Welcome to your Dojo
As a member of our dojo family you are now part of a tradition that goes back many many years. We hope you will become an active member of the dojo and we look forward to watching your growth at the dojo.
First and foremost, training at Zanshin Dojo is about development of you as an individual. We understand that people are drawn to martial arts for many reasons and it is our goal as a dojo to see that our training enables you to meet your goals whether they be earning your black belt or just getting in shape and building your confidence.
It can seem like a bit of a foriegn place when you first begin, there's the Japanese counting and the words used in class and the bowing. All may seem a little strange at first. The important thing to remember is that no one expects you to know anything and all that we ask is that you come in with an open mind to the experience. Over time you will begin to see that all the things that seemed a little different to you starts to make sense. It is at this point that maybe the reasons you started training for will have changed and opened up a whole other aspect and dimension to you.
Training at Zanshin Dojo is not all hard serious training, we also have many social events and we hope you will support these events. Every year our group performs at local events, the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in April is a popular one. In the past we have also performed at the Exploratorium and many other San Francisco attractions.
There is also the opportunity for those of you who wish to test your skills and develop your inner competitor by entering martial arts competitions. Each year we train for and compete as a group at bay area Karate tournaments as well as hosting our own spring tournament.
We also host many parties at the dojo, birthday parties, Halloween, Christmas parties, movie nights, and dojo sleepovers for the kids. These are just a few of the get togethers we host.
Ultimately it's all up to you, what you put into it is what you get out of it. If you just want to come in and work out that's fine, or if you want to be an active member of the dojo who helps organize events and help out around the dojo that's great as well.
Just remember it is the journey in martial arts not the destination that's important. We hope you will enjoy your experience with us and make some friends along the way.
640 Stanyan Street
San francisco, CA 94117
Dojo Phone number (415) 221 KICK (5425)
Hours of operation
Generally the dojo is open each week day from around 10:00am on. Sensei and or some students train in the day time either in the form of their own training or private lessons. If you wish to train in the day time you are allowed to with permission from the dojo. During weekend the dojo is open from around 9:00am on Saturdays until about 7:00pm and Sundays based on whether there is events booked at the dojo. The best way is to contact the dojo and see its its available