Utah Shorin Kai 

Traditional Martial Arts

Utah Shorin Kai is one of Utah's oldest and most established martial arts dojos.  As students of Shorin Ryu Karate, we teach traditional karate, kobudo and kumite.

Traditional Martial Arts

What We Do


Kata (literally "dance or form") is a pattern of martial arts movements typically practiced alone.  They are practiced as a way to memorize and perfect striking and blocking movements.


Kobudo ("ancient way") is the practice of using weapons for self-defense purposes.  Weapons include:

  • Bo (fighting staff)
  • Nunchaku
  • Tonfa (side handles baton)
  • Sai (trident sword)


Kumite (literally "grappling hands") is the practice of free sparring.  In Kumite, you develop fighting skills by sparring with other opponents in a competitive but safe setting using protective gear and pulling punches to avoid injury.


Kihon ("basic or fundamental") refers to the foundational aspects of karate, including blocking, striking, footwork (stances) designed to teach and perfect an individual's training.


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Traditional Okinawan Karate

Okinawan karate is a martial art developed over centuries in the Ryukyu islands of present-day Japan.  It is focused on strong stances and direct, powerful striking and blocking techniques.