Virginia Dojo in Okinawa

Alexandria Okinawan Karate Black Belt Pre-Test Class Sunday, Jan 19 @ 10 am

Our Alexandria Okinawan Karate Black Belt Pre-Test…

Sunday Morning at 10:00 AM we will have a Dojo Black Belt Karate Pre-test for 4 students testing for Shodan (1st Degree) and one for Yon Dan (4th Degree). Testing for their rank in Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate. Feel Free to Come and Watch.

Virginia Dojo in Okinawa
Virginia Dojo Members at Motobu Beach, Okinawa Aug 2019

Upon passing the East Coast Pre-Test in front of the East Coast Shidokan Black Belt Testing Board at the Shidokan Fairlawn Dojo on Saturday, January 25, they will then travel to Michigan to test before Okinawan Shidokan Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Degree and the National Black Belt Testing Board.

I look forward to seeing you!


Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

Roberto’s karate students insisted he rent a more permanent location for his Karate instruction instead of wandering from building to building while renting out space in School gymnasiums and Churchs. In 2017 he and his students decided upon an office space in an office condominium complex. His students have built it into an outstanding training space evoking the sense and feel of traditional Okinawan Karate Dojo. Many students drop by just to meditate, or for Yoga or Tai Chi classes. Drop by even if just to see the dojo space!
Roberto began studying martial arts in 1969.  He studied judo, Shorinkan Shorin Ryu karate, Shotokan Karate, Goju Ryu, and Kung Fu.  He started studying with now Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu in 1979 and continues until now as one of his senior students.
During Roberto’s long-term overseas assignments stationed as a Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat), he trained US Embassy Security Personnel, US Marines, foreign security operatives, and people just like you.  When stationed in the Washington, DC area he also always built a cadre of dedicated Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate students.  Now retired from the Foreign Service he concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA.
He is a member of the East Coast Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board. Among his numerous awards are:
“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017.
“Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018
“Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019
“Best of” in 2018 and 2019
Virginia Dojo
6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310