The Arizona Karate Association (AKA) welcomes you to our Dojo (training hall)! The AKA is a JKA Shotokan school for traditional Shotokan Karate. Shotokan is a traditional Japanese style martial art based on the teachings of Master Gichin Funakoshi, who, originally from Okinawa, is recognized as the founder of modern-day karate.
Arizona Karate Association was founded in 1961. Master Shojiro Koyama (8th Dan) came to the United States in 1964 and has been teaching here continuously. The AKA is affiliated with the Japan Karate Association/World Federation America (JKA/WF). Our Dojo is the Central headquarters of the Japan Karate Association Western Region.
Koyama's 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
young students to the senior students.
Regular training develops
physical strength and flexibility, improves health,
and relieves stress. Our young members especially
have a lot of fun! It's never too late to start
In our daily training, our goal is to create a positive and respectful environment that develops and refines self-discipline, mental focus, and overall health. The ultimate goal of Shotokan Karate is to "Seek Perfection of Character" and to embody the Dojo kun (Dojo principles or training hall principles) in every aspect of our lives.
We invite you to explore the Martial Way and begin your journey with Master Koyama and the members of the Arizona Karate Association learning and training JKA Shotokan Karate.
The Arizona Karate Association will be demonstrating at the Arizona Matsuri on Saturday February 21st and 22nd. Join us for these exciting Demonstrations of Japanese Martial Arts and Shotokan Action!
Want to know which classes are offered when? See the updated class schedule here.
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.
Please click here to see Sensei Koyama's demonstration.