Our son has been attending the pre-karate classes at Okinawa Dojo for probably close to a year now. We started in an attempt to help him build his self confidence. Although he still has some struggles with this, he has come such a long way and we see how proud he is every time we leave the dojo. He was so proud of getting his new orange belt a couple of weeks ago, all he wanted to wear to every Halloween festivity was his Gi with his new orange belt! Both Sensei’s, Vitaly and Alex, are absolutely wonderful with the children, making lessons fun and entertaining, while also instilling a deep sense of respect, both for each other as well as the art, at the same time. We hope to belong to the dojo, with our almost 6 year old son, our 2 year old daughter in the future, as well as the one on the way eventually! Could not say better things about this place!
Sensei Vitaly Padalka started his karate journey at age of 6 back in his mother country Russia, he is 34 years old now and has been living in US since 2001. Karate journey has been long and exciting: Sensei Vitaly traveled to diferent countries and continents for seminars and karate tournaments seeking for 'budo' [the way of the warrior]. Sensei Vitaly is a USA Karate Coach and Judge Category C. He is truly passionate about teaching martial arts and loves what he does.
Karate Brothers Senseis Alex and Vitaly Padalka moved to Denver from Aspen, CO and founded Okinawa Dojo in 2011. Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do is taught to students at Okinawa Dojo by KarateBros. Senseis are result oriented and very competetive.
Sensei Vitaly is happily married with two kids. He enjoys Colorado outdoors - snowboarding, hiking, amateaur photography and video, he practices yoga on a regular basys to supplement his karate training. He is always up for a challenge - skydiving, obstacale races, backpacking trips, you name it - he has a few in the books and always looking towards many more new adventrues!