Shidokan Karate @ JCC Rockland

Shidokan Karate @ JCC Rockland

Shidokan Rockland is proud to be celebrating our first anniversary as part of the JCC Rockland family. Please come by and visit our beautiful dojo on the second floor, observe on of our exciting classes and talk to one of our instructors about how our traditional style of Okinawan Karate can benefit you and your family. Shidokan Karate’s philosophy is friendship, cooperation and learning. Please contact us to try a class anytime and see how self defense, fun and knowledge go hand in hand with getting in shape.

  • Little Dragons (children 3 1/2-5 years)
  • Kids (kindergarten – 10 years)
  • Teens (10-14 years)
  • Adult (14 years +)

Please note students may be placed in different class based on skill rather than age at the discretion of the instructors.


Little Dragons $70/month
Kids/Teens/Adults $110/month
Registration form

Karate is a 10 month contract program September – June. A minimum of a JCC Rockland Family Community Membership is required for participation in this program.
Little Dragons

Sunday 9:15-10:00am or
Thursdays 10:15-11:00am
(choose 1)


(5-10 years)
Sundays 12:30-1:15pm
Mondays 5:15-6:00pm
Thursdays 5:15-6:00pm
(choose 2)


(10-14 years)
Mondays 7:15-8:00pm
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm
(choose 2)


(14 years +)
Sundays 10:00-11:30am
Mondays 8:00-9:30pm
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm
Thursday 8:00-9:30pm
(choose 2)

Shidokan Rockland Karate at JCC Rockland


Why Karate?

Regular karate practice offers many healthful benefits

  • Increased focus, mental concentration and energy
  • Ability to handle stress more effectively
  • Strength, balance, flexibility and coordination
  • Patience and self-confidence

What we do:

Shido-kan karate-do teaches self-defense through the practice of:

  • Kata – individually performed sequences that combine a variety of kicking, punching and blocking techniques.
  • Kumite – two-person exercises for practicing basic punching, kicking and blocking movement as well as prearranged, controlled drills that also include a variety of throwing techniques.
  • Bunkai – applications of the kata forms practiced in a group of four to five people.

Progressively more complex kata, kumite and bunkai are taught as a student advances through the belt levels.

Each training session includes warm-ups, stretching and conditioning.


People of all ages and levels of physical conditioning can practice Shido-kan karate. Learning is step-by-step and tailored to each individual’s ability and needs. (If there are any concerns about personal physical restrictions, please feel free to discuss them in private with the instructors.) All students, from the smallest child to the eldest adult, progress at their own pace. Belts and rank are earned by demonstrating proficiency of the techniques needed for each level, attending the number of classes required, and having a respectful attitude. Attendance is twice a week for kids, teens and adults with one day reserved for a make-up class. For children ages 3-5, class is once a week with one day reserved for a make-up class. Students will select at registration their regular class days.

About the instructors

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz, Chief Instructor
  • Training since 1973
  • Tested for current rank 8th Dan (8th Degree Black Belt) July of 2016
  • Holds a master instructor’s rank of Kyoshi and is a Shibu Dojo (direct affiliate) member of Beikoku Shido-kan Association, Lansing, Michigan, headed by Seikichi Iha, Hanshi, 10th Dan
  • Senior ranking female in the Beikoku Shido-Kan Association
  • Opened Okinawan Karate in 1987
Larry Schwartz

Larry Schwartz, Instructor
  • Training since 1973
  • Tested for current rank 8th Dan (8th Degree Black Belt) July of 2011
  • Holds a master instructor’s rank of Kyoshi
  • Voting member of Beikou Shido-kan Association testing and promotion board

Ellen Davies

Ellen Davies
  • Training since September of 2004
  • Tested for current rank of 2nd Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) July of 2012
  • Little Dragons instructor since 2013
  • Kids instructor since 2012
  • AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor since 1994
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer since 2009
Zack Pizza

Zach Pizza
  • Training since 1994 at age 5
  • Tested for current rank 4th Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) July of 2016
  • Kids and Teen instructor since 2007

Jocelyn Beckman
  • Training since May 1998
  • Tested for current rank of 4th Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) November 2012
  • Little Dragons instructor since 2007
  • Kids and Adult class instructor since 2008


The North American Beikoku Shido-kan Association:

Shido-kan Karate at JCC Rockland, taught by chief instructor Lisa Schwartz and instructor Larry Schwartz, is a shibu dojo member of The North American Beikoku Shido-kan Association. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan USA, the association is overseen by Seikichi Iha, Hanshi 10th Dan, Sensei Lisa and Larry’s instructor. Iha Sensei’s often-stated goal is the continuous promotion of friendship and cooperation among all students of karate-do. Only through this, can one truly practice and grow. The association encompasses active members training in over thirty affiliated dojos located throughout North America in Alaska, California, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington D.C., Ontario Canada as well as Australia and Israel.

History of Karate-do:

Okinawa is the birthplace of the art of Karate-do (“empty hand way”)—a cultural treasure and verbal tradition that has spread throughout the world and is practiced by millions. Shido-kan Karate is a branch of one of the original Karate systems, Shorin-ryu. Its lineage can be mapped as far back as the mid-1400s when commerce between Okinawa and China flourished. Okinawan “te” practitioners learned and incorporated techniques from Chinese and other South East Asian fighting arts. When the use of weapons was banned, Karate became a secret for 250 years, taught only to ruling members of the “Samurai” class. Shido-kan Karate is a traditional Okinawan style. It is for self-defense and used only when necessary.

At its heart are peace, harmony, and respect for others. Shido-kan’s basic principles are friendship, cooperation and learning. Students learn self-control and self-discipline which is essential for self-defense. From kids to adults, they must learn to work with a variety of partners, memorize kata (prearranged fighting without an opponent), and show respect for others in order to advance in their studies and skills. Participation in competitive events is not emphasized.

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