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 our Dojo in San Bruno, 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.

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2023 JKA/AF Nationals Results

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We were honored to have over 43 dojos participate in this year’s JKA American Federation Nationals.

Furthest Traveled

The dojo that traveled the furthest to compete was the JKA Maine dojo.

Judges and Volunteers

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the judges and volunteers for this event. Truly, this event would not have happened without you. This list of dojos is as entered by registered participants, judges and volunteers.

Judges +
281Tokon Martial Arts
339Miami Shotokan Karate Club
4027JKA Nor Cal
191JKA Maine
131New Orleans Shotokan Academy
112JKA Los Angeles / Machida Academy
90JKA Revere
61JKA WF Chicago Karate Institute, Inc.
140Shotokan Karate institute
61Louisiana Karate Association
72University of Louisiana Lafayette Karate Club
60JKA of New Mexico
110JKA Shiroma NY
52JKA East Bay
40Houramon Dojo
30JKA Las Vegas/Los Angeles
52JKA Karate of Arizona
23Arizona JKA
10Castillo’s Shotokan Karate-Do
10Cleveland/Greenville Shotokan Karate Club
10JKA Ashland
00LKA, JKA of Arizona, & USM Karate Club
70MIT Harvard Karate Hub
30JKA Brooklyn
21Silicon Valley Karate
10Kyoshin Ryu Karate
10NP Shotokan
10Pantoja’s Shotokan Karate Do
10Shotokan Karate Center Coral Springs JKA
10Shotokan Karate Leadership School
10Venice Karate Club
05Shreveport Karate Club
04JKA World Federation America
01Brevard Shotokan Karate
01Dojo San Bruno
01JKA Emory Karate Club
01JKA Montville
01Maumelle Karate Club
01New Iberia Karate Institute
01Orlando Shotokan Karate Club
01UConn JKA
01United Bay Area Karate Club (UBAKC)

JKA NorCal had the most competitors, followed very closely by Miami Shotokan Karate Club from all the way in Florida.


Tokon took the most medals overall, and also the most Gold, Silver and tied with Miami Shotokan Karate Club for the most Bronze medals overall.

Adult Divisions

Miami Shotokan Karate Club took the most medals overall, as well as the most Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Youth Divisions

Tokon took the most medals overall, as well as the most Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Dojo Medals

Dojos 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 Total
Tokon Martial Arts121110113139
Miami Shotokan Karate Club56513441433
JKA Nor Cal14233712124
JKA Maine41352116
New Orleans Shotokan Academy112431113
JKA Los Angeles / Machida Academy333211
JKA Revere131139
JKA WF Chicago Karate Institute, Inc.121116
Shotokan Karate institute2215
Louisiana Karate Association11114
University of Louisiana Lafayette Karate Club33
JKA of New Mexico33
JKA Shiroma NY112
JKA East Bay112
Houramon Dojo22
JKA Las Vegas/Los Angeles112
JKA Karate of Arizona11
Arizona JKA11
Castillo’s Shotokan Karate-Do11
Cleveland/Greenville Shotokan Karate Club11
JKA Ashland11
LKA, JKA of Arizona, & USM Karate Club11


2023 JKA/AF National Karate Championships

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August 1st – September 10th: Early Registration (10% off registration)
September 10th – October 31st: Registration
November 1st (12:00 am): Tournament Registration Closes

All participants should check in on Friday Nov 10, 2023 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront (1800 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010) between 6:00 pm – 9:00pm. The check in desk is located on the 2nd floor, outside the Grand Ballroom. You will receive your competitor badge at check-in

There will be limited late check-in on Saturday Nov 11, 2023 beginning at 8:00am. To speed up your check-in, use the following link to complete the JotForm waiver Here

Hosted by:
JKA Northern California

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront:
Burlingame, CA

November 10-12th, 2023

Men, women, children, all ranks and Shotokan organizations are invited! Spectators are welcome!

Dates & Times:

Nationals Check-in, Clinics and Dan testing

Friday November 10, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: For all Judges and Officials, Mandatory Judging Seminar and Judges Meeting with Sensei Jose Ferrand, Sensei Jerry Kattawar, Sensei Shu Takahashi, and Sensei Robert Jacobs, led by Sensei Yasuaki Nagatomo. Please register for judging here. (Location: JKA NorCal)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Special Training Seminar with Sensei Jose Ferrand and Sensei Shu Takahashi (Location: JKA NorCal)
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Dan Testing (up to Sandan, Location: JKA NorCal)
6:00pm – 9:00pm: Check in (Location: Grand Ballroom, Marriot Waterfront)


Saturday November 11, 2023 (Grand Ballroom)
8:00am – 9:00am: Late Check In. No registrations accepted on this day.
8:30am: National Anthem, Competitors Oath, and Bow-in
9:00am: Competition begins in all rings
6:00pm: Day 1’s competition ends

Sunday November 12, 2023 (Grand Ballroom)
9:15am: Competitors Report, Opening Remarks, Bow-in
10:00am – 2:00pm: Finals
5:00pm: Happy Hour (Junior Ballroom and Foyer)
6:00pm – 10:00pm: Banquet, Announcements, and Post-Tournament Celebration


All registration for this tournament must be completed before November 1st! Register for the tournament, testing and judging online at:

The list of all current registered competitors and divisions is here:

Waivers must be completed before check-in on Friday, November 10th:

Registration closes November 1st – but register early to get a discount. Early registration discount 10% off price below on all events ends September 10th midnight! After October 21st, registration increases by 25%

Youth Kata & KumiteIndividual Single Event $50, Two Events $100
Youth or Collegiate
Team Kata & Kumite
Team Kata: $30; Team Kumite $30
Only One person registers for the whole team.
Adult DivisionsIndividual Single Event $50, Two Events $100
Collegiate DivisionsIndividual Single Event $50, Two Events $100
(Receive half off each Collegiate event if also registered for Adult)
Senior 45+ Divisions Individual Single Event $50, Two Events $100
(Receive half off each Senior event if also registered for Adult)
Adult Team Kata & KumiteTeam Kata: $75; Team Kumite $75
Only One person registers for the whole team.
A competitor may register for as many divisions for which they are are eligible (i.e. an 18 year old college student may register for Youth 16-18, Collegiate, and Adult divisions)

tournament rules & regulations

This tournament will be following the JKA tournament rules and regulations.
Beginner and Intermediate divisions will follow slightly modified rules for individual Kata and Kumite.

All shotokan karate practitioners, regardless of local, national, or international affiliation, may compete at the JKA/AF National Karate Championships.

Beginner: Competitors will perform Two katas selected from Taikyoku Shodan to Heian Godan. Competitors may repeat the same kata from Round 1 in Round 2. Each kata will be scored, and the winner will be selected based upon the combined score.
Intermediate: Competitors will perform Two different katas selected from Heian Shodan to Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Empi, and Jion. Competitors must perform a different kata in Round 2 than was performed in Round 1. Each kata will be scored, and the winner will be selected based upon the combined score.
Advanced/Black Belt: Competitors will follow standard JKA Rules for kata with Flagged Heian and Sentai elimination rounds until the top 8. The top 8 will perform their tokui (favorite) kata for scores. The top 4 competitors in the Black Belt Men’s and Women’s divisions will compete in Finals on Sunday. The top 2 competitors in the Advanced Youth 12-13, Youth 14-15, Youth 16-18, Collegiate, and Senior divisions will compete in Finals on Sunday.

Note: Where Beginner and Intermediate divisions are combined competitors may repeat the same kata in Round 2 that was performed in Round 1.

Beginner & Intermediate: All matches are shobu-ippon. Competitors will follow a standard single elimination tournament bracket with a split Third-place. Following the completion of the bracket, competitors eliminated in the first round will be paired for exhibition matches.
Advanced/Black Belt: All elimination matches are shobu-ippon. Competitors will follow a standard single elimination tournament bracket with a split Third-place. The top 4 competitors in the Black Belt Men’s and Women’s divisions will compete in Finals on Sunday. The top 2 competitors in the Advanced Youth 12-13, Youth 14-15, Youth 16-18, Collegiate, and Senior divisions will compete in Finals on Sunday. The final match is shobu-nippon.


Hotel: There is a discounted group rate for attendees at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. The special room rate will be available until October 12th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Group Name: JKA National Karate Tournament
Booking Link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1689873463017&key=GRP&app=resvlink
Start Date: 09-NOV-2023
End Date: 13-NOV-2023
Booking Deadline: Book by October 12th, 2023
Hotel Address: 1800 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010
Hotel Phone Number: (650)-692-9100

Travel: There is discounted airfare via United Airlines to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for 5-10% off. Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) are viable airports to fly into, but this code will only apply to flights into SFO. To access the discount, use the link below and enter both codes like so: ZNRH810402

Event Location: San Francisco (SFO)
Z Code: ZNRH
Agreement Code 810402
Valid Travel Dates: 02-Nov-2023 to 21-Nov-2023


Clinics & Testing

Japan Karate Association Northern California (JKA NorCal)
356 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066


Grand Ballroom (Floor 2)
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
1800 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010


San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
1800 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010

JKA Nationals – Save the date!

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November 10-12th, we have the privilege to once again host the Japan Karate Association/ American Federation National Karate Championships here in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Join Karate-ka from all over the country to train, compete, and enjoy karate-do together.

Stay tuned for exciting announcements and save the date. We’ll see you soon! Oss!

OSS! We’re back! Hajime … at our new Dojo location

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Hello JKA NorCal family and friends – For those we have not seen (in person or virtually), hope you are all keeping well and staying healthy. For those who have hung in there with us since the shut down, training on Zoom, at the various park locations outdoors, “good on you, congratulations! Thank you for persevering!”

THROUGH ADVERSITY, WE BUILD STRENGTH! And we COUNT ALL OUR BLESSINGS …Grateful that we are healthy and still training AND getting to know each other much better (locally and internationally). We are now only a zoom session away from any training worldwide, with our broader JKA family! Closer to home, as we emerge from the many lockdowns and uncertainty, it was the right stimulus for us to look for a permanent solution — so we can get back together and train. We have outgrown PrimeTime (physically and spiritually)…

On Friday, October 1, 2021 we held our dojo soft opening at our new space/location. Thank you to all who helped prepare the dojo for this and to everyone who came to launch this very momentous next step for JKA NorCal. We are so very excited to share the experience and growth of our dojo. It is a beautiful space with so much potential. As you can see, we are still setting up, but plan on having an auspicious GRAND OPENING at a later date when we will invite some of our karate friends and seniors over to formally celebrate the event (pending COVID restrictions) – date TBA.

In the meantime through the end of October while we continue to fix up the space, we will be retaining our restricted schedule of 2 daily classes Mon-Fri (Kids 5-6pm; Adults: 6-7pm) at our new space, and Saturdays by the Bay (Seal Point Park 8:45-10:15am) – training indoors with mask out of precaution for our younger students who are not yet vaccinated. We are also looking into “live-streaming” our classes for those who are yet not comfortable to train indoors.

Stay tuned

A Dedication to Omine Okinawa Karate Kobudo Dojo:

Thank you for the beautiful dojo, we commit to keep the spirit going, with fortitude and hard work!

JKA NorCal
Sensei Wauriman found a scroll with calligraphy embedded deep behind the artwork shelves while cleaning the Tatami/Meditation room.

HISTORY OF THIS DOJO LOCATION: Omine Sensei was from Okinawa. In 1973 he immigrated to USA to teach shorin-ryu karate and opened up a dojo with one of his students Susan Borgr (a Nidan at the time). When Sensei Omine died in 1975, Sensei Susan assumed the dojo until 2009. Sensei Pat Mcgale grew up in Okinawa to a Japanese mother and an American father, a sensei in Okinawan JuJitsu who taught until age 90 (and is living in Okinawa today). Sensei Pat has been martial artist since the age of 5. Upon moving to the USA, Sensei Susan often had him teach as a guest instructor, increasingly more so after she fell ill. Upon her passing in 2009, Sensei Pat inherited Omine dojo until it was forced to close its doors early into the pandemic.

An update: Sensei Pat stopped by the dojo last week and was pleased to see JKA NorCal at the dojo — in the same spirit and tradition. Perhaps we will have a chance to get to know him as well.

Other acknowledgements

As we continue to put up finishing touches around the dojo, we finally have a place to put up the BEAUTIFUL CALLIGRAPHY penned by Emily Montgomery-Brown’s neighbor. We thank her!
Our beloved GRUNDY PARK which has been JKA NorCal’s “pseudo dojo” for the past year and a half — we are so grateful for the opportunity to train and enjoy the lovely outdoors

And of course 🌊 SATURDAY’S BY THE BAY🥋 training with Senpai John and Senpai Harry at Seal Point Park, San Mateo … We are blessed with the beautiful hinterlands afforded to us in the Bay Area. So we will continue our Saturday rigor training at this venue.

Thank you for your donation in time, materials and funds. ❤ So far (as of 10/11), we have raised $4,550 in funds … we will be using it for Rent Deposit and retrofitting the Dojo space.

November 1st … We Will Start Our New Schedule and Pricing!

We hope that this will get us back to a rigor and the discipline we need to grow at our dojo 👊.

SCHEDULE: We’ve put a lot of thought to the new schedule which offers some flexibility for all of you to plan what fits your routine and which classes to take. You may want to discuss with Sensei Wauriman “a development plan” for you/your child and what is needed for the next belt promotion.

See our current Schedule

ATTENDANCE: Therefore, we will start to track attendance which will provide the data to determine qualification for promotion.

WAIVER/INDEMNITY FORM: All students will need to sign and turn in as part of our “start up” in this new location. Appreciate your cooperation as we need all new paperwork. Will try to explore some online solutions to make it less painful for everyone.

PRICING: As expected, in our new setup/location, our dojo fees will need to be adjusted to sustain our dojo/school. We have put a lot of thought into it, recognizing the support from you our “founding members” and part of our karate family. While our new rates go into effect November 1, 2021 for any new and reactivated members, we will NOT be raising rates for active (as of Oct) members until January 1, 2022. Everyone will be on New Pricing next year. Our new rates go into effect November 1, 2021 for any new members and people who reactivate after October. Please feel free to ask Sensei Christina if you need more clarification.

We are grateful to have this new beginning for our dojo and share this experience with you, our karate family. We may not get it all right now, but let’s iterate and aspire for better day by day. Help us, let us know how we can do better.

Sensei Wauriman & Sensei Christina, Senpais John, Mathew & Harry