The PKA Karate Academy in Pittsburgh has been Pittsburgh's leading Academy for martial arts training, health and fitness for over four decades. The proof is in our product! Many try to emulate but none can duplicate the PKA Karate experience. Safety, fun and tons of great knowledge and experience. Our instructors are continually training ourselves and re-certified on a regular basis, parallel to the updates that law enforcement must go through and also is seen in the teaching industry. This is of vital importance when choosing the proper martial arts academy, especially for your child in a kids karate or kids martial arts program.
The PKA Karate Academy in Pittsburgh prides itself on stellar customer service. The customer always comes first and the ownership, leadership and staff always do the very best to achieve perfect scores in this area. Afterall, the customer is the life-line of any business.
PKA Karate Academy teaches five different age-specific, results-driven, goal-oriented programs that each have different curriculum that grows as the student ages and moves from one developmental stage to the next. We begin at the age of 3 and have taught students as old as in their 70s and 80s.
PKA Karate Academy is also proud to be Pittsburgh's only Academy to have psychologist and psychiatrist tested, recommended and approved programs. Many schools today are still just tossing students onto a mat and teaching them how to "kick" or "punch" or "grapple." That mindset is so outdated and goes back to the 70s.
Try some studios out, then come and experience the PKA Karate lifestyle. We're a family. You certainly won't regret it.
We have two locations, one on McNeilly Road in Pittsburgh and one on Main Street in Burgettstown.
On Tuesday, September 20th, 2011, Kenpo in Pittsburgh took a HUGE step forward by expanding to it's second location which is 1445 Main Street, Burgettstown, 15021. This was a plan in progress and with the growth of the McNeilly Road branch, the tremendous excitement and success of our EPAK Programs, it was time!
There will initially be three nightly classes, which will meet Tuesdays and Fridays with additional instruction on Sundays as well, periodically. Private lessons, as well as group classes will be available.
The primary difference with the two locations will be the initial consolidation of some age brackets. There will be a Little Dragons group which is 4-8 year olds and also a Juniors Group which will cover 9-13 year olds. The adults will begin at the age of 14. Of course these are simply bars and as always, PKA will ALWAYS utilize it's state-of-the-art pre-eval program, which not only helps with the younger children, but also points out strengths and limitations that individuals all have since after-all, no two students are alike and Kenpo is not a team "sport", it's a tailored Art.
This is just ONE of the many reasons why PKA is just different than the others, and why we continue to get new students from other schools transferring or coming in to check us out.
The Open-House in August was a great success and opening night went well. Students were already coming in and ready to sign up on the first night of classes. There is a huge annual parade coming up in October which will be fantastic and lot and lots of neat new things to follow.
The PKA Karate Academy Family is proud and excited to be expanding and as always appreciates the kind words and well-wishes. No undertaking like this can be done alone. It's a team effort.
Check out our gallery for some great before and after pictures of the main workout area. There are two levels of workout space.
On the weekend of June 3-5, 2010, the Pittsburgh Leadership of the Matayoshi Kobudo Doushi Rensei-Kai attended their annual summer camp held at the Fairview Lake Camp and Conference Center in New Jersey. It was attended by over 60 students from Connecticut, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, St. Louis and of course, Pittsburgh.
The weekend was full of non-stop training and excitement from the crack of dawn until late into the evening each day. Many arts besides Kobudo were experienced from Chen Style Taijiquan, Shindo Muso-Ryu Jodo and Qigong. The weather was great and the training sessions were bountiful.
A very special congratulations goes out to the Pittsburgh Kobudo leadership, Sensei Sue, and Sensei Rick both tested and passed for their Yondan and Mr. O. also passed his Shodan exam. There were ten Shodans tested, three Nidan and three Yondan. The test was held on Saturday afternoon after a full day of training and learning.
Ms. Khom was also in attendance from PKA Karate Academy in Pittsburgh and brought home a lot of information and material to pass onto our students, as well as work on herself. She worked very hard with the St. Louis team on the Ieku vs. Bo Bunkai drill for hours in helping them to perfect it since she picked up with Bo side so quickly.
The weekend was a great success and the Pittsburgh leadership is looking forward to moving full-steam ahead in many different directions with the knowledge gained.
This Month's testing was absolutely FANTASTIC! Awesome job and Super Bodacious!
Nate Philips 1st Orange Stripe
Tanner Morton 1st Orange Stripe
Aiden States-Corona 2nd Orange Stripe
Anna Osinski 1st Brown Stripe
Gina Gurske 2nd Orange Stripe
Jenna Gentert-Corso 4th Orange Stripe
Sean Hallahan 3rd Brown Stripe
Savannah Nguyen 4th Gold Stripe
David Lane 2nd & 3rd Purple Stripes
Here's a list of our new belts!!!!!
Michael Ramsey New Orange Belt
Noah Zielinski New Orange Belt
Andrew Corona-States New Brown Belt
Michael Abboud New Yellow Belt
Chris Abboud New Yellow Belt
And kudos goes to Gina Gurske who also tested and received her Kobudo Bo Patch this month as well!
Keep up the great work, guys!!!
Our sister company, Shield Police / Security Training, Inc., held an on-site annual training and certification class for the St. Clair Hospital Police Force on Thursday, May 26, 2011.
The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that one of the most dangerous places to work in an urban environment is an emergency room setting, especially one that has access to a mental health and/or detox unit of any sort. St. Clair Hospital has over the past couple years expanded its facility and is really experiencing some tremendous growth and with the recent closings of other hospitals and local facilities, St. Clair has been also picking up this additional slack in serving many local communities. They are a wonderful facility.
St. Clair Hospital is one of our many hospitals in Pittsburgh that is on the leading edge in regards to keeping their police force continually reviewed and trained and on top of matters when it comes to use of force policy, as well as, training from verbalization through mid-level pressure sensitive areas for patient safety and control, all the way through OC pepper spray and expandable baton annual certification and re-certification.
This hospital is extremely professional and the police force has been a client for over two decades. The training day went very well!