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.
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.
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.
The instruction and training are first-rate.
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.
“Martial Arts School of the Year” – Bay Area Cities Karate & Kobudo Alliance (2017)
The focus at the dojo is never on competition, but on effort. Every student receives attention. This attitude transfers from the instructors to the students so that my Autistic child is clearly seen by all as an equal member of every class. The environment fostered in the dojo has allowed my child to thrive.
When somebody asks me about the sport classes in Bay Area I always recommend you as the best teacher I ever knew.
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.