Shojiro Koyama (8th Dan) at the Arizona Karate Association, and then I started to train with his stellar student Sensei Chuck Coburn (7th Dan). Meeting Sensei Coburn and being taught Shotokan Karate by Sensei Coburn has been a great experience, therefore I can say that I have found "Mr. Miyagi!"
Sensei Coburn is an amazing instructor with a wealth of experience in Shotokan karate as an instructor and past competitor with a lengthy lust of accomplishments. In the Shotkan Karate of Arizona dojo not only did I find remarkable instruction, but also I found my second family because all the dojo members care about each other, encourage each other to cell and succeed. Sensei Coburn and the dojo Sempais do their best to push the students to reach their maximum potential, to excel and succeed, they go above and beyond investing their time and their knowledge in the students and they celebrate each achievement as they own from rank achievements to the tournament results.
Therefore, if you want to train hard, be fit, be strong, be a prt of our family, travel as a family, meet new friends, compete, celebrate accomplishments and growth in many aspects, then Shotokan of Arizona is the ideal dojo!
Thank you Shotokan of Arizona!
Thank you Sensei Coburn and thanks to all of Sempais!
Enesa (Beba) Barut Pjano
"Right Karate School for Our Daughter"
We spent years searching for the right karate school for our daughter. When we accidentally came upon the Shotokan of Arizona Dojo, we felt we found more than what we were looking for.
In addition to receiving world class karate training in a strict, controlled, yet nurturing environment, she has integrated into a community of some of the Valley’s most outstanding people, who guide and care for her as they each, at one time or another, contribute to her training.
This Dojo’s quality of training and care trickles down from the top. From Sensei Chuck Coburn to the young karateka, there is a culture of commitment, hard work, respect, teamwork, sharing, and caring. Even the youngest karateka are extremely respectful of each other, and work together.
The training and support at this Dojo cannot be beat. Additionally, there are ancillary benefits. Sensei and all the members have fun together when they are not engaged in intense, traditional karate training.
Our entire family has benefited from our daughter’s training at the ShotokanKarate of Arizona Dojo. She has grown more respectful, responsible, athletic, focused, and has more energy and enthusiasm for hard work and things that require commitment. It has changed the way she lives and appreciates life in general. Also, we have developed relationships with some of the most amazing people.
A few other benefits we’ve noticed - this Dojo is extremely affordable. A student at this Dojo can train 5 to 6 days per week for one affordable price. Parking is plentiful and the Dojo itself is absolutely beautiful and clean! Sensei Chuck Coburn is a stickler for cleanliness.
Devi M. – Mesa, AZ
Karate is the best athletic activity in which my son has participated. He has severe ADHD and was not able to pay attention while playing a game. Sensei Coburnand his sempais (leaders) have been able to teach my son to focus in a way no other coaches have before. The discipline he has learned at the dojo has also carried over to home and his school work. When he is starting to lose control of his focus and emotions, we ask him to recite the dojo kun, the principles of the dojo. Doing so calms him down and he is able to realize which tenets he is not following. My family is very grateful for everything the dojo has done for him.
Kristen W. - Chandler, AZ
Shotokan Karate of Arizona is a proven school that boosts self-confidence of all ages! It helps me to face all challenges with self-confidence, self-defense, positive attitude, and improved health, loosing weight , self-control and self-fitness. Sensei Chuck Coburn teaches you not just a sport or different type of technique, fight; he teaches you to believe in yourself and how much you can achieve, or lead to better performance at school, work, in sport, or look at the life like positive challenges. Karate keeps me motivated; make me think about my progress, my goals! After every class I go home with lifted spirits. renewed energy and enthusiasm. The School helps me to become a better person, better champion, best competitor, strong inside and out. Thank you Sensei Chuck Coburn, and thank you Shotokan Karate for encouraging me, pushing me to do my best, and not letting me go! "Every student is important."
"The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups." -Bruce Lee
Excellent Dojo! We have been with Sensei Chuck Coburn since 1999 and just enrolled our two young children. This is a traditional school which focus on true Shotokan Karate and teaches focus, respect, physical and mental discipline all while having some fun along the way. Great for the whole family!
Matt T. - Tempe, AZ