A Dojo For You and Your Family
    Self-Control     •     Confidence     •     Focus & Strength     •     Self-Defense    
Adult class
Bassai Dai
Bassai Dai
Belt presentation
Belt presentation
Marching Basics
Junior Class Kata
Sensei Mike
Cardio Exercises
Life-long fitness Flexible class schedule No long-term contracts Age ranges from 5 to 60+
Fosters Life-Long Fitness
For Your Brain & Body
Flexible Class Schedules
5 Days a Week
No Long-Term
Contracts Required
Current Student Age
Ranges from 5 to 60+
You will not see little kids with black belts here. We promote a focus on long-term goals and a strong work ethic. Our self-defense curriculum includes strategies for defusing a situation as well as handling a physical confrontation.

Due to COVID-19, there have been many changes to the program. Please visit our Facebook page for the latest updates regarding our classes.

Start of Summer Semester
Classes will be held inside the large gym at the Borchard Center.
All Ventura County and California State safety protocals will be followed.
Gichin Funakoshi
Gichin Funakoshi
Founder of Shotokan Karate
Real authentic Karate for children, teens, and adults

Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese style that is practiced all over the world. Its founder, Gichin Funakoshi, blended two styles of martial arts he learned as a boy on Okinawa into what is now called Shotokan Karate.

Shotokan is considered a hard style of Karate due to its powerful kicks, strong linear techniques, and low rooted stances. The emphasis is on building a strong character as well as conditioning the body. Karate training offers many benefits to students of all ages and can be practiced by anyone with no special equipment.

Sensei Mike
Sensei Mike Szydlowski

Sensei Mike Szydlowski began training in karate with Shihan Ed Hamile, of the West Coast Shotokan Karate Association. He subsequently became affiliated with the ISKF and currently trains under Sensei James Field.

He began teaching in Newbury Park and Calabasas in the 1990s, and opened his own private dojo in 2003. In 2001, he was honored with the P.T.A. Honorary Service Award, for his dedicated service to the children of Newbury Park. Sensei Szydlowski has trained generations of students, including national champions, and has worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement on child safety issues.

Class Descriptions
Pre-Karate (Ages 4 & 5 Years)

Age appropriate curriculum that develops strength, coordination and balance.
Self-control is highly encouraged.

Kids Beginner (Ages 6-12)

A formal Karate class that introduces blocks, strikes and stances.
Develops body strength, coordination, and timing.

Teens (Ages 13 & Up)

A formal program with additional strategies to deal with the challenging aspects facing teens.
Self-defense is highly stressed.


A formal Karate program emphasizing traditional Karate with self-defense applications. We have students in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who train consistently. Some people feel that after a certain age you can no longer train in Karate (this may be true at some other schools), but we help develop both the mind and body.

Many of our exercises have been proven to provide health benefits, such as offsetting Alzheimer's disease. Our training regimen is adjusted to best fit our students' needs, and the rewards will be different for everyone.

Class Schedules
Monday/Wednesday Tuesday/Thursday
4:00-5:00 PM White, Yellow, Orange Belts 4:00-5:00 PM White, Yellow, Orange Belts
5:00-6:00 PM Martial Arts Circuit Training* 5:00-6:00 PM Green, Blue, Junior Purple Belts
6:00-7:00 PM Brown, Black Belts
7:00-8:00 PM Adults All Levels

*For ages 6 and up, enrollment is limited to 10 students. Specifically designed for active children. Not a formal martial arts program; uniforms, belts, etc. are not required. For COVID-19 measures, each student is required to use their own hand guards/gloves (available for sale: $15).

All trainings are held inside large gym at Borchard, with safe distancing and masks.

Borchard Community Center

190 Reino Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320


Telephone: (805) 381-2791