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
"This is a real dojo for those searching for a true home to learn martial arts. When I say real I mean a serious environment, not gimmicky, where the lessons are aimed towards self defense and the Sensei is an actual teacher, not one past their prime who wears their belt for looks. I mean no disrespect towards other teachers but there are those who rely on belt color more so than fitness to gain respect. Here, Sensei Roberto is a classic master: he teaches the classes himself, there is no contract, there is no testing fee, and they use no pads, head gear or gloves in their practice -- it's the real deal. But don't get me wrong. Although this school is mature and most students here are upper belts, they are a convivial crowd with warmth and true appreciation for each other. They welcomed me immediately and were great hosts to all that joined after. They have plenty to pull rank for but no one does. That is because Sensai doesn't. He is open and approachable and earnestly just wants to teach karate. Okinawan style rocks, btw. You'll get an immediate sense of all this upon your first class and then you'll know like me."
Whether you are a new martial arts practitioner or an experienced martial artists, you'll learn techniques that will empower you in traditional Okinawan self-defense karate. I've trained for more than a year at this karate dojo and love it. With every class you learn something new. You'll be challenged physically and intellectually with the curriculum. More importantly, the members of this school encourage working together. It's not about competition. It focuses on cooperation so that everyone gets better. This has been and continues to be one of the most positive experiences I've had since moving to Virginia. You'll feel empowered, confident, and skilled with every day of training.
You trained with the rest, now train with the Best! A life long journey in a friendly atmosphere coupled with practical self defense applications. After training with us, you can stop buying the videos and books and learn first hand karate applications of kata. Sensei (our Karate Instructor) and students alike are genuine and not "ballers." No matter your age, just show up and train. You won't be disappointed.