Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate
Welcome to Arizona JKA Shotokan Karate – dō
Why Shotokan Karate-do?
Karate-do is mental training. In addition to practicing kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
Karate-do is spiritual training. We also learn about the philosophy and Japanese culture.
Karate-do is physical training. We practice kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
Our Educational Shotokan Karate – dō Classes
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FIRST LESSON IS FREE
Don’t miss your chance to start your Shotokan Karate-do journey with the most experienced instructors!
Why Shotokan Karate-do with us?
Our instructors have all trained in Shotokan karate-do for decades
and are experienced in teaching children and youth.
We all have advanced rank and qualifications with the Japan Karate Association.
Jackie Martinez began training in JKA Shotokan Karate-dō in 1978 under Master Nishiyama in Los Angeles, California, and became a student of Master Koyama in 2004. Jackie is a 5th degree black belt (Godan) and holds JKA credentials for Instructor, Judge, and Examiner. Jackie has participated in local, national, and international tournaments as both a competitor and judge, and has assisted with organizing and running numerous tournaments and training camps. Jackie has over 30 years of experience teaching karate in California, Illinois, at Purdue University, and in Arizona under Master Koyama. In addition to teaching at Arizona JKA, Jackie also teaches karate at Arizona State University. Reflecting on the role of karate in her own life, Jackie says, “My life has been greatly enriched by my karate teachers and the many people I’ve had the privilege of training with. My goal is always to create a positive environment that encourages our growth and development both as karatekas and as human beings.” Jackie teaches adults and children in our beginning, intermediate, and advanced level classes.
Bobby Quihuis trained under Master Koyama for over 30 years, is a 5th degree black belt (Godan), and holds JKA credentials for Instructor, Judge, and Examiner. With over 30 years of experience in teaching children and adults, she is able to bring her love of traditional karate to the Phoenix community. Bobby has competed in local, national, and international tournaments, and assisted with organizing, running, and judging the annual Western States tournament for many years. In reflecting on her years of teaching, Bobby states, "Seeing the positive influence karate training has on an individual's character development over time is one of my greatest pleasures. To see a child mature to adulthood while developing their confidence and skills, and helping to foster that development, is truly a privilege." Bobby teaches adults and children in our beginning, intermediate, and advanced level classes.
Joe Quihuis began training in JKA Shotokan karate-dō with Master Koyama after many years of being a gymnast and training in judo. Joe is a 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) with over 35 years of teaching experience. The time he spent training under Master Koyama laid a strong foundation for the philosophical aspects of karate training. An advocate of "life-long training," Joe currently teaches the morning classes, which benefits from students who have decades of training at our dojo.
Rolf Lohr began training in JKA Shotokan Karate-dō in1978 under Master Ochi in Germany and became a student of Master Koyama1999. Rolf is a 5th degree black belt (Godan) and holds JKA credentials for Instructor, Judge, and Examiner. Rolf has participated in local, national, and international tournaments as both a competitor and judge, and has assisted with organizing and running numerous tournaments and training camps. Rolf teaches adults and children in our beginning, intermediate, and advanced level classes. Thinking about his teaching, Rolf says, “After lifelong training in karate, my responsibility is to teach martial arts knowledge to new students so that future generations can take advantage of this beautiful art to improve their lives and happiness.” Rolf teaches adults and children in our beginning, intermediate, and advanced level classes.
“Classes here are more than a workout. We all sweat, but many of us also have experienced improved health, sleep, focus, and reduced stress.”
“I’ve been training for 16 years and have been looking forward to training at this dojo for a long time. My first few classes have been great. The class is full of people showing good spirit, and the instruction is also very individualized. A warm atmosphere and top-notch instruction, what more could you ask for?”
Shari Kaitlin Baudier
“My husband & I trained here for 35 years. This is a family dojo as our children & grandchildren have trained as well. The best part was training in the family class with our grandchildren.”
5-78IS THE AGE RANGE OF OUR MEMBERS
1961THE DOJO WAS FOUNDED
200YEARS OF COLLECTED EXPERIENCE
Come visit us!Open in the morning and the evening
We carry on Master Shojiro Koyama’s belief that what we do is educational karate, and that karate can be lifetime exercise. Our members range in age from 5 years old to over 75 years old. As a result, we teach karate for everyone.Address: 6326 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014, USA.