Pasadena dojo started in April, 2015. It was founded and is sponsored by Maryknoll Shotokan Karate seniors. Evan Viera (3rd degree black belt) and Michael Sanchez (2nd degree black belt) are the lead instructors. Both are members of Maryknoll Dojo and students of Shihan Tsutomu Ohshima, founder of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA).
Our students enjoy a direct link to ancient masters of martial arts through Sensei Ohshima and his teacher, Master Gichin Funakoshi. Sensei Ohshima is one of the last living students of Master Funakoshi. Master Funakoshi is known as the “Father of Modern Japanese Karate” as well as founder of Shotokan Karate. Shotokan Karate is the most well known and popular form of Karate in the world.
We strive to strengthen our body, mind and spirit, perfect our character and faithfully transmit the art to future generations.
Karate can be practiced by everyone, at any age, for self-defense, increase bodily strength, improve balance, efficiency of movement, breathing and overall health. No special equipment is needed.
Karate helps to strengthen the mind, develop courage, fortitude, and the ability to achieve goals.
Karate practice emphasizes values of courtesy, integrity, humility, justice, honor, and self-control.
The study of karate benefits the student in all areas of their life.
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.” Master Gichin Funakoshi