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Authentic Japanese Karate

Wado-Kai (way of peace) is the most popular form of Karate in Japan. The style is a blend of traditional Karate forms of quick, powerful linear techniques and Jujitsu, a style that emphasizes an efficient circular motion. The style also emphasizes naturalness in body stance and motion, and cultivates a mental attitude to overcome one's perceived physical limitations. Instruction is interactive and personal, and assumes that mastery can be achieved equally by men and women independent of body type and strength.

"Shudokan" literally means "the house where you master the way." There are only twenty schools in the world which carry the Shudokan designation. Established in 1988, Wado-Kai Shudokan Karate has been serving the adults, youth and children of the Longmont area with quality karate and self-defense instruction.

Head Instructor - Sensei Tanabe

Sensei Tanabe

  • 6th degree Black Belt
  • M.S. of Kinesiology
  • USA National Karate Federation Certified
  • Japan Karate Federation Certified
  • Executive Director of North America Karate Masters Association
  • Front Range Community College Faculty -- Japanese Language and Culture
  • Recipient of Overseas Distinguished Karate Service Award from Japan Karate Federation, Wado-Kai.

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Testimonials

"It is a pleasure to offer my endorsement to this dojo. As an active adult who continues to study under Sensei Tanabe for the past 11 years, I cannot say enough great things about his style and the camaraderie of fellow students. I was encouraged to join as a way to gain control of my worsening physical condition. As I paid the price for my poor shape, I soon found that I gained a renewed physical ability, dropping weight and gaining strength. In addition, I found that I gained a mental attitude that I took to work, allowing me to respond to workplace demands in a whole new way– much like being able to respond to the unknown aggressive punch or kick. The continuing demonstration of my physical abilities and mental awareness is unparalleled when compared to other workout venues. As a senior adult, I find that I am in better condition than most people my age and I know that I have Sensei Tanabe to thank for this. I look forward to getting my grandson started in the near future knowing how Shudokan Karate will play an important role in his overall development." –Ken S.