Welcome to Shotokan Karate – we hope you will visit our dojo in Newport News and get out on the floor with us for a good sweat!  All are welcome regardless of fitness level or experience.  Experience and fitness only improve with practice.   Even if your travels take you far from us, Shotokan Karate is all over the world!

Our dojo (training hall) is open to children 5 and up (with parental consent), and adults of all ages, who want to participate in Shotokan karate practice with its emphasis on healthful exercise and strong basic techniques applicable to self-defense. Karate practice is noted for its ability to improve strength, flexibility and coordination. It provides a healthy, natural form of exercise that improves and maintains physical fitness and can help with weight loss, toning and endurance.

Practice focuses on kata (formal exercise), kihon (basics) and kumite (sparring) at a level appropriate for the age and rank of the student. We emphasize safety, sweat and continuous improvement for all students.  

Practice Times:

With the pandemic still a factor, we offer a Zoom option twice a week

Youth: Monday – Thursday at 5:00 pm. Youth beginners should practice on Monday and Wednesday until they are accustomed to dojo etiquette and behavior standards. 

Adults:  Monday – Thursday at 6:00 pm.  (Wednesday  Zoom training option is available.)

Fridays: Youth and adults train together at 6:30pm.

Saturdays: kids train at 10:30 am.  Adults start at 12:00 pm with Zoom training option.

Promotional exams are held several times a year, all ranks are awarded through the ISKF by certified Instructors and Examiners.