Summer Camp 2018, with Kawawada Sensei

Silicon Valley Karate will be having a special summer camp this June in Palo Alto, California. Special guest: Kawawada Sensei, JKA 8th dan (retired),  gold medal winner in both kata and kumite at the first World ShotoCup in 1985 and the Chief Instructor for the Hoitsugan, the dojo set up by Nakayama Sensei for his closest students.

Dates: June 14-17, with multiple sessions each day

Location: Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA


June 14, 1pm-2pm (all ranks) & 2pm-3pm (brown- & black-belts only) (Gym A), 6pm-7pm (all ranks) & 7pm-8pm (brown- & black-belts only) (Silicon Valley Karate dojo, suite G7)
June 15, 10am-11am (all ranks) & 11am-12pm (brown- & black-belts only)  4pm-5pm (all ranks) & 5pm-6pm (brown- & black-belts only) (all Gym B)
June 16, 10am-11am (all ranks) & 11am-12pm (brown- & black-belts only)  4pm-5pm (all ranks) & 5pm-6pm (brown- & black-belts only) (all Gym B)
June 17, 10am-11am (all ranks) & 11am-12pm (brown- & black-belts only)  4pm-5pm (all ranks) & 5pm-6pm (brown- & black-belts only) (all Gym B)

Each 2-hour set divided into two seminars, for a total of 4/day, for a total of 16 sessions taught by Kawawada Sensei.

(Please note that additional sessions will be taught by other senior instructors to be announced as we get closer to the event)

Fees:  (prepay by May 10 for discounted rate; full-time youth students automatically get discounted rate)
1 seminar: $35  (prepay discount: 30)
2 seminars: $70 (60)
3 seminars: $100 (85)
4 seminars: $130 (110)
5 seminars: $160 (135)
6 seminars: $190 (160)
7 seminars: $215 (180)
8 seminars: $240 (200)
9 seminars: $265 (220)
10 seminars: $290 (240)
11 seminars: $310 (255)
12 seminars: $330 (270)
13 seminars: $350 (285)
14 seminars: $370 (300)
15 seminars: $390 (315)
16 seminars: $410 (330)

Please make check payable to “Silicon Valley Karate” and send to 4000 Middlefield Rd., Suite G7, Palo Alto, CA, 94303

Video from 1st World ShotoCup, 1985:

Travel & Accommodations

Map & Directions


The closest airports are:

  • San Jose (SJC): about 30 minutes’ drive
  • San Francisco (SFO): about 45 minutes’ drive
  • Oakland (OAK): about 1 hour away

Hotel Information

Please see the following information about a few local hotels.

Palo Alto Country Inn
There are no hotels within walking distance to the seminar venue, but this is one of the closest. So if you end up not renting a car, you could arrange for a short taxi ride. This motel has several types of rooms, a heated pool outside, continental breakfast & WiFi included for no extra charge. Rates are reasonable for this area at $120-150/night. Availability during camp time is very limited.
address: 4345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306
phone: 650-948-9154
email: (Please call or email to get the discounted rate – calling is preferred/faster. John & Barbara work at the front desk.)

Dinah’s Garden Hotel
This one is just a block away from the motel above. It’s a nicer place, but weekday rates are much higher ($200+). Weekends are just $100 for singles (update: SOLD OUT) and $140 for 2 queen beds (update: may be sold out). So if you don’t mind switching hotels on Friday, it may be worth the effort. Or if you are only going to be staying for the weekend, you may want to head straight here. As with above, please mention that you are with the “Karate seminars” group to get the discounted rate, which is good through March 1.
phone: 800.227.8220 or 650.493.2844
email: (Please call or email to get the discounted rate)

Another cheaper option is the Oak Motel. No discounts on their regular rates. They are right next door to Dinah’s and only a block from Country Inn:

4279 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA, 94306, United States of America, ‎1-866-539-0036

There are many restaurants in the area near the hotels. And there are several choices close to the seminar venue as well. But many restaurants in this area close early (last order around 9:00pm), so plan accordingly!