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Shotokan Karate of America

Foothill Shotokan

"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."

          Welcome to Foothill Shotokan Karate-Do

Thank you for your interest in our karate dojo as part of the Auburn Recreation District’s community service program and Shotokan Karate of America.

Here, you can learn karate as it’s been taught in the United States for more than 50 years and in Asia for centuries before that—as a unique school of self-improvement through rigorous and focused training. Our training emphasizes karate as an art not a sport. We remain true to the traditional methodology handed down from master to master and generation to generation.

Shotokan karate distinguishes itself as a martial art form with a direct lineage to Japan, Okinawa and ancient China. The training encompasses physical, mental and spiritual elements. Beginning students are taught to master basic techniques including kicks, blocks, punches, kata forms and basic controlled sparring. More advanced techniques, strategies and applications are taught as your skill improves.

You can discover your own strengths and weaknesses through consistent training — known in traditional martial arts as “facing one’s self.” No matter what level we attain, each of us continues to polish and develop our strength of character. Ultimately, our goal is to push aside our weaknesses in times of stress and draw upon our strengths.

Foothill Shotokan is sanctioned by Shotokan Karate of America. SKA is a non-profit organization founded in 1956 by Shihan Tsutomu Ohshima and has grown into a multinational organization. Mr. Ohshima was one of the last students of Master Funakoshi, widely recognized as the father of modern karate and responsible for bringing the art from Okinawa to Japan in 1922. Mr. Ohshima still leads SKA from his home and central dojo on a beautiful hilltop in Santa Barbara.

For more about the fascinating history of karate and SKA go to

Once again, welcome to Foothill Shotokan. We look forward to training with you.

Marty Cullenward
Head Instructor and Godan (5th Degree Black Belt)