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See why parents and students love Kovar's Satori Academy!

April Smith
February 7, 2023

My daughter loves her classes. All the instructors are motivating and very friendly. They also teach the kids other life skills, like the importance of eating healthy, doing well in school, and doing their chores.

Christian Rivera
September 14, 2022

I’ve been with Kovars at a different location, but i’ve taken up BJJ recently with their program, it’s fun and has a great learning environment, great place to make friends as well.

Vincent Bardini
July 7, 2023

Highly recommend!

My daughter (Age 4) just started 3 weeks ago and was a bit apprehensive about stepping onto the mat for her first class. The instructor's noticed this and approached her in a calm and collected manner putting her at ease, and then invited her onto the mat. Having no experience, she was still able to follow along as the focused on the fundamentals.

3 weeks later, no apprehension about stepping onto the mat and she loves all her instructors. Her words to me yesterday as we were leaving "the instructors are all really nice!"

My favorite part, beside her newfound courage, is the sense of appreciation the team has for their students and families. They want to see their students succeed.

Chris Zolina
July 18, 2023

Signed up our 7 year old, looking for something to engage her. We did a lot of searches and reached out to friends, family, and our neighborhood Facebook page. Kovar's had a ton of positive comments, so we tried their 2 week trial program. By the second class, we saw our daughter's confidence spike and she was excited to hear whenever she had class. The instructors are extremely friendly and great with the kids. If you're looking for a martial arts/self defense class, i highly recommend checking out Kovar's Satori Academy of Martial Arts.

Liliana Nevarez Mendez
March 13, 2023

We loved it 😊 my Daughter us I was to go in there and learn everything they teach they’re are excellent.!!!!  Thank you Kovar’s Academy of Martial arts.!!!!!!!

Greg Levin
September 17, 2022

For those seeking a facility for children, this review is intended. We chose Karate to help teach discipline, respect, self control, body awareness, and more to my 5 year old son who has been reluctant to engage in peer activities. Kovars was recommended by a friend and continues to exceed my expectations. Their ability to positively engage children is amazing. Their lessons consist of not only activity and training but also positive life lessons about engaging and interacting with others in their daily lives. The program director responded promptly to my initial inquiry into their program and continued to assist me until I had completed registration and arranged the first class. Upon arrival my son was nervous and did not want to enter the building, despite being excited to start class. A staff member came outside and immediately attempted to connect with him and within minutes he was ready to go inside. I am not sure he would have gone inside otherwise. This initial interaction set the tone and I immediately knew we had come to the right place. Once inside multiple instructors quickly recognized and addressed my sons anxiety and reservation about joining the group and assured us (mainly me) that many young students may just want to sit and watch for a few classes to gain comfort. During our time observing we were regularly greeted and by various staff members who were patient and engaging. Once he was ready, near the end of our second class he began a lesson off to the side with one of the instructors which made him comfortable participating. At the next class he was excited and ready to fully join the group. Upon completion of his classes, the pride and accomplishment he feels is palpable and he is determined to continue his training and looks forward to future accomplishments, with Kovars to thank.

Heather Borba
July 19, 2023

I was looking for a place for my kids to be physically active. A friend suggested Kovars. Not only is it a place for my kids to get some physical activity they also get amazing life lessons. I love that no matter what the weather, we are inside... when other kiddos are getting rained out at a sporting event we are sitting inside. I also love that I get to choose my days that my kids go. The instructors are great and genuinely care about the students.

Kathryn Quant
February 21, 2024
Absolutely great program for kids. I love that they talk about how to be a good friend, leader, and discuss safety in addition to practicing their skills. Instructors are wonderful- so encouraging and supportive. Highly recommend!
Andi Shaw
August 15, 2022

We love Kovar's Waterman and really every Kovar's my son has gotten to attend. They have the best staff. Our family greatly appreciates them. Thank you Kovars for being so awesome!

Kimberley Kulp
July 11, 2023

Kovars has been wonderful for our family.  My son is very sensitive, timid, and shy. We started him in this program hoping to build his confidence and self-esteem.  We are so proud of him each time he promotes to a new belt, and even more wonderful, he is also proud of himself.

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Programs for all ages

Looking for a more specific training style?

Specialty classes available at select Kovar's academies.

What makes martial arts different from other sports?

While participating in other sports or activities can benefit your child, no other sport can provide the level of discipline, challenge, or emotional competency that Kovar's Martial Arts can.

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Improves Physical Fitness
Provides Social Opportunities
Instills Discipline and Focus
Teaches Self-Defense
Decreases Likelihood of Being Bullied
Consistently Builds Confidence
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Everyone Participates

Elite training for more than 45 years

In 1978, Hanshi Dave Kovar opened his first martial arts academy with the vision to empower people by teaching martial arts on an elite level found nowhere else. Joined by his brother Tim, the Kovar's quickly gained national recognition, opening new locations and earning industry accolades.

At Kovar's, we embody the spirit of Satori, a Japanese phrase that means “in the moment, at your best.” We added Satori to our name as a north star for the principles that make our academy unique: indomitable spirit, generosity, teamwork, and community. Our unique and unparalleled approach to martial arts has helped countless individuals achieve their full potential, and our story continues to evolve with each new student that joins our community.

Kovar's Blend of Martial Arts incorporates elements from: Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kenpo, Eskrima, and Krav Maga, catering to diverse interests and providing a well-rounded training experience.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of practicing martial arts?

Practicing martial arts offers numerous benefits, including self-defense and improved physical fitness, strength and agility, as well as increased mental focus and discipline. It can also help build confidence and self-esteem while providing a safe environment for learning. For more information, please visit Why Martial Arts?

How often are classes held?

We offer a variety of classes Monday-Saturday.  Our hours are:

Monday - Friday: 3-9 PM

Saturday: 9 AM-12 PM

For the schedule of classes, please refer to each location page.

What qualifications and experience do your instructors have?

Our instructors boast a wide range of qualifications and experience in various martial arts styles, such as Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kenpo, Eskrima, and Krav Maga. All of our instructors have been carefully trained and certified to ensure that our students receive the highest quality instruction.

Are there self-defense components included in the curriculum?

Self-defense is an integral part of our curriculum. We teach a hybrid of multiple styles of martial arts to provide students with the opportunity to apply self-defense skills against a resisting opponent through live training. Our classes cover five ranges of combat: Weapons, Kicking, Punching, Clinching, and Grappling so that you can be prepared for any situation. Self-defense training is a key benefit to training in the martial arts and you'll get plenty of practice with it in class!

How many classes can you attend per week?

Recommended attendance is 2-3 times per week, however, our programs come with unlimited classes. So you can attend as much or as little as your schedule allows!