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There is no typical Perro Shotokan Karate Student.  Men, Women, Adults, Children, and Families all train together, in safe and respectful classes.

New members often join a dojo for one or more of the following reasons:

        - I want to learn survival/self defense techniques as a form of personal safety
        - I want to gain a physical edge, and add strength to my identity.
        - I want to get in better shape with an engaging form of exercise
        - I want to attain a new level of mental clarity, focus, and piece of mind.
        - I want to study an art filled with tradition, history, and honor.
        - I want to make new friends and contacts with an exciting group of people.

If any of the previous reasons match your own, then Perro Shotokan Karate might be a right fit for you.


A typical PSK class is one hour in length, beginning with a fifteen minute warm-up. Warm-ups consist of stretching, cardio exercise, and specialized breathing technique. This prepares the muscles and body for class and helps to prevent injury. The warm-ups are traditionally conducted by a junior instructor.

The class is then broken down into three points of study.

     1.  Kihon:  Basic technique and form.

The best way to learn technique is through careful repetition and practice. Kihon is the foundation for all Shotokan Karate. Punching, kicking, and blocking, as well as stance-work, are all refined. Techniques range in complexity from beginner to advanced, and may be practiced at slow speeds as well as fast speeds.  

     2.  Kata:  Pre-arranged dance-like movement.

Kata expands on Kihon, with simulated fight sequence choreographed by ancient masters. Shotokan Karate boasts twenty-five unique katas, ranging from beginner to advanced. All Kata is memorized, with specific movements and turns, featuring the full range of punches, kicks, blocks, and stances.

     3.  Kumite:  Sparring.

Kumite is the most well known component of all martial arts. Though full free-sparring is practiced, Kumite often involves pre-arranged techniques and announced techniques. It can range in speed from slow to fast.  Protective padding is not worn, as it compromises the authenticity of the fight. Control is paramount, with all attacks landing just on the uniform.

Class concludes with a five minute cool-down, often conducted by a junior instructor.


Class begins and ends with a short period of reflective meditation lasting 1-2 minutes.  Before class, the meditation readies the student for practice, and after class, meditation clears the mind.  The Dojo Kun is then recited.  These are the core tenants of Perro Shotokan Karate.

1.  Seek Perfection of Character.
2.  Be Faithful to Your Studies.
3.  Endeavor to Excel.
4.  Respect Others.
5.  Refrain From Violent Behavior.


Lower Belts:

10 Kyu  –   White Belt
9 Kyu    –   Yellow Belt
8 Kyu    –   Orange Belt
7 Kyu    –   Red Belt
6 Kyu    –   Green Belt
5 Kyu    –   Blue Belt
4 Kyu    –   Purple Belt

Middle Belts:

3 Kyu    –   Brown Belt I
2 Kyu    –   Brown Belt II
1 Kyu    –   Brown Belt III

Upper Belts:

1  Dan   –  Black Belt I
2  Dan  –  Black Belt II
3  Dan  –  Black Belt III
4  Dan  –  Black Belt IV
5  Dan  –  Black Belt V
6  Dan  –  Black Belt VI
7  Dan  –  Black Belt VII
8  Dan  –  Black Belt VIII
9  Dan  –  Black Belt IX
10 Dan  –  Black Belt X

Rank Advancement Tests are held four times a year (every three months) and are taken at the Dojo.  Instructors will encourage you to test when ready.

Testing requires students to display the required techniques in the three points of study.  PSK does not award belts to students who lack the necessary abilities.  Unlike most achievement based martial arts schools, the focus of our training is on quality form, not rank advancement.  60% of our students will drop out before earning a black belt.  We strongly believe earning a black belt requires proficient skill.

Note:  prospective students who have previously trained at other Karate schools may be allowed to retain their rank after an informal evaluation with the Sensei.