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Our Karate Moto


“ The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies

Not in victory or defeat,

But in the perfection of the character of the participant ”

Gichin Funakoshi, founder of shotokan karate


Japan Karate Association of Virginia (JKAVA) is a member of: 
Japan Karate Association, World Federation (JKA) and
Shotokan Karate-Do International (JKANY)


JKAVA offers training in a traditional Japanese martial art called Shotokan Karate. JKAVA is dedicated to encouraging and assisting students in their growth and understanding of Shotokan Karate and the continuous improvement of one's character. Our goal is to help individuals reach their highest potential through the true art of Shotokan Karate.

Karate can be practiced by men, women and children. Our students range from the very young to senior citizens. Anyone who is in reasonable health can train at Karate. Karate students will improve their health, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. Parents and teachers continually report on the improvement in the behavior of children who train regularly with JKAVA. 

The physical training required to reach a high level of skill in Karate promotes overall good health, fitness and well-being. The concentration, commitment and dedication required, helps build a strong, confident and determined character. Karate has been scientifically proven to provide exercise in the form of aerobic, anaerobic, calisthenics and isometrics through a traditional, systematic program which promotes overall health and well-being.

Excellent movies about one of the last true samurai of his generation. Master Masataka Mori, 9th Dan. He is a true man of Budo, humble and modest, yet a master that can positively impact and guide his students to always be better and do better!

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