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The Shuri Karate Dojo™ (originally Kazoku Karate Dojo) was first established in the United Kingdom in 1986 by Adam Carter Hanshi 8th dan, to teach children and adults the martial arts discipline of karate. We have now relocated to the Chicago area, Illinois, USA. There are classes each week for all levels and abilities.

Karate in Okinawa prior to the 1900's was taught as a way of protecting oneself from civilian attacks and wasn't governed by style as it is today.

The main difference in the way we practice and teach our karate, is the underlying philosophy that all our studies are based around pre-second World War karate, where the use and creation of techniques and principles were used in actual self-protection, rather than used in any sporting context. (Click here to learn more about our karate style)

Our mission at the Shuri Karate Dojo is to promote and preserve the true essence of the art of karate and to preserve its Okinawan cultural heritage.

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 for the long term.

Dojo Information

At the Shuri Karate Dojo we have the following:
  Coaching Certificate
  Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Certificate
  EMT First Aid trained
  Public / Liability Insurance
  Child Protection Policy

Kakie practice

Senior students having fun
with "Kakie" practice

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Training since 1974.
Sankukai, Shito-Ryu Karate
Ryukyu Karate Jutsu & Kobudo.
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Training for over 30 years.
Freestyle kickboxing, boxing, Kyokushin,
Ryukyu Karate Jutsu & Kobudo.
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