Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) is a non-profit organization teaching traditional karate-do. Because of SKA's strong resolve to offer high-quality martial arts to the public, SKA has remained non-commercial, non-profit, and continues to offer authentic, traditional martial arts instruction at affordable rates. More information can be found at www.ska.org


We provide practice session for ages 7 and up.  Ideally, you will practice of karate throughout your life, so it never too late to start,.  Our curriculum is designed to incorporate beginners anytime.   Check some of our member's Testimonials.  In fact why not join our next practice?

Those with health conditions may need to make adjustments to their practice.  Before practice please let an instructor know of any health conditions you might have.

Youth or Adult?

Presently we hold classes for two age groups:
  • youth only (7 - 12)
  • mixed youth + adult
and in two locations: 
  • Downtown San Jose (Youth and Adult)
  • South Valley Family YMCA (Youth only).

Youth (Age 7 - 12)
We conduct youth karate classes at South Valley Family YMCA and at our downtown San Jose location.

Adult (Age 13 and up)

Adult classes are held at our downtown San Jose location and are for anyone age 13 and up, serious practitioners under age 13 may be permitted to join with prior instructor approval.


Yu-Ai Kai Akiyama Wellness Centre
110 E. Jackson St.
San Jose, CA 95112

South Valley Family YMCA (SVFY)
5632 Santa Teresa Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95123


Uniforms are not required to start.  Beginners should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity such as a t-shirt and shorts or yoga pants.  After attending for a couple of months you may be interested in uniforms


Class structure allows for the admittance of new students at any time

Adult + Youth (Akiyama Center - Japantown)
  • Monday 6:45 - 8:15 PM  (youth dismissed after 45 minutes at 7:30PM)
  • Friday 6:45 - 8:15 PM
Youth Only (
South Valley Family YMCA)
  • Tuesday 6:00 - 6:50 PM (Multipurpose Room - South Valley Family YMCA)

How much?

No fees for:
  • Grading/Raking There are NO grading fees for kyu tests and NO grading fees for dan (black belt ranking) tests.  These are included with your membership.
  • Belt fees: included with your membership.
  • Uniform/Clothing surcharge fees: $0. You shop for your own uniform.  We do not sell uniforms or clothing.

Membership costs:

You must pay two kinds of dues: (1) Dojo dues and (2) SKA dues.
  1. San Jose Dojo dues:  (Youth: $180/quarterly, Adult: $60/quarterly)
  2. SKA dues: new SKA members pay $75 for their first year and receive,
    • Student guide,
    • Membership card,
    • Access to members-only area of SKA's website,
    • Opportunity to be ranked at kyu tests (white and brown belt ranking), and
    • Many other benefits
  • YMCA classes:  Fees and costs are completely different at the YMCA facility. Neither Dojo dues nor SKA dues are required for those who only practice at the YMCA facilities. Stop into your YMCA and ask the membership desk about karate. Fees are managed entirely by the YMCA.  Those who practice only at the YMCA and who also want to test will need to join SKA.

Already an SKA member at another dojo?

We offer a warm welcome to any and all SKA members from other SKA dojos or SKA affiliated dojos from other countries.   If you are only visiting for a few practices there is no charge.  If you make more regular practices with us, please ask a senior if it would be appropriate to contribute to the San Jose Dojo in some way.

Those who make practice with us at a YMCA facility must get approved by the YMCA's membership staff. San Jose Dojo dues and SKA dues do not entitle you to enter the YMCA facility.  Those who make regular practice at the YMCA will need to pay YMCA fees.   Since the YMCA manages finances separately from San Jose Dojo, those who practice only at the YMCA do not need to pay San Jose Dojo fees.

Winter 2016 Special Training

San Jose Dojo members attending 2016 Winter Special Training

Josh receiving some pointers from Kevin
Josh receives pointers from Kevin Floyd

Juanita faces attacker

Juanita faces attacker at 2014 Winter Special Training

2014 Winter Special Training

San Jose Dojo members attending 2014 Winter Special Training