Welcome!

Shotokan is a traditional Japanese style martial art; we trace our lineage to Master Gichin Funakoshi, who is recognized as the founder of modern-day karate.

Arizona Karate Association was founded in 1961. Sensei Koyama came to the United States in 1964 and has been teaching here ever since.  We are affiliated with the Japan Karate Association/World Federation America.  Our dojo is the Central headquarters of the Western Region.

Our karate is designed to be lifelong exercise.  It is not only for the young and athletic.  The members of our dojo range in age from five to over seventy-five.  We are athletes, former athletes, and former couch potatoes!  Regular training develops physical strength and flexibility, improves health, and relieves stress.  Our young members especially have a lot of fun!

In our everyday training, we aim to create a positive and respectful environment that develops self-discipline, mental focus, and overall health.  The ultimate aim of our karate is to seek perfection of character and to embody the dojo kun (dojo principles) in every aspect of our lives.

Please click here to see Sensei Koyama's demonstration.

What's new on the site?

Details about the annual Christmas Party can be found here.

The 50th Annual Western States Karate Championships took place on November 1, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Commemorative items and some video are on the WSKC website, WSKCAZ.org! 

A list of the year’s events can be found here.  

New! The date for the next kyu exam will now be posted in the right sidebar.

Want to know which classes are offered when?  See the updated class schedule here.

If you are new to the dojo or to karate, please download the Student Handbook. Also there’s a new page for “Getting Started!” See the navigation bar at the top of the page!

Be sure to check out Sensei Koyama's essay on children and karate training here.


If you are looking for something specific and cannot find it using the links above, you should be able to find it on the sitemap.



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MoŠ Arizona Karate Association 2014