Karate STL
Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043 USA
Saint Louis County)

Since 1995

Karate is taught as weaponless self-defense, and emphasized as a martial art rather than a competitive sport.  Achieve confidence and practical expertise, without intimidation or hostility.  Safety is paramount!  Learning from and helping each other, and using skills effectively and with good judgment is the true art of karate
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Sharon Basinger, Sensei
Certified Instructor
6th Degree Black Belt


No Contracts, No Equipment to Buy
Karate & Self-defense Lessons
Adult & Youth, Ages 4+
Family & Golden Discounts

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Calendar through July 31, 2018
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EVENTS - Summary

EVENTS - Details


              Training Location:
          Pattonville Heights Middle School
          Back Gym
          195 Fee Fee Rd at Dorsett
          Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Pattonville Heights Middle School

EVENTS 2018- Summary

Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym -
through end of April 2018

Other Notable Dates
(click for tests, end of session, etc...)

Karate Location Changes

Otherwise, at Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym.

Summer Karate
Age 4-adult, Males/Females.
  • Begins Tue & Thu, Jun 5 & 7 *
NEW!  4 pm age 4-13 new student classes
* Note:  Late fee after Fri, Jun 1.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

National Training Seminar (NTS)
  • Fri-Sun, Jul 20-22, Lansing, Michigan
(More info posted here when available)
Active & inactive students of Karate STL & its branch dojos invited.

St. Louis Seminar with Grand Master Iha
Fri evening & Sat afternoon at Parkwood School.
  • Nov 9 & 10 (dates/location confirmed summer 2018) 

Begin & End Dates of Current Session
Karate Cost (includes discount info)
Karate Class Schedule

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         EVENTS 2018 - Details

Bring a Buddy
Karate Location Changes
Other Notable Dates
Summer Karate
National Training Seminar (NTS) 
St. Louis Seminar with
Grand Master Iha
       ________________________________  Calendar

BRING A BUDDYkids-friends
Third Tue or Thu of each session:  If you'd like, invite one or two friends or relatives to your class, no charge, and assist in being their "sensei" that day -- a fun way to share karate with a buddy!  Or, they can watch then join in the class if/when they want.  Buddies can wear regular clothes, and just remove shoes, socks and jewelry to participate in class.  You both can just show up, and they won’t be obligated or pressured to enroll.
Also on Calendar.

Sorry for any inconvenience but end-of-school-year functions occur on above dates at Heights.  All other classes this session are at Heights.
Also on Calendar.

...6, 7 & 8 pm - rank test (at Rose Acres).
Above and more on Calendar...through July, 2018.

Ages 4- Adult, Males/Females
   NEW!  Classes for new kids:
        4 pm, Tuesdays, ages 7-13
        4 pm, Thursdays, ages 4-6

* Note:  Enroll any time, but late fee after Fri, Jun 1.
To Enroll:   
314.213.8094 or Enroll by Email or other options on How to Enroll.Adult karate students
Training Location: 
Gym A, Holman Middle School.
Cost ** for entire 6-week session:
$40 Pattonville resident. 
$45 non-resident.
$65 Pattonville resident. karate tiger
$70 non-resident.
**  Discounts/Cost Adjustments:  
One discount per student.
Very welcome, BUT during class ALL ages are requested to remain on sideline very quietly and unobtrusively (no cell phone talking, or communicating with students please)... out of respect for students and instructors.
Teacher (all classes):  Sharon Basinger, Sensei 6th Dan, Certified Instructor.

Lansing, Michigan
Led by world-class "teacher of teachers,"
Seikichi Iha, Grand Master,
Hanshi 10th Dan,

Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association - Director,
Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association - U.S. Branch Chief.

All ranks of active and inactive adult karate students, as well as youth students (age 7 & older, yellow belt & above benefit most), are invited to accompany Basinger Sensei to the NTS.  This includes Karate STL's branch dojos -- The ArchBeikoku Shidokan Shidokan and Gateway Shidokan.

As always, there will be training opportunities for all ranks -- adults and youth, all ranks, ages 7 and above.  Many master teachers will be in attendance, as well as other high ranking senseis and karate-ka with whom to train, who never fail to be tremendously inspiring.  The NTS is always an extraordinary opportunity to learn, unite and bond with fellow karate-ka from across the country and around the world, as well as to socialize with friends old and new.

To, from and within Lansing is to be planned on your own.  Some students drive.  Others fly to Detroit, then drive or bus into Lansing, or fly directly to Lansing.  Families have planned vacations that include the NTS, thereby enjoying other destinations en route.
Seminar Location: 
Lansing Center
Downtown near capital

333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
Walk over enclosed bridge connected to hotel,

1½ miles from Iha Dojo.
Discounted reservation info here soon:
Radisson Hotel,
Walk over enclosed bridge to seminar.
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
1½ miles from Iha Dojo.
Further Details:
Available soon on Iha Sensei's website...re kobudo, youth sessions, schedule, dan test, airport, parking, shuttle/bus/trolley access, Michigan State University, downtown Lansing, things to do, places to eat, etc.
NTS Registration:
Link unavailable...active soon:
NTS Schedule:  Available soon.
Sample schedule & info, for planning purposes ONLY, subject to change:
Contact Basinger Sensei with questions.

Further details (online seminar registration, hotel reservations, various costs, seminar schedule, etc.) posted here when available.

(dates confirmed summer 2018).
Instructor:Iha Sensei
World-renowned Grandmaster Seikichi Iha, who holds the highest title of Hanshi (master) and highest rank of 10th Dan (black belt degree).  Teacher to 
Basinger Sensei, Iha Sensei is president of the Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association and United States Branch Chief of the Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo Association.  His Lansing, Michigan, dojo is headquarters for over 30 schools in the U.S., Canadaand many other countries around the globe.

Plan now to attend and reserve your place (see below)!  Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from this dynamic "teacher of teachers," a true master of our defense-oriented martial art.

Eligible participants:
Active & inactive students of Karate STL and its branch dojos.
Adults:  ALL adult students, all ranks.
Kids:     Solid yellow belt & above, minimum age 7.
ALL other students are encouraged to come and observe these classes, as well as families and friends. Spectators welcome!

Spectators may bring their own seating - limited, if any, available in gym.

ALL STUDENTS (all ages & ranks), PLEASE NOTE:   To be included in the 1:00 pm Saturday group photo with Iha Sensei, be sure to wear your gi!! ...and parents/spectators, bring your cameras.

Where, When, Cost of Seminar:
Parkwood School gym (tentative location).
3199 Parkwood Lane
(at Old St. Charles Rd)
Maryland Hts, MO 63043
Fri, Nov 9:
5:30-6:30 pm:
Kids age 7+, solid yellow belt & above.
6:30-7:30 pm:
Adults all ranks, & kids blue belt & above.
Sat, Nov 10:
12:00-1:00 pm:
Kids age 7+, yellow belt & above.
1:00-1:10 pm:
Group Photos (students in gi – ALL ages & ranks, participating or not).
1:10 - 2:30 pm:
Adult class students only, all ranks.
Donations greatly appreciated from participants and spectators, to help with the considerable expense involved.
Give number of participants AND observers, AND dates attending...

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