12:00-1:00 PM Adult Mixed
5:00-6:00 PM Youth Beginner/Yellow Belts
6:15-7:15 PM Youth Intermediate/Advanced
7:30-8:30 PM Adult Mixed
5:00-6:00 PM Youth Beginner/Yellow Belts
6:15-7:15 PM Youth/Adult Mixed
5:00-6:00 PM Youth
5:00-6:00 PM Little Tigers
6:15-7:15 PM Youth Beginner/Intermediate
7:30-8:30 PM Adult Mixed
9:00-9:45 AM Little Tigers (Beginners)
10:00-10:45 AM Little Tigers (Intermediate)
11:00-11:45 AM Yuth/Adult Mixed
12:00-1:00 PM *Blk Belt Club-invitation only

At Midwest Shotokan Karate, we practice the style taught for centuries on the island of Okinawa. Our training methods are composed of three main elements:


Basic training, emphasizing the proper way to stand and breathe, and how to properly use the hands and feet to strike and block opponents. Once a certain amount of basic movements are learned, students begin putting them together in pre-arranged movements called Kata.


The Kata, or "form," is the traditional ritual sequence of motions against attackers. Each of the 26 katas contain a variety of Karate movements, and are an opportunity to learn and practice beginner through advanced Karate techniques. As you progress you will learn to integrate correct breathing, timing, focus, and intensity.


Kumite, or sparring, is the sport aspect of Karate. Advanced students practice free sparring, while beginners and intermediate students practice 3 -and 5 -step sparring. Emphasis is always on proper technique and control. Rigid rules of procedure and etiquette are maintained for safety.



Anthony Desardi-Sensei, has devoted a lifetime to Karate. With extensive background in International Competition, both as athlete and coach, as well as decades of teaching experience, Desardi Sensei has become a highly respected member of the international Karate community.