Japanese Martial Arts

My traditional curriculum blends Karate-do with Jujutsu to create a well-rounded system of striking, throwing and grappling. Both traditions are rich in personal cultivation as well --  "Who are you becoming?' is as important as "What are you able to do?". 

This curriculum is available in group and private classes for ages 8 and up. Some younger students may be accepted by evaluation. This particular training method is especially well-suited for families who want to do something active together. 

Shotokan Karate-do

Shotokan is the original "Way of the Empty Hand" (Karate-do) introduced to Japan by Funakoshi Gichin in the 1930s. He took multiple forms of Okinawan karate, blended them, adapted them to the Japanese culture, and created a Way of Life that has sense positively impacted millions of students. With its emphasis on technical precision, speed, power, fighting spirit and personal development, Shotokan is ideal as a modern training practice. 

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Students will learn a wide variety of martial techniques, applications and forms while developing their physical conditioning, mental strength, focus, self-confidence and discipline. Shotokan also contributes its Dojo Kun, 5 axioms that we can keep in mind to guide our daily activity.

  • Seek Perfection of Character
  • Be Faithful
  • Endeavor
  • Respect Others
  • Refrain from Violent Behavior


Jujutsu is a system of striking, throwing, joint locks and grappling originating in Japan as the unarmed partner to weaponized combat. As a system deeply embedded in samurai culture, it brings us a direct tie to Bushido, the Way of The Warrior, which helps us clarify the Dojo Kun. Students will be expected to embody this code as part of their training in traditional martial arts.

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Warriors deeply consider all causes, conditions and points of view so that they can act with acute honesty, integrity and justice in their dealings. A warrior is self-reliant and commits fully to their decisions.

Heroic Courage:

Warriors live life completely, experiencing its wonder with an open heart, intelligent mind and strong body. This type of living is risky, but rewards all.


Warrior’s training and hard work develops emotional maturity and integrity alongside skill and power. These abilities are dedicated to the wellbeing of all; warriors do not passively allow others to suffer.


Warriors have no need to prove themselves and so the do not act with cruelty or arrogance. Our respect manifests itself in how we treat ourselves, others, the environment and respond to difficulties.


A warrior is completely reliable and sincere. Their words and actions are in complete alignment; when something is said it’s done. There is no need to “give your word”.


The only judge of honor and character a warrior requires is themselves. Each of our thoughts, words and deeds are completely our own and a manifestation of who we are.


Warriors take full responsibility for their actions and the consequences of those actions. They are fiercely true those they are responsible for, as well as themselves.


Warriors train their mind and body to be able to choose the right path regardless of its difficulty. The warrior serenely perseveres in all things, responding in accord with Bushido, not reacting blindly, habitually or negatively.