Karate at NWSMA

About Karate

Karate is a Japanese martial art that utilizes lots of hand techniques. In Seito Shito-ryu Karate, you will learn stances, striking, blocking, kicking, self-defense, partner drills, sparring, and lots and lots of forms.

Brief History

Shito-ryu Karate is one of the major styles of karate taught in Japan. It is a style that takes its techniques from two other styles of karate: Shotokan-ryu and Goju-ryu. Shotokan is a hard-and-fast style that emphasizes precision and perfection. Goju is a softer style that emphasizes breathing and circular, flowing movements. Goju resembles Kung-Fu and is descended from the White Crane lineage. Combine these two styles, and you get Shito-ryu. “Seito” means orthodox–there are several branches of Shito-ryu, and Seito is one of them.


Sensei Eastbury is a 3rd degree in Seito Shito-ryu. She and the other black belts have trained with both Shotokan and Goju masters to enhance their understanding of Seito Shito-ryu.

Stanwood Karate students
Here, students go through a basic karate form (pattern of moves) in class.
Stanwood Karate students
Sempai Jasmine uses a punch to break a board. All breaking is closely supervised, takes place at special seminars and tests for high-ranking students. We have age limits on certain techniques to prevent injury. Please don’t try this at home!
Stanwood Karate student
One of our Stanwood karate students performs an advanced level form at a tournament.