Who?

We provide practice session for all ages.  Ideally, you will practice of karate throughout your life, so it never too late to start. Our curriculum is designed to incorporate beginners anytime, so please come join our next practice!

What?

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

Where?

All ages:
Yu-Ai Kai Akiyama Wellness Center
Japantown
110 E. Jackson St.
San Jose, CA 95112

Yu-Ai Kai Akiyama Wellness Center

Only kids aged 7 and up:
South Valley Family YMCA
5632 Santa Teresa Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95123

South Valley Family YMCA

Wear?

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

When?

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

Yu-Ai Kai Akiyama Wellness Center - Japantown
    408-753-9283
  • Monday 6:45 - 8:15 PM  (youth dismissed after 45 minutes at 7:30PM)
  • Friday 6:45 - 8:15 PM
South Valley Family YMCA
    408-226-9622
  • Tuesday 6:00 - 6:50 PM (Multipurpose Room - South Valley Family YMCA)

How much?


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
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.
In contrast, YMCA attendees must negotiate fees and scheduling directly with the YMCA staff, not your instructors.  In fact, this is how your instructors have secured the YMCA practice room. Neither Dojo dues nor SKA dues are required for those who only practice at the YMCA facilities.

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.

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