Our senior instructor, Robert Roberto Curtis, 8th Degree, Shidokan Kyoshi (Master Instructor), became a direct student of now Grand Master Seikichi Iha in 1979 and is now one of his senior students. Roberto began his martial arts journey in 1969 practicing Judo, Kung Fu, Shotokan, Goju Ryu, and Shorinkan karate. He taught classes and gave seminars throughout Europe and South America and accompanied Grand Master Seikichi Iha on trips to South America and Okinawa. Roberto is a member of the East Coast Regional Beikoku Shidokan Black Belt Testing Committee as well as the National Black Belt Testing Committee. He teaches self-defense seminars and is sought out for individual or small group self defense training to provide proven effective self defense applications found in other martial arts styles. While he teaches nearly all classes, if one of the other instructors is teaching class rest assured that they all have 20+ years experience training in karate and at least 10+ years experience training in Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate ensuring you will train in the gentle art of Okinawan Karate.
Why Choose Virginia Okinawa Karate Dojo?
Natural Body Movement Self-Defense for Women and Men
Natural Body Movements, rather than strength, is the basis for near effortless self defense. From the first class you discover how to use your natural body movements for proven effective self defense regardless of your size! This is equally effective for small women and large, muscular men, too. As we age we accumulate injuries (knees, hips, ankles, back, neck, shoulders, etc.) that often prevent us from participating in competitive sports. Yet with our natural body movement training you discover how to work around your own body’s limitations so you can train right along with the rest of the class and few will even know you have chronic injuries or limitations.
Fun, Friendly Small Class sizes with Outstanding Caring Instructors
Who knew you could still have fun as an adult! Members smile as they enter class and are still smiling and joking when they leave. Our small class size permits our friendly Beikoku Shidokan Certified Instructors to identify and assist your specific self defense training needs for improved learning and performance.
Make Friends with Karate!
LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY MEMBERS ARE SAYING
When I moved to Virginia, I spent years searching for a dojo that taught more than kicking and punching. Sensei Roberto teaches practical applications of traditional Okinawan karate techniques -- joint locks, throws, pressure points (and yes, percussion/kicking and punching) -- that anyone can use regardless of size or gender. Because they rely on natural body movements and not physical strength.
The dojo is a warm, friendly community. Everyone comes to learn and to help each other learn. This isn't a dojo about competing and being the best. It's about learning and getting better together.
Roberto is one of the best teachers around to help you develop physical and mental strength. The environment is family friendly and welcoming to people of all sizes and gender. This karate dojo is under the leadership of Grandmaster Sense Iha, who is one of best Karatega alive. Nough said... If you are ready to explore your potentials, this may be the right door for you. In any event, it doesn't cost a penny to try out 3 classes for free. Need more assurance, call Roberto or visit and talk to one of his students.
"I have been practicing Okinawan shorin-ryu karate for the last 19 years in Colombia, Argentina and the US. I've known Sensei Curtis for 14 years; his guidance and teaching will definitely take your current skills to the next level.
This style of karate is great for all ages, through the practice of kata, bunkais and kumites, you'll continuously improve your martial arts skills while making great friends. What I particularly like about Shidokan, is that through the proper techniques you'll be able to to defend yourself regardless of your opponent's age or size. Sensei Iha (Sensei Roberto's sensei) is currently 88 years old, and his moves are simply flawless and completely effortless. Nobody can get close to him. Try out some classes and you'll not be disappointed."