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Cold, Flu & Coronavirus Prevention in the Dojo

Cold, Flu & Coronavirus Prevention in the Dojo

While at the Doctor’s office last week, the reception area was packed with people with cold and flu symptoms. I have never seen it so bad.  According to news reports, the Coronavirus will spread. 
We all need to take measures to reduce contagion possibilities in the dojo. 
To prevent the spread of colds, flu and maybe the Coronavirus I just had the Dojo air ducts and heating/ac system cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized. You should notice cleaner, fresher air with fewer air suspended dust particles.

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Virginia Karate Dojo

Personal Prevention Activities:
– Use the hand sanitizer at the front door upon arrival for class and departure.
– Instead of shaking hands at the end of class we will just bow to each other. 
– Use Lysol swabs to disinfect door handles.  That is the one thing that almost everyone touches.
Dojo Activities:
– At the beginning of class let’s vacuum the floor. Both vacuums work.
– At the end of the day let’s quickly mop the floor with Lysol. No need to scrub, just wet mop and rub over two tiles, rinse and dry. This goes very quickly, especially when people take turns.
If you can think of anything else we should do let me know.


Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo


Roberto began studying martial arts in 1969 at Michigan State University.  He studied Judo,  Kung Fu and various styles of Karate.  He started studying with now Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu in 1979 when he returned to MSU from Paraguay for graduate studies and continues until now as one of Iha’s 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.

Roberto’s Northern Virginia karate students convinced him to rent a more permanent location for his Karate instruction instead of wandering from building to building renting out space on an hourly basis in School gymnasiums and Churchs. In 2017 he and his students decided upon a unique space in an Alexandria office condominium complex. His students have built the office into an outstanding training space evoking the sense and feel of a traditional Okinawan Karate Dojo. In addition to karate training in Alexandria, many students drop by just to meditate, or for Yoga or Tai Chi classes. Feel Free to drop by even if just to see the dojo space!

Many people call the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo the Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches pressure points, joint locks and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction in addition to the obvious percussion techniques of punching, kicking and blocking.

Roberto 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

In addition to English, Roberto speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and some Guarani, Portuguese and Japanese.


Virginia Dojo

6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B, Alexandria, VA 22310