Welcome to Shotokai USA ! 

Arizona’s Premier Traditional Karate Academy

We teach authentic traditional karate-do or in other words, Budō Karate 武道 (The Martial Way or Way of the Warrior).   Karate which literally means empty hand, is a hand to hand self defense technique that was developed in the Islands of Japan over 400 years ago.

Traditional Karate is a realistic self defense combat system that requires a mature mind and complete discipline to master.  We have placed stepping stones at each age group to achieve proper mastery of our program.  Our primary focus is to create an environment that enables students to develop intellectually, physically and ethically.

How are we different than other “Karate” schools?

Today there are well over a 100 different off shoots of karate (To name a few: Taekwondo, Kempo Karate, Freestyle Karate, Sport Karate, Kajukenbo, Mixed Martial Arts, etc…) and here in the East Valley there is practically a martial arts school on every major cross street.

 Why not settle for the closest  Martial Arts School? Why Arizona Shotokai USA?

3 Reasons

1st our Affiliation: There are so many martial arts schools that don’t have any qualifications as a school or as an instructor

We are an accredited karate school with high standards.  Our curriculum is governed by the Karate-nomichi World Federation (KWF), which is a World Class Karate Federation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.  All  belt levels attained in our Karate School is approved and recognized by Karate-nomichi World Federation. Ultimately, this means that when you achieve Black Belt status your Certification will come from Head Quarters and signed by the head of KWF organization.  Hence, your Black Belt will be recognized world wide and not just only in the East Valley, Arizona or the U.S.  Rest assured as a student that all your time and effort is properly placed in a legitimate Karate organization.

2nd Certified Instructor:  Just because a person grew up doing martial arts and now teaches for a living does not qualify him as an instructor.

KWF, affiliated Karate School and instructor go through rigorous training and examination to meet the mandatory qualifications to be able impart karate instruction. Thus, the level of quality and knowledge of karate being taught is of the highest standards.   Our instructor’s attend KWF Karate Seminars a minimum three times a year for continuing education.  Our instructors are actively on the path of self mastery.

3rd Karate Passion & Responsibility:  “Because I teach so much I have a responsibility to train as hard as I can, to pass on my knowledge in as pure a form as possible. If you do not train hard you should not teach!” “. – Higaonna

We are passionate about being KARATE-KAS (One who practices Karate), We are devoted to this art form and we don’t just teach to teach.  As instructors of karate it is our responsibility to train much harder than our students so that we can help in the persuit of karate excellence.

You will not find a “Master” here but rather a fellow student of the art.  We walk this path together has friends and as karate family.  We take our  role of mentorship of young students  with utmost importance and seriousness.

Karate is not our business, but rather our way of life.  We honor the role we play in our community and because of this we strive to be the best in what we do.

Side Note:

On August 3rd 2016, the International Olympic Committee, officially announced that karate will be in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

This begs the question what kind of karate will be in the Olympics?


We are Arizona’s Premier Traditional Karate School, join us on the path to excellence.