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.
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No Classes
Spring Break
Advanced Kata Class (Brown & Black Belts Only)
Advanced Kata Class (Brown & Black Belts Only)
No Classes
Memorial Day Weekend
No Classes
Memorial Day Weekend
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Testing in Newbury Park
Testing in Thousand Oaks with Sensei Field
Last Day of Semester
First Day of Summer Semester
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 clhallenging 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 Saturday
4:00-4:30 PM Pre-Karate 4:00-4:30 PM Pre-Karate 9:00-10:00 AM White - Blue Belt Juniors
4:30-5:30 PM White, Yellow, Orange Belts 4:30-5:30 PM White, Yellow, Orange Belts 10:00-11:30 AM* Purple - Black Belt Juniors & Adults All Levels
5:30-6:30 PM Green, Blue, Junior Purple Belts 5:30-6:30 PM Green, Blue, Junior Purple Belts 10:00-11:00 AM*** Adult Beginners
5:30-6:30 PM White, Yellow, Orange Belts 6:30-7:30 PM Purple, Brown, Black Belts
6:30-8:00 PM* ** Purple, Brown, Black Belts 7:30-9:00 PM* Adults All Levels
6:30-7:30 PM*** Adult Beginners

Please note: Upper belt junior students (purple, brown and black belts) may also attend the green and blue belt classes.

*Class duration is slightly longer than what is shown on the registration page but please follow the above schedule.

**The more advanced students (2nd kyu and above) are welcome to train. Tuition will be pro-rated depending on whether you are adding one or two more days to your training schedule. (Saturdays are already included in the T/Th/Sat classes.)

***Newly added, taught by Senpai Brenda. No uniforms or equipment necessary.

Borchard Community Center

190 Reino Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320


Telephone: (805) 509-4709