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  • Sumo Practice!
    center of gravity is everything in sparring as well as sumo

    The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is considered a gendai budō, which refers to modern Japanese martial art, but the sport has a history spanning many centuries.

    This month, in addition to weapons training, Iwata dojo is hosting sumo practice! The key is to re-connect your awareness to your center of gravity and the distribution of weight. We each have different body types, which give us both advantages and disadvantages. Only through practice in the ring can we discover a way to handle these abilities.

  • Battle on the Boardwalk

    Iwata Dojo will be going to Atlantic City, NJ for IFK’s Battle on the Boardwalk 2 on January 24th-26th. We have fighters ready to compete and we’ll be there in attendance to support our Karate brothers and sisters. If you’re nearby please come and say hello. The event will be held at the Tropicana Hotel and is full of celebrity martial artists and vendors selling martial arts merch and gear. https://www.facebook.com/events/637976560055486/

Karate-Do Iwata Dojo is Japanese Karate which has its roots in Kyokushin Karate (Mas Oyama’s Karate) – full contact style Karate, not a point system. Director of Iwata Dojo, Sensei Hiro Iwata started his Kyokushin Karate training in 1986 in his hometown of Kyoto, Japan. Sensei Iwata moved to New York in 1988 and continued his Karate training in another full contact Karate Dojo. Iwata Dojo was started as a branch Dojo of the organization in 2004, In 2008 Iwata Dojo left the organization and became “Karate-Do Iwata Dojo”.

Though Sensei Iwata appreciates and understands the benefits of the large commercialized Karate organizations for making Karate popular and recognizable, he refused to make a business out of Karate and having his students as customers. Thus he collects just the minimum fee to keep the studio space and teaches out of his passion for Karate. Sensei Iwata sees his students as family members and students also see each other as brothers and sisters.

The symbol of Iwata Dojo is the Iwata family crest.

Our Classes

Iwata Dojo offers 3 classes a week.
Monday 7pm-9pm
Wednesday 7pm-9pm
Friday 7pm-9pm

Instructor

Our instructors are all different, with diverse lives, styles and backgrounds but what is consistent is that all of them are kind, committed and inspirational.

Sensei Iwata started his Karate training in 1986 in his hometown of Kyoto, Japan. When he moved to New York a few years later, Sensei Iwata joined the U.S. Oyama Karate Organization (or, as it was later named, the World Oyama Karate Organization) and started training under Soshu Shigeru Oyama, founder of World Oyama Karate, or “Full Contact” Karate at his dojo. Soon after, he became Soshu’s Uchideshi, or private pupil. After successfully achieving his first black belt, Sensei Iwata became an assistant instructor under Soshu Oyama to further his training. During this time, Sensei Iwata participated in several Ultimate Challenges, Full Contact Knock Down Tournaments, and Semi-Knock Down Tournaments. He retired from tournament fighting in 1992, but continued his Karate training at Soshu’s Dojo for several years thereafter.

In 2004, Sensei Iwata achieved an Instructor’s certificate from World Oyama Karate Organization and began teaching his own Karate course, “Karate for Adults” at the YWCA of Manhattan. Finally, at the beginning of 2005, Sensei Iwata moved to a rental dance studio and started the World Oyama Karate Iwata Dojo.

On January 15th 2008, after a 20 year association, Sensei Iwata left the World Oyama Karate Organization and simply named his Dojo, Karate-do Iwata Dojo and using his family crest as Iwata Dojo’s crest.

Our instructors are all different, with diverse lives, styles and backgrounds but what is consistent is that all of them are kind, committed and inspirational.

Basic Membership

$125 / month

Unlimited Classes 1 month

3 Month Membership

$115 / month

Unlimited 3 mos.

6 Month Membership

$100 / month

Unlimited 6 mos.

Iwata Dojo

Monday

7pm-9pm

Wednesday

7pm-9pm

Friday

7pm-9pm