Katsu Dojo Karate - Member USA National Karate-do Federation
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About Katsu Dojo

Katsu Dojo instructors have been teaching in Gainesville, Florida since 1985. Katsu Dojo was officially named in the Fall of 1998. Since then it has expanded rapidly and has become the highest quality martial arts program in Gainesville. Katsu Dojo has also received national recognition on the USA National Karate-Do Federation National tournament circuit. Katsu Dojo instructors teach a traditional style of karate called Shito-ryu. In addition to our regular karate classes, Katsu Dojo also offers Okinawan Kobudo (weapons), Tournament Classes, and Pre-Karate for our four and five year olds. We have four locations in North Florida including three in Gainesville and one in Jacksonville.

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Shito Ryu

Shito-ryu was founded by Kenwa Mabuni in 1928. It was directly influenced by both Naha-Te and Shuri-Te. Shito-ryu is fast, powerful and artistic. It incorporates the powerful Shuri-Te katas like Naifanchin and Bassai, the hard and soft Naha-Te katas like Sanchin and Kururunfa, and the artistic Chinese white crane katas like Niipaipo and Paipuren. In all, Shito Ryu includes over 50 katas.

Koryu Uchinadi

Katsu Dojo incorporates the basic skills of self defense on the ground.  Students learn the principles of clinching, throwing and take downs, take down defense, positioning, pinning, controlling and subduing,  submissions, escapes, counters and reversals. We teach a cohesive system designed to focus on the techniques required in a reality based confrontation.   

Tournament Training

Katsu Dojo competes on the USA National Karate-Do Federation tournament circuit. The US Olympic Committee recognizes the USANKF as the governing body for sport karate in the United States. Team Katsu members have over 100 National Chamionship gold medals since 1999. Please visit our Team katsu section to view tournament photos, videos, and our previous tournament results.

Pre Karate

Pre-Karate is designed for children aged 4 and 5 years old. Children learn focus, self-control, and gain self-esteem while learning the basic principles of karate. In addition to learning skills like punching and kicking, children are also introduced to the Japanese language through counting, colors, and body parts. Pre-Karate has its own belt testing system and is available at all O2b Kids facilities.

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