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Burke’s Karate Academy teaches a style of karate founded by renowned martial arts Master, Master Nguyen, called Silkisondan Karate.

Silki, or “sieu khi,” means “advanced breathing strength” Not to state the obvious, but in order to live you have to breathe, so it makes sense that the better and stronger you breathe, the better and stronger your life.

There are many benefits to proper martial arts training. Three of these benefits include increased focus, power and stamina.

Just these three benefits alone are an excellent reason to join a martial arts program. But these benefits are not only limited to the inside of the karate school, or dojo. These benefits can also manifest themselves in the classroom, at work, around the house, in dealing with other people (perhaps to diffuse an argument), even while driving a car to become more aware of your surrounding and perhaps reduce the chance of being in an accident. Indeed, martial arts training is much more that just learning self defense!

Sondan, or “song-dan,“ means “two ways.” Most karate and martial arts instructors hope that their students are never faced with a situation where they are in physical danger and have to rely on the skills they have learned in the dojo. But if that situation ever does arise, that student will have options. The “two ways” refers to the “hard and soft” elements of our training the student has learned. A student’s ability to think through a situation is paramount, versus simply “reacting” (perhaps incorrectly) to a situation.

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Silkisondan Karate integrates elements of the following martial arts in order to form a practical, efficient and complete martial arts system:


  • Tae kwon-do
  • Karate
  • Aikido
  • Judo
  • Kung-fu

The Silkisondan Karate system has four specific purposes:

  1. Emphasis on self-control, self-discipline, self-confidence, self-defense and knowing yourself, as opposed to simply meeting a standard for advancement.
  2. Emphasis on safe and long-term physical training with lifetime health benefits, as opposed to a narrow arena such as short-term fighting skills.
  3. Emphasis on value and power derived from meditation, relaxation, philosophy, mental toughness, proper attitude, and the true nature of things, as opposed to pure physical strength or immediate reward.
  4. Emphasis on being harmonious with people and nature, as opposed to being a champion or superstar.