Shotokan Karate Instruction

The Chuseikan Dojo offers beginner-intermediate Shotokan Karate instruction as part of Tampa Bay Shotokan under the South Atlantic Karate Affiliation of Japan Karate Association World Federation (JKA/WF), America.

Instruction includes a traditional Shotokan Karate-do syllabus, focusing on three elements: kihon (fundamentals), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).  

  • Kata and Kihon, by nature, can be practiced solo in small or large spaces. These skills are ideal for training key overarching principles such as martial awareness and focus (zanshin) which are also key Aikido principles. 


  • Kumite is done to enhance martial timing and agility. Sparring techniques will be modified to ensure safe protocol during these unusual times but family members may train at close proximity. 


During the COVID crisis all classes are held via Zoom. The schedule and location are expected to change once the crisis is abated and as the membership grows.

Classes are geared towards kids 10+.  Parents and Chuseikan Adult Members are welcome to participate at the beginner-intermediate levels.  Instruction is led by Sempai Zac Atlas, Karate Shodan, an instructor at Tampa Bay Shotokan Club.  Zac Sempai also holds Shodan in Aikido through ASU, and is an active member of Aikido Chuseikan Dojo.

Members of Aikido Chuseikan Youth Program can participate in the Karate program for no additional fee.  Non-members can pay a daily visitor fee or choose to join the Aikido Chuseikan Youth Program and participate in both Karate and Aikido classes.  SAKA-JKA/WF dues paying members may also train at the Tampa Palms/Temple Terrace training locations. Currently, Tampa Bay Shotokan offers evening classes outdoors at Club Tampa Palms on or adjacent to basketball court led by Sensei Susan Bunch.

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    Last night’s training was a little more bearable because we started at 7; however, the basketball court does not cool off quickly so bring yoga/dojo/water shoes if you’ve got them. We split the time between the courts and the grass…welcome to our guest, Jeff Everett! See MoreSee Less

    We will be training outside Club Tampa Palms on the basketball court on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until further notice. Because of the heat advisories, classes will not start until 7 pm for now. Please bring lots of water and a mask. Bug spray is recommended. You may want to bring yoga/water/dojo shoes if you have some. Like everything else, this is subject to change as we address weather and other factors … we will be spreading waaaaay out to account for the volume of air… but if you’re not comfortable coming out, we totally get it – let us know how you are doing and stay tuned, stay safe, stay sane! Osu!! See MoreSee Less

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    7 is a little late for the boys🙁. Hope you guys have fun training😀