News & Announcements

Interview on Ethics & Karate

Check out an interview by one of our dojo members with WTKO Chief Instructor Sensei Richard Amos: Dr. Susan Liautaud teaches classes in Ethics at Stanford University and holds the rank of shodan with our dojo.

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SVSK Chief Instructor Named as Chairman of National Technical Committee

It was announced this week that our Chief Instructor, Sensei Jon Keeling, has been appointed as Chairman of the WTKO’s US Technical Committee. In his new position, he will be communicating with other officials within the organization regarding standardization of technical finepoints, prioritization of training/teaching points, etc., disseminating this information across the various dojo in […]

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Black Belt Promotions

Following a total of eight hours of seminars with WTKO Chief Instructor Amos Sensei, we had a record-setting black belt exam on April 30. This was the largest black belt exam in the Americas thus far in the WTKO’s history. We had a total of 16 people testing for various ranks from shodan (1st degree) […]

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Kata of the Month: Chinte

We are next moving to Chinte for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes, from May (Heian Nidan for the basic kata). Our last kata-of-the-month was Gankaku. Gankaku very closely resembles its predecessor kata, Chinto. This next kata is Chinte and many historians believe the two kata to have been linked in some way but […]

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Amos Sensei Seminars & Dan Exam April 28-30

Richard Amos Sensei will be visiting our dojo April 28-30 to teach seminars and administer a dan (black belt) exam. Amos Sensei is Chief Instructor for the World Traditional Karate Organization.  He spent many years honing his skills in Japan, including in the exclusive JKA Instructors’ Course. He is an amazing technician who exemplifies the highest standards of Shotokan […]

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March Tournaments

We had two competitors at a tournament on March 5. And those two each won silver. We had five competitors at today’s tournament and came away with a 4th place (out of a division of 19), a bronze, two silvers and a gold. We are expecting many more to compete in the April 9 tournament […]

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Kata of the Month: Gankaku

We are now studying Gankaku for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes. (back to Heian Shodan for the basic kata) Gankaku is another old kata that, like Empi (our last kata-of-the-month), is meant to conjure an image of a bird. In contrast to Empi’s darting in and out and jumping up like a swallow, […]

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