I took my son for a trial class and Oscar was very welcoming and warm. The children in the class performed impressive routines while having fun. He has a gentle but firm style. It was a great experience.

Zainab B, Northville MI 

We LOVE this Japanese Martial Arts Academy! Our son started when he was just 4 years old and is doing AWESOME! The Oscar Sensei teaches more than just Martial Arts he also teaches respect, discipline, strength and courage which are key components to a child’s development. We have seen great change in his behavior! The best part about this Academy is all the one on one time the sensei spends with each individual child to meet everyone’s individual needs!

I highly suggest this Academy. Your child and/or yourself will get a great quality learning experience.

Ashley G, Garden City, MI

We are having a GREAT experience at the Plymouth Silvera Karate Jutsu Dojo! Sensei Oscar was gracious enough to offer my 13 year old daughter a private free class. She instantly fell in love with the program and was eager to come back. I signed my 11 year old son up as well, they are approaching their yellow belt and have learned so much . They are learning Karate and self defense, they use props for weapons and equipment to spare in safety. They are being taught street smarts as well as your traditional training. How to handle being attacked suddenly, so far we have noticed our kids self esteem and confidence rise. We can’t thank Sensi Oscar enough and are so happy to have found this place! It’s definitely worth a try.. (adults train their as well!)

Rachel K, Canton MI 

For a solid month I have been participating in Sensei Oscar Silvera’s online karate instruction for twice per week. It has been a great experience. Thus far, I have learned the movements of new katas, fortified my understanding of other katas and sharpened my basics. Of course, both my katas and kihon still require much practice, but I know that sensei will be there to provide correction as well as motivation. Online or in person, Sensei Oscar takes the time to focus on each student. Dropping six pounds in weight has been an additional benefit. It is certainly true that online learning is not the same as engaging in person with an instructor equipped with the depth of knowledge that Sensei Oscar possesses, but, in these unusual times, it remains an intelligent investment if you are seek to improve in the martial arts and circumstances prevent you from going to the dojo. 

Daniel O’D Ph.D. Dallas, Texas 

Dear Sensei Oscar, My husband and I with my son has visited and observed some Karate classes (including Tae Kwon Do) around my place, closer than yours, and we found out that no instructor was as good as you, Oscar Sensei.
We investigated a lot about if there are convenient location, reasonable tuition and good quality of practice (that is the most important), and we spend many hours before deciding what we should do here... My husband and I have no choice other than you as his Sensei to practice with considering with Karate technique even if the location is too faraway from us! And I would like to make sure that my son can be strong enough to wear a black belt during our 3 more years staying in U.S.! Mrs. Suzuki, Novi, MI. Student's Parent

Sensei Oscar and all the black-belt instructors that assist him are great teachers. You will get in shape, learn self-defense and also receive insights into the deeper meaning of traditional martial arts. It is also possible to train 6 days per week. The kicking class on Saturday morning is phenomenal, and so are the other days when different aspects of Shotokan Karate-do are emphasized. The place is great for kids as well as adults trying to get back into shape. Love this dojo. Dan O, Livonia. Student

Sensei Oscar Silvera is a great instructor. He has the gift for teaching and unique approach to all his students. If you are looking for a Karate school, look no more, this is the place to be. * Pros: * Very high level instruction * Small class sizes * Very flexible and reasonable rates * Extremely good kids classes * Easy parking * Inconsistent attendance by students * Limited number of classes * This is the best Karate instruction I have ever received. I don't know why more people don't go here. * This is an excellent Karate school in Michigan. Oscar Sensei is dedicated to the teaching and practice of safe Karate that can be pursued at all levels by all ages. E. Garcia, Livonia. Student

I have trained in Shotokan Karate for several years and a few other martial arts. I have had some very good Senseis and some not so good. In all my years I have never been taught to such a degree of understanding as I am now receiving from Sensei Oscar Silvera. His knowledge and understanding of the martial arts are way beyond anything that I have ever been taught and have ever seen. I wish I had been been schooled by him in my younger days but as a wise man said, It is never too late. John Trujillo, Livonia, MI. Student

Sensei Oscar and all of the instructors offer a wealth of expertise with everyone bringing something unique to the mix. This is a very friendly club and it is a pleasure to train there especially with so many times available for training.‎ Rick H, Livonia, MI. Student

Nice, clean facility. Oscar is a great teacher and very friendly with everyone! My 5 year old daughter absolutely loves learning Karate!
D San A, Dearborn, MI. Student's Mother

My daughter and I train together here at Silvera Nippon Karate and really appreciate the personal attention given to each student. Sensei Oscar takes everyones development very seriously and personally. Training is always challenging and enjoyable. We will continue to train here for a long time!!!
P Darke, Livonia, MI. Parent and Student

Sensei Oscar and his staff are very thorough and provide a wide range of both technical and practical training. I am very impressed with the individual attention Sensei provides to all of his students. His goal is obviously to bring the student to the height of their own ability and does not try to fit everyone in the same mold. Rick Livonia, MI. Student

I've known Sensi Oscar for over 5 years now. Oscars patience is unmatchable. If you want to learn technique look no further. The dojo also hosts National Qualifying tournaments. Mark, Garden City, MI


Encouraging karate phrases

  • "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."
  • "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Keep moving forward."
  • "Train hard, fight easy. Your dedication and effort will bring success."
  • "A black belt is a white belt who never quit. Stay persistent and determined."
  • "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
  • "Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up. Keep pushing your limits."
  • "In karate, the spirit and the mind are just as important as the body. Cultivate all three."
  • "Pain is temporary, but the pride of achieving your goals lasts forever."
  • "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle. Give it your all."
  • "Karate is not about being better than someone else; it's about being better than you were yesterday."
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