Welcome to Our Dojo

the preeminent school for Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate in New York!

The home of the USA Headquarters of the Kenkojuku Association;
Classes are personally instructed by Sensei Masakazu Takahashi,
8th Degree Black Belt.

All Shotokan Styles welcome - Come in and try a class.

Great for Children, Adults, & Seniors.

Spring Special - Get ready for the Summer and begin Karate training now! To help you get started, all begining students will receive one week free trial of lessons. So make that decision to get into the Dojo. See more info

Mid-Day Offer: One week of Free Trial Lessons. Come in for the noon class on Monday, Wednsday, and Friday and train with Sensei Takahashi for free! Open to everyone, beginers welcome.

Did you study Shotokan or a Traditional style? Has it been a while since you were in a Dojo? If so, we are looking for you. Come talk to Sensei about the Welcome Back Special. Open to all former students of any age. So dust off that Gi and re-awaken that spirit that has been restlessly dormant. Get back in the Dojo!

Dojo News

Beach Training - Sept 13 Permalink (September 2015)

There will be a special class on the Beach this September 13th.

The class will be at Robert Moses State Park Beach on Long Island beginning at 10:00 am.  

We will meet at Field 2 (Over the last bridge, go right, follow the u- turn at the end of the road, and then Field 2 is the first one on the right). Once you are in the parking lot, go to the far right corner (facing the water) closest to the water (the SW corner). The class will be on the beach in front of this spot.

Please note that this is independent of Special Training. It is likely that we will get wet, wear a bathing suit under your Gi.You will not need any weapons.

Note: The cost for parking is $10.00 per car.

Directions to the Beach from the Dojo

Hope to see you all there.


Dojo Picnic - Aug 16 Permalink (August 2015)

The Dojo Picnic will be on Sunday, Aug 16th at Robert Moses Beach begining at 10:00am.

The picnic will be on the beach at Field 2 in front of the far right corner of the parking lot (SW corner).

Hope to see you all there.


Follow Takahashi Dojo on Twitter Permalink (December 2014)

The Takahashi Dojo is now on twitter!
You can get up to the minute announcements of what's happening at the Dojo by following us.


Iaido comes to the Dojo Permalink (November 2014)

Sensei Takahashi is proud to announce the addition of Iaido training at our Dojo.

The classes are taught by Sensei Art McConnell from the Tozai Sword School on Tuesday nights at 7:15-9:00pm.

Initially, we will concentrate on basics using bokken (with saya) and then move into training with swords.

Note: No "live" blades will be allowed in class. Also, if you purchase a sword on your own, please make sure it is made for Iaido as many decorative blades are not strong enough to stand up to training techniques and may injure you or others.


  • Sensei Takahashi's Students: $15 per class (initiation: 3 classes @ $20 ea.)
  • Outside Martial Arts Students: $20 per class (initiation: 3 classes paid up front)


  • Initially:
    • Bokken with Tsuba (guard).
    • Wooden Sword and Saya (scabbard).
    • Karate Gi
  • Later:
    • Iaito - Katana made for Iaido - Not sharp
    • Hakama and Iaido Gi
    • Knee pads/protectors

Art McConnell, Godan, began training in Shotokan Karate in 1961 and Iaido in 1964. His teachers have included Sensei Slocum, Sensei Miyazaki, and Sensei Takahashi. In 1971 he was privileged to train with Sensei Okano in Hachioji, Japan. Sensei McConnell established the Tozai Sword School in 1971 where he taught both Shotokan Kenkojuku Karate-Do and Iaido. His Iaido teachers included Sensei Slocum, Sensei Otani, Sensei Mitsuzuka, and Sensei Yahagi.

If you have any questions you can contact Sensei McConnell directly. Art McConnell - http://tozaiswordschool.com - 516-707-2051

If you are interested in Iaido training you will need a bokken to start.