In the 2021 Tokyo, Karate debuted for the first time as an Olympic Sport. Of the 80 Karate Olympians, 4 were Americans and All are great friends of TKC Dojo.
Karate is organized globally under the World Karate Federation (WKF) - member of IOC. Its USA rep is the USA National Karate Federation (USA-NKF) - member of USOC. TKC is a registered USA-NKF club & official Olympic Karate Training facility. Our athletes travel to compete exclusively in this format nationally & internationally.
Our staff are USA-NKF certified officials and coaches successfully screened by USOC SafeSport background checks.
500... that's a fact! Why not become a Karate champion yourself?
Our students excel in Olympic Karate rules competitions. Tournament participation is NEVER mandatory - it's not a requirement - it's extra-curricular.
Our staff has great expertise in coaching and developing athletes beyond your perceived limits.
"No one starts out as a champion, but you must START to become one."
Athletes may like forms (kata) or fighting (kumite) or both and we coach your skills to the highest levels.
TKC athletes competed in the USA National Karate Federation 2023 Championship in Richmond, Virginia July 13th - July 16th, 2023. 23 athletes ages 5-45 won 67 National Champions medals!
Become part of our 2024 travel team heading to USA-NKF National Championship & Team Trials in Lafayette, Louisiano July 11th - 14th, 2024! All ages and abilities welcome!
Most NJ martial art programs will NOT allow students to fight for a long time for fear of frightening them away. NOT at TKC Dojo - Students fight from day #1.
At TKC, no one rides the bench and everyone learns fighting skills. Schools without fighting are missing crucial elements and become more like acting classes or dance routines.
Punching, kicking, blocking, sweeping/throwing, and tactical movements are taught safely to girls and boys of all ages and ability levels in our Olympic Karate program.
There is nothing satisfying about sitting on the bench while the rest of the team plays a game... without you. At TKC, no one sits on the bench. Everyone can participate.
Olympic Karate lessons are fun and challenging. Athlete development methods are traditional and state-of-the-art such as Plyometrics, HIIT, and seasonal periodization.
Programs are also social with many lasting friendship formed in dojo. Many parents/families have formed lasting friendships as well.
Too many sports are ruined by inflated egos, parental antics, and hyper-competitiveness.
At TKC, we will build students into athletes striving for:
Athletes who are able to be coached are more likely to succeed in life.
They are more self-reliant, confident, accustomed to failures & successes, determined to succeed, & have great ability to adapt to good & bad situations.
*Pictured above is Michael Schechter a prime example of our philosophy. He is always the smallest in school but has spirit of a giant. Michael started karate at TKC when he was 3 years old. He's won national championship medals in fighting against kids 18-inches taller than him and had entire crowds cheering for him! He's earned his Black Belt at age 10 because he is not defined by excuses, he's defined by the goals he set and the work he's done to earn and achieve them.