Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo
At the Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo, our senior instructor, Robert Roberto Curtis, 8th Degree, Kyoshi, has been a direct student of Seikichi Iha since 1979. He began his martial arts journey in 1969 practicing Judo, Kung Fu, Shotokan and Shorinkan karate before beginning training directly with Sensei Iha in 1979. During long term overseas assignments he taught karate self defense to US Embassy Personnel, US Marines, foreign security operatives and people like you.
Our Okinawan Karate Dojo reports directly to Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan, an internationally reknown Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate Master and one of the senior-most Karate Masters in Okinawa. We follow the Beikoku Shidokan Shorin Ryu curriculum. Sensei Iha visits us as least once per year and we attend his seminars throughout the United States.
Our focus is on adult-oriented karate
Many of our black belts have converted from other karate and martial arts styles.
We welcome beginners as well as black belts from other styles who want to learn Original Okinawan Karate.
Sokon Matsumura (1809-99), a personal body guard to the last three Okinawan Kings then named his defense techniques Shuri-te. Shuri being the Okinawan capital. Te meaning hand. Another name used is Sui-de, or "our hand".
Anko Itosu (1831-1915) was one of Matsamura's most famous students. He named his karate: Shorin ryu and taught:
Shinpan Gusukuma (1890-1954) who was well known for his sturdy, powerful karate even though he was small in stature. Choshin Chibana (1886-1969) taught a wide range of students who went on to develop other karate schools. Chibana called his karate: Kobayashi. Katsuya Miyahira, Hanshi, 10th Degree (1918-2010) studied longer with Chibana than any other student. He took over Chibana's duties and called his karate school or dojo: Shidokan.
Shidokan means "Warrior Way", "Right Way", or "Gentleman's Way".
Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Degree began karate studies with Shinpan (Shiroma) Gusakuma in 1950. When Gusukuma died in 1954 he then began studying Karate with Katsuya Miyahira
who was senior student to Chosin Chibana who was senior student to Anko Itosu who was a leading student of Soken Matsamura one of the first recognized founders of Okinawan sui-de, now called karate.
When Seikichi Iha was awarded his 10th Degree in 2001 he named his school and dojo: Beikoku Shidokan.
Seikichi Iha, Roberto, Katsuya Miyahira 1989
Seikichi Iha and Roberto Curtis
Hombu Dojo 1986
Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo at:
6416 Grovedale Dr., #302-B
Alexandria, VA 22310
7:00 PM Monday
7:00 Pm Tuesday
7:00 PM Wednesday
7:00 PM Thursday
9:00 AM Saturday
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703 310 9596
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Gus Kouklis, Sensei Iha, Roberto and Mike Nugent at Hombu Dojo, Lansing 1981.
Robert Roberto Curtis, 8th Degree and Seikichi Iha, 10th Degree
Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo 2016
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