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Improve Your Life! Get Fit with 1 Week of Free Outdoor Karate Classes and Avoid the Virus

We held Outdoor Karate Classes in 13 Degree Wind Chill Weather. Now that it is warming up again, we will still hold outdoor classes to avoid the Virus ensuring everyone’s safety. A couple students wanted to hold class indoors despite the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health’s Covid Guidance. Yet that would expose all of us to possible virus contaigion. We decided to continue outdoors. Winter Outdoor Training is surprisingly envigorating and refreshing!

Outdoor classes are a unique opportunity to learn martial arts while getting some fresh air, too! Plus you have fun with your masked friends at 10′ distance.

We practice in a large parking lot with great lighting. So we have plenty of room for you to try class even if it is dark outside. The only time we revert to virtual/zoom classes is when it rains.

How effective can training at 10′ distance really be? Great Question! I doubted its effectiveness. Yet we discovered that we can learn the moves, improve our reaction time, even at 10′ and still get a great workout. We are just missing the opportunity to block a punch with our face, or a kick with our groin and of course the opportunity to throw each other on the floor. As more of us get innoculate it seems these opportunites will become more available.

Since we are at 10′ distance this is unique chance for women and men to develop self defense skills without fear of getting hurt in class. Even during regular times we focus on controls so that few people get hurt by other members.

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Kiyoshi, 8th Dan, Virginia Dojo


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 Alexandria Karate Dojo a 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