Valley Shotokan Karate

Valley Shotokan Karate


This is awesome! Chris Hunt our Valley Sensei! Special Training 1970!!
Dedicating this to Jeff Honick, we will meet on this journey again, until then I will always think of you with love and gratitude in my heart. Ron
Steve and Delia Robins meet the incomparable Jimmy Angel at The Smoke House. Steve's doing good!
Steve and Delia Robins meet the incomparable Jimmy Angel at The Smoke House. Steve's doing good!
Waiting to see how it goes down between Mayweather and McGregor with Dusty DePree, Steve and Delia Robins.
Hello Valley Shotokan Members,
I will be teaching class Thursday night for Matt. He will be returning August 17. Class will still start at 7:30 and last until 9:00pm. Over the next few weeks the focus will be on kicking "Geri" techniques emphasizing correct form and realistic application. This Thursday 7/20 we will work on
Yoko-geri-kekomi (side thrust kick) and Fumikomi (stamping kick. See you soon,

Valley Shotokan is a branch of SHOTOKAN KARATE OF AMERICA (S.K.A.), the oldest karate organization in America. Valley Shotokan, like the S.K.A., maintains a nonprofit status and teaches karate-do (the way of Karate) as a martial art.

Operating as usual


This past week, we were welcome to have both Christopher Hunt lead class and to have Daniel Grable come and join us while on leave from the military. We would like to thank both of them for coming out and we hope to see them soon!

Best of luck on your future endeavors Daniel Grable!


Here are the events happening in Southern California at your nearest Shotokan Dojo for the next couple of months.

For more information, go to the Events page at


Thank you Caltech Shotokan Karate! We had a great time.


Three of students from our dojo at the Winter Special Training in Caltech.

[02/22/19]   Caltech Winter Special Training is this weekend! If you haven't registered yet, it's not to late, but there will be a late charge fee.

[02/14/19]   Hey everyone,

Class is going to be canceled tonight due to Valentines Day. Enjoy your night!


Had a great class tonight. See you at the next one!

[01/15/19]   It may be raining but practices will continue. Our next one is tonight at 7:45Pm, come join us!

[01/07/19]   The weekend may be over, but the week has just begun!

Practices continue from:
Monday: 7:45-9:45Pm
Wednesday: 7:45-9:45Pm
Thursday: 7:30-9Pm

See you there!

[01/04/19]   It may be the first weekend of 2019 but we still have a practice this Saturday from 10:30 am to 12pm!

Have a great weekend!

[01/02/19]   We hope that everyone had an amazing New Year! Practices will continue tonight with our regular schedule.

Mondays: 7:45-9:45Pm
Wednesdays: 7:45-9:45Pm
Thursdays: 7:30-9Pm
Saturdays: 10:30Am - 12Pm

[10/12/18]   Hello everyone,

On Saturday, October 27th, the Ohshima Dojo will be hosting the 11th Annual Kumite Camp (Don DePree Memorial Camp) from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm led by Godan Tom Muzila & Sandan Dusty DePree.

It is open to all levels with a fee of $40.00. Checks should be made payable to SHOTOKAN KARATE of AMERICA. Please go downstairs to register before practice.

Details: Tom Muzila & Dusty DePree continues the annual Jiyu Kumite Camp in honor of Don DePree. Tom & Dusty will combine their kumite knowledge giving over 80 years of experience for this camp. They will introduce technical and mental approaches giving the participant special insight into Jiyu Kumite. Each will share the essence of their unique methods and styles of fighting to all those attending.

“The Wisdom of the Old into the Energy of the Young” — Don DePree

“Body goes down, Mind must come up.” — Don DePree

Bring hand gloves, chest/groin protectors, and mouth guards. CSULB Host. Feel free to bring your own meals between practices, a few refreshments with light snacks and drinks will be provided.

See you all there!

[10/09/18]   Godan Christopher Hunt will be leading a Close Combat class tomorrow night at our dojo at 7:30Pm. Please be on time!

[09/08/18]   Due to the Close Combat class tomorrow morning at the Ohshima Dojo, our normal Saturday morning class is canceled this week. Regular Saturday classes will continue next week. Have a great weekend!

[09/07/18]   Hey everyone, we hope you are having a great week!

Just so you know, this Saturday the 8th at the Ohshima Dojo, Godans Christopher Hunt and Jerome Williams will be leading a Close Combat class from 11Am to 2:30 Pm. Be early so you won't miss a thing! There will be a break from 12:30 to 1Pm so please bring your own lunch!

The fee for this class will be $40.


Had a great class last night led by Christopher Hunt!

[07/06/18]   We hope everyone had a great time celebrating yesterday. Classes continue tonight at 7:30 Pm. See you there!


Last month, two of our members, Grey Kaufman and Sam Sabzanov went to Special Training West at California State University Channel Islands. They were two of the 130 members of SKA to participate in this yearly event and we could not be more proud. After eight years and seven Special Trainings, Sam Sabzanov passed the test for Shodan, becoming our 51st Black Belt at Valley Shotokan! Congratulations to you both!

June 13-17, 2018

Photo credits go to Moana Roberts at

Special Training West 2018 07/05/2018

June 13-17, 2018

Photo credits go to Moana Roberts at

June 13-17, 2018

Photo credits go to Moana Roberts at

[07/04/18]   There will be no class tonight! Enjoy your 4th of July!

[05/27/18]   We hope that everyone is having a great Memorial day weekend. Just a reminder that we will not be having a class tomorrow night but classes on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday will continue as scheduled until further notice.

[05/17/18]   There will be a black belt meeting at the dojo tomorrow evening at 9PM. If you are a black belt, please attend.

[05/16/18]   This is the last week to sign up for Special Training West without paying for the late fee! Special Training will take place from June 13th to the 17th, so if you are interested in going, register now!

[05/07/18]   Hello everyone!

Christopher is having his 70th birthday on Wednesday, and we are asking for 20 dollars per head if you can make it. Practice will end at 9, and we will head out to the dinner place.

On a side note, please try to come to Thursday and Saturday classes, because there are not many people coming and the teachers are fantastic.

If you will be coming on Wednesday, please give [email protected] a RSVP so he can make the reservation.

Thanks and regards.

[05/02/18]   Christopher Hunt will be leading tomorrow nights class at its regular time as well as next Wednesdays class. David Woodard will be regularly teaching the Saturday classes.

Please attend both classes if you can. Both are a well of knowledge that we should take advantage of drinking from.

[04/25/18]   Reminder that tomorrow night, we will be having our Spring Kyu Test at 7:30Pm so be on the floor by 7:15Pm!

[04/20/18]   Next Wednesday, April 25th, we will be having our spring Kyu Test at 7:30Pm. For those of you who are looking to test, please arrive by 7:15Pm so that we can be ready to go at 7:30Pm.

Good luck and practice hard!

[04/20/18]   Hello all, Ronit here,

This is the message Christopher gave us and I am posting it here for your convenience.

"To all Valley Shotokan Active,

We hope you hope you enjoy our 2017 release. This is the first publication with our new editor in chief, Ronit Ghosh, who made Shodan two years ago.

As you might already know, Christopher Hunt, our senior instructor, has stepped down and will leave the management of the dojo to the senior members.

He will teach once a month and oversee dojo doings behind the scenes.

We need your help to give the new generation a chance to succeed at Valley Shotokan.

In previous eras, word of mouth was the best way to inform people of certain kinds of opportunities. Evidence seems to indicate that W.O.M has been overshadowed in the modern era.

We need your help to let more people know about Valley Shotokan. Please relay to us your experiences that involve our dojo. Here are the four categories which that can be done.

Valley Shotokan, what has it done to help you achieve a better quality of life?

Draw attention to any of our instructors or events.

Your impression of our age old system and it’s legacy as put forward by the SKA.

Soon we will have our first annual Steve Robbins practice. Please tell our members and potential members about our newly departed hero. This is will go on our website.

Even if you cannot train anymore, we would appreciate it if you would pay SKA dues, and as always, and we are always, we are happy to accept donations to help us move forward.

Send anything you can think of that will help us, and we will consider it for our website.

This is the email in which to reach us: [email protected]."

Today, I will be mailing out the remaining newsletters. If you are active and have not received one sometime next week, please let me know over Facebook or email and I will re-mail it to you. If you are not active and wish to receive a physical copy, it's time to pay us a visit!

Let me know if you want the newsletter digitally, and I will email you a fresh copy.

Have a great weekend!


We had a great time last week with Black Belt Christopher Hunt leading class! And look at our white belts with the 2017 newsletter! Good job everyone and keep up the great work!

[02/23/18]   On Wednesday, February 28th, Dusty DuPree will be a guest instructor at our dojo so this is not a class to miss!

The class will be $15 per black belts, $10 for brown and $5 for white.

We will start from 7:30PM so be on the dojo floor by 7:15 PM!

[01/06/18]   Reminder that tomorrow mornings class is canceled for Steve Robbins memorial tomorrow. If you can make it there, please do so.


For those who may or may not know, our dear friend Steve Robin passed away early yesterday morning. Steve has been a long time member of our dojo, and a lot can be said about Steve, yet not enough can be said that would do him justice. He has been a part of our lives for many years, he taught the kids classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as being our treasurer. Most importantly, however, he was part of the Valley Dojo family.

We have gotten word that his memorial service will be on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 9:30AM at the Church of the Hills in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. HIs final resting place will be in the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills - Woodlands, Niche Rock, 609A.

The address to the Church is 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles CA 90068

Please attend if you can.


Had a great end of the year practice. We hope everyone is having a great holiday season and a happy new year!

[08/16/17]   There will be another dojo meeting tomorrow night. Times are just the same as the last time. The meeting starts at 9 PM and class starts at 7:45PM. We hope to see you there!


Nisei Week Shotokan Karate of America 2017 Promo Video

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, Shotokan Karate of America (“SKA”) will host its 61st Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament at the Braun Gymnasium...




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