Master Stephen Donovan began his martial arts training at age 4 when his father, Professor – 9th Degree Black belt Mike Donovan, started Little Dragon Classes (4 to 6-year-olds) in 1985. Now, Sensei Steve, as he is known by his students, is taking Olympic Karate into the future. He is developing new programs, new techniques and helping his students to improve their confidence and leadership.
When asked why he is so connected with his classes, Sensei Steve says the following: “First, I learn every student’s name. I remember what it was like to be a beginner, or even a rookie black belt. And I make time to listen to the parents and to reinforce family values. It’s not good enough to just teach block and punch; our goal is to work to help each student learn to be their best!”
Sensei Steve is working towards his 6th Degree Black Belt at Olympic Karate. He also holds Black Belt ranking in Modern Arnis. He has also trained in Systema, Bondo, Kung Fu, Kali Silat Evolution, Applied Eskirma, Balintawak, Judo and Jiu Jitsu with Grand Masters in these styles and other prominent Masters.
Sensei Steve is the Head Instructor, or Lead Instructor, at Olympic Karate. He leads all the classes, sets the teaching curriculum, and leads the Black Belt classes, as well as the Children’s program.
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