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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

 

Self Defense Karate Classes Available Outside and Remotely, Too!

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Use a high block to attack your opponents neck.

Hi,

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.

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.

   

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 Lessons.com” in 2018 and 2019

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