We are glad you are interested in learning about the Shotokan Hampshire Karate Dojo.
Our doors are always open! There is no charge to observe or to practice with us for the first month. After which, if you decide to become a member of the Shotokan Hampshire Dojo, we ask that you take membership in our national organization, Shotokan Karate of America Inc. (SKA), ($75.00 per year). As a fully subscribed member, you may attend any SKA regional, national, and international event open to your rank. In addition, junior rank tests (for non-black belts) are provided twice per year at the dojo at no additional charge. If coming to us as a black belt from a different Karate organization, your rank will be acknowledged however, fully recognized upon evaluation by our own panel of seniors at the completion of one Summer Special Training, held annually.
Contact: Samuel Kanner
The Shotokan Hampshire Dojo was founded in 1973 by the late Dr. Marion M. Taylor, (Godan) a 5th° black belt of Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima – founder of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA, est. 1956). Dr. Taylor’s introduction to karate began in 1967 with, what was then the SCKA (Southern California Karate Association), and instruction by one of its senior members, Mr. Shoji Okabe, teaching in Illinois at the time. Moving to Massachusetts some years later, Marion maintained his practice by frequently visiting southern California and attending practices taught by Mr. Ohshima. Marion went on to serve on SKA’s Board of Directors and became the East Coast Regional Manager until his passing in 2014. The Shotokan Hampshire Dojo continues to this day and is currently led by Samuel Kanner (Nidan), a 2nd° black belt of Mr. Ohshima and one of Marion’s direct students. Located at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Hampshire Dojo provides beginner classes for students enrolled in any of the 5 colleges of the Pioneer Valley for class credit, and for the local community both new to SKA and to currently subscribed members.
The Hampshire Dojo celebrates over 40 years of hosting the East Region’s annual Summer Special Training. SKA members from all over the country as well as international dojos, come to practice in the tradition of perseverance, discipline and cultivation of strong martial spirit at this location.
Our members enjoy a direct link to ancient masters of martial arts through Mr. Ohshima and his direct teacher,
Mr. Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate.
We strive to strengthen body, mind, spirit, character and to faithfully transmit the art to future generations.
Karate can be practiced by everyone at any age for self-defense, to strengthen the body, improve balance, efficiency of movement, breathing and general health. No special equipment is required.
Karate helps to strengthen the mind, develop courage, fortitude and the ability to achieve goals.
Karate practice emphasizes spiritual values of courtesy, integrity, humility, justice, honor and self-control.
The study of karate benefits the student in all areas of their life.