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Master Michael Schafer

5th Degree Black Belt - Regional Champion


Master Schafer took his first karate lesson in 1982 through a Shotokan program at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. He tried several other programs throughout the years until beginning his continuous training with National Karate in 1992. He achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt in June of 1995, and began teaching shortly thereafter. He was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt in September, 1997. In 2003 he joined Master Thorn at The Edge Martial Arts, and was promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt in December of that year. On July 21st of 2013 Master Schafer was promoted to the level of 5th Degree Black Belt under Master Thorn and is certified by the World Martial Arts Ranking Association.

Master Schafer has competed at all belt levels, and has placed 1st through 4th numerous times in sparring, weapons, and forms. In 2010, Schafer won the Men's Black Belt Forms Grand Championship at the Central States Karate Championship.
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“Master Thorn had complete control and the respect of all the students in my 6 year olds class - which is not an easy task! He not only teaches them physical skills, but life skills like how to handle conflict, how to respect your elders and do your homework.”
“Karate is a fun way to get in shape, learn important skills, and acquire new and exciting accomplishments. I started Karate with several other karate moms after we caught the excitement and enthusiasm watching our children at The Edge. We were so impressed with how Master Thorn and his team encourage and support people of all ages, shapes and sizes that we decided to give karate a try. Both of my sons and I are now black belts and we continue our training with all of the excitement and passion as the day we started. In the beginning I was hoping my children would discover enjoyment in exercise, discipline, confidence, self defense skills and the many, many benefits of karate and am pleasantly surprised that I have benefited from these attributes just as much. You will not find a better karate studio, superior direction, or a nicer community of people than The Edge Martial Arts and Fitness.”
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