Doing Well, By Doing Good.


Karate Families was established in 2008. I began learning Martial Arts in the winter of 1991 in New York City. I moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and began working in Martial Arts in the spring of 2001.

After several years I opened Karate Families with the mission to bring all the wonderful lessons that karate has taught to me, and share it with as many others as I can. I believe in learning through play. I am certain that the lessons that children learn in Karate spill over into every aspect of a child’s life – from the way they approach their school to their social interaction with peers. Karate teaches perseverance, goal setting, and achievement. How much better is a person’s life when they have the skill of completing what they start?


Scott Greenwood

I grew up in northern California. I was very poor and we struggled through most of my early life. While I was living on a farm in Placerville, CA, I saw a famous TV show that was shot in Manhattan, NY. I decided I wanted to be an actor and move there to pursue my dreams. I attended college in NYC and lived there for 10 years.

While I lived there, I was mugged one night while coming home. Life was challenging then and money was scarce. A man threw me on the sidewalk and took my money. He only managed to steal $20. The next day I went to find a place that would teach me to defend myself. I eventually decided to train at the Kyokushin school of Oyama in NYC. I was a bartender, waiter, actor, video store clerk, sold shoes, sold clothes, worked in kitchen and bath stores. I was on soap operas, and I was a professional Shakespearean clown. I made commercials and did stand up comedy. I was a filmmaker and a dancer. All the while I trained in Karate. I learned a great deal about myself. I did whatever I needed to, to survive.

After 10 years, I decided to leave and move to Los Angeles. One day, while looking for a job, I saw an ad in the paper for a Karate teacher that must be good with kids. I thought that it sounded like fun. I got the job and it changed my life. It turned out to be the greatest job I ever had. I loved doing it. I loved teaching the children. Loved meeting new people. I had found the job I was meant for, and after seven years of working for Dawn Barnes, I ventured out on my own.

In 2008, I opened Karate Families. And now here I am. My work at Karate Families is my life. Learning here isn’t like other places because I treat every student with gratitude and respect. I look forward to teaching each and every day. It is my mission to teach the values Karate has taught me.

Emil Farkas
8th Dan

Widely known as the Sensei to the Stars. Sensei Emil Farkas Has been running his School since 1970. He has worked in movies and TV. He has trained a lot of Hollywood talent: Phil Specter, Elvis Presley, James Caan, Liam Neeson, the list goes on.

Teaching is his passion. He has taught thousands of students in his 48 years of owning his school in Beverly Hills, CA.

In 2001, he awarded Scott Greenwood his 1st Dan and now conducts a special monthly class at Karate Families, as well as oversees the training of the advanced belts. Emil also teaches a special combat class on Saturdays (must call for details). Sensei Farkas is a legend in the Martial Arts world and we are very lucky to be a part of his organization.

Ben Cohen

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Kyle Desser

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Micheal Linecker

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Doing Well, By Doing Good

Develop the skills and confidence that you will use for the rest of your life.