What People Are Saying

Larscheldt Boys

When thinking of Traditional Okinawan Karate, you should be thinking of East West Connection! I studied Shorin Ryu Karate under Sensei Schroeder when I was in high school. That was the early 90's before I left the State.

I now have a young son who I enrolled in the Juniors Class at East West Connection. I chose this Dojo for my son because I remembered the quality of instruction and personal care I received when I was in high school as a student of Sensei Schroeder.

I have also resumed my own training in Shorin Ryu Karate under Sensei Schroeder at East West Connection. Sensei Schroeder is an awesome instructor! He is highly experienced. He is interested and cares for each and every student. Not only in regard to your Karate training, but also in your everyday life.

I continue to trust in Sensei Schroeder, due to his experience and character, not only for my continued training, but also that of my son.

Phillip A. Humphries

Dan Schroeder Sensei's East West Connection dojo in Hales Corners is a bastion of traditional, authentic Okinawan Karate - truly a gem and not something you run across that often nowadays. The Kobayashi Shorin Ryu at EWC Martial Arts is taught as it was meant to be taught. What makes the dojo even more special is that Schroeder Sensei and his staff - all seasoned black belts - ensure the training is age appropriate & carefully tailored to each student's capabilities. The dojo also provides expert instruction in Yang Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and Aikido in addition to the Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate. You won't find better instruction or better people. EWC Martial Arts & Wellness provides an excellent environment for enthusiasts of all ages.

Michael Dunn

This place is amazing. The style taught her is Shorin Ryu Karate, which is traditional self-defense karate, not sport karate. Sensei Schroeder has been teaching karate for more than 50 years. He is a great teacher and great guy. There are both day and evening classes. It is a great workout and a great way to stay in shape. I highly recommend joining this class.

Dave, Maricel, and our little Kelsey

East West Connection teaches more than kicking and punching. They learn qualities such as respect and courtesy among others.

My daughter just turned 6 years old yesterday. She has been in Tiger Tots class for about a month now. In my opinion, she is a perfect child. But since she has been in karate she actually listens to us better and she is more focused. And she has more of an "I can do it" attitude.

I wanted her to join this so she would learn more about defending herself. And she is learning. She loves it.

I shopped around. Some places only spend one half-hour with your child and they have a lot of kids per instructor. Here at EWC, they spend 45 minutes with the kids for about the same price. And the best part is they have more instructors per child.

I highly recommend this place. If you have a little girl, don't be afraid of starting her in a class. She will definitely benefit from it.

Beth Rousseau

This is the real deal - not a flashy machine that pushes as many kids through as possible to generate belt fee income and tournament income but rather a disciplined, kind and highly effective school with a very long tradition in Hales Corners. They really are excellent at building character and confidence.

Jason Wierek

My son really likes attending karate here and has excelled since he started over 4 years ago.

Denise B

Excellent studio. Instructors are knowledgeable and friendly. Programs are affordable. They have classes for Adults and kids. The Kobudo classes are great. They also have Aikido and Tai Chi. Well rounded - something for everyone.

Robbi T

Sensei Daniel Schroeder is an extraordinary teacher of the Okinawan style of karate. He truly cares about his students as if they were family. This isn't where you go if you want to "buy" a black belt for bragging rights. This is an authentic dojo that incorporates all aspects of the karate lifestyle. You will earn your place here. My son-in-law has been training at East West Connection for a while now and, although I'm certainly no expert in the field of karate, I have seen and heard about others' experiences at some of the other local dojos, and I was not impressed. I would highly recommend East West Connection for the serious student of karate.

Caleb K

I started attending karate classes at EWC a couple of years ago after studying the same style while growing up out of state. The instructors at EWC are really experienced (the head instructor is a 9th degree black belt with over 50 years of experience, and several of the assistant instructors have 5th degree black belts or higher). They take the time to get to know you and help you improve your skills. You're not just a number. The classes are a lot of fun! They offer Karate for adults and kids, Kobudo (weapons), Aikido, and Tai Chi. Would really recommend them to anyone looking for a quality school for themselves or their kids!

Peter Frasch

Have been a student at East West Connection for over 25 years. It has kept me active, moving, and healthy. It is more than just a workout, it is a workout with a purpose, that I have carried through the rest of my life. It has benefited me professionally, socially, and personally. It also has never failed to offer challenges to keep up my interest. I have never needed to look else where for motivation or material to keep me moving forward. i workout regularly and see no reason in the future to stop or change where I do my training. If you are looking for a place to train and workout, I would recommend East West Connection wholeheartedly.

 Alexandra C.

"I was very nervous to start doing Aikido at Aikido of Hales Corners, however when I did pluck up the courage to reach out to Dan Sensei via their website he responded warmly and promptly - which was an accurate reflection of the aikido class environment. The aikido class is on the small side, which I enjoyed a lot because it was very easy to make connections with the other aikidoka. The dojo has a family feel, especially downstairs where the locker rooms are. 10/10, would train there again."

 Camerin R 

"Great instruction amazing environment. Safe and clean facilities."


Sensei Schroeder and students at East West Connection Martial Arts and Wellness

Sensei Schroeder and students at East West Connection Martial Arts and Wellness