Karate is a Japanese martial art, which first came from Okinawa to mainland Japan in 1916. Karate practice promotes mental and physical health, improves self-confidence, balance, focus, and strength. The Memphis Dojo is dedicated to teaching Karate in the traditional Japanese manner, following the teachings of Master Gichin Funakoshi and Tsutomu Ohshima, founder of SKA.
Our dojo is an affiliate of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), a national non-profit organization teaching traditional karate since 1955.
Our purpose is to improve ourselves through our practice and to perpetuate our art. We welcome adult students of any age and children age 7 and up to come train with us.
All instructors are black belts certified by SKA’s chief instructor, Tsutomu Ohshima.
Our practices are open to everyone. We encourage you to take part, and to come visit us at our dojo!
Practice: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30pm-9:00pm Saturday 9:00am to 10:30am
Memphis Shotokan Karate Dojo is located at the Cordova Family YMCA 7950 Club Center Cove, Cordova, TN 38016.
“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 having big arms. It means who can be a more strict human being with himself. That is the ideal of martial arts.” – Tsutomu Ohshima, founder, Shotokan Karate of America