St. John’s Shotokan & Kobudo Class 2015

St. John’s Shotokan & Kobudo was founded in 2014 by Dan Blackmore and Bob Davis to promote the practice of traditional martial arts in Newfoundland.


We offer classes in Shotokan Karate and Ryukyu Kobujutsu.  The class is open to males and females, ages 14 and up.  Beginners are welcome at any time.  Students have access to provincial and national tournaments as well as seminars and clinics.  We teach traditional karate and kobu in a fun, friendly, and open environment.  As part of the curriculum, we teach self defence classes.  These will include break falls in conjunction with grabs as well as club and knife defenses.

Shotokan is a system of karate that was brought to Japan from Okinawa by O’ Sensei Gichin Funakoshi.  Funakoshi was a teacher from Okinawa and a student of several karate and kobudo styles.  Training is usually divided into kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).  Shotokan incorporates blocks, punches, strikes, kicks, and throws into a strong martial art system of self-defence.  While the techniques are budo in nature, the ultimate goal is the perfection of ones character through training.

Kobujutsu is a weapons system brought to Japan from Okinawa by Master Motokatsu Inoue.  It includes the effective use of Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Tekko, Tinbe and Rochin, and Surujin.  Like karate, Kobujutsu training is divided into Kihon (basics), Kata (forms), and Kumite (fighting).  Both weapons and karate training share the same principles: ma-ai (distance and timing), kime (focus), tai sabaki (body shifting), kyusho (vital points), and mushin (calm mind).  Karate and weapons are meant to work as one, “like two wheels on a bicycle”.

We are a registered dojo with Traditional Karate-Do Institute of Canada (TKIC), which is part of the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation (WTKF).