What we're about

Our dojo is an affiliate of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), a national, nonprofit organization teaching traditional karate since 1956. We are dedicated to practicing Shotokan Karate following the teachings of Master Gichin Funakoshi and SKA’s founder, Tsutomu Ohshima. Karate involves hand strikes and blocks, kicks, kata and sparring. Practice sessions are designed to polish the techniques in a safe manner while providing excellent physical exercise. Our purpose is to improve ourselves both mentally and physically through our practice. The practice of karate tones the body, develops coordination, quickens reflexes, and builds stamina. Also, the serious practice of karate develops composure, self-confidence, a clearer thought process, and deeper insight into one’s mental capabilities. It fosters courtesy, integrity, humility, self-control, and a sense of justice and honor. In this, karate is not an end, but a means to an end. At all ages, karate encourages proficiency and the keen coordination of mind and body. Come practice with us! Beginners are the lifeblood of any dojo. We encourage anyone interested to observe or participate in one of our practices.

Upcoming events (5+)

Weekday practice - All levels

Chapel Hill SKA Dojo

Regular practice, led by the Dojo leader or a senior black belt. To participate, bring loose fitting clothes. No worries about footwear, we practice bare foot. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to have time to change. Seating available for observers.

Weekday practice - All levels

Chapel Hill SKA Dojo

Regular practice, led by the Dojo leader or a senior black belt. To participate, bring loose fitting clothes. No worries about footwear, we practice bare foot. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to have time to change. Seating available for observers.

Saturday practice - All levels

Chapel Hill SKA Dojo

Practice typically led by LH Lazarus, the Dojo's founder and most senior black belt (Godan, the highest rank awarded by SKA). To participate, bring loose fitting clothes. No worries about footwear, we practice bare foot. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to have time to change. Seating available for observers. To get to gym, make first right after entering campus (even though a sign says "Staff Only") and the gate is sometimes partially closed.

Weekday practice - All levels

Chapel Hill SKA Dojo

Regular practice, led by the Dojo leader or a senior black belt. To participate, bring loose fitting clothes. No worries about footwear, we practice bare foot. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to have time to change. Seating available for observers.

Past events (87)

Saturday practice - All levels

Chapel Hill SKA Dojo

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