I trained extensively in traditional Japanese style karate back in the late 80's and early 90's. I enjoyed the discipline and art form as well as the fitness, meditative self-defense aspects of Karate.
I stopped training 14 years ago due to personal reasons but recently decided to start up again. My 7-year old son and I decided it would be something we could do together. We investigated several martial arts studios in the Utica area but chose Butoku Kai for the following reasons: 1) Traditional style Japanese karate format with a contemporary functionality, 2) great kids programs and instructors, 3) community service-oriented, 4) very inviting, friendly, family-like atmosphere, 5) well-run and organized.
I would highly recommend this dojo. Just visit and see for yourself. The only reason I did not give Butoku Kai 5 stars is that the schedule is a bit restrictive. I travel weekly which means I can often only attend one class per week.
Bill, Shelby Township, MI