The Goldsboro Okinawa Karatedo Dojo teaches Shorinryu Karate, a traditional style from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate. Our Instructors are registered with the Okinawa Shorinryu Ryukyukan Karate Kobudo Federation under Hanshi Koei Nohara in Okinawa, Japan.
Students at our dojo learn respect, defense, discipline, fitness, confidence, and other valuable life skills. The Goldsboro Okinawa Karatedo Dojo is a member of the AAU National Karate Program. We participate in local, state, regional, and national level competitions, competing in Kobudo, Kata, Kumite, and team events. Our dojo was recognized as a Top 20 Club at the 2015, 2016, and 2021 AAU Karate Nationals.
Goldsboro Okinawa Karatedo Dojo opened September 1, 2008, at the Goldsboro YMCA. Classes were only twice a week when they first started. Then in January 2012, the dojo relocated to its current location, where they now offer multiple programs for different age groups and experience levels.
Sensei Jason and Sensei Anne are direct students of Hanshi Koei Nohara, 10th-degree black belt, Okinawa, Japan. Hanshi Nohara visits Goldsboro, North Carolina annually, training with students of the dojo and hosts the North Carolina-Okinawa Ryukyukan International Tournament. The tournament and seminar have brought competitors and karate-ka from Okinawa, mainland Japan, England, Puerto Rico, California, Virginia, South Carolina, and all over North Carolina.
2020-2021 News-Argus Reader's Choice Award Winner: Martial Arts Studio
“Grayson started at Goldsboro Karatedo in October 2020. We originally started taking karate lessons because there weren’t many options for physical activities available. We also knew it would offer him martial art skills and discipline. I’ve noticed that Grayson had grown within himself with his patience and determination. Our favorite part of the dojo is the family that own and runs it. They are kind, thorough, and compassionate people. We had a friend whose child was going there and loved it. You can tell that all of the staff members LOVE the dojo and the students that come in. They are friendly, yet disciplined, and I can’t imagine my child going anywhere else.”
- Krysta Rupert
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to get a black belt?
Most students take an average of 5 years to reach black belt; however, other rank and age requirements must also be met.
How often are classes?
We offer several programs and membership packages to fit your needs. The Basic Membership includes once class per week. The Traditional Membership includes two classes per week. The Advanced Membership includes unlimited classes. Call today to schedule a free class and program evaluation.
What is a good age to start karate?
Karate has several benefits for all age groups. We accept students 4-years-old and up and offer classes based on age.
I am over 40 years old. Am I too old to start?
There is no such thing as "too old for karate". Our class curriculum is based on individual abilities and performance, not a class standard. Call today to sign up for our Teen and Adult class!
I have no experience in karate, or I am not in shape. Should I still start?
Yes! We accept students with no experience all of the time, and one of the benefits of karate is fitness. Classes offer instruction and improvement in stretching, strengthening, and conditioning.
How much do classes cost?
Costs are based on program type and membership package. We also offer many discounts for families, military/first responders, and member discounts. Call today to schedule a free class and program evaluation.
Do you participate in tournaments?
Students can participate in tournaments through our competition team, Team GOKarate. Our dojo is a member of the AAU National Karate Program and participates in invitational, state, regional, and national competitions. Members of the team can also qualify to participate as a part of the AAU-USA National Karate Team.
I have previous experience in karate. Would I have to start over? Or does my rank transfer?
Our style of karate is Okinawan Shorinryu. Individuals without experience or rank in this style will be evaluated.
How do I start?
It's as easy as calling today and scheduling a free class.
When is the best time for new students to start?
Any time! Our dojo accepts new students throughout the year. Call today, and we can get you started!