Kids Karate Summer Camp

Summer Camp is back! 

2020 will be the third year that we have been running the kids Karate and English summer programme. 

The dates for this year are- 

Week 1: 3rd – 7th August

Week 2: 10th – 14th August

Week 3: 17th – 21st August 

Fees are- 

1 week: 25,000 yen 

2 weeks: 45,000 yen 

3 weeks: 60,000 yen 

We also have family discounts available. Please contact us for more information.

Summer camp runs from 9am-5pm. The dojo will be open from 8am -6pm so early drop off and later pick up is ok. 

There are scheduled activities for each day. For example:

– Design and make your own summer camp Cap 

– Karate Treasure Hunt 

– Make and Practice with Nunchaku 

– Make your own “bob” (punching bag)


Every day we will: 

1- Take the kids for a walk/ to a local park 

2- Practice English/ Japanese speaking and read a book together 

3- Practice Karate for at least two hours. 

The kids will also have some free time at the end of each day to play with friends, do arts and crafts, practice their own karate or read their favourite books. 

We will be accepting a maximum of 20 kids per week. 

Click the link for a summary of last years summer camp:



Shomen Scrolls at Asato Dojo

Anyone who has visited or seen our dojo will know that on the shomen wall we have four scrolls. These ‘Makimono’ were brushed by Hokama Tetsuhiro sensei, a highly acclaimed martial artist, teacher and calligrapher in Okinawa, and gifted to the dojo when it opened. The four phrases pictured in them were selected by James Pankiewicz, Asato Dojo kancho, for their personal significance and expression of the spirit and philosophy of Okinawa and karate practice.

I’ll explain what they mean and why we chose these ones. 

From left to right:

1-  命と宝  ‘Nuchi du Takara’

(Life is a Treasure) 

First and foremost we must remember that life is truly precious. ‘Nuchi du takara’ is the Okinawan pronunciation of this phrase and it became a motto of peace in Okinawa following the devastation of WW2. 

Karate should be about enhancing and improving life – both for the practitioner but also those around them. We are not here to hurt each other or our bodies.  Notice that the character for life has been drawn with a long tail to signify a long life.

We only get one life. Live it well. 

2-  究道無限 ‘Kyudo Mugen’

(The Path of Study Never Ends)

You train, you learn. You earn belts and ranks.

It’s easy to feel like you’ve  ‘done it’ or you’re ‘finished’.

It is always important to remember that there is always more to learn – more depth, more styles, more arts, more everything.

There is no ‘finish’.

Training has no end.

You just have to keep an open mind,  keep searching and keep studying. 

3- 継続は力なり ‘Keizoku wa Chikara Nari’ 

(Continuous practice begets strength)

You either do karate, or you don’t. This one is here to remind us that even when you are busy, tired, stressed or whatever it may be – you need to continue training.

Your karate will not improve or even be maintained if you don’t train consistently. 

Consistency is key to everything and it is a lesson we want to remember. 

4- 温故知新 ‘Onko Chiishin’ 

(Study the past to gain new insight)

“on” is “to warm”, “ko” is “old”, “chi” is “to know” and “shin” is “new”: to warm the old and know the new (to learn new things from the old)

To study the old things and gain new knowledge or understanding. When starting something new – start by fully studying the past.

We are surrounded by experienced Sensei,  resources and karate history and this scroll is here to remind us to use all that is available to us and learn from it. Its wasteful and unwise not to.

How To Tie Your Belt

Here at Asato Dojo we feel it is very important to  know how to wear your dogi correctly and part of that is tying your belt.

We know there are many ways this can be done, all with different styles and purposes. 

Below is how we prefer to tie our belt and so we have created this series of images for our students to follow.