Self Defense Karate Classes Available Outside and Remotely, Too!

Use a high block to attack your opponents neck.


We have been having a lot of Fun with great success with Outdoor Karate Classes at 10′ Distance with everyone wearing a mask.  People have learned the self-defense movements and we even go over applications, or how to use them.  This has worked out much better than I expected! Plus people enjoy being outside in the weather. We have skirted a few rainstorms. Yet we have been rained out a couple of times, too! When that happens we just rever to our Zoom classes.

One advantage of doing karate in a parking lot is that you must plant your back foot before moving into position. This is fundamental for self defense karate. In sport karate, you often move your back foot into position as you begin to kick or punch. It simply doesn’t work in self defense, especially if your step gets shorted or you step on a brick or bottle.

Come give us a try.


Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo


Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, awarded by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu. Roberto began his martial arts journey in 1969 and started training with Sensei Iha in 1979.  He continues to train with Sensei Iha and is now one of Iha’s senior students.


We focus on proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many call the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo the Martial Arts Grad School because Roberto teaches proven effective, often brutal, pressure points, joint locks, and grappling applications that Sensei Iha taught him during 40+ years of instruction. While the applications may be brutal we ensure classes are both safe and fun. See examples of traditional Kata, Kumite, & Bunkai here.

Roberto is a member of the Mid-West Beikoku Shidokan Karate Black Belt Promotion Board and the National Black Belt Promotion Board.

Among his numerous awards are:

“Best Martial Arts Teachers in Alexandria” 2020:

“Best Martial Arts Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017;

“Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018;

“Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019; and “Best of” in 2018 and 2019

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