​​​Canon City, Colorado
​Canon City's ​ONLY Traditional Japanese Karate Dojo
​serving our community since 1996

​​​​Canon City, nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, is the home of Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.
​We are a traditional karate dojo teaching the Japanese art of Seito Shito-Ryu. Founded by Master Kenwa Mabuni in 1929, Shito-Ryu is one of the four major styles of karate still taught in Japan today. Mabuni was descended from the "Bushi" or Warrior Class on the island of Okinawa and blended a hard style he learned from Master Higaonna with a soft style  he learned from Master Itosu to create Shito-Ryu, a style uniquely different from any other.
​"Traditional" means that we teach a philosophy and a life style - not just how to kick and punch. The "Do" in Karate-Do is the Japanese word for "Way" or "Path"  Shito-Ryu is a great style for exercise, physical fitness and self-defense but because it is NOT JUST KARATE it teaches so much more.
​All of the instructors and black belts at Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu are tested by a panel of Shihan (Masters) and their rank is registered internationally through the Shito-Ryu International Karate Do Kai
Our Lineage
  1. Mabuni Kenwa
    Founder of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do
  2. Mabuni Kenzo
    Founder and Soke of Seito Shito-Ryu Karate-Do May 30th 1927 - June 26th 2005
  3. Mabuni Tsukasa
    3rd and present soke.
  4. John Bartholomay Shihan
    Hanshi Seito Shito Ryu
  5. Jim White Sensei
    Yondan Seito Shito-Ryu , Chief Instructor at Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate-Do and founder of Defeat the Darkness Women's Self Defense Courses and Seminars
Traditional Karate
Rocky Mountain Shito-Ryu Karate-Do offers martial arts classes for everyone of all ages and genders. Traditional karate teaches discipline, self-control, honor, respect, self-esteem, and many other positive benifits. In a time when there is so much negativity in the world, we CHOOSE TO BE DIFFERENT.