Two students practicing self-defence blocking in the dojo


Karate is a complete self defense system. Training includes, strikes, throws, joint locks, kicks, grappling, free style sparring, and more. Training is always done with safely at the forefront and within the dynamic range that each individual student is capable of.

Karate simply means “open-hand” (open/kara hand/te). This can refer to the idea of defending oneself without the help of any weapons. It can also refer to the idea of keeping an open spirit and mind, being ready to take on any challenges with clear and considered thinking.


The Dojo welcomes skilled practitioners of other styles and beginners alike. There is a saying that the entire art can be known through a single technique. In that spirit there is only the training. 

Karate is the perfect style for anyone who aims to achieve their truest and best in life. Holistically blending strong and fast techniques with slow and deliberate ones Karate is the meta practice of life itself. 

Sensei teaching kids & parents karate class


Students of all skill levels continually work on foundational skills such as proper stances, blocking and striking techniques.

More advanced students have the opportunity to train with traditional Japanese weapons during kobudo training. Weapons include sai, bo staff, tanbo, tonfa and kama, among others.

Other advanced training includes access to kata from various traditions including shotokan, goju-ryu, shuri-ryu, and more.

6 Benefits of Karate

Mind. Body. Spirit.
Every class contains strengthening exercises, stretching, balance, mental awareness and focus. Beginners can join anytime and students of all levels train together.
This helps to foster a sense of community and support with more experienced students helping the newer members of the Dojo develop their skills.
Self Defence
Increased Confidence
Ability to Focus
Core Strength & Muscle Tone
More Energy

What Our Students are Saying...

Our entire family (two adults, one kid) have been training at the Vancouver Dojo for a couple of years now and we have had a very positive experience.

Alex H.

Tai Chi Student

Sensei Lucas works with each student and helps them discover their own best potential.

Paul B.

Kids & Parents Karate

So thankful for a dojo and community of this caliber on the west side!


Karate, Kids & Parents Karate, Tai Chi Student

Sensei Lucas is a kind, knowledgeable and skilled martial artist and an excellent teacher. He is great with kids, encouraging them to reach new heights of confidence both mentally and physically.

Dave G.

Kids & Parents Karate

I love Vancouver dojo! Sensei Lucas has a really great way of teaching that makes learning martial arts a good mix of fun, but also seriousness.

Matt I.

Tai Chi Student

Flexible Training Schedule

Our Karate classes run three times a week. Come as many times as your schedule allows.

> Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
> Thursdays (Open Dojo) 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
> Saturdays 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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