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

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


Calendar  to October, 2019

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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 2019 - Summary

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Pattonville Hts Middle School back gym

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.

Next 6-wk Session
Now enrolling!!
Age 4-adult, Males/Females.
  • Begins Tue & Thu, Feb 26 & 28 *
  * Note:  Late fee after NOON, Fri, Feb 22.
314.213.8094, or Enroll by Email and other options on How to Enroll.

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

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

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         EVENTS 2019 - Details

Bring a Buddy
Women's Night of
Self-defense - Age 14+
Next 6-wk Karate Session
Trip to Okinawa, Japan - Tookachi Celebration
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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
Self-defense, Women & Teen Girls
      Ages 14+ Women's Self-defense
Now enrolling!!
5:30-8:30 pm - one night
Open to the public.
What happens at self-defense class?
Gym B, Holman Middle School.     Parkwood School gym
$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). 
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.

           Ages 4- Adult, Males/Females
Begins:Man kicking
Now enrolling!!
    * Note:  Enroll any time, but late fee after NOON, Fri, Feb 22.
To Enroll:    
Call 314.213.8094 or Enroll by Email or other options on How to Enroll
Training Location:woman kicking
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 (ALL ages):
Very welcome, BUT all ages please remove shoes, if necessary to enter training area.  ANDall 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.  
Teacher (all classes):
Sharon Basinger, Sensei 6th Dan, Certified Instructor
Above and more on Calendar.


Seikichi Iha
Latest Updates
Key Dates
What is Tookachi?
Trip Itinerary PDF
Useful Links
Further Reading

Updated:  Dec 24, 2018


We now have the link for individual registrations, deposits and other info HERE!   See also
Key Dates below.  

PLEASE NOTE:   While there are still some things to work out, people can plan on $3,500 per person as a very rough estimate.  Hotel/Air Fare packages will be paid individually, but everyone needs to be prepared to purchase in a timely manner for the discounts to apply.  



Beikoku Shidokan
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.

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!

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.


- 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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