Washington D.C. Shotokan Karate Club

Our club was founded over 35 years ago and has remained a non-profit organization ever since. Members volunteer their time to manage the Club's operations and teach all the classes. Some of our members have been training at the dojo for over 25 years and at least a dozen for 15 years.

Elected and appointed club officers include a president, secretary and treasurer.


Jelleff Boy's and Girl's Club
3265 S Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

The instructors are trained and organized by David Ernst, Chief Instructor, who has been training karate for over three decades and completed the official Japan Karate Association Instructor Training program. He holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt).

The rest of the Club's instructors include four 5th degree black belts and many 3rd and 4th degree black belts who have many years of experience, have trained in clubs all over the world and participated in the JKA Instructors Training Program in Philadelphia.

The Club competes in tournaments 2 times a year. Both the men's and women's teams have placed in both kata and kumite in the East Coast Tournament every year with several competitors advancing to the national and world championships. See the ISKF website for the latest information.

The Club currently has 75 members with 30 black belts. Our Club includes people of all ages and nationalities. In cooperation with the Jelleff Boy's and Girl's Club, we offer separate classes for children ages 8 - 12.

The Washington DC Shotokan Karate Club is a non-profit corporation. Officers and instructors are not compensated. The Washington DC Shotokan Karate Club does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, religion, or national origin.

eMail : dckarate@gmail.com
Last Updated : April, 2010