Shotokan Karate of America
Welcome to "Berkeley YMCA" Shotokan Karate. The Berkeley YMCA dojo is an affiliate of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), a non-profit organization teaching traditional Karate in the United States since 1955. SKA has more than 120 dojos in North America as well as in thirteen countries, including Canada, France, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Japan.

SKA is dedicated to teaching Karate in the traditional Japanese manner. We welcome adult students of any age and children from age 8. Class structure allows for the admittance of new adult students at any time of the year and of new children students at regularly scheduled dates. 

The Berkeley YMCA dojo is located at:
2001Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone (510) 848 9622

Fees:   Free to YMCA members

Schedule (effective January 4, 2012)
   Children (ages 8-12)  Adults (13+)
 Tuesday  6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 Thursday  6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Additional classes and practices
As a member of Shotokan Karate America and the YMCA Berkeley dojo, you are entitled to participate in special practices, seminars, and events at our central dojo near Santa Barbara or at other dojos worldwide. 
For more information contact:
Forest Rouse at or
David Peretz: mailto:
For more information on the kids class contact
Arunan kono-soosaipillai:


Gichin Funakoshi

             Tsutomu Ohshima

"The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants."

-     Gichin Funakoshi