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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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“I have been a student of the Martial Arts for the better part of 20 years now, and have studied under four different training systems. For the last several years, this training has been with Master Thorn at “The Edge.” Without question, he is one of the most creative, resourceful, and professional teachers that I have experienced! Master Thorn brings a passion to teaching and a commitment to developing the best in each of his students.”
“Building a healthy body and mind are the reasons I became a student of Master Thorn's nearly ten years ago, but I've stayed with The Edge because I found so much more. I started karate as a 5th grader, and throughout my growing years at The Edge I've learned discipline, respect for myself and others, determination and confidence that I've taken into all areas of my life as a young adult. The Edge empowered me to discover the great things that I'm physically and mentally capable of, and the instructors constantly motivate me and challenge me to improve. Karate is a life sport with lessons for everyone. I highly recommend Master Thorn and The Edge.”
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Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: 6513517750
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