The Shotokan Karate Club at the University of Washington is focused on teaching Shotokan Karate and fostering an understanding of budo amongst its members. We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the entire year. The Shotokan Karate Club and Shotokan Karate Sports and Fitness Classes at the UW are two, interlinked groups.
Shotokan Karate at the UW is a member of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA). We are a national nonprofit karate organization, and the oldest karate organization in the US. This dojo, and the organization as a whole, emphasizes a traditional approach to karate-do with focus on effective techniques, analysis of situations and applications, and development of the inner self through hard practice. We do not emphasize “sport karate”or winning in tournaments. Instead, we emphasize realism within the context of karate, which is mostly the subset of martial arts that involves striking blows to your opponent (as opposed to throwing and grappling).
There are two other affiliated dojos in the Seattle area: the North Seattle dojo and the South King County dojo. You must be affiliated with the University of Washington (either as a student, staff, or faculty member) in order to practice at the UW dojo.