After a number of years as a member of a large Japanese Karate organization, Karate-Do Kenwakan has emerged as a unique combination of traditional Japanese karate and modern western somatic movement science. This allows us to provide a comprehensive karate program that is personalized, professional and rewarding at every level. Our commitment is that our students leave each and every class with an increased sense of power, confidence, peace of mind and freedom that impacts every area of their lives.
The instructors know more than karate, they know movement, making the training intense, and specific. Though modern in its approach, traditional elements now lost in other dojos are present, where community is active and advanced belts do more than just show up for class. The environment is both intense and supportive, catering not only to the group, but to individuals as well. I highly recommend it for practical use, getting in shape, or just as a recreational activity.
If you want your kids to build themselves through the practice of karate, this is the dojo. If you want to practice karate to honor yourself, and not just to punch people or get a trophy, this is the dojo. If you want a black belt go to The Gap, but if you want to upgrade yourself through the practice of karate, this is the dojo for you.
My 7 year old son has been taking Karate classes at this dojo for over a year now, and we are so, so happy that he is. Karate is great for him, and the team here, especially Sensei Michelle, are amazing. They treat kids with so much respect, while teaching them discipline and encouraging them to have fun. I love Michelle's strength, intelligence and sense of fun, and the kids love and respect her. Doesn't get much better than this.
My older son started taking karate in 3rd grade back in 2003 with Shihan Michelle (Sempai Michelle back then) as his teacher. My younger son started a year later. Back then, Michelle was teaching at Oyama Karate. A couple of years later, Oyama underwent a reorganization, and several senseis, including Michelle, left to form their own dojo. Michelle had always been a great teacher for my kids, so following her to this other dojo was a no-brainer. I even started taking classes myself, and we became a family of karatekas.