SVSK's primary instructors spent decades training with the Japan Karate Association, the tie that ensures that the Karate we practice at SVSK is authentic, traditional Shotokan Karate. The Japan Karate Association has a reputation as being one of the world's largest and highest quality single-style karate organizations in the world. In Japan it continues to be the primary organization maintaining the heritage of Shotokan karate (although there are very many splinter groups).
Training at the JKA's Honbu Dojo
SVSK's instructors have extensive experience training in Japan, so people often ask about the particulars of going there to train.
There are some excellent Karate instructors outside of Japan. But nowhere else will you find as many high level instructors in one city as in Tokyo.
The Japan Karate Association's Sou-Honbu (general headquarters) Dojo is located about 12-minutes walk from Iidabashi Station, near the center of Tokyo. Classes are taught by some of the best karate instructors in the world. Almost all classes at the JKA Honbu are very physically demanding, so if you're able to train there, you'll be sure to get a workout.
For directions on how to get there, or for more details on training, read through the FAQ. You may also contact SVSK's chief instructor Jon Keeling. The location of the Honbu Dojo has changed several times over the past decades. Today it is located at: 2-23-15 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Japan 112-0004.
The present class schedule
4:30-5:30 + separate childrens' class conducted simultaneously - M/W/F
6:00-7:00 + separate women's class conducted simultaneously - Thu
7:05-8:05 + separate seniors' class conducted simultaneously - Fri
8:10-9:10 (Thur) Kata class; additional fee required.
Sat: 12:00-1:00, 4:00-5:30, 5:30-7:00 (Dojo closed second Saturday of each month)
Please note that there are quite a few organizations now no longer affiliated with the JKA that continue to do almost exactly what is done at the JKA. Often there is no noticeable difference between training at a dojo affiliated with the JKS, SKIF, SKdI, ISKF or WTKO, for example. There are subtle differences but at the core is the JKA history. We highly recommend that if you are looking for authentic, high-quality Shotokan training, you look for a dojo/instructor that has a history with the JKA.
Our affiliation is the the World Traditional Karate Organization, an international group with the goal of maintaining the quality standards of the JKA of the 1980's-1990's, when the JKA was at its peak, if not surpassing them.