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NOTE: Due to urgent family reasons, classes are suspended until further notice.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:00pm-9:15pm in the Gym

Regular Classes - Sensei Marino leads the classes in a traditional manner with stretches, warm-ups, kihon (blocks, punches, kicks, and waza - technique) combinations. At Sensei's discretion the class may be divided by rank to allow for more focused improvement. Assistant instructors and Sempai may lead one of the groups, in accordance with Sensei's direction, to focus the training on the patterns and objectives of Sensei's designed class.

Alexandria Shotokan Karate Club (ASKC) adheres to the principles and precepts of traditional Shotokan Karate and its founder, Master Gichin Funakoshi's disciplined Karate philosophy of harmonizing of mind and body for balance, strength, perseverance, and patience for total confidence and self-mastery. Accordingly, ASKC places great importance to the traditions of dojo etiquette, respect, and disciplined training with energy, spirit, and enthusiasm. Class begins promptly at 7:45 p.m. and members are expected to make every effort to begin training promptly.


Visit first - We suggest coming to watch a few classes and discuss your goals and objective with the instructors. This allows you an opportunity to ascertain if Karate is right for you.

Try us out - Next, we suggest that you join in a few no-cost training sessions to gain a better understanding of the workout. This gives you a chance to decide if Shotokan Karate is something you're really interested in. Once you determine that you would like to join, we can assist with signing you up as a full YMCA member or Participating Community member. Cost for the memberships are YMCA member - $100 per  2 month period; Participating Community member - $130 per 2 month period.

Join us - Once you've finished your introductory lessons and you've decided to sign up, you'll just pay a simple monthly fee for as long as you're with us. No contracts, no testing fees.

IMPORTANT - All ASKC membership is dependent upon the approval and discretion of the chief instructor, Sensei Cesare Marino. We are an independent, non-competitive Shotokan Karate dojo. It presents an ideal training program for Karate practitioners who, for whatever reason, cannot devote themselves to full-time martial arts training. Through these training sessions, ASKC has promoted the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the Karate by practicing in the traditional Shotokan manner.