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“In A Training With Ten Practices The Halfway Point Is Not Reached Until The Ninth Practice Is Over”

Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Karate as a martial art and a way of life.
The organization can trace its beginnings back to the first Shotokan Karate Dojo in the United States, founded in 1956 by Tsutomu Ohshima.
The first incarnation of SKA was founded in 1959 as the Southern California Karate Organization, which became SKA in 1969.
The organization has become international with affiliates in Belgium, Curacao, France, Gabon, Indonesia, Israel, Morocco, Spain, and Switzerland.

The Los Angeles Dojo is proud to be part of a traditional Karate practice that connects directly, through Ohshima Sensei, to the great masters of Japan and Okinawa. We offer classes several times a week.
Classes are open to men and women who are at least 14 years of age. All classes are taught by Black Belts, and are open to people who wish to observe.

Classes are currently being held in the Westside Academy of Dance, 1711 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90404. Maps are available below.


If you are interested in joining us, or want more information, please contact us at the Dojo, either by phone at 310-839-8545, by electronic mail at, or by coming to the Dojo when a class is scheduled.