"Quality program with an amazing instructor teaching kids real valuable discipline and work ethic!!! This is the place to take your kids if you want them to develop strong self image and confidence! Can’t say enough about Dojo Sante.”
"Matt is amazing with the children! We just had our grandsons birthday party there, and Matt had everyone engaged. I recommend Dojo Sante to everyone for birthday parties, children's classes and kickboxing!"
"Dojo Sante is great if you want your children to grow and learn. Martial arts is not the only things taught there they teach discipline, respect, loyalty and showing them how to step out of their comfort zone and letting them know that it’s okay if you don’t get it on your first try but at least they can say they tried till they master it. Bravery is my favorite it has taught my son that yes he can do it if he tries and gives it his all.”
"We brought our grandson to his class on Saturday, I had never been to a Karate session before, I was so amazed at what Sensei Matt does and how he instructs the lessons to the kids. His verbal communication with them is unbelievable along with the positivity in life. Sensei Matt is highly recommended by this grandmother. Love the Sunday posts he does and the positive feedback that he gives of the past week’s classes.”
"I am writing the testimonial for Dojo Sante because it has been such a rewarding and positive experience for my five year old grandson and our family. As a grandmother raising the little boy, I want to be sure that the choices I make for his development enhance his individuality, provide learning experiences and fun. I didn’t want a playdate in a karate uniform. I was searching for a Martial Arts environment where these needs would be met. Dojo Sante and specifically Sensei Matt Babine have exceeded all my expectations in every regard. My grandson, at 5 1/2, is of course a delightful little boy. He is affectionate and bright child and he makes friends easily-he is artistic, funny and well…a boy. Like most of us however, it can take some time to feel comfortable in new, unfamiliar situations. Such was the case with Karate. He was in the Little Ninjas classes and doing very well but suddenly, one day, with no specific event or warning he made an unwavering decision that he didn’t want to participate in classes. He consistently said he wanted to take karate and I didn’t want him to stop because he obviously enjoyed it tremendously. I wasn’t really sure how to proceed. Today, thanks to the personal attention and understanding of the individual child, the person himself, Sensei matt found a solution distinctly for Ryan, one that works better then I could ever imagine. Ryan currently participates in one on one instruction with Sensei Matt and Ryan’s response to him is a beautiful thing. Understanding how to tight his schedule already is, the fact that he makes the time to share his passion and enthusiasm for the martial arts, shows that his passion truly is for the students at all levels and the martial arts. For this one little boy it means he can continue something he truly enjoys. I’ve watched Ryan try new things with an “I can” attitude. Ryan’s enjoyment literally bursts out of him and he looks forward to the sessions. He’s learned an important life’s lesson already; that it’s ok to express his own individual concerns and he will be listened to respectfully. Sensei Matt has taught him that together we will figure out how to solve the problem. He is, at the early age, learning about trust in himself and other. He is, at the early age, learning to participate in making his own path. Honestly, I find it amazing. Students at the Dojo are not only learning Martial Arts skills, they are taught the respect and self-discipline, cooperation and listening skills all of which can be fun too. Attaboys and Attagirls are given for every effort. His staff and advanced student helpers are professional and encouraging constantly. You literally can watch the self-esteem of each child grow a little bit higher in every class. Best of all…it’s fun. I must say, this is the most positive environment I have ever experienced and it feels good to walk through the doors of the Dojo-every time! I believe this positive environment is created very purposely, but effortless by Sensei Matt himself. He exudes his sense of passion, enjoyment and enthusiasm that flows through the Dojo to every person. Sensei Matt and his Dojo Sante exceed all my expectations of this learning experience for my wonderful little boy. I can whole-heartedly, without hesitation and with pleasure recommend Dojo Sante to anyone who is considering martial arts for their children – or themselves. We’ll be there!
"Dear Sensei Matt, I am writing to compliment your studio of the excellent services you provide for our children. We see your studio as a second home and a very welcome place for family and friends. It gives me much comfort to know that while I deployed my son looked to your studio to the bonding he needed with you and your instructors. My wife was very please that while I was gone he would be very excited to see you and the other instructors Thank you again for all you have done over the years in support of our family. We couldn’t think of a better studio to send out children to that would have gain as mush confidence in themselves and sense of security with their environment."
"My son has only been attending classes for a short time but we can’t say enough good things about this place! He has learned so much already, about karate and being a good person! Thank you!"
"Sensei Matt's Kickboxing is fun, challenging, and therapeutic. Classmates are cordial, motivated, and mutually supportive. For a memorable cardio workout with a few good laughs on the way to a great sweat I recommend this class. Thank you for allowing me to sample a few classes. If you're fortunate enough to attend regularly you should consider it."
Sensei Matt is an outstanding mentor and leader for all the children he teaches. Dojo Sante is such a welcoming environment for everyone that walks through the door. Highly recommend Dojo Sante Martial Arts.
My six year old son has been studying at Dojo Sante Martial Arts for about 10 months now and overall the experience has been amazing. I’m truly awed by how much he has gotten out of studying at Dojo Sante, particularly around leadership, helping others, mindfulness and gratitude. Additionally, the confidence he has gained from knowing how to defend himself in tough situations is invaluable. On the Dojo Sante website under the "Our Promise" section it states that they “strive to teach each class as if it were the most important class that we will ever teach” and this (along with rest of the promise) is true and fulfilled by the instructors. The owner/primary instructor (Sensei Matt) has a gift for working with kids and with his type of charisma should be hosting a kids show. Along those lines he does do a weekly “Sensei Sunday” video post on Facebook where he’ll talk about a topic (being prepared, showing gratitude, etc.) and then discuss it with the students during class to reinforce the concepts. Then while classes are in session I especially admire how he takes the time to call out each student for something positive and work with them individually, while also managing the class as a whole. Along with Sensei Matt are a few other instructors who are also awesome at working with the students and provide excellent leadership while helping the students develop their skills. Additionally sometimes students from his leadership club will assist with classes, which is an awesome teaching method for both my son and the student from the leadership club. In addition to regular classes there are many special events throughout the year at the Dojo such as hosting drop off the kid/date night, summer camps and lots of other cool things. The facilities are nice, clean, well taken care of and have an overall good feel. Overall I highly recommend Dojo Sante, well worth checking out.