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How to Practice Karate in Alexandria During the Pandemic

Even under needed Pandemic restrictions, we can still practice Karate in Alexandria without fear of virus contagion. While we can’t get uncomfortably close to punch, kick, and block each other given the 10′ social distancing guidelines we can still practice karate and improve our skills. This also means we won’t unknowingly block a fist or foot with our face either!

We hold karate classes outdoors in a parking lot. Everyone wears a mask and maintains a 10′ distance from other karate class members. With the change of hour, it gets dark much sooner yet luckily we have outstanding lighting in our parking lot. It is cold, too. Until you start moving during karate class then everyone begins shedding jackets to work out only in their karate gis (uniforms). When it rains we do remote classes.

We also screen all classes via Zoom for members to join remotely! We also have a few additional remote classes available. Remote classes also permit our members in Ireland and Colombia to join in classes.

Karate Dojo- Learn to Use your Kata against attacks.

Whether outdoors or on-line through remote classes, we can practice, correct and improve kata (programmed movements), kumite (partner drills) and bunkai (performing kata while others attack you).

These two options work surprisingly well.  Try a Free Week of Classes to prove to yourself! You don’t have to sit on the sofa eating potato chips contemplating your expanding belly.

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, Karate Master, 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.

   

Roberto focuses on teaching 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 Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

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

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FREE Advice | Alexandria Karate Dojo

On January 1, 2010, I decided it was time to finally set up a homepage, and I did! I was transitioning from teaching at another Shidokan school in Maryland and I did not have my own school to teach at so I just thought it would be good to have a homepage with my name, Roberto, and the name of the style of Karate I practice, Shidokan. Ha! Robertoshidokan.com was born! I was finally on the internet! Now to get a school again.

Save Your Wrists! Avoid punching with your hands aligned like this.

Only later would I learn of the unnecessary SEO (Search Engine Optimization: think Google) inefficiencies that name would bring.

Then I registered as Okinawan Karate of Alexandria. Yep, that was the homepage: okinawankarateofalexandria.com. Unnecessarily long. No one could remember it. SE)

We also had names and homepages like Karate Saves Lives (while teaching in Burke), Virginia Okinawan Karate, Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo, Virginia Dojo.  My dojo names would change regularly, like the weather. For local SEO purposes, these names really didn’t help much and didn’t drive traffic.

I recently settled on Alexandria Karate Dojo as the school name because it specifies what we do. Plus it makes great sense for natural SEO searches. I purchased this URL a few years ago but didn’t do much with it: alexandriakaratedojo.com. I also purchased alexandriamartialarts.com, alexandriaselfdefense.com, and a few others.

So most people in the area search for Alexandria Karate, Karate Class, or Karate Dojo.  So just the URL addresses most of those terms.

However, as you see from this blog we continue to use Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo and Virginia Dojo. Are you confused? Me, too! Just come to class and we’ll call it: Watashi-tachi no Mono 私たちのもの, Our Thing. Unser Dinge, Cosa Nuestra, or Cosa Nostra. Wait! No, we will call it something else!

So if you are starting a business or a karate dojo, think about what search terms people will use to find you. Then purchase your URL based on that.

You are Welcome for this Free Advice!

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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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.

Roberto focuses 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 Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

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

 

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ALEXANDRIA SELF DEFENSE KARATE Outdoor Class Benefits

Alexandria Self Defense Karate Classes: Outdoor Classs Benefits

The Pandemic is a challenge for all of us. However, we meet that challenge by holding outdoor classes that many attend remotely. Initially, we modified our schedule yet we are back to nearly the same schedule as before the pandemic holding Okinawan Karate Self Defense Classes outside in the parking lot instead of in the dojo.

Members actually like the outdoor classes! While keeping you safer from Covid-19 infection you also enjoy the weather and learn self defense foot transitions. What?

Everyone works on their back stances. We do Ukiashi-dachi that is longer than the sport type Neko-dachi used in sport karate. Plus our stances are more upright.

What is the story with transitions? In self defense karate you must imagine that you are grabbing or holding someone with your hikite (pulling hand) and transition to throw them or dislocate or injure their arm or shoulder. You can only do this properly by moving your back supporting foot into the position you are moving into so your hips can provide the force you need. Sport karate swivels on the balls of the feet (sometimes heels) at the same time as your hands come into position.  This is fast, nice to look at, graceful. Great for sparring and Kumite. Yet if you are holding onto someone’s hand/arm/shoulder or someone is holding onto you, this move doesn’t work.

Try it for yourself to determine what works for you. If you are sparring at a distance from your partner either works. Yet if you are holding onto your partner you need to put your back food into position then rotate your hips and your hands follow. Other people can’t resist your movement unless they have much more mass than you.

Need to see it in action? Come join us in class.

Outdoor and Remote Classes 7 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 9 AM Saturday. Women’s Class 6 PM Thursday. Advanced Class 9 AM Sunday.

Remote only Classes: Noon Tuesday and 7 PM Wednesday. (Denise Teaches)

 

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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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.

   

He focuses on teaching 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 Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

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

 

 

Sensei Iha, Mark and Roberto

Beikoku Shidokan National Training Seminar

 

Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan
Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Da

This year’s Beikoku Shidokan National Training Seminar will be held July 31 and August 1. Normally, NTS is held in Lansing, Michigan. This year Sensei Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, will hold a virtual seminar so you can attend from your home! Sensei Masatoshi Miyazato, 10th Dan, from Argentina will also attend! Each day will have one 2-hour long training session.

Just imagine, you get to train with two 10th Degree Karate Masters while attending only one event and you don’t even have to leave town!

We may set up so you can participate from the dojo so we can correct or improve your techniques giving you the maximum training benefit of this one of a kind event.

 

Please contact me for more details as they become available.

 

Roberto

Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo

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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.

   

A retired Foreign Service Officer who concentrates on teaching 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. 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 Teacher in Washington, DC” in 2017; “Best Martial Arts in Washington, DC” 2018; “Best Martial Arts in Alexandria” 2019; and “Best of Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

 

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