FITNESS45 – Daily 7AM fitness program designed to get you strong and healthy through just 45 mins a day workout. Based on proven HiiT and circuit training methods with different workouts daily so you don’t get stale and bored. Open to all levels of fitness and experience.
Asato Dojo is located in the heart of Naha city near Makishi Station. All levels of ability from absolute beginner are very welcome and you can wear normal sports clothing if you don’t have a karate suit (dogi).
Learn from experienced teachers (e.g. 4th dan black belt, 27 years training in karate) in a friendly environment.
At the Asato Dojo we teach Shorinryu karate, specifically Matsubayashiryu karatedo, the school established by Nagamine Shoshin sensei. This also includes some ‘kobudo’ traditional weapons practice. We welcome locals and visitors alike to join our evening classes or request special classes during the daytime. James Pankiewicz, owner and chief instructor at Asato Dojo, draws on many years of study and experience in Japan and Okinawa to teach karate for those who are looking for the benefits of improved self defense, better self confidence, improved heath, cultural study, or just to experience a taste of Okinawan tradition.
Recently we invited a small group of staff from Japan TransOcean Air (JTA) cabin crew to take a trial class at Asato Dojo. JTA is working with us to offer its customers easy access to book a trial class via its web portal – a great initiative to broaden the appeal and access to experiencing Okinawan karate whilst visiting the islands. So our courageous young JTA cabin crew donned dogis and enjoyed a 90 minute introduction to karate basics, kata and some useful self defense techniques. And they did very well, with lots of smiles and laughs along the way. Please take a look at the gallery below of images from the day.