LOS GATOS DOJO
Our classes are designed to provide in-depth training in Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate.
All Students: Tuesday - Thursday 6:15 - 8:15pm, Saturday 8:00 - 10:00am
Youth ( 5 - 8): Monday & Wednesday 4:00 - 4:45pm
Teen/Pre-Teen (9 - 18): Tuesday & Thursday 3:45 - 5:15pm
Brown Belt/Black Belt Weapons: Saturday 10:00 - 10:30am
Additional Classes starting August 5, 2013
Youth ( 5 - 8): Tuesday & Thursday 5:15 - 6:00pm
Teen/Pre-Teen (9 - 18): Monday & Wednesday 4:45 - 6:15pm, Saturday 10:30 - Noon
Adult/Combined classes consist of 2 fifty five minute sections.
The first section consists of:
1. Foundation exercises, consisting of various blocks, kicks and punches, practiced walking across the training area.
Techniques are practiced in alternating sets of 10. The first 10 are practiced with low intensity to work on gaining
technical proficiency. The next 10 repetitions are practiced with high intensity to develop power, strength and
endurance. This sequence is repeated before moving to the next technique.
2. Repetition exercises. The various techniques learned are practiced in sets of 100 to develop precision, strength,
endurance and determination.
The second section consists of:
1. Kata - Kata are choreographed series of techniques designed to both teach defense against multiple opponents and
develop mental clarity. Example of first kata. Example of first kata with attackers.
2. Learning the application of techniques learned in practice with one or more fellow students providing attacks.
Teen and Pre-Teen classes follow a similar format, but have 2 forty five minute sections.
Youth (ages 5 - 8) classes are 45 minutes long.
The Head Instructor
The owner/instructor is Phil Kromka, B.A., M.A. 6th Degree Black Belt, Senior Instructor for the World Matsubayashi-
Ryu Karate-Do Association, Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Phil holds a B.A. in Theoretical Mathematics and an M.A. in
Counseling Psychology. He has practiced and taught karate for more than 45 years.
Excellence in Instruction
Phil worked 8 years for Tandem Computers as an Advisory Technical Instructor/Course developer. He has applied the
knowledge gained there to develop an in-depth educational program for his karate students. As validation of this, a large
percentage of his current students are college graduates holding advanced degrees.
Phil has worked as a consultant to companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, Korean Stock
Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, American Express, A.G. Edwards, Bank One and many more. He applies this
same high degree of professionalism to his work teaching karate.
High-Tech Learning Tools Bring Karate Training into the 21st Century
Instructional videos will be available on the business web-site. This will serve to re-enforce lessons learned in class. It will
allow students to review and perfect their execution remotely.
Students’ performances will be periodically recorded and jointly reviewed in slow motion to help students become aware of
and correct flaws in their practice.
Guest Visits by Okinawan Masters
Los Gatos students will have the opportunity to train with the head of our association, Takayoshi Nagamine 10th Degree
Black Belt and other masters of our style who visit association schools from time-to-time to conduct special clinics.
Welcome to Train at Association Schools
Many of us travel for work or other reasons. As members of a world wide association, Los Gatos students will be welcome
to practice at association schools without charge.