Karate for Kids
Traditional Japanese karate in a safe and supportive environment
By far the best dojo in the bay area, largely due to the outstanding head instructor Jon Keeling. He is very, very experienced, incredibly talented as a martial artist, and a highly effective teacher. He promotes both a high level of karate excellence and discipline, while also being very mindful of safety and individual physical limitations. This dojo is worth the drive from San Francisco.
Sensei Keeling and his students have made our entire family feel welcome every time we come to the dojo for private lessons, seminars and classes. Sensei’s extensive knowledge, exceptional teaching skills, extraordinary character, and remarkable patience are just a few of the reasons we feel at home in his dojo and his training; it’s a privilege knowing him.
You’ll be lucky if you could find another karate school that teaches all this stuff — I haven’t found another one yet. And yes, you’ll get an awesome workout!!
I spent a lot of time touring dojos in the Palo Alto area, and this is by far the best. Both of the instructors… trained for a number of years at the main JKA dojo in Tokyo… and this direct connection to the essence of Shotokan is obvious. The classes are very technical, nothing is left unexplained and there is zero BS.
I feel comfortable asking Sensei questions and I know he will give me honest answers.
I can finally say that I have found my home! Both the instructors and the other senior students are as good as it gets. I highly recommend it for anyone serious about JKA-style Shotokan karate.
Sensei Keeling is extremely well connected within the martial arts community, resulting in frequent visits to the dojo by other prominent instructors, as well as large seminars with attendees from all over the world.
This is real JKA-style karate… You’ll learn karate by both tradition and understanding, i.e., you will be led to understand the reasoning behind the traditional art. You will have the same experience as training at the JKA Honbu Dojo in Tokyo.
I’m very impressed with Sensei Keeling and his dojo. Sensei recognizes the importance of teaching the basics while maintaining the Shotokan karate traditions.
Head instructor Jon Keeling is clearly among the most knowledgeable practitioners and best overall instructors in the country. He is a clear and succinct communicator in English, has excellent technique and is very good at analyzing technical errors in his students.