Katy Karate-dō Dojo

A traditional Shotokan karate-do Dojo serving the Katy & Richmond area


We believe that Karate is not simply a self-defense skill, but a way for self-improvement in health, discipline and attitude


We offer programs for the whole family, both children and adults. Practitioners of all levels are welcomed and join our growing family.


We practice Shotokan Karate-do as taught by Master Gichin Funakoshi, transmitted through his many disciples around the world


We believe that one who enters our dojo healthy, should exit the dojo healthier. Karate is a lifelong pursuit for their practitioner

What is Shotokan Karate-do?

A brief history
空手に先手なし (There is no first attack in karate)
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-Gichin Funakoshi

Karate is a martial art originating from the Okinawa, an island in south Japan. The ancient art is brought to mainland Japan and the modern world by a few masters. One of these masters was Gichin Funakoshi whom some called the father of modern Karate. Shotokan was the name of the first Dojo which Funakoshi built and later was used to identify the style of karate that Funakoshi taught

Funakoshi`s many disciples brought Karate to different corners of the world. They also enhanced the style with their talents and thoughts while remaining rooted to what their master taught them. Shotokan is often characterized by its linear, fast, strong movements and deep stances. Shotokan is considered as one of the many traditional forms of Karate.

While beginners mainly do strong and sometimes rigid movements, advance practitioners move on to more fluid combination of punches and kicks that also incorporates throws and sweeps that requires greater control to prevent serious injury to both the defender and attacker.

Our Instructors

Siamak Tavakoli

President & CEO
Senior Instructor
Sensei Tavakoli started practicing Shotokan Karate from 1983 and studied under Shihan Hideo Ochi and Shihan Hirokazu Kanazawa. Sensei Tavakoli is president CEO of the dojo

Maryam Tavakoli

Sensei Maryam Tavakoli is the head of children development for the dojo

Aldo Sunaryo

Assistant Instructor

Nicholas Rider

Assistant Instructor

Denis Nemchenko

Assistant Instructor

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