Brown University Shotokan Karate Club



The Spring 2014 semester schedule has been confirmed for the first three weeks of the semester. See our calendar at "Schedule" for more information. Regular training will take place:

  • Sunday: 6-8PM at TF Green 205
  • Tuesday: 6-8PM at Nelson Studio 2
  • Thursday: 6-8PM at Sayles Hall Auditorium

Note: No room is assigned for the following days. More information/alternative arrangements TBA:

  • Thu., Jan. 30 2014
  • Thu., Feb. 27 2014
  • Thu., Mar. 27 2014
  • Thu., Apr. 3 2014
  • Thu., Apr. 10 2014
  • Thu. Apr. 24 2014
  • Thu., May 1 2014
  • Thu. May 8 2014
  • Thu., May 15 2014

Interested in joining?

Feel free to come to any regular practice! No experience is required, and all are welcome. For more information, contact any of the club officers.

About the Club

The Brown University Shotokan Karate Club is dedicated to training in the traditional Okinawan martial art of Shotokan Karate. This includes regular practice throughout the semester in addition to camps, tournaments, and other events around the nation. We are members of the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union under the International Shotokan Karate Federation.

We train under godan (fifth dan) instructor John-David Swanson, Ph.D.

About Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate is one of the four major styles of Karate-do (the way of the empty hand), practiced in Japan today. It was brought from Okinawa to Japan in the 1920's by Funakoshi Gichin and was subsequently popularized and taught across the world by instructors of the Japanese Karate Association (JKA) during the 1950's and '60's. Shotokan Karate is currently one of the most widely practiced styles of Martial Arts in the world, with clubs in virtually every country on the planet.

Traditional Karate-do consists of three major training areas, Kihon (fundamentals), Kata (forms) and Kumite (partner training). Training equally in each of these three areas not only develops you physicality through increased, flexibility, co-ordination, and general fitness; but also mentally with development of your awareness, self-control, self-confidence, character, and general understanding of how your body moves and works.

Karate-do, although essentially non-contact, will help you to develop effective strategies for self-defense through understanding of your own body and biomechanics. There will be opportunities for individuals to take part in national level collegiate and open championships, although these are generally not the focal point of the class. In addition, there will be opportunities for individuals to take part in camps and seminars with some of the best Karate practitioners in the world.

Karate Terminology


35th Annual ISKF Nationals, November 16-18, 2013, Cincinnati, OH

Collegiate Team KataArison Than (c), Antonija Kolobaric, Ralitza Dekova3rd
Collegiate Women's Team KumiteAntonija Kolobaric, Ralitza Dekova1st
Collegiate Individual Kata, Colored BeltsRalitza Dekova1st
Collegiate Women's Individual Kumite, Advanced BeltsAntonija Kolobaric2nd
Adult Women's Individual Kumite, Advanced BeltsAntonija Kolobaric3rd