How to Begin


Why should somebody want to start karate training? There are many reasons, including staying physically and mentally fit, learning how to defend oneself, and pursuing the deeper meaning of Karate-Do.

Beginners are always welcome in SKA. Regardless of your age, sex, or current physical condition, you can begin karate practice and enjoy it. Through serious martial arts practice, we can learn to face ourselves strictly and show our best spirit in all situations.

2011 Ohshima with kids“Originally this was the most important thing about martial arts–to reach a higher level, to become a strong human being. Strong doesn’t mean big muscles. It means who can be a more strict human being with himself. That is the ideal of martial arts.” – Tsutomu Ohshima.

Locate the SKA dojo (school) nearest you to observe a practice and try a complimentary class. Each dojo determines its own affordable practice fee, depending on location and expenses. In SKA there are no contracts to commit to, so beginners are able to explore karate training without pressure.

Please check the Directory of Dojos to contact an SKA instructor or Regional Director near you who may help you become a member. For any additional information or assistance about membership in SKA, please contact .

Shotokan Ohshima Karate-do also has International Affiliate Organizations in many countries around the World. Please check the Directory of Dojos and International Affiliates for a list of International contacts.

For information about group affiliation with SKA, please contact  – SKA does not offer visa assistance to international karate-ka wishing to affiliate with SKA.