Washington DC Shotokan Karate Dojo is affiliated with Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), a national nonprofit organization teaching traditional karate in the United States since 1955. Practices are led by dojo leader 4th degree black belt Kitty Gallagher and the dojo’s other black belts. Kitty Gallagher and Laurence Libelo also teach George Washington University’s Karate classes through the Exercise Science Department for credit.
Why Should I Join DC Shotokan Karate Dojo?
There are many different styles and organizations in the world of martial arts. Choosing a style or a teacher can be confusing and difficult. We in SKA feel that our primary asset is our chief instructor, Tsutomu Ohshima, who founded the first karate organization (and the first university karate club) in the United States. Mr. Ohshima brings to us a traditional martial arts practice that combines extremely effective fighting skills with an internal focus that gives karate a broader relevance to our daily lives. More information on Mr. Ohshima and the SKA style of martial arts practice and philosophy can be found at SKA’s national website.
How to Join DC Shotokan Karate Dojo
Beginners are welcome to join at any time. Don’t be afraid to jump in, throw away all mental blocks. All you have to do is show up at a regularly scheduled practice or contact Laurence Libelo if you have any questions. You may watch a practice before joining if you wish, or come dressed in any suitable workout clothes to participate actively.
What Does It Cost?
To try it out costs nothing. You are welcome to practice with us up to three times to see if you enjoy it, after which you must decide whether to join. Club dues are $100 per semester.
You may also want to join SKA, the national nonprofit organization with which we are affiliated. Membership in SKA includes all “kyu” (rank) tests and a student training guide, and it enables you to practice at any SKA or affiliated dojo in the world, including at Special Trainings, other regional practices led by senior instructors, and the opportunity to practice at the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo, which overlooks the Pacific ocean from the mountains above Santa Barbara, California. Also included is a subscription to SKA’s on-line News featuring notes from Mr. Ohshima and other articles relating to our practice. SKA annual dues are $75 for new members.