Karate for Adults

Authentic karate taught by truly expert instructors — the “real deal”

For all ages, all levels

Traditional Shotokan Karate

empiSince martial arts first became popular in the United States over 50 years ago, the variety has exploded. It can be hard to make sense of all the different styles from so many different countries. It can be harder to know how any one dojo or club interprets their style.

At Silicon Valley Shotokan Karate we practice authentic, traditional Shotokan karate as taught in Japan. Shotokan is the most widely practiced style of karate and one of the most widely practiced martial arts worldwide. Physically the emphasis is on efficient use of the body to develop tremendous speed and power, but sharpening the mind and perfecting our character are equally important. It’s best to see for yourself. Please come by to watch a class or two and ask questions afterwards.

Basic Curriculum

showingClasses are 90 minutes during the week.

In the first couple of months, adults can expect to learn:

  • the most important kihon (basic) techniques and begin to apply them
  • the first kata (form; pre-arrange set of over 20 movements)
  • basic kumite (sparring) (no-contact, very controlled and very safe)

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Japan Trained Instructors

SVSK’s two primary instructors, Jon Keeling Sensei and Fred Borda Sensei, started teaching Shotokan karate 33 and 28 years ago, respectively. Both have lived and trained in Japan for extended periods. We also have many other very experienced black belt instructors, some of who have also been doing Karate since the 1980s. For more information on our instructors, please see here.

This direct line to the Japanese karate tradition informs everything we do at SVSK.

Excellence

urakenWe understand excellence. One goal of karate training is to put in maximum effort and experience the reward of perfecting something. SVSK is home to world class karate training that parallels the world class technology innovation in Silicon Valley. Our instructors know what the best karate in the world is, and we know how to guide students toward it. After all, who wants to create world class products by day and do lazy karate in the dojo?

For All Levels

Training is open to all levels. Our classes include beginners as well as those who began their karate experience more than thirty years ago. We frequently have instructors visit from other dojo to further their training. Classes usually focus on basic techniques, so even beginners can follow along, while more advanced students can explore the same techniques at a higher level.

Saturday morning classes usually include more advanced kata and kumite focus.

Weekday general classes in our Palo Alto location are followed by 30 minutes of brown/black belt training.

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