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ASKC History

Cesare Marino established the Alexandria Shotokan Karate Club (ASKC) in 1985 after practicing and teaching at the Washington, DC Karate Club in Georgetown. ASKC is an independent, non-competitive Shotokan Karate dojo that follows the basic principles and traditions of traditional Shotokan Karate. Sensei Marino holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and currently works at the Smithsonian Institution. He began practicing Shotokan Karate in 1972 under Sensei Ofelio Michielan at the Ren-Bu-Kan dojo in Treviso, Italy, and he received his Black Belt in 1975 from Sensei Hiroshi Shirai, one of the world’s leading Shotokan Masters. While living in Italy, he attended the instructors training program under Sensei Shirai and studied karate also under Sensei Taiji Kase. After moving to the United States to earn his doctorate in anthropology, he studied under Sensei Teruyuki Okazaki. In 1980, Sensei Marino was Captain of the Kata Team that placed first at the East Coast Karate Championships and second at the U.S. Nationals in Philadelphia. Sensei Marino studied Karate and attended seminars and training camps led by leading Shotokan Shihan (Masters) such as Shihan Takayuki Mikami, Shihan Toru Shimoji, Shihan Hidetaka Nishiyama, Shihan Hiroyoshi Okazaki, Shihan Masataka Mori, Sensei Patrick McCarthy. Currently, and Sensei Ahmad Ali Mazhari, Shotokan Karate Center, Faifax, VA.

Karate, as practiced at the ASKC dojo, promotes the traditional Shotokan style in a non-competitive, non-tournament atmosphere. The ASKC welcomes everyone, regardless of rank or former style, to join in the practice sessions. In particular, the ASKC presents an ideal training program for karateka who, for whatever reason, cannot devote full-time to Martial Arts training, yet wish to enjoy the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the Karate-dô by practicing in the traditional Shotokan manner.

Club membership is open to members of the general public at the discretion of its Senior Instructor Cesare Marino. As a public service, law enforcement officers and firefighters are admitted without fee. ASKC adheres to traditional Japanese dojo etiquette and its members strive to follow the principles and precepts of Master Gichin Funakoshi’s Dojo Kun. Since ASKC teaches traditional Shotokan Karate,instructions and names of stances, punches, and forms are given in Japanese.