about our academy
Burke’s Karate teaches self-control, self-discipline, and confidence through the principles of Silkisondan Karate.
Silkisondan Karate is a style of martial arts founded by Master Thinh Nguyen. Master Russ Burke began his study with Master Thinh in 1981, and has attained his 5th Degree Black Belt in Silkisondan, Tae Kwon-do, Combat Hapkido, and Kickboxing.
“Silki”, or “sieu khi” means “advanced breathing strength. “Sondan” means “two ways”. Burke’s Karate teaches the hard and soft elements of martial arts, emphasizing the ability to think through any situation. Our value and power is derived from our attitude, and being harmonious with nature and with others. The lessons we learn in the dojo help us attain fuller lives away from the dojo.
Your First Day is Free
FREE? Heck yeah, I’ll take it! Martial Arts teaches children self confidence, self respect, respect for others, and valuable life skills. So, what can you accomplish in a day?
“I signed my son up for the one month trial and he absolutely loves it! Just the first month he has been at Burke’s he has already learned so much and I already notice a little boost in his confidence. We feel like we have been apart of Burke’s for a while the atmosphere is so welcoming ! Burke and all of the AMAZING instructors take time to make sure everyone is on the same page and my son has felt very comfortable! We will definitely be staying here for a very long time!”
– Tasha D.
“My family and I have been students at Burke’s Karate Academy since 2016 and the dojo has been such an important part of our lives for many years now. Beyond the practical aspect of physical training for self defense purposes, it has enriched our lives in more ways than expected. Increased confidence, discipline, and consistency are skills that we’ve learned …in addition to blocks, punches, and kicks (of course). I appreciate the well rounded education that Master Burke provides. He and his instructors have created an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable in their training, no matter age or fitness level. You’re challenged to be the best version of yourself each time you step onto the mat. If you’re looking for quality martial arts training, this is it.”
– Jillyan B.
“Wonderful place to train! Master Burke’s teaching is brilliant and encouraging. On the business side, he is attentive, fair and honest. His gentle spirit and integrity are a breath of fresh air! My daughter and I are very happy to be apart of this school.”
– Angela M.
“If you are looking for an inclusive, challenging, friendly place to learn martial arts or further your practice; BKA is the perfect place. I am getting a well-rounded, quality education of fundamentals and techniques – it isn’t just about getting a black belt and not about who punches the hardest. I love the community, and it feels like a second family.”
– Erik M.