Beginning this Saturday we will study the kata Chinte (珍手). The name Chinte literally means “rare hands” or “unusual hands.” A kata with a long history, it includes a number of unusual techniques that are more circular than straight and some fine detail. The kata combines finesse with power and even comes with a mystery (Hint: […]
News & Announcements
Our annual “Shotokan Kata Review” is coming up on January 10th (Saturday), 8-10am. We will go through 27 traditional Shotokan kata, twice each. And if time permits we will review additional kata. This is a great opportunity to discover (or re-discover) the breadth of the traditional Shotokan kata syllabus. Maybe you’ll find your new tokui kata. For […]
Everyone is excited about the newly completed Mitchell Park Library and Community Center facilities in Palo Alto. As part of the grand opening festivities on Saturday, December 6th, Silicon Valley Shotokan Karate will give a demonstration at 1:30 – 2:00 pm in the “Adobe” room. This is your chance to see what traditional Japanese karate is like […]
Silicon Valley Shotokan Karate will hold our annual kickathon to benefit charity during regular classes the week of December 14th – 20th. Children’s classes will do their kicks in classes throughout the week, and the big event for the adults will be Thursday evening, the 18th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in our Redwood City […]
We are honored once again to welcome guest instructor Steve Ubl Sensei, 8th dan, Technical Director of the WTKO to teach a series of seminars on Friday, December 12th and Saturday December 13th at our Redwood City dojo. Ubl Sensei has been doing karate since the 1960s with a dedication and intensity that few attain. He […]
We are pleased to once again have Sensei Michael Berger visiting Saturday, November 1st to teach several seminars. Sensei Berger is a very well regarded instructor, not only for his traditional Shotokan skills, but also for his knowledge of practical applications and Chinese martial arts. Sensei Berger trained in Japan in the 1980s & 1990s, including […]
Calling all Bay Area Shotokan black belts… The next instructors’ class in the series will be Sunday, October 19th 1:00 – 3:00 pm at our Redwood City dojo. As usual for these events, please plan to focus on how to become a better teacher. We may work on fairly complicated kata/techniques and work up a sweat. […]
On Sunday, September 28th SVSK will participate in a martial arts demonstration at the Japan Tsuchiura Festival event to be held to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Palo Alto’s sister city relationship with Tsuchiura, Japan. The festival will be at the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Our demonstration will […]
No classes at our Cubberley location this Monday & Wednesday, due to floor refinishing. Classes at our Redwood City dojo are being held in the adjacent Methodist church this Thursday and Saturday, due to St Peter’s 150th anniversary festivities. Please plan accordingly. Anyone normally attending classes that are cancelled is entitled to a make-up class.
Just a couple of photos from the recent WTKO international summer camp. The first is of instructors from the camp (including our own Keeling Sensei). Dojo members who placed in the camp tournament (Matthew, Yong & Ekapol). And Matthew passed his shodan exam at the camp, becoming our newest and youngest black belt!