About Us

Shotokan Karate of America
SKA is a nonprofit organization that has been teaching traditional karate-do in the United States since 1955. SKA was founded and is still led by Tsutomu Ohshima. Mr. Ohshima is also recognized as the chief instructor of many other SKA-affiliated national Shotokan organizations worldwide. SKA maintains its national headquarters in Los Angeles.
 
The mission of Shotokan Karate of America is "To preserve, perpetuate, and advance the legacy of Shotokan Karate for the betterment of the lives of those who train, and to contribute positively to human history."

Contact information for SKA is as follows:
Shotokan Karate of America
222 S. Hewitt Street, Room 7
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Phone: (213) 437-0988        
Office hours: M-F 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST)
Email for general questions about SKA, including membership: hq@ska.org
Website: www.ska.org
 
Berkeley YMCA Dojo 
In the spring of 1995, the Berkeley YMCA dojo was founded by black belts Marty, Mike and Amor, under the guidance of the late Godan Daniel Chemla.  The Berkeley YMCA Dojo has grown and have seen students reach the level of black belt who started as white belts at the Berkeley YMCA Dojo.  The Berkeley YMCA Dojo offers a diverse group of instructors, students and is committed to contributing positively to the YMCA community.  We also offer kids classes to support and encourage youth wellness through karate.

For questions regarding karate practice or visiting, contact:
Forest Rouse, Dojo Manager: forest.rouse@sbcglobal.net
or David Peretz: davidp3000@gmail.com
For more information on the kids class contact contact
Arunan kono-soosaipillai: aruyuka@yahoo.com
 
The Berkeley YMCA Dojo is located at:
 
Berkeley Downtown YMCA
2001 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 95014
(510) 847-9622