I am 27 and had never done karate before. I had always wanted to try it but was afraid I was too old and starting top late in life. I was wrong! Sensei Roberto is amazing teacher who is patient and understanding every step of the way. I not only learned technique but practical applications to help me defend myself, if I ever needed to, in many different situations. Not only was Sensei Roberto fantastic but so where all the other students, always willing to take extra time to work with me.
If you are new to karate I greatly recommend this dojo. If you have been doing karate for a while and are looking for a new dojo I still recommend this dojo. You get traditional Okinawan karate with a wonderful skilled instructor.
I absolutely loved this dojo. I recently had to move which forced me to find a new dojo, other wise I would still be there!
Vista, California (on Yelp)
Make friends with Karate. Great place to learn karate. Sensei is the best. Extremely experienced, knowledgeable and a great teacher. Classes are fun in a superb environment. I am learning Karate, having fun, getting in shape and also making lots of friends.
Isaac G. Alexandria, VA (on Yelp)
You trained with the rest, now train with the Best! A life long journey in a friendly atmosphere coupled with practical applications. After training with us, you can stop buying the videos and books and learn first hand applications of kata. Sensei and students alike are genuine and not "ballers." No matter your age, just show up and train. You won't be disappointed.
Patrick Hughes, Alexandria, VA
2 years ago (on Google)
I have been practicing Okinawan shorin-ryu karate for the last 15 years in Colombia, Argentina and the US. I've known Sensei Curtis for 7 years; his guidance and teaching will definitely take your current skills to the next level.
This style of karate is great for all ages, through the practice of kata, bunkais and kumites, you'll continuously improve your martial arts skills while making great friends. What I particularly like about Shidokan, is that through the proper techniques you'll be able to to defend yourself regardless of your opponent's age or size. Sensei Iha (Sensei Roberto's sensei) is currently 88 years old, and his moves are simply flawless and completely effortless. Nobody can get close to him. Try out some classes and you'll not be disappointed.
Juan Jose Martinez
2 years ago, Alexandria, VA (on Google)
You canLearn the Proven Effective Karate Self Defense Applications of Okinawan Karate Masters based on natural body movements that trump Strength and Muscle. So the smaller and weaker easily contend with larger and stronger aggressors.
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How are we Different from Other Martial Arts Schools?
1. We focus on the original proven effective self defense Karate at taught in Okinawa.
2. Applications based on body movement rather than strength and muscle.
3. Friendly Family atmosphere.
4. Small Class Size for your efficient learning.
5. We cooperate in class rather than compete.
6. Pay only for the months you train.
7. One Fee Inclusive membership. No additional fees for promotions, belts, black belt clubs, etc.
8. Train with a Master Instructor with over 35 years teaching experience.
9. We report directly to Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, a legendary senior Okinawan Karate Grand Master and have opportunities to train with him throughout the year.