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Traditional Okinawan Karate School in the Chicago area, Illinois

Please note that due to the current restrictions with the Covid-19, we are currently teaching from our private home dojo (see note below). Current Covid-19 safety precautions are in operation and classes are by appointment only.


Welcome to the Shuri Karate Dojo website.

We are one of the most authentic traditional karate schools in the Chicago area, originally established in the UK in 1986. We teach traditional Okinawan karate, with the emphasis on self-protection, self-defense, kata, with good discipline and etiquette.

We are the USA "Honbu Dojo" (head school) for the "Takahashi-ha no Ryūkyū Shuri-te Karate-do Kokusai Renmei", which is an organization entrusted with passing on and preserving the martial art of the late Takahashi Kentsu (1900 -1994). We are dedicated to the preservation of our art and the cultural traditions and heritage we have been entrusted with for the next generation of students.

Our family art is based on integrity, respect and honor, we believe that positive results are achieved through trust, mutual understanding and enthusiasm. If you are genuine about learning a traditional Okinawan martial art, we then invite you to join our traditional legacy.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and decide to start you karate training at the Shuri Karate Dojo.

  Karate is for everyone irrespective of your age or size, whether you're male or female
  We accept students from 12 years of age and sometimes younger
  Come along with your children and train along side them
  Karate will change your life for the better

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Adam Carter Hanshi 8th dan practicing with Tonfa

We know the hardest step is the first one, we were all beginners once, so make that important first step with us at the Shuri Karate Dojo. Don't delay, come and JOIN US and become part of our traditional karate family.

  Self Discipline
  Stress Relief
  Anger Management
  Coordination & flexibility

  Culture of Respect
  Fitness & conditioning
  Great for Adults
  Great for Kids

  Friendly (but disciplined) family school
  Train with another family member
  Fully qualified & insured instructors
  Child Protection Policy
  Kids Anti-Bullying & Stranger Safety
  Self-Defense & Self Protection

Please Note:

Our dojo does not accept all applications for membership. We are a traditional dojo where we follow a strict code of conduct and all applications are considered on merit. The dojo is no longer a commercial school and we teach from our home dojo. Therefore we only accept those students who are dedicated and committed to Karate training for the long term.

Our Mission:

Our aim; is the preservation of our art and the cultural traditions and heritage we have been entrusted with; by demonstrating sincere devotion and humility to our study; therefore all students are asked to display sincere respect towards the art which they study; their Sensei's; fellow students and Dojo guests. Indeed this is our "Mission Statement."

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