Shotokan West Karate

A contemporary approach to a traditional martial art

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Gichin Funakoshi

Karateka build physical, mental and spiritual strength using kihon (basic blocks, punches and kicks), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring and self-defense) that were developed and modernized by Gichin Funakoshi - techniques that build strength, flexibility, endurance and focus. We incorporate techniques from Okinawan karate, jujitsu and aikido wherever they enhance our effectiveness. Our students aspire to the highest standards of performance to first maximize their effectivness and then to move beyond merely practicing the physical to living the art. We never compromise these standards and we constantly seek ways to accelerate your learning


Wayne Krill

Wayne Krill

Sensei Krill began training in Shotokan karate in 1986, primarily under senseis Martin Asplund and Curt Huber. Sensei Krill assumed ownership of Shotokan West in 2005 and received a California teaching credential for health and fitness in 2008. Sensei Krill has traveled to Okinawa and completed certified instruction under 9th- and 10th-degree black belt masters in the three primary Okinawan karate arts. Sensei Krill is actively practicing and teaching Shotokan and Okinawan karate, jujitsu and aikido to adults of all levels.

Scott Fullam

Scott Fullam

Mr. Fullam began training in Shotokan karate in 1993 at Shotokan West under senseis Curt Huber and Wayne Krill. Prior to Shotokan West, Mr. Fullam studied Shito-ryu for 2 years in New York City. Mr. Fullam is actively practicing and has been assisting instruction at Shotokan West since 2010.

Akihisa Yamaguchi

Akihisa Yamaguchi

Mr. Yamaguchi practiced Wado-ryu karate in Japan for 5 years under sensei Iwao Shimizu beginning in 1991 at the age of 10. In 2000, he resumed karate training in the Shotokan style at the University of Tsukuba under sensei Masashi Nakajima, receiving Shodan rank in 2001 and Nidan in 2004. After a 9-year gap as he pursued his business career, he moved from Japan to Santa Clara and is now practicing and instructing at Shotokan West.

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