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The Shuri Karate Dojo (formerly Kazoku Karate Dojo) was first established in the United Kingdom in 1995 by Adam Carter-sensei to teach children and adults the martial arts discipline of karate. We have now relocated to Palos Hills, Illinois, USA. There are classes each week for all levels and abilities.

We follow a structured syllabus to help take you from beginner to black belt and beyond. We teach traditional Okinawan karate. 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. Therefore the karate we practise is an amalgamation of various forms of 'Koryu' (old ways) karate from Okinawa.

The main difference in our way, is the underlying principle that all our studies are based around the use and creation of techniques as weapons to be used in actual combat rather than used in any sporting context. Our way at the Shuri Karate Dojo can be put simply, we study the ways of 'Bu', this is, we study the ways of combat which is the complete opposite to karate as a sport.

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

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

Adam Carter, Chief Instructor
Has trained in Karate since 1974, and is currently ranked 7th Dan Black Belt.
CLICK HERE for a biography.

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Sophie Carter aged 5 years of age

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