Shotokan Karate in Oregon and Washington

We train in JKA style Shotokan Karate following the guidelines of Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama, the head of our organization. Master Nishiyama is a direct student of Sensei Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and founder of our style.

How to Join

  1. Take the fitness center orientation class (available through Intel U Online) if you haven't already done so.
  2. Sign a liability waiver and submit it to the Intel Fitness Center.
  3. Print out and complete the registration form.
  4. Write a check for $60.00, payable to Intel Karate Club.
  5. Bring the registration form and check to a class, and hand them to one of the instructors. They can also add you to the Intel Karate mailing list.

New members need to fill out a liability wavier form (available at the dojo) for the fitness center and pay a prorated fee to cover annual dues. (full annual fee is $60.00).

The regular Intel Karate Club dues are $60 per year. This fee is per calendar year and is not prorated. The primary reason we have started to charge this small amount (most clubs charge $50 per month!) is because we are now officially registered as an AAKF (American Amateur Karate Federation) and JKA (Japan Karate Federation) dojo, and there is a yearly cost associated with this registration (but there are also many benefits). Also, the fees enable us to expand our library, including getting some videos, and to purchase training equipment. The bottom line is that the fees are only being collected to pay for administrative costs; our instructors don't get paid.

Please feel free to train in ordinary gym clothes.

If you decide to train regularly, we ask that you wear a Gi (traditional white, all cotton uniform and a belt). If you don't already have a Gi laying around, they are available at various martial arts supply places for around $50. You can also choose to buy a higher quality Gi through the club. We get club discount pricing from If you choose to take belt exams, you must join the American Amateur Karate Federation ($25/year) and pay a fee for the exam ($35 and up).

Club Officers

  • Jayapratap "JP" Bharathan and Victor Tran: registration officers for the dojo (AAKF, test, dues)
  • Wei Wu: purchasing/librarian officer for the dojo (orders uniforms, equipment for dojo, etc. and maintains Karate library)
  • Milind S. Pandit: web officer for the dojo (manages web site as required)
  • Gyuszi Suto: Dojo Director (founder and chief instructor for club)
  • Ritchie Rice: Instructor
  • John Gierach: Instructor

Dojo Etiquette

  • The standing bow is performed with heels together, big toes separated from each other, and palms held against the sides of the thighs. Stand up straight, then bend at the hips, then straighten again.
  • When in the dojo, address the instructor as "sensei."
  • Acknowledge instructions by saying "os" (respectful acknowledgement) or "hai" (yes).
  • To avoid injury to any person, all persons should closely trim their toenails and fingernails.
  • To avoid injury to any person, all persons should remove any jewelry or piercings for the duration of training.
  • Counting should be done in Japanese: ichi ("itch"), ni ("knee"), san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, kyuu, juu.
  • Don't speak during classes, unless instructed to do so, or when sensei solicits questions/comments. (e.g. it's not nice to see students argue with each other or "teach" each other. That's the sensei's job. When you are instructed to assist a partner and give him feedback, then it's OK.)
  • Avoid hurting yourself and your colleagues! If a technique is too difficult or you have an injury, then don't do it, or just do it partially. e.g. you have a bruise on your fist, then do the pushups on your palm. Your elbow is hurting, then don't do the pushup at all, maybe just hold the pushup position to strengthen your core.
  • Karate can give you tremendous power and efficiency. After training for a few years you can really hurt somebody. Remember that this is a self-defense martial art and always always try to avoid any kind of physical conflict, unless you or your family members are in immediate danger. Oregon laws are quite strict and you may end up on a losing end of a lawsuit even if you're the "good guy".

Start and End of Class

  1. All persons entering or exiting the dojo bow to it, as a show of respect to the facility.
  2. The sensei calls on students to line up.
  3. The students line up facing the instructor, shoulders touching, highest-ranked on the right and lowest-ranked on the left.
  4. The sensei initiates a bow and the students bow.
  5. The sensei turns to face the front of the dojo.
  6. The highest-ranked student ("sempai") calls out, "seiza."
  7. Starting with the sensei, then from highest-ranked to lowest-ranked, students sit in "seiza" position (also known in yoga as veeraasana, or hero posture.)
  8. The sempai calls out, "mokuso."
  9. All persons engage in 15-60 seconds of meditation. The purpose of this is to clear the mind of stress, anxiety, tension, or other baggage that may have built up during the day, before commencing training.
  10. The sempai calls out, "mokuso yame" to end the meditation.
  11. The sempai calls out, "shomei ni rei."
  12. All persons seated-bow toward the front of the class as a show of respect to the lineage of Karate instructors and its history.
  13. The sensei turns to face students.
  14. The sempai calls out, "sensei ni rei."
  15. Sensei and students seated-bow to each other as a show of respect.
  16. The sensei calls on students to stand up.
  17. Sensei and students standing-bow to each other.
Classes consist of a mix of
  • warm-up, cardiovascular conditioning, stretching
  • kihon, or "basics," drills in stances, blocking, kicking, and punching
  • kumite (controlled sparring), and
  • kata (choreographed forms)

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