JKA Karate Club of GWU



Fall 2016 Training Schedule

This fall, our practices will be on MWF evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, August 29. On Monday and Wednesday evenings, we will be practicing in the new District House, 2121 H Street, NW, in Multipurpose Room B132 (the activity room with hardwood floors), located next to the Marvin Center on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets NW. On Fridays, we will be practicing in the West Hall Fitness Center Room 103 (small fitness studio adjacent to the room with the treadmills and ellipticals). During the first few weeks of the semester, beginners may be in the West Hall Dance Studio one floor below on Friday nights. You must have a working GWorld card in order to get into West Hall.  Dues for GW students are $60 each semester (plus a $15 fee for membership in JKA/WF, our parent organization), payable on your first day of practice. We are not accepting any new non-GW affiliated individuals to our club at this time.

GW students are welcome to join us at any time, but we encourage you to start at the beginning of the semester when we usually have a beginner class for students with no martial arts experience and students who are new to JKA shotokan karate. No previous karate experience is necessary. A senior student will teach the beginners and those with other martial arts experience the basics of JKA karate so you will know how we punch, block and kick before you join the regular class. We recommend that you come to every practice the first few weeks of the semester if you are a total beginner or a newcomer to JKA (the Japan Karate Association), so you can learn the basics before you join the regular class. You do not need a gi (white karate uniform) to join the club, but if you intend to test at the end of the semester, you need to have a gi to take the test and our Chief Instructor prefers that students train in a white karate gi with no patches from other styles or clubs. A JKA patch, which can be purchased from our sister organization JKA of California, is recommended for those who intend to continue training.

Because we train barefoot, we clean the dojo floor together before each class to avoid injury to our feet. Cleaning the floor is an important part of training. We usually 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 15 minutes prior to class in order to help clean the floors.

Information for newcomers

We welcome all interested GW students, faculty and staff. It is not necessary to have previous martial arts experience. Total beginners are welcome. If you are not a GW student, faculty or staff member, we are not accepting non-GW students at this time.
Below is our practice schedule for the fall.


7:00 - 8:30 PM

District House Rm 132, Main Campus


7:00 to 8:30 PM

District House Rm 132, Main Campus


7:00 - 8:30 PM

West Hall Mount Vernon Campus

For directions to GW's Mount Vernon Campus and information about parking, 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).


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 or Senior Student Cynthia Haramoto.  We do not recognize ranks from non-JKA dojos. 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.


Semester dues for GW students 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.Semseter dues for all others are $__ per semester. Additionally, all members must belong to JKA/WF, our parent organization.  Green and white belt members and beginners must pay an annual fee of $15 for a JKA/WF membership card. 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 subsequent year. If you join in the spring or summer, you will need to pay the current year's JKA/WF member dues during the semester that you join and again at the end of the year if you plan to take any kyu tests because you must be a member of JKA/WF before you test.

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 organization. Kyu test fees are $28 per person.

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