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Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove
8457 East Point Douglas Road
Cottage Grove MN 55016
United States
Owner: Mr. Jim Albertson
Director: Mr. Dan McDonough & Mr. Dave Stelton
Instructors: Mr. Sam Forthun
Assistant Instructors: Mr. Vincent Sherman, Mr. Barry Maxwell, Ms. Dawn Levesque, Mr. Chris Meyer & Ms. Darien Maxwell
About Cottage Grove National Karate

Since 1973, the National Karate Academy has been dedicated to helping men, women and children discover the benefits of martial arts training.

Physical strength, flexibility and weight control are developed through high repetition natural body exercises.

Mental confidence is achieved from time-tested & effective self-defense skill.

NK training teaches respect, self-discipline and perseverance.

NK’s black belt professional instructors are highly trained and dedicated to help all students achieve their life goals.

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About Mr. Dan McDonough

With over 25 years training and teaching experience, Mr. McDonough currently holds the rank of 5th degree black belt. Mr. McDonough has a strong competition background, participating in two sponsored competition teams – Team United and Side Kick International. Several of Mr. McDonough’s students have reached top rankings including world champion titles.


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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a class from a 10th Degree Black Belt? How about someone who trained with Bruce Lee?? Well you don’t have to wonder anymore!! We are excited to announce that tomorrow (Friday, May 1st) National Karate will host Grand Master John Worley as he conducts two classes: 5:30-6:00, 12 & Under, 6:15-6:45, 13 & Older. Both classes will be all belt levels so block out your schedule and do NOT miss this opportunity to learn from the man whose vision helped shape National Karate into the greatest martial arts organization in the country! We are so excited that you will all get an opportunity to benefit from his wisdom so please tune in!! Please check your Remind text to get Zoom codes and be sure to sign in early to get a spot! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello NKCG. It will be good to meet you all when this storm passes. My name is Mr. Dan Schultz and I have been a friend of many of the NKCG black belts for many years (Mr. McDonough tied my first black belt on many many years ago). I am looking forward to learning the NK system over the next several weeks (hopefully not months, but as I look down at the midsection, it may be months!) and crossing my black belt over to NK so that we can work together, that is if it's OK with Mr. McDonough and Mr. Albertson.

While NKCG is shut down, please pay attention to this page and the messages being sent by Mr. McDonough and Mr. Albertson. Try to do as much as you are able at home (or outside if the weather is nice like today!), work hard, and have fun!

It's good to be back and, again, I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can when we fire it back up.

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To all Cottage Grove National Karate Students and Parents:
This morning [Sunday] MN Governor Walz announced all public schools across the state will close beginning Wednesday, March 18th, based upon recommendations from national and local governments to minimize the spread of the coronavirus through social distancing.
National Karate takes all recommendations seriously in these dynamic and changing times. Thus we have put the following actions in place:
Classes: Effective Monday, March 16th National Karate will be temporarily suspending all classes. We will re-evaluate next Sunday, March 22nd regarding our next steps we will take and will communicate these actions as soon as we can..
We as an organization are taking many measures to protect the health of our employees, students and parents.
Thank you for your understanding, patience and flexibility during this challenging time. By working together to do our part to stop the spread of this virus we can get back to a regular routine as soon as possible.

All questions and/or concerns can be sent to and/or


Jim Albertson, Owner
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*2 week trial is a one-time offer for new students only. Uniform purchase required.