Photos from the 2016 Karate For Life Tournament in St.Louis.

Photos from the 2016 Karate For Life Tournament in St.Louis.

Photos from the 2016 Karate For Life Tournament in St.Louis.

Photos from the 2016 Karate For Life Tournament in St.Louis.

Photos from the 2016 Karate For Life Tournament in St.Louis.

Photos from the 2016 Karate For Life Tournament in St.Louis.

Welcome to Kaizen Shotokan Karate

Training in karate teaches us not only self-defense but, to respect others as well as ourselves. We train our body to be strong, and our mind and spirit to be patient, in order to become the best human beings we can be. Karate is a spiritual endeavor, a way to develop a person as an individual.

Everything we learn in the dojo, or training hall, should be applied to everyday life. Karate training is not always easy. Often times it can be very difficult and demanding. This is also true of life. If we can overcome obstacles in our training, it enables us to have strong character to do the same in our everyday lives.

Why Kaizen? 

Kaizen (Japanese for "improvement" or "change for the better") refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement. In Japan, Kaizen is a system of improvement that includes both home and business life. It even includes social activities and is a concept that is applied in every aspect of a person's life.

Independent Traditional Karate Organization

The Independent Traditional Karate Organization was founded to provide the opportunity for karate practitioners to network and train in a non-political environment while maintaining individual schools autonomy, promoting the ideals of the dojo kun, and furthering the growth of Shotokan Karate.

There are no yearly dojo fees, member fees, renewals, or mandatory paid seminars to be a member of the ITKO.

It is the intent of the organization to allow a universal common growth for Shotokan karate practitioners to exchange knowledge and provide information and training opportunities.