Okinawan ShidoKan ShorinRyu

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Welcome to Gateway Shidokan Karate 

S. Faulkingham, Sensei 3rd Dan



Urgent Information


Nest Session: 

Begins on Monday, July 23rd and Wednesday, July 25th. Classes will be held at Maryland Heights Community Center. We will be in the Infinity Roam. 

2019 Okinawa Trip to celebrate Iha Sensei's 88th birthday:

I have some pertaining to the trip. As I obtain more information, I will pass it along. 


It will cause an increase in our travel expenses. The travel dates will be from Wednesday, August 21st - Friday, August 30, 2019. There will be no travel variations on this trip. All those participating are expected to arrive and depart with the group. This is a massive, and very important, celebration of Iha Sensei's 88th birthday, which is referred to as "Tookachi" in Okinawan, and "Beiju" in Japan. This celebration traditionally takes place on the 8th day of the 8th month, in the lunar calendar, of the individual's 88th year. As a special way to commemorate this milestone, we are planning to recreate a famous picture of Gusukuma Sensei teaching 132 of his students kata in front of the Shuri Castle, with Iha Sensei teaching us! 

There are important dates to keep in mind: 

January 2018- All dojo directors submitted rough estimates of who is interested in going.

November 2018- Approximately $300 per person deposit will be due.

January 2019-Dojo heads are required to provide a firm number of travelers.

Hotel and Airfare- The association is working with a travel agency to ensure the best possible rates for a group as large as ours, approximately 270 people.  There are a couple of key cities that give us the best rates to travel out of, St. Louis appears to be one of them. Again, DO NOT SHOP THE RATES! None of us want to pay more than necessary. The algorithms note the increase in searches and increase prices based on interest.

Cost Estimate- At this time the estimate is approximately $3500 per person for the trip, not including incidentals and gift purchases. The hotel and airfare will be paid for separately, and directly to the travel agency. It is my understanding that we will be able to make installment payments, via credit card, for this portion of the trip. Once the additional group activities are determined, and the matching clothing cost is calculated, we will prepay this portion to the association so they can purchase in advance the tickets and any other known expenses at a discounted rate. 

Here is the tentative itinerary for the trip







Class Schedule/

Classes are held on Mondays (M) and/or Wednesday (W)

Tiny Tigers (age 4-6) 

Beginners (W) - 5-6 p.m.

Intermediate (M) - 5-6 p.m

Kids (ages 7-13)

Beginner (M) - 5-6 p.m.

Intermediate (M & W) - 6-7 p.m

Advance (M & W) - 7-8 p.m.

Adults (ages 14+)

 All Ranks (M & W) - 8-9 pm.

Class Rate (per six week session)

One day a week classes

  • Member $38
  • Resident (non-member) $42
  • Non-resident (non-member)$46

Two day a week classes

  • Member $76
  • Resident (non-member) $84
  • Non-resident (non-member) $92






Classes are held at 

Maryland Height Community Center

2300 McKelvey Road

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

To enroll call: (314) 738-2599

or for online enrollment:

Maryland Heights Online Registration