<--"Shihan Marc and Senpai Erin have a wonderful way with kids, and the way they involve the whole family is unlike any other activity our kids have participated in." --Kelly H. mom of two students and adult student
My daughter loves Shihan Marc's Academy. She is in her second year of being a student and gets so excited to attend each session! Shihan Marc and Senpai Erin teach discipline and self-confidence in an high energy environment. We could not be happier! Erin R.
<--Our elder son started Karate here with a friend nearly a year ago. We were sceptical at first because he has a lot of gross motor and social delays. His first class didn't go so well, but his friend encouraged him to come back. Since then, Shihan Marc's Karate School has become like a second home to him. Sensei Erin and Shihan Marc's incredible patience brought him from a five year old who couldn't do a jumping jack and wouldn't look someone in the eye to a skilled six year old who has multiple perfect kick patches and looks everyone in the eye. Our son has now put forth the goal to become a black belt and has received nothing but encouragement and praise for his goal. Because of the welcoming and positive atmosphere my husband and younger son were drawn in and also take regular classes. I encourage everyone to check their classes out. You won't be disappointed. Becca R.
<--The instructors at the Karate Academy worked worked patiently with my son to teach him the value of perseverance and the pride and success that comes from hard work - all while keeping a 5-7 year old boy interested and wanting to come back. After watching from the sidelines for about a year, I joined in the fun. They offer a supportive yet challenging program for adults of all fitness levels in a warm and welcoming environment. I have loved being able to train both with my son in the family class and with other adults in the adult class. Our family's experience with Shihan Marc's Karate Academy and its staff has been nothing short of excellent. Gary S.
<--My daughter Aditi has been at the school for only a few months. However in this relatively short span of time, we have noticed her change. Her self confidence and self belief have gone up. Shihan Marc and Sensei Erin are amazing. I can only imagine her growth as a well rounded person in coming days, weeks and months under Shihan Marc and Sempai Erin's tutelage. I highly recommend Shihan Marc's academy to anyone interesting in learning karate. Vinayak D.
My two daughters are in the school. They enjoy the program a lot. After half a year, they show great progress and more confidence. Shihan Marc and Sempai Erin are a great team. Especially enjoy the special program for the families. Highly recommended for the family want to learn Karate.Jiadi X.
<--What a great place!!! I was wondering how any karate academy could manage a group of energetic kids and maintain their focus for an entire class. I was pleasantly surprised to see how Shihan Marc and his team wonderfully balance focus, discipline, and fun in their instruction.I've been able to observe all of the children (not just my own) grow in their development over the last year. If your kids are interested in Karate, this is the place to do it. Self confidence, discipline, and focus are continuously emphasized, and these are traits that will serve us all well, no matter what your age. Josh K.
<--Shihan Marc and Senpei Erin are wonderful instructors for all ages! My son, now 7 years old, has taken classes at this dojo since he was 4. I have watched him grow in the class from where he could barely stand still for 10 seconds, to now being able to control himself, listen to the instructions, learn increasingly complicated techniques, and have fun all the while. He has made friends, built confidence, and truly found a second home at this dojo. My daughter, now 5, also began taking classes at 4 years old, and asks daily if tonight is "karate night." Her gross motor skills and self-control improved significantly in the first few months. I highly recommend this academy for any one interested in learning karate. Andrea O.
<--My kids and I have now been at Shihan Marc's Karate for almost two years. It has been a great experience for all of us and we still look forward to classes twice a week. Shihan is great with the children being both kind and firm. And with the adults he gently pushes us beyond what we thought were our physical and mental limits. He and Sensei Erin are truly great teachers and wonderful, kind human beings. Tunji O.
If your looking for quality, family friendly and professional you have found the place. My daughter loves Karate Academy. She looks forward to going every week and have made new friends. I have seen a change in her behavior and attitude. The staff is friendly and helpful. Shihan Marc is the Best Karate Inatructor in the area. Well worth the money spent!!!! Shirell F.
<--My 10-year old son has taken karate at Shihan Marc's Karate Academy since August 2014. He looks forward to classes each week and his interest continues to grow. Shihan Marc and Senpai Erin have created a beautifut karate studio where both students and teachers share respect for each other and for the art of karate. Class scheduling is convenient with several dates and times to choose from each week. You will not regret signing your son or daughter (or yourself) up for karate at Shihan Marc's. Rachel G.
<--Our introverted daughter was dealing with anxiety issues at the time we began this program. Within a few short months her confidence has grown, she is proud of her accomplishments and her voice is finally being heard. We couldn't be more pleased! Heather K.
I have been taking adult classes for three months now, and enjoy the physical challenges and the supportive atmosphere. The academy has a nice mixture of students at various levels, and Shihan Marc is a wonderful instructor. Charles E.
<--We signed up using a great introductory offer. My son came home from his first little ninja class and announced he thought karate was "amazing"! Shihan Marc and Sensei Erin are compassionate, thoughtful and creative when teaching the younger students. My son loved his first few classes so much we signed up for 6 months more! We've enjoyed his growth with discipline and self control and how much fun he has during his class. Meghan M.
<--We have been with Shihan Marc's Karate Academy for almost a year and have been very impressed by how they help instill confidence and self-discipline in a fun way for my children. Both instructors are very patient and willing to take time helping all children learn skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. Amy P.
Shihan Marc's Karate Academy has been a wonderful place for my son. The teachers are very nurturing and understanding of each child's abilities. There is a wide array of cognitive abilities of the children who attend the academy and the teachers are patient and understanding of each individual. They teach self control and respect. My son has ADHD and this class has really helped him find focus and have self control. Nicole S.
<--Shihan Marc and Senpai Erin are exceptional instructors. We've seen a positive impact on our daughter since she started the program. Thank you Shihan Marc and Sensei Erin! Pauline Z.
I am a student in the Adult class at Shihan Marc's Karate Academy. A student since January 2015, I find the class to be equal parts fun and challenging. I look forward to classes all week. I find it to be an amazing workout. Shihan Marc and Sensei Erin are wonderful instructors who want students to love karate as much as they do. Osu! Christina H.
<--Last year, we had a birthday party for our 8-yr-old son at this place. My son fell in love with Karate immediately after the party, and joined the school. Since then, it has been a wonderful year for him. My son has more confidence in himself, and growing his physical strength. Shihan Marc (Shihan means a master in Japanese) has a sense of humor to convey discipline to kids. I recommend this place to everyone. I, as a parent, also started the classes after seeing all the good things happening to my son, and it has been quite enjoyable for myself. I care more about my health like what to eat etc. I am more patient than before. I value time with my family and time at work. These are all unexpected positives. I feel that we are very lucky to have this place. Takanari I.
<--My son has been a student of Shihan Marc's Karate Academy for two years. He has learned a lot of karate skills. Shihan Marc encourages a disciplined approach to karate that includes a recreational component with games at the end of each class. Parents are friendly. I strongly recommend his dojo for children and adults who want to learn karate in a friendly and respectful environment. Ndo. O.
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We love the Karate Academy! Shihan Marc and Senpei Erin are amazing instructors. They have gone above and beyond our expectations. After leaving another karate studio over a year ago, we have seen a huge difference in the expectations, instruction and discipline that Shihan Marc and Senpei Erin expect from their students. Shihan Marc has also helped my son accomplish a goal outside of the karate studio. I have seen an amazing change in my son's confidence. My son is eager to attend each karate session and even wanted to cancel our vacation plans so he would not miss his promotion ceremony! Sheri M.
This is one of the activities my son sincerely enjoys. He has attended for going on 2 years now and looks forward to going each week. Shihan Marc is great with all of the kids, is patient, but appropriate with teaching discipline. Sempi Arron is also outstanding with the kids and encourages them in ways that really motivate them to push and accomplish more. I would highly recommend Shihan Marc Karate Academy to anyone looking for a great place to teach their child self defense the appropriate way. Randy S.
I have been thoroughly impressed with Shihan Marc's Karate Academy and highly recommend their program. Initially, I had concerns about my 6-year-old son taking karate. During his introductory lesson, however, my hesitation turned to enthusiasm as I watched Shihan Marc talk to my son about the importance of working on independence goals like taking responsibility for his own gear, only using his karate for defense, and improving his focus, concentration, flexibility, balance, and sportsmanship. Little did I know that in a matter of just a few weeks my son would go from resisting the transition away from his after school downtime to independently dressing and anticipating his karate lesson. He is fortunate to have progressed from Little Ninja I to Little Ninja II with the help of the warm but firm Senpai Erin. She holds the students to a reasonable behavioral standard for their age while simultaneously making each lesson challenging and fun. Of course, my son looks forward to the roll of the game cube at the end of each lesson! But overall when asked he repeatedly says that he loves karate and wants to continue and become a black belt. Tiffany G.
My four-year-old twins have loved their karate class from the moment they started. When we took advantage of the introductory deal on the advice of a friend whose son loves the class, I was expecting their participation to be temporary. But we're hooked. Every week I am continually amazed at how great Senpai Erin is with the kids. She has positive, constructive attention for both my eager-to-please rule-follower and my talkative, unfocused wiggle-worm. The kids adore class and are self-motivated to learn and improve. I can't recommend it highly enough! Becky B.
We absolutely love Shihan Marc's school. Shihan Marc and Sensei Erin are incredibly patient with the children, especially our rather rambunctious 4 year old. They go above and beyond in everything that they do. The classes are helping our son to be more focused and follow directions the first time we ask. We looked at a lot of different schools in the area, and we are more and more glad we chose this school all the time. They recently had an extra-curricular "Ninjago Night" activity on a weekend evening so parents could drop their kids off for a couple of hours and have a night to themselves. We were completely impressed with the quality of the activity for the children and reasonableness of the price. My son is still talking about it and can't wait for the next one. We can't recommend this school enough. Jason S.
Our son started taking karate classes at Shihan Marc's Karate Academy when he was 4 years old. He is now 6 and this has not only become an important activity for him every week, but it's now a fundamental way of life. Beyond the physical aspects of karate, he has learned discipline, focus, commitment, and the importance of sound mind and sound body. Shihan Marc and Sempai Erin are not only great instructors of karate, but are also great instructors of people. Small words of wisdom learned in class like "the only people who never fail are people who never try" teaches kids a value that extends far beyond the Academy and applies to everything they do in life. We could not be more thankful for the positive influence Shihan Marc and Sempai Erin have had on our son during this important phase of his development. Kevin P.
My child has been attending Shihan Marc's Karate Academy for about 6 months now - the experience has been astounding and the results absolutely positive. Marc and Erin has the charm to hold the interest of young children as well as stress upon skills like focus, discipline and good behavior. Watching my kid attend their class is equally entertaining and glad to see the difference it's bringing in him. Soumyabrata D.
I guess my unfulfilled dream was the reason why I always wanted Aryan to learn Karate. He was shy, and we felt like he lacked self-confidence and self-control both, in school and in other activities. It was hard to convince him to start karate as he was not at all interested. But, I didn't give up and started looking for a good Karate school.
We tried almost all karate schools around Cockeysville. I wasn't looking for just a karate instructor. I wanted his Karate teacher to be someone who is good with kids, and who would instill in them valuable life lessons and not just teach them how to throw punches and kicks. After all, karate is all about self-discipline, respect and control over your mind and body.
Our first two months ended up in disappointment. I wasn't looking for a day care center that taught karate as an afterthought. It seemed like some of the places lacked proper equipment, and the classes for most part lacked any structure or discipline. Kids did what they wanted to, which often meant them running around or leaving the class if they couldn't follow something. One day I saw kids climbing on their instructor's back. That was the last straw.
After being disappointed from everywhere, my husband came home with a flyer and we went to see Shihan Marc's Academy. I had no hopes, but as soon as I entered the academy, we met Sempai Erin. She was very friendly, sweet and welcoming. Shihan Marc was equally welcoming and looked exactly like someone I would describe as a karate teacher. We sat down for the first one-on-one session, and after just 5 minutes, I knew this was where we wanted Aryan to learn Karate. I felt like this was where Aryan would learn self-control, become strong in mind and body, be disciplined and also learn to respect others. I saw all that and much more in Shihan Marc and Sempai Erin!!
After that session, we enrolled Aryan and we walked out of there satisfied and happy!! It's been more than a year now and Aryan is in Youth 1 and has his Blue Belt. He's doing great!! He has been to 2 Karate tournaments. He even won first prize in one of the Kanta contests. We are very happy with Shihan Marc, Sempai Erin and their Academy.
Today, I can honestly say, Aryan is stronger, confident, and displays more discipline. This seems to have translated in his school work and in other activities as well. Thank you Shihan Marc and Sempai Erin! We have been fortunate to be able to leave our son under your guidance in your good hands! Sama B.
The parents of Shihan Marc's Karate Academy have nothing but great things to say about us. All our reviews are from real students and parents of students. Karate mom's can't get enough of how much they love what is being taught to their son or daughter. Students are constantly being challenged and pushed and encouraged in a supportive and positive environment and both mom and dad love us. The testimonials in this page are from past and present students. We have a great student retention rate and an even better repoir with our members.