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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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“My wife and I first met Nathan Thorn when we enrolled our son in Karate. We were immediately impressed with his ability to work with young children, teaching them not only the fundamental skills of the sport, but also the less tangible qualities of discipline, respect and a positive attitude. We realized that this was an activity we would enjoy as well, and soon my wife and I were both signed up, gaining the benefits of the physical workout and enjoying the mental challenge of learning the specifics of the sport. Nathan is that exceptional individual who is not only an expert himself, but who can also teach the art to others. He also has the rare ability to be an effective teacher to all age groups—young children, teens and adults. If you’re looking for a positive, effective karate instructor for yourself or your children, Nathan Thorn is your man.”
“As a family, we highly recommend The Edge Martial Arts. It’s great for kids because of the discipline and exercise, and the self defense training. Kids are taught not only how to defend themselves, but avoid dangerous situations to begin with. This school is second to none in the Twin Cities metro area.”
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Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: 6513517750
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