JKA Karate Club of GWU



2015 Training Schedule

We will continue practicing on MWF evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Lloyd Gym on the Mount Vernon Campus at the Whitehaven Entrance. Please come to the dojo at least 10 minutes prior to class in order to warm-up and help prepare for class. As part of our training, we sweep the dojo floor together before each class. Please come early in the semester so that we can train and advance accordingly. If you are interested, please wear loose comfortable workout clothing and come early to discuss the dojo, fill out waiver forms and find out about basic protocol (how we line up and bow), and administrative issues.

Information for JKA Karate-ka

We welcome all interested members whether you have previous martial arts experience or not.

If you have a JKA rank, please bring a copy of your JKA rank certification. If you do not have a JKA certificate, kindly wear a white belt until after Sensei Haramoto adjusts your rank at the kyu exam.

Your JKA certification is recognized worldwide by the Japan Karate Association.

JKA Black belts coming to the club for the first time should bring a copy of their last JKA dan certificate to their first practice. If you do not have a JKA dan certificate, you must tie a white belt until after you take your first kyu test and Sensei adjusts your rank.

Current Practice Schedule

Below is our current 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.


Beginners and those with previous martial arts experience (not JKA) 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. Once you have been a JKA 1st kyu for at least six months, you will be eligible to take a JKA shodan test.

If you have any questions, you may also send an e-mail message to gwu.jka@gmail.com .


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 members must pay an annual fee of $15, which is for membership in JKA/WF, our parent organization. Brown and black belts must also pay for a passport and renew their passports annually. The fee for a passport is $50. The annual fee to renew one's passport is $15.

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 exam fees are $28 per person.



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