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Welcome to the SHURI KARATE DOJO.

Please note we are currently teaching from our private home dojo (see note below).
Classes are by appointment only.

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Adam Carter 8th dan Hanshi (L)
& Garry O'Connor 10th dan Hanshi (R)

Welcome to our website. We are one of the most authentic traditional karate schools in the Chicago area. Our dojo follows the older Okinawan tradition of training from a small home based dojo. What we lack in size, we make up in quality and the sincerity of our training. Originally established in the UK in 1986, we teach traditional Okinawan karate, with the emphasis on self-protection, the self-defense applications contained within traditional "kata" (forms), with good discipline, etiquette and much more.

We are the US "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 Japanese master 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, with a quality of teaching and training often unseen in the modern sport oriented karate of today. If you are genuine about learning traditional Okinawan karate, then we invite you to join our traditional dojo.

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.




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Our Association & Shuri Dojo Logo


"Ichariba chode" (行逢りば兄弟). An Okinawan expression ….. “Though we meet but once, even by chance, we are friends for life.”

"True karate is this: that in daily life one’s mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice.” — Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)


Please Note:

We do not accept all applications for membership. Our dojo follows the older Okinawan tradition of training from a small home based dojo. We follow a strict code of conduct and all applications are considered on merit. The dojo is no longer a commercial school, therefore we only accept those students who are dedicated and committed to Karate training for the long term.

Note for experienced martial artists: This is a private dojo that is not open to visitors without first gaining permission to train. The dojo exists to take beginners from white belt onwards. It does not cater to experienced martial artists looking for one-off training or transferring from another style.

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