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.

Summer Special - Get ready for the Summer Season 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.

Special Return-to-the-Dojo Classes Starting Now! - Haven't been to the Dojo in a while? Then our new 6:15pm Thursday night refresher class is for you. Brush up on your Kata in a low pressure environment with personalized attention. 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

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.