Welcome to JKA NorCal Shotokan Karate!

We are a traditional Shotokan Karate club affiliated with the Japan Karate Association American Federation. To find out more about the karate club, go to the about us page. We have kids & adult karate classes six days a week, at the Prime Time athletic club in Burlingame, about 20 minutes south of San Francisco. If you’d like to train with us, please see our schedule and contact us to find out more.

Our blog page contains information about past and upcoming events, to which you can subscribe to get email updates. Osu!

Club Updates

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Senseis Christina and Wauriman, John, Harry and I have been meeting over the past month to discuss how JKA NorCal could start returning to regular indoor classes. Even though we all very much want this to happen soon, given the fluidity of current County and State Covid requirements for a high contact activity such as Karate, we cannot come up with a definitive timeline yet. However, we do have some developments to share:

First, though, I would like to thank Sensei Wauriman for continuing classes and finding places to train outdoors and ways to teach remotely during the Covid pandemic; and to thank parents and students for continuing to train and support the dojo and Sensei Wauriman through these difficulties.

photo by Francis Dick

The past year has given us all perspective on the twelve (!) years since the club was founded, and also highlights some possibilities for the future. This dojo was started because we wanted to create a dojo that respected and supported the needs and goals of parents, students and sensei, and involved all of them in major decisions.

In keeping with the spirit of this dojo, we are proposing a meeting at the next belt test to discuss ideas and plans for the future of the club. Because of the restrictions on group gatherings, we will set up a zoom meeting: Sensei Wauriman and Sensei Christina will share more information on the slack channel. If you don’t have access to the slack channel, please contact Sensei Christina.

Osu! and Thank You!

Here are some of the photos posted to the slack channel over the past year (click on any thumbnail to see the large image):

Covid-19 Update

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We are not currently training at Primetime due to state and county Covid restrictions to group activities. However, we have been hosting training both in zoom, and very limited outdoor physically distanced classes. We look forward to resuming classes when it is safe to do so and wish you health and wellness in this difficult time. Osu!

We have a slack channel with the latest updates to class times and locations. Contact us to find out more.

2019 JKA/AF Nationals Results

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A HUGE thank you to all the Judges, Volunteers and Competitors who made this tournament a success. This was the first time JKA NorCal hosted Nationals. There were over 210 competitors from 26 dojos in 63 events. Congratulations to all.

Results from the tournament are posted here:

Summary by Dojo: https://jkanorcal.org/archives/8870
Adult Divisions: https://jkanorcal.org/archives/8858
Youth Divisions: https://jkanorcal.org/archives/8840

2019 JKA/AF Nationals Check-in, Clinics + Dan Test

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Prime Time Athletic Club (1730 Rollins Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010)

Tournament Check In:

(10am-8pm): Pre-registered competitors & officials.
No late Registration: Registration closes Nov 1st – but register early to get a discount.

Judges Conference/Clinic

(10am-12:00pm): hosted by Master Isami Shiroma. Registered Tournament judges/officials only – ring assignments will be confirmed. Mandatory for all registered judges.

Wellness Seminar

(10am-11:30am): hosted by Sensei Donnie Abel for all ranks (www.martialartsintelligence.com).  Sign-up on-site $25 ($20 with JKA membership).

This class is for anyone that moves and is looking to learn new ways to increase the longevity of their martial art. Learn ways to balance, stretch and reconnect your body in a optimal functioning way (will begin covering the feet, knees and hips — the relationship between them all): ~How to warmup, stretch out, and cool down without obtaining injuries? ~As a young martial artist or seasoned martial artist, So what does that mean for me? ~Bio-mechanics, myofascial work and preventing future injuries.

Masters Seminar

(1:30pm-3:30pm): hosted by Master Takayuki Mikami and Master Yoshizo Machida for all ranks. Sign-up on-site $60 ($50 with JKA membership).

Dan Examinations

(4:00pm-6:00pm): Only pre-registered (JKA Shodan to Yondan).

2019 JKA/AF Nationals Wine Tour

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Come and see some of the greater San Francisco Bay Area with a day trip to Napa. You can register for the wine tour here: https://jkanorcal.org/event/wine-tour

The wine tour price will include chartered bus to and from Napa and Wine Tasting at two wineries. You can bring your own pack lunch, or buy lunch at the lunch stop.

Tentative Schedule
Bus pick-up at Doubletree Hotel (9:00am), vista stop at Golden Gate Bridge for photos en route to Napa …

I. Wine tasting and appetizers at Paloma winery
II.  Lunch purchase and at picnic on grounds at V.Satui winery
III.  Wine tasting at V. Satui

Bus return to Doubletree Hotel (~ 4:00pm)

Come join us for a relaxing day in Napa after the tournament, we are chartering a bus to visit a couple of wineries in Napa plus a vista stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo op! Cheers …