Merritt Island Okinawan Karate School & Dojo | (321) 459-3000



What do We Offer?

1.) Shorin-Ryu Karate USA under the direction of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro (name of our style).

2.) Family Discounts and NO CONTRACTS.

3.) Free orientation to see if we are a match for you. Usually on a Sunday afternoon.

4.) Open 7 Days a Week. Morning, afternoon and evening classes.

5.) Air conditioning.

6.) Private Lessons Available.

7.) Small classes with extra help and personalized attention.

8.) Adult only classes and mixed jr. adult classes and Little Dragons.

9.) Yoga workshops once or twice a year (visiting guest instructor Shane Scaglione, Ashtanga Yoga)

10.) Beach workouts, assault prevention classes, demonstrations and monthly events.

11.) All our students are respectful and want to be here. We attract a willingness to learn attitude.

Who Are We?
The Okinawa Karate Dojo of Merritt Island, Florida is a Shorin-Ryu Karate school serving all of Central Brevard County, including Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Rockledge, Indiatlantic, Sharpes, Port St. John, and Titusville.

The Dojo features:

  • A Padded Indoor Training Deck.
  • A screened in Outdoor Training Deck (Lighted and Equipped with over head Fans) A Heavy Bag, Makiwara, Nai-Hachi Wooden Deck, Outdoor Fountain and More…
  • A One of a Kind Museum Featuring Items from Okinawa and the Past on Site!

What is Shorin-Ryu Karate USA?
This traditional style was founded by Ansei Ueshiro, the Okinawan famous for bringing Shorin-Ryu Karate to the USA in 1962, hence the title “Shorin-Ryu Karate USA, Under the Direction of Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro.” Karate, meaning “empty hand”, originated in Okinawa, a chain of islands between Japan and China, several hundred years ago. “Do” means “the way of“. In Karate-Do, a student can train his whole life.

What is the mission of the Okiawan Karate Dojo?
To Preserve, Keep the art alive, and to expose the art to as many people as possible so that they may experience the life changing transformation.

What Exactly is this life changing transformation?
Well, as Grand Master Ueshiro used to say “If you are not on the path then I have nothing to say to you..!” All we can guarantee is that stamina, balance and harmony will be achieved through the study of Shorin-Ryu. You will know right away if we are a match for you. Dojo“.

Who Can Take Karate?
A direct Quote from our Grand Master, Anyone can learn Karate!

How Old Must One Be to Take Karate?
Karate was passed down from father to son just like many American traditions are passed down among the generations (We start children in a little dragon class at Age 7 and our junior adult class is 10 and up.). Most morning classes are adult only.