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

Sonia Cuevas
April 17, 2024
Our daughter started training here 5 weeks ago. We were hoping that it would help her mental focus and that's exactly what is happening, in addition to the physical training. Great for kids to learn to pay attention. Excellent trainers, very clean and organized.
Susan Muse
April 15, 2024
Our family of four has trained at Kovars for 11 years. My children basically grew up at Kovars and I could not have asked for a better influence than the instructors. Beyond martial arts, they learned many valuable life lessons here.
Gillman & Jessica Chan
April 13, 2024
Our children have been attending this place for the last 3 years. They always make us feel welcome. Their program gives the local community children a place to learn a variety of different martial arts. Kovar’s also teaches to be respectful, personal development, and to be positive. This place in particular has the structure that will definitely build your child’s confidence.
Michael Putnam
April 12, 2024
Kovar’s Folsom have been truly fantastic. Our two sons love going there and we love seeing them grow and learn. The leader and instructors are all genuinely good people who work hard to make it a fun environment while also instilling discipline and great work ethic into the students. We’ve gone hiking with the school, they routinely hold special events that allow us as parents to drop the kids off in a safe place and enjoy a night out, and they communicate so well with us (and the students). We appreciate them very much.
chris eastman
April 11, 2024
Our daughter began her journey into martial arts at the end of 2023. over the next two months, myself and my wife have also began this journey. There are truly not enough words to express the change and improvement in our family, but I'm sure going to try in this review. The staff and instructors are amazing! The time, care, and firece belief everyone shows is beyond compare. To see our daughter's confidence, belief in herself, and joy she finds each time she goes to class is worth every penny. Kovars also provides a bonding expereince for myself and my wife as we learn together. For myself, this journey holds a special importance to me. I weas very nervous to try martial arts, being born with Cerabal Palsy. Everyone ( from staff, instructors, and fellow students) immediately made me feel welcome and continue to cheer me on and help me in my martial arts experience. Kovars in Carmichael is truly a culture of family and togetherness. They have and continue to show a kidness and belief in anyone who is willing or wants to take this journey.
Dave Nelson
April 11, 2024
I love this place. Great family friendly environment to learn. Spare and bag work every class; true hands on self defense!
Kacee Wilson
April 9, 2024
Kovars has been such an amazing experience for both of my children. It has helped tremendously with their self confidence and self controll. I highly recommend the Kovars location in Folsom .
mahya bagheri nezhad
April 1, 2024
This place is amazing! It's been a year since my son joined the Kovar’s family, and he loves his class. The teachers are wonderful, caring, kind and at the same time disciplined. Not only my son is learning martial arts, he has become more disciplined and his self-confidence has increased. And his anxiety level is much lower than before. Thank you very much Shidoshi Kelso, ​​Shidoshi Evers, and Renshi Cardoso.
Scott Redford
March 31, 2024
Friendly instructors, supportive community, and great classes. My kids have gained confidence and skills while feeling welcomed from day one. Highly recommend for anyone looking to get in shape, grow skills and confidence.
Melissa Phomvongsa
March 30, 2024
I've had the pleasure of attending all the women's self-defense seminars. I expected to feel a bit intimidated, even have a few moments of embarrassment. Thanks to the amazing team, those moments and feelings never saw the light of day. This location is the best place for adults and children to not only learn self-defense but confidence.
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Martial arts skills
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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
Training For Preventing Bullying
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!