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About Our School
Welcome to Karate 4 Excellence, where our journey is built on the foundation of excellence, dedication, and the unwavering belief that martial arts can transform lives. Since our inception in 1991, we have been committed to providing a positive, empowering, and inclusive environment where individuals of all ages and abilities can discover their true potential. Karate 4 Excellence was founded by Chief Master Gerald Dunn, an esteemed martial artist with an 8th-degree Black Belt in Gshim Taekwondo. Chief Master Dunn's martial arts journey began in 1980, and his passion for martial arts led him to become a certified instructor in 1984. He opened our martial arts school in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1991. Chief Master Dunn's vision was simple yet powerful: to create a place where students could not only learn martial arts but also develop life skills, build confidence, and become the best versions of themselves.
At Karate 4 Excellence, we have a profound mission: to empower individuals to achieve their full potential. We believe that martial arts is not just about kicks and punches; it's a journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and transformation.
We strive to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive community where every student can thrive. Our specialized programs cater to children, teens, adults, and individuals with special needs. We're dedicated to instilling discipline, self-confidence, focus, and a strong sense of self in all our students, irrespective of age or ability. Karate 4 Excellence is not just a martial arts school; it's a place where dreams are nurtured, challenges are conquered, and lives are enriched. Our experienced and passionate instructors are here to guide you on your path to excellence. We aim to help you develop not only as martial artists but as well-rounded, confident, and resilient individuals. Thank you for visiting the Karate 4 Excellence website and we hope to see you soon!
Instructor/Owner Gerald Dunn
Chief Master Gerald Dunn, an accomplished martial artist with an 8th-degree Black Belt in Gshim Taekwondo, is the esteemed founder of Karate 4 Excellence. His journey in martial arts began in 1980, and his dedication led him to become a certified instructor in 1984. In 1991, he established his martial arts school in Poughkeepsie, NY, originally named "Karate for Kids."
Recognizing the importance of aligning the school's identity with its core values, Chief Master Gerald Dunn recently rebranded the school as "Karate 4 Excellence." This change accurately reflects the ideals and values deeply ingrained in the program he developed.
Chief Master Gerald Dunn's commitment to martial arts education extends beyond the dojo. He is also the author of "Heroes and Villains: The Impact of Role Models on Your Child... and What You Can Do!" This book highlights the influence of role models on children and provides insights into how parents and guardians can positively impact their child's development.
With decades of experience, a passion for teaching, and a dedication to instilling valuable life skills, Chief Master Gerald Dunn continues to shape the lives of individuals through Karate 4 Excellence.
Why Choose Karate 4 Excellence?
Empowerment Through Martial Arts Excellence
At Karate 4 Excellence, we believe in harnessing the power of martial arts to empower individuals. Our carefully crafted programs, guided by Chief Master Gerald Dunn's extensive expertise, are designed to instill discipline, boost confidence, and nurture resilience. Through martial arts, you will not only master self-defense techniques but also cultivate essential life skills that will serve you in every aspect of life.
Programs for Every Age and Ability:
No matter your age, skill level, or physical ability, we have a program tailored for you. From children to adults, and individuals with special needs, we embrace diversity and inclusivity. Our specialized classes ensure that everyone can learn and thrive in a welcoming and accommodating environment. We adapt our curriculum to suit your unique abilities and goals, ensuring an enriching experience for all.
Our Martial Arts Team Takes Great Pride In The Reviews We Receive
"Master Dunn is an Excellent teacher, he has my shy son breaking out of his shell learning how to lead and become more coordinated and confident! I also must say that the morals that he teaches the children is so very important and makes a great impact on my child! Way to go Master Dunn we love your school!!"
Name: Sandra Kelly
"Master Dunn really is excellent with teaching the children discipline, character, leadership, and integrity - not to mention self-confidence and self-defense skills. He is patient yet firm, and gains the respect of those he teaches. Thanks for working with our daughter and teaching her so much!"
Name: Dave & Alison
"Master Dunn is a great teacher! I got my black belt with Master Dunn when I was younger, so I wanted my son to train with him as well. Master Dunn is patient with the kids but also makes class fun and exciting for them! Karate 4 Excellence is a great experience!"