The JKA Karate Club of GWU in Washington, DC offers lessons in traditional shotokan karate for all levels of student, including total beginners, at the Lloyd Gym on the Mount Vernon campus of the George Washington University which is located in the Palisades
neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. (off Foxhall Road). You do not need to be athletic or have any prior martial arts experience. You also do not need to be interested in competing in tournaments to join our club. We are a student organization with the George Washington University and we welcome all GW students, especially those with no prior martial arts experience.
JKA (the Japan Karate Association) was founded in 1955 with Gichin Funakoshi as its chief instructor; Sensei Funakoshi is considered the father of modern karate, after having brought
the art from Okinawa to Japan. JKA shotokan karate is distinguished from other martial arts by the linearity and strength of its punches, blocks, and kicks. Precise techniques,
accompanied by mastery and focus of energy flows and a deep knowledge of the body's vital points, make this karate style a comprehensive system for self-defense and combat.
JKA shotokan karate is much more than just a way to defend and fight - it is a holistic system in which the training itself has far reaching effects on the trainee. It is an ideal way to become and
stay fit, as it combines intense aerobic and anaerobic exercises. It is a way to gain self-discipline and the confidence to surmount everyday obstacles, whether tangible or not. Karate training
encourages and helps in the exploration and understanding of both the physical and mental self.
Our Chief Instructor
Our Chief Instructor is Sensei Kenichi Haramoto, founder of the JKA of California, which is part of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) and
JKA/WF America. Sensei Haramoto is a 7th Dan (seventh degree black belt) and a certified JKA instructor. Sensei Haramoto established the JKA of California,
headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s. He served as the Chief Instructor of the JKA of Stanford and taught karate at Stanford University and at other venues in the Bay Area
for over thirty years. Several of Sensei Haramoto's former students continue to teach his way at three dojos in the Bay Area:
JKA of USF (University of San Francisco) (Mark Morodomi), JKA of California at San Francisco (UCSF Mission Bay) (Mervyn Dixon),
JKA of Stanford ( Bryan Choo and Hacene Bouadi) and JKA of Oracle (Raffi Manoukian). Additionally, Sempai Takao Ishigaki, who trained at the same dojo as Sensei Haramoto in Japan, teaches at the Stanford University dojo.
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