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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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Our Covid-19 Measures to Keep You Safe

Beikoku Shidokan Symbol
Beikoku Shidokan Symbol

How We Protect You from Covid-19 during Classes:

1. We will look at the Governor’s guidelines for gym openings and follow them strictly.

    Right now that entails non-contact social distancing Outdoor Classes that begin Mid-June.

2. We will continue with Zoom classes from the dojo for overseas folks and those that are tied up at work, or those that don’t want to get out of the house yet. 

3. After cleaning the air duct system in February I installed a UVC light in the dojo air duct system to control mold and bacteria. Scientific documents also claim that this also kills MRS and SARS viruses. Covid-19 is a SARS virus, but there haven’t been any tests conducted on it yet. I also ordered two additional UV-C lights for use in the dojo after class.

4. We will look at other virus killings/neutralizing measures we can implement in the dojo. 

   – I will add a second UVC light in the air duct system just in case.

   – I will use MERV-11 air filters in the dojo to filter out pollen and dust reducing the work of the UVC lights. 

5. We will practice outdoors and in the dojo with masks on, maybe with gloves once contact resumes?

6. Non-contact kumite and bunkai can still be done to get up a good workout and keep your timing.

7. Hand sanitizer or handwashing will be mandatory.

    (Note: I need to put Teflon tape on the utility sink couplings so we can use that, too.)

8. There is abundant disinfectant/virucide to clean the floor before and after each class. The virucide is most effective when left to dry on the mats. I will get a sprayer so we can spray before and after class.

9. What are the Class times when the dojo reopens?

    We will see how we proceed.

 

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 is also a certified in Martial Arts Fitness Instruction and in Self Defense Instruction.

As a retired Foreign Service Officer Roberto now concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many people 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 in addition to the obvious percussion techniques of punching, kicking and blocking. 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

 

沖縄小林流空手道 志道館 What?

What the heck does all this mean? 沖縄小林流空手道 志道館
Generally, Kanji, or the use of Chinese characters in Japanese writing provides many meanings depending upon what other words are used with it. Plus, many of the sounds we hear mean different things. Think how hard it is for people to differentiate between spoken “to, too, two”, and “There, they’re, their”.

沖縄     Ryu Kyu (means Okinawa)
小林流 Shorin Ryu (often referred to as Shaolin can also be pronounced Kobayashi. Small Forest School)
空手道 Karate Do (Open Hand PathWay)
志道館 Shidokan Shi can mean Warrior/Samurai/Gentleman. Do means Pathway. Kan means a place (In Japan it often means                     Eating Place) This is the vertical patch on our left chest!
道場     Do Jo (Pathway Practice/Place)

Beikoku Shidokan Symbol
Beikoku Shidokan Symbol

 

So in our Beikoku Shidokan symbol, you will notice the Gold Kanji starts out with *[+] my Keyboard doesn’t type out those characters .

The first two characters are pronounced Beikoku, meaning Rice Country, the name most of Asia uses for the United States of America.

Then you can recognize the next three Shidokan characters 志道館 described above.

 

Knowing these characters and their meaning will help you understand a lot of the kanji characters in the dojo.

Thanks for Reading!

Roberto

Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate (Kobayashi) Kiyoshi, 8th Dan,

Virginia Dojo, 6416 Grovedale Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310

Virginia Dojo

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Roberto is an 8th Dan, Kyoshi, awarded by Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate (Kobayashi). 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.

As a retired Foreign Service Officer he concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA. Many people 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 in addition to the obvious percussion techniques of punching, kicking and blocking. While stationed overseas Roberto trained U.S. Embassy and Foreign Security Personnel, U.S. Marines, and people like you. See examples of traditional Kata, Kumite, & Bunkai here.

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; and “Best of Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019