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Mentor Martial Arts

Get Fit. Be Strong. Feel Empowered.

About Our School

The 5 Ways We Change Lives,
For Both Kids & Adults.


Bet you thought our Mentor Martial Arts school was just a super cool place to get fit and learn self-defense... the truth is it's so much more.

As you get physically fit, you’ll also experience some changes most of our students are NOT prepared for. Especially our younger students. They are absolutely blown away by the subtle changes that happen when you train in our programs.

Below are a handful of those life-changing experiences people walk away with. We can’t wait to hear what kind of positive experiences you can add to the list as well!

Boosted Confidence

Challenge yourself, change your life! As you dig in and put your efforts into learning all of the crazy cool striking drills, self-defense techniques, and showing up for cardio training you’ll realize you CAN smash your fitness goals.

Wow, what a big boost in confidence this brings! We see it on all of the new students' faces within just a couple weeks. Believe it or not, a lot of it comes from the positive class atmosphere and socialization.

You’ll swell with pride as your classmates and instructors cheer you on. High fives will fly high as you progress through training and continue to give your all in class. Both kids and adults feel this and it spills over into their everyday life. Kids step up to the plate, becoming leaders in their classrooms. And adults claim they take on challenges at work with more confidence too!

Increased Ability to Focus

Martial Arts is so much fun! You’ll learn all sorts of new skills and techniques like striking drills, defensive moves, and even super secret functional cardio drills. But... when you learn a new skill, you have to concentrate hard on listening to the instructor, then perform what they taught you.

The neat thing is this intense concentration naturally pours into all other areas of your life as you develop laser like focus. It’s one of the most amazing side effects of martial arts — many call it getting in the zone, unlocking your untapped potential, or peak performance.

Whatever you want to call it, one thing is for certain — you’ll learn how to focus your mind to perform tasks you once thought impossible.

You’ll Get Fit

Each class is loaded with challenging, fun exercise. But because you're so focused on performing techniques, and having so much fun, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and you not only learned powerful martial arts...

... you got a great workout, too. Being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence as well.

Become Part of a Community

We're a tight-knit group here. And our members and instructors are all about support and friendship. We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, encouragement, and motivation.

Your classmates will be genuinely happy for you when you master your new tasks because they know how hard you have to work for it. Now extend that mentality into a wide network of martial artists, practicing and struggling, just like you.

There's a reason Martial Artists typically greet each other as "brother" or "sister" and it's truly powerful to see that realization sink in for new students.

Breakup with Boredom, Have FUN!

Stuck in a fitness rut or tired of hitting up bootcamp style classes just to be yelled at on your personal time? Ugh, who can blame you... luckily our classes are NOTHING like that. Action-packed and totally fun, focused on your success, and always changing. No two workouts are the same and we use positive motivation.

No military style yelling or body shaming, ever.

Both kids and adults both work hard, but also play hard too. Laughing, smiles, and high fives are part of every class.

Adult Martial Arts

Do you wish to get in shape through fun powerful classes? Experience a combination of modern and traditional training and workouts in our Mentor Adult Martial Arts Classes. Our martial art classes offer an array of combat techniques; from self-defense and exercise to meditation and philosophy for a better life.

You can join our Martial Arts, Karate, Kung Fu Jiu-Jitsu classes which are taught to adults of all ages. And you'll be taught by our expert martial arts instructors who are dedicated, caring, and full of passion.

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Kids Martial Arts

You can call our Mentor kids martial arts classes "family classes" because the parents of our students love these classes as much as their kids. And why not when the end-result is discipline and great sense of respect for kids of all ages! We focus on a well-rounded student; well behaved everywhere and a good performer in school.

Kids love our martial arts classes because we blend fun activities and games, and still dedicate pure focus time to learn new techniques while perfecting the old ones.

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Birthday Parties

Let your kid feel like a total rock star with our awesome kids birthday package. It's a fun, educational, structured birthday party involving martial arts... crazy-cool fun & games... and more. Plus your kid will be the one-and-only star of the show! Guaranteed to be a safe, fun, awesome experience for your child & all of his / her friends.

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Karate Institute of Mentor is a family oriented school where children and adults gain the amazing benefits of martial arts at their own pace. Children develop solid character through traditional values, while gaining a sense of achievement through learning practical self-defense and anti-bullying skills.

New to martial arts, fitness, or having trouble finding peace of mind in such a hectic world? You're in the right place!

Martial art exercises help develop better physical fitness, flexibility and endurance no matter what your starting point is. You'll improve based upon your own efforts during the exercises and skill development classes. Martial arts is also known for developing laser-like focus, boosting self-esteem, and giving students the ability to handle stress, no matter what challenges life throws at them.

Our age specific programs give you the best training possible for your skill level. Let's face it, a 6 year old starting from scratch is way different than a 46 year old starting from scratch. Children learn differently from adults and get distracted easily, so we separate by age to give the best training possible to all levels. Separating the classes also keeps the less developed children safe while they are learning and building strength.

The class age ranges are: 3 to 6 years old, 6 to 12, 13 to 17 and adults.

Our highly skilled instructors are passionate about teaching and coaching each student to achieve their highest level of personal development, fitness and martial arts skills. Our school is a mixture of traditional values and modern self-defense skills.

We specialize is a martial arts system call KAJUKENPO. It is an eclectic system of martial arts that was developed in Hawaii in 1947. Made up of movements and philosophy from Karate, Kenpo, Judo and Jui-Jitsu - it uses your opponent's own movements against them while teaching you to utilize throws, holds, and joint locks.

We also offer other popular programs and lessons to give you the best training possible, these stellar lessons include:

Do you have the heart of a champion? Many of our younger students enjoy performing on our martial arts demonstration team and competition team. Learning how to apply acrobatics in Extreme Forms and Weapons Competition is really challenging and fun to showcase the awesome ability of martial artists!

All classes are dynamic and designed to challenge you! But not in a scary way - our instructors will push you in a positive way to support life-changing success, achievement, and JOY! We lead by example--through quality technique, healthy respect, and personal integrity.

Don't forget to check out the super low web-special going on right now! Classes fill up fast, especially since this deal is hot, hot, hot! Definitely wouldn't want you to miss out.

For more details on taking your life to the next level while having the most fun you've EVER had working out be sure to visit our classes page. Below is a little more info on the leadership here at Karate Institute of Mentor so you can get a feel for the the expertise behind our phenomenal programs. Looking forward to training with you soon!

"Your spirit is the true shield." - Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

Grand Master Dennis Janes, 8 th Degree Black Belt

Grandmaster Janes' journey in martial arts began in February of 1970 with World Champion AlGene Caraulia. In a little over two years, he earned his 1st Degree Black Belt (in December of 1972). In June of 1973, he was hired by Gene Wyka to teach in one of the oldest martial arts organizations in the Midwest, the Chicago Judo and Karate Centers.

In 1976, The Cleveland Karate Institute developed into an International Organization and Grand Master Caraulia hired Grandmaster Janes to manage and direct karate operations of the Cleveland Karate Institute. Finding a real passion in teaching students of all ages, in 1979 he opened up the Karate Institute of Mentor and by 1992 became an independent school owner.

Grandmaster Janes speaks openly about feeling very fortunate to have received many Hall of Fame honors throughout his martial arts career, amongst his many other achievement. Some of these include:

Grand Master Mercedes Janes, 7th Degree Black Belt

Her road to Black Belt began in 1981 when Grand Master Mercedes decided to take martial arts lessons with her husband, Grand Master Dennis Janes, at the Mentor Karate Institute. Through her years as martial arts competitor and instructor, Grand Master Mercedes had the opportunity to meet and train with some of America's top martial artists, such as: Ernie Reyes, Joe Lewis and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, the legendary karate and kickboxing champions, as well as Mark and Jim Graden, founders of NAPMA.

Grand Master Mercedes claims the biggest highlight of her career was meeting Chuck Norris at the Karate Institute of America Black Belt Test in 1983! These are the people that have inspired and motivated her to continue with training and teaching the martial arts.

One of her favorite duties at the Mentor Karate Institute is to head the Leadership program. Through various continuing educational experiences with many industry leaders like Nick Kokinos (EFC founder), John Graden (NAPMA and cardioKarate/Fitness Kickboxing founder) and Melody Schuman Pre School Martial Arts program, she's developed high level communication skills so she can convey newfound knowledge to the instructor team. We are proud to say that our martial arts instructor staff are among the best in Ohio!

Awards and special recognition: 2007 Master Instructor and 2012 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Master of the Year.

Chief Instructor Justin McDonough, 3 rd Degree Black Belt

Chief Instructor McDonough began training in October 2007 and achieved the rank of 1 st Degree Black Belt in 2010. He has a passion for training and pushing himself to the limits. It helps him to discover weaknesses and figure out what needs to be done to become stronger. Chief Instructor McDonough constantly finds new ways to train and really likes sharing that knowledge with his students.

Teaching martial arts provides Chief Instructor McDonough with many opportunities to help others achieve martial arts skills and confidence - he takes real pleasure in seeing students developing a love for the martial arts and the positive outlook on life. Knowing that he help them achieve their goals is a real honor.

As a competitor, Chief Instructor McDonough was the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Ohio PKC State Champion and the 2014 PKC National Forms Champion. Coaching students on how to develop a tournament presence and being confident in the face of competition has been extremely rewarding to him. There's nothing like seeing someone you work with really do well in their martial arts performance.

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