Students not familiar with our dojo are invited to train with us for two classes before signing up. There are no contracts and fees are paid on a monthly basis.
We practice a traditional Japanese style of karate called Shotokan karate. Classes are dedicated to three aspects of training:
- Kihon (basics techniques)
- Kata (forms)
- Kumite (sparring)
Classes are open for anyone above six years of age. Normally classes are divided into separate groups for as beginners, intermediates, advanced, children, and adults. Each group is taught by an experienced and qualified black belt instructor(s) under direct supervision of our Sensei. Some classes will have all groups train together under one instructor.
Students (below black belts) are able to participate in kyu tests usually held every three or four months. These tests are monitored directly by Master Okazaki or by an ISKF certified instructor from ISKF headquarters. Dan exams (for black belts) are held in Philadelphia at the ISKF headquarters under the direct observation of Master Okazaki.
We occasionally have special trainings taught by either Master Okazaki, or by Hiroyoshi Okazaki, 7th degree, at one of our local dojos. Special training is sometimes for all ranks and ages, but sometimes for a specific group.
All students are invited to participate in ISKF Master Camp, one of the greatest karate training camps in the world. These camps are held annually for seven days in the beginning of June. ISKF Master Camp is located at Camp Green Lane, just outside Philadelphia, PA. Several great masters of Shotokan karate join Master Okazaki in training students of all ages and ranks from many countries around the world. These masters include Mr. Hirokazu Kanazawa, Mr. Mori, Mr. Yaguchi, Mr. Ueki, et al. Participating in Master Camp is an experience of a life time! The late Master Keinosuke Enoeda was a regular guest instructor at the camp.
International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) website