Karatedo Honma Dojo is a unique Japanese martial arts school in the heart of New York City. We offer karate training for children and adults.
We are “original” in both senses: something old and something new. We strive to take karate back to its roots as a physical/spiritual art form and lifeway. And we reach forward to embrace human diversity and the challenge of finding strong peace at the center of busy lives. Tradition and innovation come together in our emphasis on self-defense and self-discovery rather than competition; on inner development rather than outward display.
Honma Dojo is an oasis of quiet in a city of distractions. We shout (kiai!) with power—closing the windows so we won’t disturb our neighbors—yet in each vigorous hour here we build, like a muscle, single focus and quiet mind.
Our independent style, rooted in the legacy of Mas Oyama’s Kyokushin and inspired by the teaching of Sensei Nobuyuki Kishi, is the result of Sensei Masahiko Honma’s three decades of personal investigation into the martial arts. As he teaches us, he is constantly learning, and bringing new insights into his instruction.
Karate, like the hub of a wheel, can be approached from many directions, for many reasons. You may come because you are interested in developing physical confidence and street safety; improved fitness, weight control, and health; psychological confidence, courage, and calm; to become part of a positive community; to practice moving and sitting meditation; to learn about Japanese arts, culture, and philosophy. Putting your heart into training, you will find all of these—and something more.
Whether you are seeking an authentic martial arts school in Manhattan for yourself or an after-school karate program for your children, we welcome you and look forward to training together.
Why Choose Honma Dojo?