JKA Karate Club of GWU



2015 Training Schedule

Our practices are usually on MWF evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Lloyd Gym on the Mount Vernon Campus at the Whitehaven Entrance. As part of our training, we sweep the dojo floor together before each class. We sweep in rank order, with beginners first, followed by white belts, green belts, brown belts, and then black belts. Please try to come to the dojo at least 10 minutes prior to class in order to help sweep the floors. Our last practice for the Spring 2015 semester was on Friday, April 24.

Information for newcomers

We welcome all interested GW students. It is not necessary to have previous martial arts experience. Total beginners are welcome. If you are not a GW student, please send an email to the club's email address, requesting permission to join. Please explain if you have any prior martial arts experience (if so, please explain the style(s) and organization(s), what rank(s) you achieved, and with whom you studied) and why you are interested in joining.

If you are a member of JKA, please bring a copy of your JKA dan or kyu certificate. A passport is not acceptable proof of JKA certification. If you do not have a JKA certificate, kindly wear a white belt until after you take your first kyu exam and Sensei Haramoto adjusts your rank.

Below is our usual practice schedule.

Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 PM Lloyd Gym , Mount Vernon Campus (by main entrance)
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 PM Lloyd Gym , Mount Vernon Campus (by main entrance)
Friday 6:30 - 8:00 PM Lloyd Gym , Mount Vernon Campus (by main entrance)

For directions to GW's Mount Vernon Campus, please click here. A free shuttle bus (the Vern Express) to/from the Mt. Vernon Campus is available from GW's main campus in Foggy Bottom (pickup in front of Funger Hall on G Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets, NW). Please get off at the first shuttle stop (and walk back towards Whitehaven parkway). The Lloyd Gym will be on your right before you reach Whitehaven Parkway. Please click here for more info.


All beginners (including those with previous martial arts experience in another organization) should try to come to every class during the first several weeks of classes when a senior student will teach the basics of JKA in a separate class just for beginners and newcomers to JKA. Please dress in comfortable workout clothes or wear a white dogi (uniform) and a white belt if you have one. Everyone should remove all jewelry (rings, necklaces, earrings, etc.) during class for safety reasons.

For those with prior JKA experience, please bring a copy of your last kyu or dan certificate to your first practice and give it to Faculty/Staff Advisor Robert Donnally. If you have trained with another non-JKA dojo, please bring a copy of your last kyu or dan certificate. Please note that if you do not have an official JKA dan or kyu certificate, you must start by tying a white belt. Your rank will be adjusted after your first kyu examination with Sensei Haramoto.

If you have any questions, you may also send an e-mail message to gwu.jka@gmail.com . Please note that this is the club's email account and may not be checked every day.


Membership dues are $60 per semester and can be paid in cash or check (payable to the George Washington University). Unfortunately, we cannot not accept credit cards or GWorld card payments.

Additionally, all green and white belt members must pay an annual fee of $15, which is for membership in JKA/WF, our parent organization. Brown and black belts must pay for a JKA/WF passport and renew their passports annually. The fee for a passport is $50 and the passport is good for 5 years. The annual fee to renew one's passport is $15. We collect JKA/WF member dues and passport fees in October or November for the ensuing year since these fees are due December 1. If you join in the fall semester, you will need to pay the JKA/WF member dues or passport fees for the current year and the JKA/WF member dues or passport fees for the ensuing year. If you join in the spring or summer, you need to pay the current year's member dues during the semester that you join.

Students who wish to take the kyu exam at the end of the semester (i.e. those who wish to be promoted to the next rank) must wear a gi (karate uniform), which can be purchased at any martial arts store or online and must be a member of JKA/WF, our parent organiziation. One of our members has access to a website and can help students obtain inexpensive gis. Kyu test fees are $28 per person.



©2003-12 JKA Karate Club of GWU