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Coronavirus Pandemic Update (as of 4 March 2022)
Indoor Practice Has Resumed!
All former San Jose Dojo members and all current SKA members in good standing are welcome. This welcome is further extended to nearby dojos that have shutdown due to the pandemic.
New students or those who have children who want to start, please contact Johnny to discuss. Any new student (adult or child) will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Both our national organization, SKA, and the building where we practice, Yu-Ai Kai, require that only fully vaccinated members may practice together in-person. (Yu-ai Kai further requires booster shots and wearing masks). Therefore, prior to joining practice you should e-mail a photo of your vaccination card.
Our national organization is also encouraging members to stay current with their membership dues. If you have been practicing with SKA, please also send proof of SKA dues paid through 2022.
NOTE: Although we are taking precautions, we understand not all members may be comfortable resuming in-person practice. Remote options (e.g., zoom practices) are available to SKA members in good standing.
San Jose Shotokan Karate Dojo was founded October 1, 2012 and continues to be led by Johnny Martin, a 2nd degree black belt student of Tsutomu Ohshima, founder of Shotokan Karate of America.
Our members enjoy a direct link to ancient masters of martial arts through Mr. Ohshima and his direct instructor, Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate.
We strive to strengthen body, mind and spirit, perfect character, and faithfully transmit the art to future generations.
Karate can be practiced by everyone at any age for self-defense, to strengthen the entire body, improve balance, efficiency of movement, breathing and overall health. No special equipment is needed.
Karate helps to strengthen the mind, develop courage, fortitude, and the ability to achieve goals.
Karate practice emphasizes spiritual values of courtesy, integrity, humility, justice, honor, and self-control.
The study of karate benefits the student in all areas of their life.
We are so glad that you are interested in joining San Jose Shotokan Karate Dojo.
Joining is easy - just visit any of our practices! There is no charge to observe or to practice with us once or twice. After that, if you decide to stay, you must join Shotokan Karate of America ($75 for the remainder of the year). As a member of SKA you will be able to attend any SKA regional, national, and international event open to your rank, and you'll be able to test for rank twice per year at no charge. Black belt testing is also free, but by invitation only.