Spring 2017 Training Schedule & Direction

Spring 2017 Schedule
Date Time Location
Mon 6:00 - 7:30 PM District House Rm B132, Main Campus
Wed 7:00 - 8:30 PM Hand Chapel, Mount Vernon campus
Fri 6:00 - 7:30 PM District House Rm B132, Main Campus

On most Monday and Friday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m., we will have class in the new District House Multipurpose Room B132 (the activity room with hardwood floors), located next to the Marvin Center on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets NW. Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 22, we will have class at the Hand Chapel form 7-8:30 p.m. except for Wed, March 15 (during Spring Break) and on the last Wednesdays in March and April when we will meet at the Hand Chapel one hour earlier from 6-7:30 p.m.


Semester dues for GW students are $60 per semester and $100 per semester for non-GW students, payable on your first day of practice. GW students who are complete beginners are given a two week free trial period, and need to pay their semester dues at the end of the second week of classes (the second Friday of the semester). We are not accepting any new non-GW affiliated individuals to our club at this time. Ee cannot not accept credit cards or GWorld card payments, so payment must be in cash or by check payable to "The George Washington University" (with "JKA Karate Club of GWU" in the memo line).

Additionally, all green and white belt members must pay an annual JKA/WF membership fee of $15, which is for membership in JKA World Federation, our parent organization. Brown and black belts must pay for a JKA/WF passport and renew their passports annually. The fee for a passport is $50 and the annual fee to renew one's passport is $15. If you lose your passport, JKA/WF requires that you purchase a new passport.

We collect JKA/WF member dues and passport fees at the beginning of the fall semester for the subsequent year along with semester dues. If you join the club mid-semester, please pay your JKA/WF dues when you join along with your semester dues. If you join in the spring or summer, you will need to pay the current year's JKA/WF member dues along with your semester dues when you join the club.

Students who wish to take the kyu exam at the end of the semester (i.e. those who wish to be promoted to the next rank) must wear a gi (karate uniform), which can be purchased at any martial arts store or online and must be a member of JKA/WF, our parent organiziation. Kyu test fees are $28 per person.

GW students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us at any time, but we encourage you to start at the beginning of the semester when we usually have a beginners class for students with no martial arts experience and students who are new to JKA shotokan karate. No previous karate experience is necessary. A senior student will teach the beginners and those with other martial arts experience the basics of JKA karate so you will know how we punch, block and kick before you join the regular class. We recommend that you come to every practice the first few weeks of the semester if you are a total beginner or a newcomer to JKA (the Japan Karate Association), so you can learn the basics before you join the regular class. You do not need a gi (white karate uniform) to join the club, but if you intend to test at the end of the semester, you need to have a gi to take the test and our Chief Instructor prefers that students train in a white karate gi with no patches from other styles or clubs. A JKA patch, which can be purchased from our sister organization JKA of California, is recommended for those who intend to continue training.

Because we train barefoot, we clean the dojo floor together before each class to avoid injury to our feet. Cleaning the floor is an important part of training. We usually sweep in rank order, with beginners first, followed by white belts, green belts, brown belts, and then black belts. Please try to come to the dojo at least 15 minutes prior to class in order to help clean the floors.

Information for newcomers

We welcome all interested GW students, faculty and staff. It is not necessary to have previous martial arts experience. Total beginners are welcome.

If you are not a GW student and wish to join, we are not accepting non-GW students at this time.


All beginners (including those with previous martial arts experience in another organization) should try to come to every class during the first several weeks of classes when a senior student will teach the basics of JKA in a separate class just for beginners and newcomers to JKA. Please dress in comfortable workout clothes or wear a white dogi (uniform) and a white belt if you have one. Everyone should remove all jewelry (rings, necklaces, earrings, etc.) during class for safety reasons.

For those with prior JKA experience, please bring a copy of your last kyu or dan certificate to your first practice and give it to Faculty/Staff Advisor Robert Donnally. If you have trained with another non-JKA dojo, please bring a copy of your last kyu or dan certificate. Please note that if you do not have an official JKA dan or kyu certificate, you must start by tying a white belt. Your rank will be adjusted after your first kyu examination with Sensei Haramoto.

If you have any questions, you may also send an e-mail message to gwu.jka@gmail.com . Please note that this is the club's email account and may not be checked every day.

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(Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017)