Central Coast Shotokan Karate Dojo

A Member Dojo of Shotokan Karate of America

SKA Membership

Tsutomu Ohshima


Highlighted below are some of the benefits of SKA membership.  Anyone who becomes a member of SKA will receive:

· The opportunity to practice at the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo in Santa Barbara, California.

· In addition to practicing at one's dojo, the privilege of practicing at SKA dojos across the country and at its international affiliates.  Shotokan Karate of America has over 140 schools in the US and Canada (also schools in 18 different countries). This allows for continued training if your family relocates.

· The opportunity to attend SKA-sponsored activities such as Special Trainings and special practices led by senior black belts.

· Continuing guidance -- via newsletter and web site communication -- on interpreting, applying and integrating the instructional material in the book Karate-Do Kyohan (Master Text, The Way of Karate) by Gichin Funakoshi, translated by Tsutomu Ohshima, and in the book Training Notes, compiled from 40 years of trainings notes and articles by Ohshima Shihan.

· Access to the SKA web site "Member's Only" area, for news on current activities in the U.S., Canada and international affiliates, schedule of events, monthly training calendar, and articles and resources related to the martial arts.

· A Student Guide

· The opportunity to take part in SKA's online conferences and Internet mailing list discussion groups.

· The opportunity to be ranked at kyu tests (i.e., white and brown belt ranking tests).  Note: Neither SKA or your dojo charges any fees for kyu tests.  In contrast, most schools create many grade levels and charge fees for each grading.  Some also require students to buy a different gi (uniform) and/or belt for every level of advancement.

· The opportunity to be ranked at Black Belt dan (black belt ranking) tests.  Note: there are NO grading fees for dan tests or dan certificates.  Furthermore, at SKA dan tests, each candidate is carefully judged and graded by senior members of the organization, according to the standards handed down through Ohshima Sensei  In other organizations, students often do not have the benefit of high-level seniors and are charged exorbitant fees for each level, whether the student passes or not..

· Most importantly, SKA membership puts the practitioner in line with the direct lineage handed down by Ohshima Sensei.  Because of his life-long dedication and personal investment in so many of the black belts, other martial arts organizations find it difficult to compare with SKA's rich heritage, depth, consistency, and its commitment to pass the martial art of karate-do to future generations.

"To Search for the old is to understand the new.

  The old, the new, this is a matter of time.

  In all things man must have a clear mind.

  The Way: who will pass it on straight and well?"

--poem by Master Funakoshi

The Shotokan Ohshima Dojo at Sunset  - Santa Barbara, California