Welcome to International Shotokan Karate Federation Santa Monica
ISKF Santa Monica

Welcome to ISKF Santa Monica

We are a fully-accredited traditional martial arts dojo, teaching Shotokan karate to men, women and children for over 35 years under Sensei James Field, an 8th-degree black belt.

Karate is a weaponless system of self-defense, which is also an excellent all-around fitness regimen, exercising 90% of the body's muscles in a combination of aerobic and anaerobic workouts. It also develops mental concentration and strong spirit. The ultimate goal: development of character.

Why choose us? Compare these features to other schools:

Worldwide Affiliation

Travel? Move often? The ISKF (International Shotokan Karate Federation), one of the most-respected Shotokan karate organizations in the world, is found in over 40 countries and throughout the United States. Training and testing are standardized. Ranks earned in the ISKF are recognized throughout the worldwide organization. Books and videos are available to help supplement practice. (We are the U.S. Southwest regional headquarters of the ISKF.)

Quality Instruction

Mr. James Field is one of the top-ranked instructors in the world. An eighth degree black belt—within the ISKF, he is one of only four men with this rank in North, South, and Central America. He is an officer within the ISKF, the Co-Vice Chairman of the ISKF Technical Committee and Director of the ISKF US Southwest region. A certified instructor, Mr. Field is one of the first American graduates of the rigorous instructor training program. He has trained champions and has himself been a national and international champion many times.

Unlike other schools, most classes are taught by the chief instructor. No class is ever taught by anyone under the rank of Shodan.

Amount of Classes

We hold morning and evening classes for adults, and afternoon classes for children, 6 to 7 days a week. Training is unlimited—that is, you may participate in as many general classes as you wish. Facility includes showers. Student and family discounts are available.

Special Trainings

Special seminars, intensive training camps and special interest classes are available to members periodically throughout the year, as well as a national newsletter.


There are no contracts to sign.