About Us


We are the Grand Rapids extension of the North American Beikoku Shido-kan Association directed by Hanshi (Grand Master) Seikichi Iha in Lansing, MI.

Original Okinawan Karate Grand Rapids - Class Photo

ropeOur Passion

We love teaching karate, but none of our instructors do it for a living. Unlike commercialized schools that are focused on profit, we prefer to invest the time and ensure you learn to apply effective techniques.

ropeOur Values

Friendship and cooperation are at the core of our values. Okinawan karate was born out of a necessity to defend against life-threatening danger. A mature attitude is required to safely practice techniques which are illegal in conventional sport karate styles.

ropeOur Experience

As students of Sensei Iha, our instructors each have at least 30 years experience practicing and teaching Okinawan Karate. As a newcomer, you will receive one-on-one instruction as a part of every class.

ropeOur Lineage

Under Master Seikichi Iha, we are one of the few schools in the country to maintain unbroken lineage. You will learn authentic techniques for true self defense, not for winning points in a tournament.