Doshi-Kai Karate-Do

Doshi-Kai (meaning “the group pursuing the way”) was founded by Master Nagao Matsuyama, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1984. The atmosphere at Doshi-Kai is unique—serious and focused, but friendly and not militaristic. In this setting, you can really feel the difference between “commercial” martial arts and the rare traditional non-profit groups where the “art” is more important than the promotion, the technique more valued than the belt, and the individual progress is not measured by how much you’ve paid out, but by how hard you work on yourself.

Mission: DoShiKai is a traditional Japanese Shotokan dojo.

[12/17/19]   No Adult Class tonight (Tues, 12/17/19) due to weather. Be safe!

Practicing karate doesn’t have to just be in the dojo, it can be anywhere! This includes Northern Ireland where our students Mason and Eliza just returned from. (We’re not sure how the cannon lift went, but we respect the effort 😉)

[11/28/19]   From all of us at Doshi-Kai we wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Doshi-Kai advanced training with Matsuyama Sensei on Saturday (Nov 16) included Tai-jutsu pinning and throwing techniques against grabbing (katate dori and kata dori) and punching attacks (oi-zuki, mai-te gyaku-zuki, and mai-te). Techniques included ude osae (arm pin), kote hineri (rotational wrist lock), shiho nage (four direction throw) and kote gaeshi (wrist turn out throw) to name a few.

Here are just a few photos of Matsuyama Sensei teaching the fine points and his student's doing their best to follow. More advanced training next Saturday, Nov 23, 1pm-4pm, including Bo!

We had a great practice yesterday with Sensei covering kihon, kumite, tai sabaki, tai jutsu, and bo. Phew!

To our men and women in uniform. Past, Present, and Future. You are our heroes. Thank you. 🇺🇸❤️🎖️ #VeteransDay

Top 10 Health Benefits of Martial Arts

Muscle toning, improved cardiovascular health, and yes, it can even improve your mood! POLL for karate students and families: Which benefit of martial arts have you've seen the most in your or your child's life? martial arts as one of their first competitive sports/activities. Not only is it a great activity that keeps participants physically active, but it instills a

Happy Halloween from our dojo of ninjas, superheroes, presidents and princesses! No classes tonight - enjoy Trick-or-Treating!

(And remember, Senseis like candy too 😉)

Bo Class, Tuesday 10/29/19, taught by Eymard Riel.

9 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Team sports are great, but they're not necessarily for every child. In karate, we're all about individual growth, and no one sits the bench! Discover nine benefits of martial arts for kids who learn and think differently, like kids with ADHD. Find out what to look for in a martial arts class.

Pep talk from Sensei Rich after powering through 100 push-ups, 80 squats, 60 mountain climbers, 40 sit-ups and 20 burpees! Well done to our youth program students at this weekend’s AIKA Special Training!

Look at these young guys. Barry Poitras Mio Kerr Denise Waite Downey Christopher J. Brown Lynn Marino Perry Eymard Riel

Master Nago Matsuyama receiving a dan certificate from Master Kazumi Tabata. Master Matsuyama, a fellow graduate of Waseda University heads Doshi-Kai Karate-Do in Acton Massachusetts. Anyone with more information regarding this photo please don't hesitate to comment. #ThrowbackThursdays. #legacy #nackc

Painting project done! Thanks to Barry, Hon, Andrea, Greg, and Chesley.

[10/11/19]   "Paint Your Dojo!"

Hey Doshi-kai members,
We are looking for some help to paint the lower walls in the dojo tomorrow, Saturday Oct 12th. All dents are patched, paint and supplies are ready. All you have to do is show up.
With a bunch of volunteers we could punch it out in an hour or so. There will be a short, but intense 1 hour class at 10:00, and we will start painting at 11. Hope you can make it.

Many thanks to Barry Poitrus for organizing this project!

Bo - Basic Strikes, with Andrea Tondo

Bo Kata - Shushi No Kon Sho with Andrea Tondo, John O'Gara

NACKC North American Collegiate Karate Conference


[4] NACKC News 4 - Feature Friday

Stay tuned each week we will publish an interview with our students, instructors, supporters, Alumni or friends of NACKC. People that believe in our values and philosophy in order to make the world a better place through the karate

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1-Goals NACKC 2019-2020
2-Lesley University -Welcome back

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3- Karate at Middle School-Boston Public School
4- Sensei Tyrone Pardue Interview
5- President of Boston University Karate Club Zeng Wing Tan Interview

Learning a new Bo routine at Doshi-kai. Last Thursday of every month.

Four of our students competed this past weekend at the Vermont State National tournament and came home with some hardware! Congrats to Mason, Eliza, and IPPONE tournament first timers Sophie and Lennon who competed and rocked it as well. You make us proud!

Back to school pizza party action! At the dojo, we earn desert 👊🏻💪🏻 Awesome job boys and girls!

Karate takes no breaks - even when you’re on an island in Greece! Shoutout to Mason and Eliza for sporting their Doshi-Kai and Team AIKA shirts while on vacation, and practicing some pretty nice stances while they’re at it 👊🏻😎

Sensei Rich and Sensei Katie here wishing all of our students a very happy first day of school!

Our very own Sensei Katie Jordan took the Silver medal in Shotokan Kata competition at the 2019 USA National Championships today. Wish her luck as she continues to compete in other divisions over the next few days.

Very proud of our students who competed at the Martial Arts Summer Spectacular last weekend! Our demo team took first place, and all students who competed placed in their respective divisions. Great job Mason, Eliza, Nathan and Jamieson!

We love our annual Father’s Day classes! Shoutout to all the awesome karate dads who came in to kick, block and punch with us last night. We love seeing how excited the students are to have Dad on the floor with them 🥋😊

Wishing a very happy Father’s Day to all our Doshi-Kai dads out there! We truly appreciate the love and support you give to your children each and every day. Enjoy your Sunday!

Kindness means acting in a way that will not hurt others. One of the easiest ways to tell whether or not something is kind is by asking, “Would I want that said/done to me?” If the answer is no, there’s a strong chance that you should not do it. This month at Doshi-Kai, we will be teaching our students that kindness is a gift. When you give it to others, you feel good, too. #LessonOfTheMonth #June2019 #DoshiKai #Karate

A handful of photos from our annual Mother’s Day classes last night! Shout out to all the awesome dojo moms who came out yesterday - we had a blast! Thank you for all you do for your children 💕 💐

[05/12/19]   Happy Mother’s Day to all of our amazing dojo moms! We appreciate everything that you do!

Hey moms! Join us on Monday during either your child's beginner or intermediate class for some fun with your kids! We hope to see you all there 😀🥋

Very proud of our students and the work they put in this weekend at the 2019 Worcester Classic! Win or lose, the most important thing is getting out there. Congrats everyone!

Leaders can come in all shapes and sizes. In yesterday's class, it was 11 year old Mason's turn to lead the warm ups for our beginners and help out Sensei with class. He did outstanding! Great job Mason!

Tindivanam karate Warriors Renshi Vijay bharath

Every children’s class at Doshi-Kai ends with three claps - celebrating mind, body, and spirit! Great examples in this video of just how karate trains all three for students.

Karate trains your mind body and spirit to act as one..children who get involved in martial arts reap many benefits in several areas of life.lets check some of those...

Had a blast with some speed kicking on the bags last night! Made for a great action shot too 😊 Have a great weekend everyone!

(Tomorrow will be perfect weather to practice your kata outside!)

Our annual Saint Patrick’s Day class was a blast tonight! We found out leprechaun hats don’t stay well during burpees but we managed. Special shoutout to Mason and Eliza for going the extra mile with the green! ☘️☘️


Confidence is our trust in ourselves. This trust
is what allows us to make decisions, both big
and small. For example, when you pick out a
new T-shirt to wear, you do it because you think
the T-shirt looks cool. You are confident that
you will like how it looks. You are also being
confident when you stick up for a classmate
who is being bullied. You trust yourself to know
that bullying is wrong, and you should stop it.

Martial arts offers brain-boosting benefits for all ages

Just another one of the many benefits of martial arts, no matter the age! (And couldn’t we all use a brain-boost now and then 😉) As well as increasing physical fitness and mental health, martial arts can boost brain cognition too

The importance of karate tournaments for young recreational athletes, and FAQ from their parents

We agree! From self-confidence to overcoming fears, there are many benefits to competing in karate tournaments; something many of our youth students already partake in! If you'd like to join us at an upcoming event, just talk to Sensei Rich or Sensei Katie! Ask any karate instructor or parent of an experienced karate student and they'll agree: young karate students benefit greatly from tournaments. But why? Read on to understand the top five benefits of karate tournaments for students.

We had a great weekend at the 2019 Ippone Kick Off Tournament and Awards Banquet! Congratulations to our seven students who competed on Saturday and to our team members who ranked in their respective divisions for the 2018 season! Job well done everyone!

Our children’s class tonight wrapped up its last few minutes with all the students writing down one karate goal and one personal goal for the new year. From better technique to being more respectful to mom and dad, they covered quite the landscape! Looking forward to checking back in on these in December 2019! Job well done everyone, you make your Senseis proud!

From all of us at Doshi-Kai we wish you and your family and very Merry Christmas!

We had a great time at our Annual Holiday class and party! Thank you to all our students and families that were able to attend last night. Looking forward to another year of great classes and fun!

Happy Holidays to all our marital arts families!

Another excellent Saturday training with Sensei Nago while he continues his visit from Japan. Job well done to all those who attended and thank you Sensei!

We had a blast with our children’s classes this week! Our beginner students loved the chair kick drills - and of course a chance to make a few funny faces while they’re at it! 🤪

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Doshi-Kai! May your day be filled with family, friends, food, and fun!

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Acton, MA

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