Shotokan Karate is a traditional martial art, which develops important skills useful in everyday life. It improves character and mental discipline as well as physical skill. Shotokan Karate is accessible to all: men, women, and children, with or without athletic ability. Karate trains both the mind and body to maximize physical effectiveness controlled by a clear, focused spirit
Just stop by the dojo (Chesterfield or New Town). We're always happy to have new members come by and either observe a class or participate. Everyone is welcome to observe as many classes as they wish before joining. Also, new members may work out with our club on a trial basis (one class). Before participating, you will be asked to sign a waiver, but you do not have to formally register with the club until you have decided that it is right for you. If you have any questions before coming by, please contact our Chief Instructor (Barry Power) and he will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
We will provide you a uniform (Gi) for free when you register. This is the traditional karate clothing secured with a tied belt. No other equipment is required.
The Missouri Karate Association is affiliated with the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and are active members with the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF). MKA Instructors and members routinely attend seminars around the country. The Instructors of the MKA believe it is critical to seek instruction from dedicated karate masters around the world and bring the expertise to our students.
If your previous dojo is affiliated with a registered ITKF, JKA or AAKF dojo you’re welcome to wear your belt. The MKA policy is to have new students start their training wearing a white belt until they are evaluated by the MKA instructors.
Absolutely! The MKA is focused on bringing children as young as 4 years old into karate. The majority of our students are children by our intent.