Rocky MountainShito-Ryu Karate-Do

We are Cañon City's only traditional Japanese karate dojo. Offering courses in Karate, self defense, and rape prevention in a family oriented atmosphere.

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Cañon City, nestled in the foot hills of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, is the home of Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate Do. We are Canon City's only traditional Japanese karate dojo. We offer courses in Karate, self defense, and rape prevention in a family oriented atmosphere.

We teach Seito Shito Ryu Karate Do. Shito Ryu was created by Master Kenwa Mabuni. It is one of the four major styles of karate practiced in Japan today. Seito means pure form. Due to our direct lineage to Master Mabuni, the style of Shito Ryu we teach is the exact style which he created. Do means way or path. In other words, we don't just teach how to kick and punch. The karate we teach is a way of life.

Unlike many other martial arts schools, we are not a "Black Belt Factory". Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate-Do is a traditional karate dojo, not a "sport karate" school. Although we do participate in tournament competitions, we strive to emphasize the traditional aspects of our art as opposed to merely learning karate to win trophies. We teach our students that the person they compete against is themselves and encourage personal growth to better the individual. Therefore when we participate in competition karate, we strive to compete in traditional tournaments. We believe in offering the highest quality instruction before all else. We not only teach a style of karate, we also teach a philosophy to live by using traditional ideals. You won't see flashy videos with hip hop music on our website. Nor will you see our students dressed with just thier gi pants and a t-shirt with their shirt tails hanging out from under their belts. You won't see glittery "competition" uniforms. We are proud of what we practice and the warrior tradition behind it. It is not a joke to us. It is a deep and meaningful part of our life.

Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu is a member of the Pacific Karate-Do Institute. Our home dojo is located in Santa Barbara, CA. John Bartholomay, Shihan is the chief instructor. Bartholomay Sensei, along with Miguel Villalbos Sensei of the Santa Maria Dojo, are the Directors of the PKI. The PKI is a member of the International Shito-Ryu Karate Kai.

Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate-Do where you're not a customer, you're part of the family.


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Shito-Ryu Karate     5:00 - 6:00 PM


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Shito-Ryu Karate     6:00 - 7:00 PM


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"Last night I attended a Free Womans Self Defense Seminar put on by Sensei Jim White, he does this event/seminar free of charge for the community, the information and exercise we practiced are practical things that can be performed by any woman at any level (in my opinion). I would like to thank Jim for putting on the event and all of the people that helped him with our "training". I feel as though I have benefitted from having attended and God forbid I was ever in a situtation that I would need to put practice what he showed us.. but things can and do happen, I believe that should I ever be in a senario that was threatening I would fair out better than I would have if I didn't attend his event. Jim and "company" put this event on regularly I would encourage others to go check it out and help support his cause here.. Thank you again Jim and company.."
-Jennette N.

"The Women's Self Defense Seminar was AWESOME! Learned lots of fantastic info and lots of techniques! Also had lots of fun! Jim White's presentation was GREAT and other instructors and students added very valuable input. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SEMINAR TO ALL WOMEN!"
- Lynne W.

"In a time when many martial artists fight for money or run their schools solely for profit, Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu seeks to better the lives of not only its students, but the people and community around them as well."
- Canon Current, February 2013

"Karate has been a positive influence on me and my family. It is great for the mind. The characteristics you pick up from it are positive. I really want to get into more advanced learning and stuff. It helps me slow down and think my way through problems which was a big problem for me. Karate is a good part of my life."
- Levi G. Student

"Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu is a very family-oriented dojo. They are my second family. Sensei White is very knowledgable and passionate about karate. In the 3 years I have been attending RMSR, I have gained self-confidence, gotten in better shape, and have learned how to defend myself. I have also lost 20 pounds and become more flexible."
- Amy H, Parent and Student

Over the last 16 plus years I have been working on learning what it is we as parents or adults are looking for in Karate or the Martial Arts. I believe in the old fashioned values that are lacking in today's society. Honesty, integrity, respect, and self-discipline are values that are held in highest regard here at Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. I do not believe in contracts, I believe in hand -shakes. I believe that our children are the greatest resource to this planet, our future, and are our legacy to this world. It is our responsibility to cultivate that resource. I do not believe that we are only responsible for the students while they are in the dojo. Rather, I think of it as a family. I will treat anyone who enters my dojo like they are a part of my own family. Family values, to me, are the most important values in life. We strive to be one of the top schools in the area, and if you can find a better school than ours let me know and I will go with you. Hopefully you can make it in soon and become a part of our karate family.  

o   To propagate the art of Seito Shito-Ryu Karate , its kata and techniques, as handed down by our founder, Master Kenwa Mabuni.

o   To preserve and protect the history, traditions, methods and integrity of Seito Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.

o   To develop students to their maximum potential in body, mind and spirit; through courtesy, propriety, self-discipline and the appreciation of hard work fostered by our dojo.


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