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Why do we do it?

By Jason Stanley, Sensei.

The year was 1988. 

It was 5:30pm like on any regular old Saturday in May. Nothing particular about it.

Yet this would be a day that would change my life forever.

I stood on the subway platform waiting.

With a gush of wind and a rumble from the darkness the train emerged. As I opened the doors two young thugs were beating an older man senseless. I can still hear the sickening thuds of their blows as he lay helpless.

I wanted to do something but what could a scrawny 16 year old kid do against two bigger, stronger assailants? I was terrified.

It was that day I decided I would never be a victim like that...

Enter karate training...

Within a few weeks I had found a dojo and started a life-long journey.

For nearly 15 years Blackburn Karate in Melbourne, Australia was my home. I trained up to 6 days a week, always pushing myself to be better. I earned my black belt in September 1993 and competed for 15 years placing amongst Australia's top competitive fighters, and became a 2 time international medalist.

In 2001 I married Christina and we moved to California...

California Shitoryu Karate
was born..

From very humble beginnings at the Lake Elsinore Community Center we quickly became Lake Elsinore's only full-time, professional karate dojo. Now with 3 senior instructors and 8 assistant instructors, we now teach 1,100 classes per year.


California Shito-Ryu Karate
32235 Mission Trail, B1
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530


Phone:  (951) 638 3656                     
That's (951) 638 DOJO

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