Neil Stone's Karate Academy

Southern New Hampshire's Only Private Martial Arts Academy

About


Neil Stone's Karate Academy is the area's only private martial arts academy, and we have proudly served Brookline, New Hampshire, and the surrounding community for over a decade. Our dojo integrates the traditional Okinawan techniques of Uechi-Ryu karate with modern teaching styles and principles of study, not only to enhance students' practice of the martial arts, but to heighten the personal and overall lives of everybody who enters our school.

Sensei Neil Stone's twenty-five years of teaching experience have allowed us to make NSKA into a full character development center, while providing expert instruction in traditional Japanese martial arts. We also offer seminars, demonstrations, classroom presentations and special initiatives for our students, and we go above and beyond to help enhance every aspect of our students' lives.

Programs


Junior Program

Self-defense, bully prevention, character development, ages four and up

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Teen and Adult Programs

Self-defense skills for the real world, age 13 and up

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Birthday Parties

Full-service, professionally run and handled with expert care

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Character Development Program

Powerful Words, and living the Martial Way

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Community Outreach

Workshops, seminars, demonstrations, classes, presentations

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S.T.O.R.M. Program

NSKA's Special Team of Role Models

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Staff


Neil Stone

Owner & Sensei

7th degree black belt with over 30 years of training and teaching experience. Sensei Stone has helped thousands of students reach and exceed their goals, and is a well-known figure in the local community.

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John Smith

Head Instructor

Holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt, and has been with Sensei Stone since joining the junior program. John aspires to run his own martial arts school.

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Brian Edmonds

Head Instructor

Holds the rank of 4th degree black belt, and started with Sensei Stone in the Junior Program. Brian teaches while attending law school in Massachusetts.

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Nathan Harker

Business Director

Holds the rank of 6th degree black belt, and has been with Sensei Stone for over 25 years. Nathan started in the junior program and now helps on the operational side of running the Academy.

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Our dojo family is hundreds of members strong, and growing every day!

TOGETHER, WE CAN ACHIEVE MORE

Class Schedule


Monday

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - All Adult/Teens 3:45-4:30: All Ranks 4-5 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - All Ranks 6 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - All Ranks 7-8 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - All Ranks 9-12 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. - Adult/Teens Sandan & Up 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. - All Ranks Adult/Teens

Tuesday

3:45 - 4:30 - All Ranks 4-6 4:30 - 5:15 - White/Purple Ages 7-12 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - Red/Brown Ages 7-12 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Jr. Black Invitational 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. - Brown/Black Adults/Teens 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. - White/Green Adults/Teens

Wednesday

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - All Adult/Teens 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - All Ranks 9-12 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - All Ranks 4-6 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - All Ranks 7-8 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. - All Ranks Teens 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. - All Ranks Adults

Thursday

3:45 - 4:30 All Ranks 4-6 4:30 - 5:15 - White/Purple Ages 7-12 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - Red/Brown Ages 7-12 (Sparring included in the class) 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Jr. Black Invitational (Sparring included in the class) 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. - All Ranks Adults/Teens 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. - Adults/Teens Ikkyu-Nidan

Friday

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - All Adult/Teens 3:45 - 4:30 p.m. - All Ranks 4-5 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - All Ranks 6 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - All Ranks 7-8 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - All Ranks 9-12 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. - All Adults/Teens 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. - Adult/Teen Sparring (First and third Friday of every month)

Saturday

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. - All Ranks 4-7 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. - All Ranks 8-12 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - All Adults/Teens Promotional Day Saturday Class 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - A.I. Meeting 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - All Adult/Teen Ranks 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. - STORM Meeting 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Promo Class 4-8 11:15 - 12:00 p.m. - Promo Class 9-12 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. - HIT Team Meeting

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Written Testimonials


I was blown away the other day when I asked if Mr. Stone could come to a meeting at my son's school. Mr. Stone said he might not be able to make it and to be honest I was a little sad, I needed all the back up I could have. I understood why he might not have been able to make it because he is so busy. I walked into the school so nervous and saw Mr. Stone's face waiting eagerly for me to arrive for the meeting. That right there gave me all the strength I needed, and showed me that there are people in this world that really truly care about each individual child and family. Neil Stone's Karate academy has been absolutely amazing during the ups and downs my son has been experiencing. Karate gives my son the chance to succeed in this world and teaches him lessons that are so important in life, there are great people at this Dojo to show him the way. I am happy that we took our son to NSKA it was definitely the best decision we could of made!"

Christina SimpsonVery Happy Mom

When we enrolled Gavin into your academy my hopes were that karate would become an interest for him, that he would learn how to focus his energy in a positive way, that he would become self disciplined, and over all a more balanced, more self confident kid. We have seen major changes in Gavin over the past 16 months. He has grown in all of the areas I mentioned above and matured in the process. Karate has majorly helped with his focus and his self confidence in his day today life at home and most importantly right now, at school. As you’re aware, he was on a behavior/sticker program in his classroom. That ended in the past week because his teacher told him that he doesn’t need it anymore. He knows what he needs to do & how to behave to have a successful day at school. I can’t thank you all enough for your open lines of communication, and helping to hold him accountable for his actions, and work with us & school to get him to where he needs to be to continue to grow on his path to success. Your academy is much more than just going to karate class. You have created a safe & loving environment for these kids and parents alike. I literally feel like I sit there and watch my son blossom before my eyes. Thank you all for that."

Erin S.Happy Parent

At Neil Stone?s Karate Academy (NSKA) our son is learning a martial art and gaining much, much more! Mr. Stone and his staff have continuously exceeded our expectations since we joined five months ago. Teaching children seems to come naturally to Mr. Stone. He conducts classes with energy, enthusiasm, and fun and is able to engage every student. My husband and I have witnessed many behavioral and emotional improvements in our son since he began attending NSKA including: increased confidence, concentration, focus, and listening skills. He is now more determined to finish challenging tasks and is more eager to try new things. He shakes hands with people he meets and looks them in their eyes when speaking. He also raises his hand more frequently in class. We?ve noticed significant physical changes too such as improved coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, endurance/stamina, fine and gross motor skills."

Mrs.DMom of 6 year old enrolled at NSKA

While I was growing up, I was always active in sports, and in pretty good condition. As a Korean veteran, in the infantry, and stationed in Germany, 4 to 5 years ago, I started Uechi-Ryu karate. My original intent was not a Black Belt, but to get back into some semblance of good physical shape. At my age I thought it was going to take quite a long time. I started by going to class 2, then 3 times a week. The more I went, the more I wanted to go. I was excited as to feel I was accomplishing more than I expected. How does a teacher with a mixed class that ranges from white to 6th degree black belt, train in the same class, without ignoring any student? Every level student becomes a student and a teacher when working with someone that is a junior. Sensei Stone, not only teaches Uechi-Ryu karate, but as one can see by his more advanced students, he develops new teachers. Enthusiasm is contagious and that defines Sensei Stone."

Don BradaneseSatisfied student

As a parent and as a student at your dojo, I just wanted to express my gratitude for all you do. It's clear to me that you have a difficult job, and I see that you do it well. I admire all the hats that you wear on any given day. Besides being a master at Uechi-Ryu expertly demonstrating all the karate moves, you manage to teach an incredible variety of students with a huge range in ages, strengths, weaknesses and skill sets. What I've been most impressed with is how you strive to know each student personally. You reach out to the "whole" person checking if he or she has problems at home or issues at school. You have a special knack for empowering the timid and building character in the undisciplined. Any other person who works hard to be on top of his business, would likely be too stern and serious, but somehow you have kept a great sense of humor and have created a friendly, warm atmosphere."

Christine DParent & Student

I just want to take a minute and thank you for Molly's pizza party. She had a blast and felt very special. It meant a lot to her. In the past few months that she has been practicing with your Academy her focus, respect and attitude have all changed for the better. She loves coming to class and asks if we can go everyday. In early April when she tested for her 2nd stripe she was so nervous at the promotion class she wouldn't stand up to do her kata. She said she was scared. My heart broke for her because I know how badly she wanted to do it but just wouldn't allow herself. She was guided through it and to her delight, promoted. Fast forward three weeks, with watching the YouTube video and practicing with a visual her self confidence has grown. Yesterday in front of her friends she did Sanchin on her own in front of everyone! Just to see her grow has made karate worth every penny. Thank you for everything!"

Rachel SParent

My two daughters have been practicing karate at Neil Stone's Karate now for 6 months for my oldest and 1.5 years for my youngest. Neil and his staff have done so much to help our children learn and grow. They do a great job of pulling together the children's home lives, school lives and life at the dojo and I believe positively impacting all areas of their lives. I believe this on one of the best decisions my husband and I made, to enroll them in this martial arts school. This decision was made simply because my little daughter Rebecca decided at the age of 4 that she wanted to "try karate". I had met Neil Stone prior and was so impressed with how he interacted with my older daughter. He was so respectful towards her. He requested that she look him in the eyes when she said hello and shook his hand. I knew as soon as Rebecca wanted to do karate, that was the dojo we were headed for. If you are thinking about putting your child in karate, I HIGHLY recommend NSKA."

RomeriParent

Neil Stone was described to me as, " the horse whisperer" for children". This is 100% accurate. Initially, I just wanted my son to get more exercise. That he does, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. Mr. Stone and the other instructors not only teach karate, they teach life skills and lessons. Skills like how to stay in control, focus, body consciousness, and how not to be bullied. My son has been studying with Neil Stone for a little over a year and his improvements in these and other areas have been nothing less than remarkable. And he loves to go each and every time! Every class is different and each month has a different theme, such as trust, optimism, modesty, perseverance, etc. Mr. Stone may decide that a kid needs to work on something else, like confidence or perseverance so he may deviate from the theme and say a few words on that topic if he thinks it will be beneficial to the group. In addition to all of that, Mr. Stone ALWAYS supports parenting."

KarenParent

My daughter and I are both students, and I can't say enough. We have seen big changes in our 7 year old - she goes to the dojo and works her little heart out, and then takes that same focus and drive and applies it to her responsibilities at school and at home. Sensei Stone and his staff are incredibly enthusiastic and creative. They are always changing things up and making the classes fun and energetic, combining martial arts technique with the core values of kindness and respect for others. I am especially impressed to watch Sensei Stone get to know each student individually and to then help each student through whatever difficulties they might have, even outside the dojo. As an adult student I began my study with goals of fitness and self-defense in mind, but I have also found an amazing community of karate professionals who are ready and willing to share their knowledge and to mentor new students. Thank you for having us at NSKA. We are thrilled to be part of the family!"

LauraParent and karate practitioner

My daughters have been studying at NSKA for little over two years now. And as we spend more time at NSKA, we became so confident that we chose the right Karate Dojo . Mr. Stone has this incredibly positive, enthusiastic passion for Karate, EVERY TIME we see him. And he radiates all his knowledge and the good moral that he has in most positive way. I'm sure my daughters are learning not only physical skills, but also mental awareness in order to became one responsible, confident person."

Ema W.Thankful Mom

Neil Stone's Karate Academy is one of the best Karate academies in the area. They not only teach self defense, but more importantly emphasize character over karate. His classes are well-organized and well-balanced, with a mixed sampling of physical activity, karate, life lessons and fun. Mr. Stone celebrates and acknowledges the students for academic achievement as well as their karate achievements. He believes in a "You work hard, you play hard" philosophy. Neil's generosity and community involvement is unparalleled. The children very quickly learn the value of giving back, as they witness for themselves these meaningful lessons. The facility is immaculate and meticulously maintained. I believe that Neil Stone's Karate Academy is an unrivaled provider of karate and life instruction to our children. Neil has a flair for making the training so enjoyable, fun, and interesting, that the kids don't realize how hard they are working."

Maureen O.Parent

Our two boys are currently enrolled at NSKA. Our association with Neil Stone and the Academy began 5 years ago when we enrolled our oldest son, Mason. Mason has just earned the rank of junior Black belt and we could not be more proud. We are also very proud of our younger son, Luke, who has been studying for 3 years and will soon become a green belt. Mr. Stone offers a program that not only supports physical health, but fosters emotional growth and builds self confidence. We've been impressed with Mr. Stone's ability to not only teach each one of our kids karate, but how to apply the principles each day in their lives. We've seen our sons grow in a supportive environment where they continue to be challenged to reach beyond themselves and achieve new goals. Mr. Stone surrounds himself with an amazing support staff and attends conferences/seminars to continuously improve the curriculum and himself as an educator. We look forward to being a part of the NSKA family for many years."

Ruth P.Parent

Mr. Stone is the epitome of a great mentor. His positive attitude and dedication allow his students to develop to their fullest potential. I studied under Mr. Stone for 8 years before I left for college. Before starting Uechi Ryu, I had studied two other styles of martial arts, but I am glad I moved on to the Neil Stone Karate Academy. Mr. Stone develops his students both physically and mentally. They learn how to defend themselves while developing the eight virtues of a Uechi Ryu Black Belt: modesty, courtesy, integrity, compassion, gratitude, self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. My time at the academy improved my self-confidence and every aspect of my mind, body and spirit. I would recommend Mr. Stone to anyone looking for a great martial arts instructor, motivational speaker or mentor. You will learn a lot and begin to reach your full potential."

Sean F.Student

Neil Stone's Karate Academy is #1 in my book. It has been a pure pleasure the past five years to watch my 2 daughters progress at NSKA, and I look forward to watching my 3rd little girl grow through NSKA as well. As Mom, I too, learn so much just from being in the waiting room and listening to all that Mr. Stone and his wonderful assistants have to say. I try to take as much home with me as possible, and use this knowledge at home as well as in the real world, as I hope other parents do as well. I have made a lot of friends with other Parents and have also enjoyed watching other children progress. At times we believe Mr. Stone is magical the way he gets the kids to understand and follow along. I would highly recommend NSKA to anyone who wishes to watch this magic happen to their child as well."

Brenda G.Parent

The NSKA teaching vision is not merely mastering self-defense techniques and physical strength; it's a process of developing one's mental capabilities including values and morals. Amongst many other things, NSKA has helped my son to increase his concentration skills and self-discipline. It has taught him with the importance of treating others with respect and to push himself harder to never give up. I have been impressed with Mr. Stone's teaching performance from the very beginning. He provides constant supervision and guidance to his students while at the dojo but more importantly on matters outside the dojo as well. He makes classes fun while encouraging self-confidence and modeling positive attitude."

Alexandra B.Parent

Hi Neil, Just a note of thanks for the letter of recommendation you wrote for Victoria. It is clear that you put a great deal of thought and effort into it, and your effort is greatly appreciated. Its perspective is unique because you have had a mentor/coach relationship with Victoria that spans a decade. How many 17 year olds have that? You also can take a great deal of the credit for developing some of the character traits that you praised her for having. We know this is your job and your life...but we also believe strongly that you can never hear often enough that what you do makes a lifelong, perhaps even generational difference. Part of the reason we have confidence that Victoria will head off to college in Pennsylvania next fall and do just fine on her own is because of the solid confidence and skills that she learned at NSKA. We joke that we're not all that sure what she's going to miss more home or the dojo!"

Heather & David B.Parents

We certainly appreciate what you do on a regular basis working with the children, changing it up a bit, and being a great role model. I have always respected you, what you do, and what you stand for. But now that I have been to two other Dojos, I think you need to hear an extra Thank You. THANK YOU. I will try to thank you in person as well because you should hear it face to face and not just from an e-mail; and you should see it in my eyes when I say it THANK YOU. Thank you for keeping your dojo clean and smelling good. Thank you for keeping the bathrooms clean. Thank you for having nice decor - simple and not overwhelming. Thank you for treating your clients with respect and talking with us. Thank you for treating the children with respect and with an understanding nature. Thank you for being an outstanding role model, a teacher our community is proud of, someone I feel I can trust my children with."

Carrie M.Parent

Mr. Stone, Thank you again for taking the time to write that letter for me. I really appreciate everything you have done for me not just this summer but through my whole life. I feel lucky to have met you. Thank you again for taking the time to write that letter of recommendation for me. I really appreciate everything you've done for me not just this summer, but through my whole life. I feel lucky to have met you. I can say with great certainty that my family is also grateful that you were a part of my life. They felt so lucky that your teachings aligned with what they wanted to instill in me. It's because of your influence in combination with the influence of my parents that I believe I can do anything in this life. I'm not sure how to give a 'thank you' that equals your impact on my life but I hope this message helps illustrate my gratitude."

Ciarra L.Thankful student