Get to know Blue Life Karate & Kickboxing

About Blue Life Karate & Kickboxing
in Maplewood


Blue Life Karate & Kickboxing is committed to inspiring and empowering you to reach your full potential.

Our focus is on building families by providing the best possible Children’s and Adults martial arts programs in the Maplewood area to give your family the tools it needs to be prepared for precarious circumstances as well as preparing your children with our anti-bully success and not falling to peer-pressure. All this we offer while learning some really cool self defense skills, maintain great health, and become the best version of yourself for a successful living. 

Blue Life Karate & Kickboxing has earned the reputation in Maplewood, as well as Short Hills, Millburn, South Orange, Vauxhall, Irvington, of being the top and most preferred martial arts center in the entire area for enriching our students’ lives and equipping them to face life with the winning edge.

Many people believe that  martial arts training is just another extra curricular activity. That is a mistake as well as believing that martial arts training is just about fighting.  When you train in our martial arts classes you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.

Shihan Durand Howard

Holds the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt in Ninjutsu. Holds the Rank of Tuhon (Master Instructor) in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, and the Director of Blue Life Karate.

Precise in his teaching yet warm in his delivery, Durand has the ability to teach the core principles with an element of fun that keeps kids and families coming back. His personal achievements include:

  • 12 Time NJ State Karate Champion
  • 3 Time WKU  World Champion
  • 2 Time National Champion
  • Member: U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • Member: World Karate Union Hall of Fame
  • Member: Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame
  • Member: Legends of the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
  • Certified Combat Pekiti Tirsia Kali Silat Master Instructor

He is the Master Instructor of Blue Life Karate & Kickboxing. 

“When I was a child, I began my martial arts journey and the positive impact it had on my life was remarkable. It was always my dream to someday open my own school and pass on the skills, knowledge, and inspiration the martial arts has given to me in my own life”.

Now, I proudly serve the Maplewood community and feel an overwhelming sense of pride and humility when I see our students grow into happier, healthier, more confident children, teens, and adults!

What people are saying about Blue Life Karate & Kickboxing

Thea Kearney
Thea Kearney
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“Shihan Durand Howard is an excellent karate instructor and make the classes fun for the kids, but also serious enough for them to learn some very useful martial arts skills and life skills such as discipline and focus!”
Wanda Armstrong
Wanda Armstrong
Proud Parent
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“He builds confidence and character in all of the kids. My son has been a student there for 4 1/2 years; the best karate instruction and discipline around!”
Colette Doudin
Colette Doudin
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“Understanding of personal circumstances, yet always expecting students to contribute to the best of their ability.”
Curtis Brantley
Curtis Brantley
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“An incredible learning experience awaits children and adults at Blue Life Karate. My sons have been attending for a combined 13 years. As a result, they’ve gained tremendous discipline and the techniques of self-defense.The program provides a solid foundation for children that face bullying challenges, which is so pervasive today. I’ve personally witnessed children with behavioral problems reverse course and advance to levels their parents thought were unattainable.”

Blue Life Karate & Kickboxing

People believe that martial arts training is just another extra curricular activity, that is a misconception. There is not any program that is going to give you the benefits that you receive from martial arts training. Many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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