Welcome to the Virginia Dojo! We are happy you are here.
We are very excited about our Self Defense Karate Classes and know you will be, too. My Marketing Advisor suggested we offer you 2 FREE Weeks of Unlimited Classes. Our Overall Martial Art Themes is: “A block is also a punch is also a throw is just a block”
Who are we? Roberto has been studying Okinawan Self Defense Karate with renowned Grand Master Seikichi Iha since 1979. Roberto is now one of his Sensei Iha’s senior students. Sensei Iha continued to find unique ways to teach proven effective self defense to his students. Roberto has taught US Marines, US Embassy Security Personnel, Foreign Security Operatives, and people just like you.
Why study with us?
We have safe, small, friendly Okinawan Karate classes. Yes, roughly 1/3 of our members are women,
We practice natural body movement for proven effective self defense,
Our students built a unique practice area (dojo) evoking traditional Okinawan Karate Dojos,
Practice improves your self control, reduces stress, helps you get in shape and it’s FUN!
Why are we different from other schools? We practice Kata (programmed movements) from which we derive Kumite (partner drills) and then Bunkai (performing kata while being attacked by other students). These all help you develop natural reactions for self defense scenarios. Many call us the Martial Arts Grad School because we practice self defense applications found in all martial arts that people hadn’t observed previously. When you see it, a lightbulb will go off in your head, “aha! That is why we do that!”
Roberto’s karate students insisted he rent a more permanent location for his Karate instruction instead of wandering from building to building while renting out space in School gymnasiums and Churchs. In 2017 he and his students decided upon an office space in an office condominium complex. His students have built the Virginia Dojo into an outstanding training space evoking the sense and feel of traditional Okinawan Karate Dojo. Many students drop by just to meditate, or for Yoga or Tai Chi classes. Drop by even if just to see the dojo space, watch a class. Or to try Two Weeks of Free Classes!
Roberto began studying martial arts in 1969. He studied judo, Shorinkan Shorin Ryu karate, Shotokan Karate, Goju Ryu, and Kung Fu. He started studying with now Grand Master Seikichi Iha, 10th Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu in 1979 and continues until now as one of his senior students.
During Roberto’s long-term overseas assignments stationed as a Foreign Service Officer (Diplomat), he trained US Embassy Security Personnel, US Marines, foreign security operatives, and people just like you. When stationed in the Washington, DC area he also always built a cadre of dedicated Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate students. Now retired from the Foreign Service he concentrates on teaching proven-effective adult-focused self defense karate at the Virginia Dojo in Alexandria VA.
His Karate classes in Alexandria are often called the Martial Arts Grad School as he teaches common sense applications found in all martial arts that most people simply don’t see or haven’t experienced. Upon seeing these applications most people say it is like a light bulb going off in their mind.
He 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.