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
.Karate STL logo (shisa)


Sharon Basinger, Sensei
Certified Instructor
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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 through Dec 31, 2018
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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: 
 
NEXT KARATE CLASS HELD AT . . .
Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym

Late-summer Break
  • Now thru Aug 30, no karate classes.
Next 6-wk Karate Session Info.

Karate Family Potluck Picnic 
Families/guests of ALL current & prior students of Karate STL & its branch dojos invited.

Next 6-wk Session
Age 4-adult, Males/Females.
Now enrolling!!
  • Begins Tue & Thu, Sep 4 & 6 *
  * Note:  Late fee after Fri, Aug 31.
Karate returns to Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym for school year.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

Women's Night
Self-defense, Women & Teens Age 14+.
Now enrolling!!
  • Mon, Sep 17, one night, 5:30-8:30 pm.
Gym B, Holman Middle School.
Enroll at least a week in advance or may cancel.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

Kids' Self-defense & Stranger Danger
Grades K-3, Boys & Girls.
Now enrolling!!
  • Mon, Sep 24, one night, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Gym B, Holman Middle School.
Enroll at least a week in advance or may cancel.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

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

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

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         EVENTS 2018 - Details

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Late-summer Break
Karate Family Potluck Picnic
Next 6-wk Karate Session
Women's Night of Self-defense - Age 14+
Kids After School Self-defense - Grades K-3
Saint Louis Seminar with
Grand Master Iha
Okinawa Trip 2019 - Tookachi Celebration
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LATE-SUMMER BREAK 
Then, week of Sep 4 we return to Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym for the school year.  So the district can prepare for the new school year, karate is never held during August.  Call 314.213.8094 (now enrolling), or see Next 6-wk Karate Session Info.
Note:  late fee after Fri, Aug 31.


9th ANNUAL KARATE FAMILY POTLUCK PICNIC  
Vago Park270 Fee Fee Rd at Midland Ave (not Blvd),
Maryland Hts, MO 63043. 


ALL current and prior students of Karate STL and its branch dojos are invited, as well as their f
amilies and guests.  We have the 3 pavilions at the far end of the park, near restrooms, playground, basketball court and bike trail, plus a large open area for games of your choice.  Lots of fun!  Hope to see you there!!

Provided:
Hot dogs, condiments, cups, plates, napkins, utensils.
Please bring:
RSVP with number attending so we have enough hot dogs!!
Email: 
picnic@karateSTL.com
Phone:
314.291.1234
Facebook:
Or, respond and "Comment" with number attending on... 
Facebook


Man kickingNEXT 6-WEEK KARATE SESSION
             Ages 4- Adult, Males/Females
Begins:
Now enrolling!!
    * Note: Enroll any time, but late fee after Fri, Aug 31.woman kicking
To Enroll:    
314.213.8094 or Enroll by Email or other options on How to Enroll.
Training Location:
Karate returns to Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym for school year (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:  
One discount per student.No equipment to buy! 
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.


  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.
Enroll at least a week in advance, or may cancel if insufficient enrollment.
What happens at self-defense class?
Where:
Gym B, Holman Middle School.
Cost:woman defending against attacker
$30 Pattonville resident; 
$35 Non-resident.
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.


self-defenseKIDS' NIGHT
Self-defense & Stranger Danger -
Grades K-3, Boys & Girls
When:
Now enrolling!!
Open to the public.
Enroll at least a week in advance, or may cancel if insufficient enrollment.
What happens at self-defense class?self-defense
Where:
Gym B, Holman Middle School.  
Cost:
$25 Pattonville resident; 
$30 Non-resident.
Parents/Spectators:
Very welcome, but during class ALL ages areself-defense requested to remain on sideline very quietly and unobtrusively (no cell phone or lound 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.  For 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.


SAINT LOUIS KARATE TRAINING SEMINAR WITH
GRAND MASTER IHA
 
Fri evening & Sat afternoon
(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.
Non-participants:
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.

Location:
Parkwood School gym (tentative location).
3199 Parkwood Lane
(at Old St. Charles Rd)
Maryland Hts, MO 63043
Schedule:
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.
Cost:
Donations greatly appreciated from participants and spectators, to help with the considerable expense involved.
Reserve:
Give number of participants AND observers, AND dates attending...
Email:
seminar@karateSTL.com
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/karateSTL
Phone:
314.291.1234


Seikichi IhaOKINAWA TRIP 2019 -
TOOKACHI CELEBRATION FOR
IHA SENSEI'S 88TH BIRTHDAY


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 Iha Sensei.  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 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 SUMMARY (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.)

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