Young or old, male or female, top fitness level or not, you are welcome into our TKC Dojo Family because "Karate offers something for everyone."
Take action today to join our wonderfully inclusive karatedo 'family'.
Our IKGA curriculum is authentic, Japanese Goju-Ryu Karatedo syllabus taught in International Karatedo Gojukai Association schools worldwide.
Enroll in the style of the real Mr. Miyagi in the renown organization of his successor in mainland Japan - the late Master Gogen Yamaguchi.
IKGA President, Grandmaster Goshi Yamaguchi is the teacher of TKC Founder - Michael Buttermark, Shihan. TKC's founder lived/trained/taught karatedo in Tokyo for nearly 4 years in the late 1980s.
Our curriculum is authentic and effective because the way we instruct: technically, theoretically, and philosophically. TKC students don't just learn to COPY moves. They learn correct, traditional, karate-do technique, its purpose, and to discern good technique from bad.
Our karate school's standards are high enough to elevate many of our students to national and international champions.
Note: children start training in our developmental, pre-karate programs to build a strong core and ready to be selected to the IKGA program.
Photo of TKC student Prithvi Paruchuri during Bronze medal match at global championship in Vancouver (2017).
The Karate Kid movies may have sparked your interest but TKC can fulfill and exceed your karate dreams. We teach Goju-Ryu Karatedo founded by legendary master, Chojun Miyagi of Okinawa.
Full IKGA, Japanese Goju-Ryu Karatedo curriculum is taught - kihon/ido, kata/bunkai, yakusoku/kumite, Japanese terminology and dojo decorum are taught technically, theoretically, and philosophically.
*Descriptions of these Japanese terms are located in our FAQ section
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, our IKGA Karate "family" is established in 60+ countries throughout 6 continents. International travel for world-class training & competition await you.
To date, TKC athletes have engaged IKGA international events at these international locations: Chiba, Tokyo & Matsuyama JAPAN; Perth AUSTRALIA; Sao Paulo BRAZIL; Santiago & Pirque CHILE; Edmonton, Calgary & Vancouver CANADA; Rotterdam HOLLAND; and Mumbai INDIA.
Our national team excelled in Chicago July 11th - 14th, 2019 winning 16 medals (6 gold, 5 silver & 5 bronze) at the National Championship and USA Junior Karate Team trials. And, our international team will travel to Argentina in 2020 for the IKGA Pan American Championship and to Tokyo in 2021 for the 8th IKGA Global Championship. Get on our 2020 team now!
TKC strives to foster growth of IKGA Karatedo because of the powerful, positive character traits you can develop in addition to karate skill sets. IKGA's President - Goshi Yamaguchi, is a living legend in karatedo and a wonderful inspiration to his global IKGA family.
Mental Benefits: awareness, meditation/relaxation, affirmation, stress relief, goal setting, self-respect, self-control, self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence, perseverance, respect for others, conflict resolution, and sense of accomplishment.
Health & Physical Benefits: agility, stamina, stability, dexterity, quickness, flexibility, pulmonary, calisthenics, plyometrics, weight loss, body toning, cardiovascular, muscle strengthening, and decreasing reaction time.
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