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

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.

Anne Nicholls
May 15, 2023

In November 2022, our 4 year old son started his Karate journey at Kovar's Satori Academy and here we are in March 2023 at his Yellow Belt Promotion! We are so proud of his dedication, enthusiasm, motivation, confidence, discipline, respect, coordination, grace and focus.

Special thanks to Auntie DeeDee and her friends, Dave and Tim Kovar, for recommending Kovar's in Natomas to us, and to Sensei Mir, Renshi Allen, Renshi Sieglitz, Sempai Shahid, Sempai Michehl, Renshi Gonsales, Ms. Hannah, all of the instructors and student assistants that work with these vibrant children with such patience, grace and encouragement; and thanks to the Natomas Demo Team for their amazing performance!

Shankari Arcot
July 13, 2023

Shihan Sipes is a fantastic teacher. He sets boundaries and expectations and my son has grown leaps and bounds. We were recommend to this school by our martial arts teacher who is no longer teaching. We have recommend a lot of our friends here. We can't be happier. And let's not forget Amanda, her service is top notch

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.

M'leesa Rogers
May 18, 2022

My son has been coming here for 3 weeks. He has a hard time focusing for long periods of time and he can be quite emotional on a not so great day but WOW. Everyone at Kovars is SO incredibly patient and kind. We do a lot of activities and I have NEVER seen so many people as a group or individually be so good with children. Even with larger groups, they find a way to individually make every child feel included and they do such a good job at cheering each kid on and making sure they know what to do and how to do it.

Naween Lal
June 22, 2023

My both girls go here. Its great for building self confidence, be active and learn some karate.

Hanna Bachylo
August 11, 2023
I've been apart of Kovar's in Natomas for 2 years and it has been an amazing experience! The instructors are courteous and knowledgeable. The front desks are pretty awesome, kind and helpful too! Would definitely recommend. 20/10!
Sherry Kirton
February 4, 2017

They really care about the whole development of each child, teen, and adult. The staff works with the parents to encourage a positive self-love and awareness of the effect each student has on those around them. Students of every age learn to treat everyone with respect and to work toward accomplishing goals in every part of their lives.Class hours are flexible.Space is clean and the staff is excellent. Family is encouraged to stay and watch the classes and to special events including belt promotions.

Trace Bowers
December 13, 2022

Kovar's is a fantastic program for kids from toddlers to teens. And all the instructors are great with kids!!!

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.!!!!!!!

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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 40 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!