We are a registered RecSports organization of the University of Texas at Austin. We are also the Austin branch of the Japan Karate Association and a member dojo of the American Amateur Karate Federation Southwestern Region. We teach Shotokan Karate to any member of the UT community who is interested: students, faculty, or staff. No prior experience is necessary to learn with us. Karate is an art full of tradition and we do take our study very seriously, but that does not mean that we don't have fun while doing it.
Our parent dojo is JKA Dallas headed by Dr. Alex Tong Sensei and Brad Webb Sensei. Student dues are $40 per semester and $20 for the summer plus the one time fee for a uniform. We have official JKA testing done according to the JKA's schedule. Testing is done either in Austin or in Dallas.
Practices are generally broken down into three parts: kihon, kata, and kumite.
As well as practicing with the rest of the class, beginners are given time individually with senior students. It will take a beginner at least 3 months to get the first yellow belt, after which each progressive rank will take a bit longer. It can take at least 4 years of continuous training to get the first black belt, but most likely takes longer.
Sensei Tom's articles on Shotokan Karate
THE DOJO FLOORFellow students! Allow me to give you a synopsis of a few of my artistic heros:
Students, you can easily see where I'm going with this. However, we will look much deeper than basic Kihon fundamentals. A relationship with the FLOOR must be recognized in every step we make on "mother earth". This relationship is similar to the intimate one we have when simply holding hands with a loved one. The FLOOR is the only non-variable we have when stepping into the Dojo. The FLOOR asks you to become one with it, it asks you to incorporate it and totally depend on its simplicity, necessity and as the initiator of all POWER.
Keep training and never neglect your true best friend for life: The FLOOR!!