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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.

Come try a Free Week of Classes!

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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 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 Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

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

Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan

Your Unique Chance to Attend a Seminar by 10th Degree, Grand Master, Seikichi Iha!

This is your unique chance to participate in a Self Defense Karate Seminar by Internationally Renown Okinawan Karate Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan Seminar on March 19 from 6 to 8:30 PM.

Robert Roberto Curtis, 8th Dan
Roberto Curtis, Virginia Karate Dojo, Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association

 

You want to participate in this event. because You will learn: Kata applications and Bunkai. Plus he will lead you in many of his unique self defense drills.

Sign Up Here and Purchase Your Ticket Now:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-beikoku-shidokan-karatedo-virtual-spring-seminar-tickets-144015298635?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing

You can attend at home via Zoom, or after purchasing your ticket you can participate with the Virginia Dojo – Alexandria Karate Dojo as we will set up outdoor training in the parking lot at 6416 Grovedale Dr. Alexandria, VA 22310.

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 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 Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

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

 

Martial Arts to Lose Weight

Being overweight can take a serious toll on your health and quality of life. Weight loss is critical for improving cardiovascular health, general fitness, and resistance to or control of deadly diseases and conditions. The challenge for most people is finding a sport or exercise form that they can and will keep up. Unlike running or walking which can be rather solitary, martial arts are a fun way to lose weight. You have the support of your fellow students and your coaches to keep you going. So you don’t have to go it alone!

Burn fat and calories

A typical martial arts workout will burn between 300 and 900 calories an hour, depending on your body weight. Whether your sport of choice is Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Jiu-jitsu or Krav Maga, you can count on burning off more than you would with a walk. Most people burn about 500 calories in an hour long session. To lose weight, you must burn more calories every day than you take in. Losing a few pounds can be a game changer.

Tone up

Martial arts are excellent for toning muscles. Most forms are highly aerobic activities that utilize almost every muscle group in the body. Sessions usually begin with a warm-up, followed by
a routine of moves that work on your upper body, lower body, or core. Besides burning up calories, your training will help improve muscle tone so your body gets more efficient at burning fat. And that will make each minute of your workout count for more.

Get disciplined

A side-effect of learning a highly disciplined martial art, is that it brings that discipline to your weight loss too. You will think twice before you binge once you’re following a regimen. Being active and following the martial arts routine will also slowly make your cravings go away. With more to focus on, food will seem like a distraction you can manage to avoid.

Not all martial arts have the same focus and effects on fitness

Some forms of martial arts help you burn calories faster. Whether you’re looking to lighten the scales or tone up in general, choose something that’s more intense.

Muay Thai involves a lot of kicks and movement. Workouts while training are tough and sparring is even more demanding on the body.

Like wrestling, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blend aerobic exercise with strength building. Taekwondo requires a balance of speed, power, and flexibility and gives you a good leg and cardio workout. Karate is a good core workout but doesn’t do so much for your lower body. Kung Fu is highly aerobic and requires jumps, kicks and general agility. Fitness kickboxing can help you quickly drop pounds.


Martial arts at the gym

Many schools and gyms offer MMA, kickboxing, or Krav Maga in addition to a traditional martial arts training program for different ranks and age groups. Professional martial arts schools that focus on a single or combination of styles will always put safety first. Most gyms and schools will welcome a visit or offer a trial class (or several) for free or at low cost.