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Karate STL
Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043 USA
 (Midwest
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



Shuri Castle, Okinawa, Japan
Shuri Castle
Naha City, Okinawa, Japan

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Calendar  to October, 2019
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EVENTS - Summary

EVENTS - Details


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

Pattonville Heights Middle School



         
EVENTS 2018 - Summary

 Updated: 
 
U R G E N T   I N F O  . . . 
Karate cancelled tonight, Nov 15, due to weather.
Classes resume after Thanksgiving.
Make up class info posted here and on our Facebook page when determined.

(See cancellation policy.
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NEXT KARATE CLASS HELD AT . . .
Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym
  • Through Tue, Dec 4

No Karate
  • Tue & Thu, Nov 20 & 22 - Thanksgiving break

Karate Class Location Change

  • Thu, Dec 6 only - at Parkwood School gym (last class of session for ages 4-6 only) 
Tue, Dec 11 is at Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym (last class of session for ages 7-adult)

Winter Break

  • Dec 13 - Jan 3
No karate.  Resumes week of Jan 7, 2018.

                       2019

Next 6-wk Session
Now enrolling!!
Age 4-adult, Males/Females.
  • Begins Tue & Thu, Jan 8 & 10 *
  * Note:  Late fee after 12 pm, Fri, Jan 4.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

Kids' Self-defense & Stranger Danger
Now enrolling!!
Grades K-4, Boys & Girls. 
  • Mon, Jan 14 (enroll by Mon, Jan 7 or may cancel)
5:30-7:30 pm - one night
Gym B, Holman Middle School.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

Women's Night
Now enrolling!!
Self-defense, Women & Teens Age 14+.
  • Mon, Jan 28 (enroll by Fri, Jan 18 or may cancel)
  • 5:30-8:30 pm - one night
Gym B, Holman Middle School.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

Okinawa Trip - Tookachi Celebration
  • Wed, Aug 21 - Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Additional events - see Calendar
(to October, 2019
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Begin & End Dates of Current Session
Karate Cost (includes discount info)
Karate Class Schedule
Cancellations

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         EVENTS 2018 - Details

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No Karate Classes
Karate Location Change
Winter Break
                 2019

Next 6-wk Karate Session
Kids' Self-defense -
Grades K-4
Bring a Buddy
Women's Night of
Self-defense - Age 14+
Okinawa Trip - Tookachi Celebration
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NO KARATE CLASSES
Above and more on Calendar.


KARATE CLASS LOCATION CHANGE 
Tue, Dec 11 - Pattonville Heights Middle School back gym (only ages 7-adult:  last class of session)).
Also on Calendar.

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WINTER BREAK
Classes resume Jan 8 & 10.

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Man kickingNEXT 6-WEEK KARATE SESSION
             Ages 4- Adult, Males/Females
Begins:
Now enrolling!!
    * Note:  Enroll any time, but late fee after 12 pm, Fri, Jan 4woman kicking.
To Enroll:    
Call 314.213.8094 or Enroll by Email or other options on How to Enroll
Training Location:
Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym
(Check Calendar for possible exceptions.)
Cost ** for entire 6-week session:
$40 Pattonville resident. 
$45 non-resident. 
$65 Pattonville resident.
$70 non-resident.
Same as above "Once a week" cost.
**  Discounts/Cost Adjustments:  
Parents/Spectators:
Very welcome, BUT during class ALL ages are requested to remain on sideline very quietly and unobtrusively (no cell phone or loud talking, or communicating with students please)... out of respect for students and instructors.  Please remove shoes if necessary to enter training area.
Teacher (all classes):
Sharon Basinger, Sensei 6th Dan, Certified Instructor
Above and more on Calendar.


KIDS' NIGHTself-defense
Self-defense & Stranger Danger -
Grades K-4, Boys & Girls
         When:
Now enrolling!!
Open to the public.
What happens at self-defense class?
Where:
Gym B, Holman Middle School.  
Cost:
$25 Pattonville resident;
$30 Non-resident.
Parents/Spectators:self-defense
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.
What to Wear:  
Long pants & smooth long-sleeved shirt - sweats are ideal.  self-defenseFor safety, pant legs must not reach the floor.  Must remove shoes and socks... and all jewelry (or leave at home).
Teacher (all classes): 
Sharon Basinger, Sensei 6th Dan, Certified Instructor.
To Enroll:   
Call 314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.
Above and more on 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.
Above and more on Calendar.


         WOMEN'S NIGHT
Women's Self-defenseSelf-defense, Women & Teen Girls
Ages 14+
When:
Now enrolling!!
5:30-8:30 pm - one night
Open to the public.
What happens at self-defense class?
Where:
Gym B, Holman Middle School.     Parkwood School gym
Cost:
$30 Pattonville resident;
$35 Non-resident.woman defending against attacker
What to Wear:  
Long pants & smooth long-sleeved shirt - sweats are ideal.  For safety, pant legs must not reach the floor.  Must remove shoes and socks... and all jewelry (or leave at home). 
Teacher:
Sharon Basinger, Sensei 6th Dan, Certified Instructor.
To Enroll:   
Call 314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.
Above and more on Calendar.


OKINAWA TRIP
TOOKACHI CELEBRATION FOR
IHA SENSEI'S 88TH BIRTHDAY

Seikichi Iha
What is Tookachi?
Key Dates
Cost Estimates but . . .
 . . .  ! ! !  DON'T search                       online for prices
Trip Itinerary PDF
Useful Links
Further Reading
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What exactly is the “Tookachi” celebration?  It’s a person’s 88th birthday/birth year, and is called “Tookachi” in Okinawa, and “Beiju” in mainland Japan.  It is one of the two biggest birthday celebrations, the other being the 97th anniversary, also known as “Kajimayaa.”  The Tookachi celebration typically takes place on the 8th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar.

In early March of 2017, a small Shidokan group went to Okinawa with Grand Master Seikichi Iha.  It was a two-fold visit, to be part of the opening of the new Okinawa Karate Kaikan (http://karatekaikan.jp/en/), and to plan Iha Sensei’s 88th birthday celebration in 2019.Beikoku Shidokan

Huge headway was made on this celebration event.  Our dates are set, August 21- August 30, 2019.  Our tentative itinerary can be viewed on this web page below:  "OKINAWA TRIP SUMMARY."  Dojos throughout the country and Canada are planning to be part of this event!  Everyone is welcome to attend, children under 18 will need a parent to travel with them.

One of the events that we are very excited about is recreating the picture of Gusukuma Sensei teaching a group of 132 in front of the Shuri Castle, with Iha Sensei teaching us of course.  We got this!

KEY DATES




GROUP SAVING OPPORTUNITIES



*   ! ! !  Please DO NOT search for deals on airline and travel sites such as Expedia and Travelocity.  These companies have built in algorithms that will impact our ability to negotiate the best deal for all of us.  The more activity these sites see to a particular location on a particular date, the higher the rates go.


As more information becomes available, updates will be posted on this site.

This will be a trip of a lifetime!!

OKINAWA TRIP ITINERARY (PDF)
Includes tentative itinerary, photos of some of our destinations (training, demonstrations, tours, etc.)

LINKS to some very useful and informative websites!

Contact Basinger Sensei with any questions.

FURTHER READING

- Seikichi Iha
- Iha Sensei biography and an interview on karate
- Katsuya Miyahira
- History (Okinawan, Shorinryu, and Beikoku Shidokan karate history.  Biographies of great masters:  Matsumura, Itosu, Chibana, Gusukuma, Motubu and Miyahira.)


Additional events - see Calendar
(to October, 2019
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