Current/Upcoming Events/Announcements: Our weekly schedule now includes 12 youth classes/week (eight general kids’ classes, two advanced kids’ class and two teens classes), as well as 10 hours/week of adult classes. We will soon be adding even more! See the latest schedule here. In our weekly kata classes, we are currently working on Tekki Shodan (advanced) […]
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We will have our traditional “Kangeiko” (literally “cold training”) February 11-17 (Sunday through Saturday), 6:30-7:30am each day). The traditional Kangeiko involves a short jog followed by training at the dojo. Each day’s training is typically led by a different instructor, working up in seniority. Hope to see you there!
We are now studying Tekki Shodan (鉄騎初段) in our Saturday classes. As with the Heian kata, the Tekki kata came to Japan from Okinawa, based on the Naihanchi kata. Tekki means “iron horse,” referring to the characteristic kibadachi (literally “horse-riding stance”). There are three Tekki kata, which may have all been one kata at one time. The Tekki kata focus on […]
On January 20th, we began working on the kata Unsu (雲手). This is the last in our syllabus kata, so after this we will soon start the cycle over with beginning kata (Tekki Shodan for Advanced and Heian Shodan for Beginner). The name Unsu means literally “cloud hands.” You can see techniques that look like hands parting the […]
On Saturday, December 23, 2017, Sensei Keeling taught Karate and Self-Defense to over 130 participants in Kolkata, India. Shotokan practitioners from various organizations across eastern India gathered to take part in the all-day event.
Our annual “Shotokan Kata Review” is coming up on January 13th (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.
The next kata for our Saturday classes is Wankan (王冠). Wankan literally means “king’s crown.” The second character in the name can also mean a “great achievement,” suggesting that this kata could be the crowning achievement of someone who has practiced for many years. We don’t see this kata practiced often, so the coming month will be a good […]
Richard Amos Sensei will be visiting our dojo again December 8-10 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 […]