Foothill Shotokan Karate-do was founded in 1987 by Bob Root and Dave Rose. They began training with SKA in 1980. Bob and Dave are third degree black belt instructors (sandan). Dave is retired from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and continues to teach self defense courses for law enforcement agencies. Currently, Michael Sipe is the dojo leader.
Our members enjoy a direct link to ancient masters of martial arts through Mr. Ohshima and his direct instructor, Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate.
We strive to strengthen body, mind and spirit, perfect character, and faithfully transmit the art to future generations.
Karate can be practiced by everyone at any age for self-defense, to strengthen the entire body, improve balance, efficiency of movement, breathing and overall health. No special equipment is needed.
Karate helps to strengthen the mind, develop courage, fortitude, and the ability to achieve goals.
Karate practice emphasizes spiritual values of courtesy, integrity, humility, justice, honor, and self-control.
The study of karate benefits the student in all areas of their life.
We are so glad that you are interested in joining Foothill Shotokan Karate Dojo.
Joining is easy – visit any of our practices! There is no charge to observe or to practice with us once or twice. Detailed information for Foothill Shotokan practices is on this website under the heading “About Practice“.
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.” – Master Gichin Funakoshi