Our senior instructor, Robert Roberto Curtis, 8th Degree, Shidokan
Kyoshi (Master Instructor), became a direct student of Seikichi Iha in 1979.
He began his martial arts journey in 1969 practicing Judo, Kung Fu, Shotokan and Shorinkan karate before starting to train directly with Sensei Iha. During his long-term overseas diplomatic assignments he taught self defense karate to US Embassy Personnel, US Marines, foreign security operatives and people like you.
You will learn proven effective self-defense karate applications. Surviving an unexpected violent encounter while learning the beautiful, gentle art of Okinawan Karate body movements motivates our training. Big egos, trophies and competition are for other schools.
Robert Roberto Curtis is a member of the East Coast Regional Beikoku Shidokan
Black Belt Testing Committee as well as the National Black Belt Testing Committee. He teaches self-defense seminars and is sought out for individual or small group self defense training and to provide proven effective self defense applications found in other martial arts styles' katas and movements.
The Alexandria Karate Dojo reports directly to Grand Master Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan, an internationally reknown Okinawan Shidokan
Shorin Ryu Karate Master and one of the senior-most Karate Masters in Okinawa. All Beikoku Shidokan
Shorin Ryu Karate schools follow his curriculum. You will train with Sensei Iha when he visits us in Alexandria at least once per year and you can also attend his seminars throughout North America and Asia, as well as visit his dojo in Lansing, Michigan. (See: www.ihadojo.com for more information on Seikichi Iha.)
You, Black belts, and students from other karate and martial arts styles wanting to learn our self-defense karate are welcome to train with us. We do not train for competition or a to win a trophy. Our training goal is to return home relatively unscathed from an unexpected violent encounter.