Sensei Jose Santaella has an immense amount of knowledge, passion, and care for teaching karate. I feel so comfortable as a beginner. I’m really glad I chose this dojo and I am inspired to continue because I’m having fun and working hard.”
At Japan Karate-Do Kogeki of Miami Shores FL we offer a range of martial arts classes for children of all ages, teens and adults with classes for beginners through experts. Our dojo focuses on the traditional Japanese martial arts discipline of Shotokan Karate. Our teaching philosophy allows students to advance at their own pace. We offer optional competition programs that allow students at all levels to compete in tournaments locally, regionally and at a national level.
Shotokan Karate is a karate style taught throughout the world under the supervision of the Japan Karate Association or JKA. The JKA is the largest Karate organization in the world and many consider it to be the most authoritative and highest authority on Karate. While Karate seems to have evolved into a generic term for Asian martial arts, it is really a Japanese term reflecting the origins of Karate as a Japanese (or more specifically, an Okinawan) martial art developed in the late 14th and 15th century.
Our Dojo name Kogeki comes from a Japanese word to attack or cut down and refers to offense and Bobi means defense. The term KoBoIchi or Kogeki means that offence and defense are one. Here is an article that discusses the significance of our Dojo’s name.
This is Sensei Santaella’s story of why he chose to name the Dojo Kogeki:
“In December 1st of 1990 my then Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki and I where invited along with a group of celebrities , athletes and personalities who were invited to a Peace Mission in Baghdad, Iraq. During our visit there was a Karate sparring (kumite) exchange between the National Japan team and me against the National team of Iraq. Sensei Yamazaki, as usual, spoke to the Iraq coach (without my knowledge) and told him I was the USA National Champion. This coach following what Sensei Yamazaki said matched me against the National Champion of Iraq. Well…this guy kicked me in the head with a mawashi geri (a roundhouse kick), so hard that I can still hear the ring in my ear today! Ordinarily, a blow that hard in kumite is forbidden. After that kick, he was history…. I swept, kicked, took down and ﬁnally beat him. Next day, we all where seating, waiting for the parade start outside in one of the sidewalk on the street of Bagdad when suddenly a famous Japanese painter who was traveling with us start drawing in the back of my t-shirt. I also told him to draw it in my passport (that’s the photo you see below). He told my Sensei that, that was my expression in character during my ﬁght the night before. And he called it KOGEKI. That’s why I’ve chose it as the logo of my Dojo. KOGEKI means: attack over the the defense and/or defend while attack.“