Dave Kovar opened his first martial arts school in 1978; since then, he has taught over 35,000 students in the greater Sacramento area and has traveled the world leading instructor training colleges and business boot camps.

Kovar began training kenpo karate in his teens, and has since trained and achieved black belt or the equivalent rank in 10 styles. He founded Kovar's Satori Academy and Kovar Systems; he is still active as an instructor. His seminar features a blend of fitness and martial arts movements that can help improve anyone's style.

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