At our Academy, we separate out classes by age and rank. If you are a beginner you will be in a class that only has beginners in it. All the intermediate and advanced students are in different classes. That means that everything we work on in a beginner’s class is directed just at your ability and needs.
We have four sets of beginning classes separated by age. Beginning Super Kids for ages 5 and 6. Beginning Kids for ages 7 and up. And Beginning teens for ages 12 and up. Lastly Beginning Adults.
We love what we do and everything is focused on our student needs. Beginning karate is very easy and we have graduated expectations as you advanced.
Leadership Team is only about 2% of our total class enrollment. These people are what we call "The Best of the Best" they take a 16 hour class on how to teach martial arts and also come to a class every week on Mondays just to practice teaching under the instructions of Sensei Pollman, Sensei April Clayton, Sensei Philip Rose, and Sensei Keefer Royalty. This class is by invation only and it is tuition free.
Jacob Fast is 19 years old and is currently attending SWOSU majoring in Engineering technology He take karate and plays many video games. He has been in karate for over 9 years and is a 2nd degree black belt. He loves sushi. His favorite holiday is Christmas because he gets to see family and love eggnog. He has been on the leadership team for over 2 years. He has 3 dogs.
Colten Adams is 20 years old and a sophomore at SWOSU. He has practiced karate for 9 years. He loves being on the leadership team because of his compassion for helping others grow in their martial arts journey, as well as life. Outside of the karate academy Colten loves to ski, Scuba dive, hunt, and spend time with family. He is a founding father of the brothers under Christ fraternity at SWOSU. He is studying to become a game warden.
Chris Pollman is our beloved leader. Known as "Sensei" meaning "Teacher" He started his martial arts career in 1967. He studied Okinawan Karate-Do with Ichiro Takahata. He competed for many years in tournaments in Oklahoma and surrounding states. He is a Board of Director member of Budo-Kai International. Also, of the Joe Lewis Fighting System's Advisory Board.
April Clayton started karate in 1991 at the age of 16. She has been practicing martial arts for 29 years and in that time she has competed in kickboxing, cage fighting and tournaments. She has traveled to the west coast working with other martial artists in business. Aprils most enjoyable adventures were traveling to the east coast for many years to work with Joe Lewis Fighting Systems where she earned a black belt in their system. She loves working with children and teens. “Watching others progress and grow as martial artists is the biggest joy in my life.”
Philip Rose has been with Chris Pollman Karate Academy for 18 years. He is currently a 5th degree Black Belt. He is serving his 9th year with the Navy, where he leads a command fitness program. While with the Navy Seabees he has built structures in 6 different countries and 8 different states. He spent 5 years active duty and every single vacation day he took was back here teaching classes in Weatherford at the karate academy. He is set to graduate SWOSU in the Entrepreneurship program April 2023 with honors.