Welcome to Oshiro Dojo
Oshiro Dojo, in San Mateo, California, is the world headquarters (honbu) of the Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai (RBKD), an international organization dedicated to the study and development of traditional Okinawan martial arts.
What We Teach
Oshiro Dojo teaches the Shima-Ha Shorin-ryu style of Okinawan karate and the Yamanni-ryu style of kobudo (weapons) in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
Karate and kobudo are not only great for developing coordination, physical fitness and self-confidence, but they are also fun, challenging, and fascinating. A typical class focuses on either kata (forms) or kumite (sparring). Kata practice helps develop physical technique and body awareness, while kumite helps students learn confidence versus an opponent, timing, and interpersonal awareness.
Oshiro Dojo classes are taught by experienced instructors who have practiced and taught martial arts for decades. Classes are offered at beginner and advanced levels for adults and children ages 5 and up.
We encourage you to visit the dojo during class hours to see what we have to offer.
Oshiro Dojo was founded by RBKD Chief Instructor (Shihan) Toshihiro Oshiro after he emigrated from his native Okinawa in 1978 to teach karate in the United States. Over the next 40 years, Shihan Oshiro trained hundreds of students from across the country and around the world at his Northern California dojos.
In late 2019, after moving back to Okinawa, Shihan Oshiro appointed his longtime student Daiki Takekawa to head instructor (Dojoshu) of Oshiro Dojo San Mateo. Sensei Takekawa has trained with Shihan Oshiro for over 25 years, and is excited and honored to work with the other instructors of Oshiro Dojo to continue to share and develop the practice of Okinawan martial arts.
Shihan Oshiro visits the San Mateo dojo a couple of times each year and teaches group classes and private lessons during those times. In addition, he teaches privately in Okinawa and continues to lead the worldwide RBKD organization.