Closed July 4th!

July 4, 2018

The dojo is closed July 4th in observance of Independence Day! Regular classes resume Thursday, July 5.

Up Coming Event Registrations

April 7, 2018

Next weekend is a big one for us at USA Karate!


FREE Officials Clinic: Sensei Ophira Bergman


4.13 – This clinic is going to be held at USA Karate, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This clinic will cover all of the AAU tournament rules. Officials for our tournament the following day are highly encouraged to attend this clinic. We will need athletes during the clinic as to help the officials get adequate judging practice.




PN AAU Karate District Championships – REGISTRATION LINK

4.14 – USA Karate is hosting the AAU Karate Championships and National Qualifier. Pre-register at the link above. Pre-Registration ends April 11th.


Kumite Seminar: Sensei Valecia Cigar – REGISTRATION LINK



Six time consecutive Ippon Kumite National Champion, Valecia Cigar, is coming to USA Karate to teach a Kumite Seminar! Register at the link above.

April 15th: 9:30 – 11:30am

$30 Admission



Women’s Self-Defense Seminar: Shihan Joni Sharrah – REGISTRATION LINK


Shihan Joni has been teaching Women’s Self-Defense for decades, this will be a class that you won’t want to miss. This class is open to the public; no martial-arts experience required.

Register at the link above.

Note: this class will cover mature content. Teenagers and above are welcome.

April 21st  1:00 – 2:30pm

$20 admission

2018 PN AAU Karate District Championships

February 5, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Check-in: 8:00 am
Events begin: 9:00 am

Lynnwood High School
18218 North Road
Bothell, WA 98012

Rules Clinic:
Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:30
USA Karate Academy
1535 NE 177 St, Shoreline, WA 98155

1 event: $55, 2 Events: $65, 3 Events: $75
Synchronized Kata: $30 per team, or $10 per person

Entry Deadline:
By mail, postmarked by April 5, 2018. $25.00 Late Fee after April 5, 2018.

Online registration deadline is 8:00 pm, April 12, 2018.

Please Pre-register online (2018 PN AAU Karate District Championships & National Qualifier) if you can.

If you can’t pre-register online, pre-register by mail:

Make checks payable to USA Karate Club  (Check or Money Order, only; Credit Cards are accepted for only online registration (see above). No refunds. $25 fee for returned checks.

c/o USA Karate Club
20126 Ballinger Way NE
PMB 222
Shoreline, WA 98155

Spectator Fee: $5 for 11 and up,
$3 for 10 and under and seniors 62 Yrs. and Up

All Ages and All Skill Levels
(Age, on July 1, 2018, determines division)

AAU Membership required:AAU Youth membership must be obtained before the competition begins except where the event operator has a laptop available with an internet connect. Be Prepared: Adult and Non Athlete memberships are no longer instant and cannot be applied for at event. Please allow 10 days (14 days is better) for membership to be processed.Participants are encouraged to visit the AAU web site to obtain their membership.

Rules: Modified AAU Karate rules will be in effect.

Further Information:



The host hotel is The Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, WA. Book your rooms by March 30, 2018 to get the tournament rate. Attendees can begin calling in their reservations to 425-775-2500 or 800-628-0611. Let Embassy Suites know that you are with USA Karate Academy or Canadian Martial Arts Academy, to get the special rate.

Visit for a complete listing of tournament rules and regulations.

Download tournament flyer.

Download registration forms.

Fall, ‘17 Newsletter & In-house Tournament Results

November 18, 2017

From Shihan:

As I look forward to my 37th year in martial arts, I am grateful for all martial arts has enabled me to achieve as a person and to offer to our great community. It was a blessing in disguise letting go of our Annual Pacific Northwest Karate-do Classic tournament this year as it allowed us to host an in-house tournament for our very own dojo members.

Our in-house tournament gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the art and sport of karate-do in a fun, non-intimidating environment. All our students’ karate skills shined brightly at every level. Newer students were able to get a glimpse of what a karate tournament is like and parents of our students had a chance to get to know one another.

The new leaders of our dojo (senpai) were able to practice judging, officiating, refereeing, and organizing.

For those of you who may have missed the event, we announced that Sensei Justin Wilson is returning to the dojo as our new Program Director. After 4.5 years, Sensei Justin returned from living in Japan where he worked in private education. He is eager to utilize his experience in education to refine our classes and operations at the karate school. Sensei looks forward to getting to know our dojo family, so please introduce yourself if you haven’t already.

Download Fall 2017 Newsletter

Download In-house tournament 2017 results.


Holiday Closings

November 10, 2017

The dojo will be closed this Saturday, Nov 11, to observe Veterans Day.

The dojo will also be closed to celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays, Thursday through Saturday, Nov 23 – Nov 25.

Enjoy your holidays.

In-House Tournament & Dojo Picture Day, 11.4.17

October 17, 2017

In-House Tournament at the USA Karate Dojo
1535 NE 177th St. Shoreline, WA 98155
On November 4, 2017

Set-up: 8am
Events begin: 9am
Break-down: 2-3pm

Entry Deadline: Register ASAP Registration accepted at the door

$40 Flat Fee – one division or all!

Payment Options: Pay at the Dojo — Cash, check made out to USA Karate Club, or credit/debit forms of payment are available.

Events: Kata, Kumite, Kobudo, Synchronized Kata
Rules: Modified AAU rules will be in effect. See
Dress Code: Athletes must wear a solid white gi. Females must wear white tee or sport tank beneath the gi jacket. Sleeves and pants must be hemmed to appropriate length. Official Itosu- Ryu patch may be worn on the left chest. Officials must wear a solid white gi with appropriately hemmed sleeves and pant legs. An official Itosu-Ryu patch may be worn on the left chest.

Mandatory Equipment for Kumite Participants: Helmets with attached face shields for athletes under 18. Mouth guards and naugahyde fist pads for all, groin cups for male fighters of all ages.

Questions? Contact us via email:, phone: 206-440-5533 or Joni’s direct line: 206-228-2392, or come in the dojo!

Download Flyer

Shihan: Make a Commitment — and download the Fall newsletter

August 31, 2017


This is a good time to commit to consistent attendance and practice so you/your child can achieve your goals. Often, I ask students in class to identify, in one word, their main goal in karate training. You would be surprised to hear many young students say they want to “be a black belt” or “be a sensei”, “protect myself from bullies”, or “have self- esteem”. I am amazed so many students have concrete ideas of what they want to achieve in their martial arts training, yet their parents haven’t heard of their child’s intrinsic goals.

Progress in karate can only take place with consistent participation in prescribed classes, along with personal practice outside the dojo. Additionally, preparing for and taking part in karate testing and tournaments, which are typically outside your/your child’s comfort zone, enhances development and motivates students to practice.

Twice a year, we conduct tournaments to provide opportunities for our students to compete. The fall tournament is normally in early November. The spring tournament is two weeks before or after Easter depending on the availability of the venue. While we view our twice yearly tournaments as mandatory events for all dojo members, some students don’t participate, most commonly due to fear of failure.

Unfortunately, when a student or parent(s) declines tournament participation for reasons such as ‘not feeling ready’ or ‘wanting to try when they are more prepared’, that athlete will eventually enter tournaments at a bigger disadvantage. Students, with the same time in training, who didn’t ‘wait until next time’ have more competitive experience. Our divisions are categorized by time in training, not experience in competition, i.e. beginner = less than 1 year, novice = between 1 and 2 yrs, intermediate = between 2 yrs and 47 months, and advanced = 4+ yrs training.

Another block to motivation is when students, invited to participate in testing, do not attempt to test. We check several basic minimum requirements that must be met before we invite a student to test for rank. These areas are: consistent attendance, attainment of skills for their rank as demonstrated in classes, and a positive attitude. Some students do not feel ready to perform, but opting out of testing prevents the student from the possibility of promotion. Lack of promotion feeds into fear of failure, which eventually becomes a reality. Lastly, I notice high ranking students who are invited to move up into advanced classes be unwilling or unable to make schedule adjustments. In my experience, students who remain in lower classes ultimately lose their desire to attend because they are under-challenged. Progress is once again delayed, and so is the sense of gratification from working hard toward achieving something worthwhile.

I encourage you to reach out to me directly (206-228-2392 or with any questions or concerns about you/your child’s progress. There are times when you/your student may want or need to discuss strategies to improve motivation or overcome obstacles that hinder development.

Shihan Joni Sharrah, Owner/Chief Instructor

Upcoming Dojo Closures

9/1-4 Labor Day Holiday

10/31 Happy Halloween!

11/10-11 Veterans Day Holiday

11/23 Thanksgiving Day

Download the Fall 2017 back to school newsletter.

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