Karate STL

Saint Louis, 
Missouri USA
Saint Louis County)

Since 1995

The purpose of karate training is to learn self-defense, self-reliance, respect (for one's self and others), and character enrichment.  Karate is 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 7+

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



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EVENTS 2020 - Summary


  Spring 6-wk Karate Session III
(which was to begin week of Apr 14)
Planning to make up the 3 weeks of missed
Session II classes when safety permits

Classes postponed due to the COVID-19 Virus.
Posted here when classes are to resume.

Spring 6-wk Session III - CANCELLED

National Training Seminar (NTS):
  • Fri-Sun, Jul 31-Aug 2
Lansing, Michigan
Active & inactive students of Karate STL & its branch dojos invited.

Dates - Begin/End Current Session
Schedule - Karate Classes

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         EVENTS 2020 - Details
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Urgent Info (if any)
Spring Karate Session III
National Training Seminar (NTS)
       ________________________________  Calendar


 Planning to make up the 3 weeks of missed Session II classes whenever safety permits.  Details posted here when determined.

Pattonville Community Education issued this notification on Fri, Mar 13, 2020:
'Karate classes have been postponed until further notice.  This is due to the COVID-19 Virus.  You will be notified when classes are able to be held again.'

I’m really going to miss all of you!!!  Take care of yourselves, stay healthy and I look forward to seeing you in class again… sooner than later, I hope.
S. Basinger, Sensei

CANCELLED (which was to begin week of Apr 14)

Dojo Manners & Rules.
More about Karate STL.
Private lessons:
Contact Basinger Sensei for details.

Lansing, MichiganSeikichi Iha

Led by world-class "teacher of teachers"
Seikichi Iha, Grand Master
Hanshi 10th Dan,
Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association - President.
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 dojosBeikoku Shidokan -- The Arch 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, possibly some traveling from Okinawa, 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.

Further details (online seminar registration, hotel reservations, various costs, seminar schedule, youth & teen tornament, seminar T-shirts, etc.) posted here when available.

To, from and within Lansing is to be planned on your own.  Some students drive.  Others fly to Detroit, then drive (1½ hrs) or bus into Lansing, or fly directly into Lansing.  Families sometimes plan vacations that include the NTS, thereby enjoying other destinations en route.
Seminar Location: 
Lansing Center.
Downtown near capital.
333 E Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933.
Walk over enclosed skybridge connected to hotel
1½ miles from Iha Dojo
Discounted Reservation info here soon:
Radisson Hotel
Seminar rate available!
Walk over enclosed skybridge connected to seminar.
111 N Grand Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933.
Map/directions to Radisson, 
1½ miles from Iha Dojo
NTS Online Registration:
Link unavailable...active soon:
NTS Schedule:  Available soon.
Last NTS (2018) -
. . .
SAMPLE schedule & info, for planning purposes ONLY, subject to change:
Testing Board Members meeting. 
Dan Test.
Instructor's meeting.
Seminar check-in.
NTS Welcome.
Training Sessions 1, 2 & 3.
Seminar check-in.
Training Sessions 1, 2 & 3.
Youth/Teen Kata Tournament.
Group Photo.
Personal Photos with Iha Sensei & Barker Sensei.
Saturday evening -
Celebration Dinner Banquet:
Seminar participants & non-participants, ALL ages.
NTS Social.
Sunday morning -
Final training, then NTS Closing

Contact Basinger Sensei with questions.


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