At Memphis Shotokan Dojo, blackbelt instructors lead practices in traditional Shotokan Karate as taught by Tsutomu Ohshima, Shihan. We practice every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:15pm-8:45pm and on Saturday from 9:00am-10:30am. The dojo is located at the Cordova Family YMCA 7950 Club Center Cove Cordova, TN 38016.
Memphis Shotokan Karate Dojo is an affiliate of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), the oldest karate organization in the United States.
Our dojo members are dedicated karate practitioners at all levels from beginners to senior members. Many of our members have attended SKA Special Trainings, participated in tournament competition (such as the Nisei Week tournament), and practiced at Shotokan Ohshima Dojo in Santa Barbara and other SKA dojos around the U.S. and abroad. Our instructors are SKA black belts with many years of experience.
The Memphis Dojo was formed in 1992 by Bobby Bird (Yodan). Over the years a strong group of seniors have contributed to the dojo. We are fortunate to have Keith Kirk (Sandan), John Rose (Sandan), Steve Ethridge (Nidan) and William Ragin (Nidan) who all contribute to the practice through their dedicated leadership and energy.
Our dojo has a rich history of strong dedicated members. Several of our members have been selected to represent the Midwest that the Nisei Week Tournament in California. Dojo Leader Bobby Bird has represented Shotokan Karate of American at international events in France and Spain. Members of our dojo have also been recognized by SKA for their dedication.