Hombu Dojo

Karate Training during Phase 2 of COVID-19 for Sato Ha BC

Can I come back to training ?

YES, if you are between the ages of 18-70 or if you have been specifically invited by the Dojo.

NO, if you have had any of these symptoms recently: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore throat, Loss of ability to smell, unusual Headaches or body aches, or a “Cold” like illness.

NO, if anyone in your home has a recent illness ( see symptoms above)

NO, if anyone in your home is self isolating due to recent exposure to COVID 19 or a positive COVID test.

WHEN does training start?

The dojo will get in touch with you by email. You may be requested to “reserve” a spot on specific training days. Please only sign up for spots that you will attend so that everyone can be accommodated.

HOW do I prepare for class?

  • It is best to get changed into and out of your GI at home and not at the dojo.
  • Bring your own water bottle and your own towel if you require it.
  • Keep all personal items in a closed bag and keep all personal possessions at least 1 foot from anyone else’s.
  • DO NOT share equipment such as gloves with anyone outside your own household.
  • DO NOT bring any unnecessary equipment with you.
  • WASH HANDS with soap and water or approved sanitizer before training and after training

Should a mask be worn?

Wearing a mask or face covering is at the discretion of each participant.

HOW is the dojo preparing for class?

We are preparing by:

  • Controlling numbers of participants (no casual drop in) and documenting attendance.
  • Controlling position and spacing of participants.
  • Providing hand wash or hand sanitizing facilities for members
  • Controlling entry and exit to avoid close spacing of participants
  • Cleaning floors, railings, doorknobs, sinks, countertops and other high traffic surfaces between sessions.

Chief Instructor Akira Sato, 9th Dan

The headquarters and main training hall (Hombu Dojo) for the B.C. Shito-Ryu SatoKai Association are located in Vancouver at the Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash Street.

Expert Instruction

This is the home dojo for the International Satokai chief instructor, Akira Sato, 9th Dan.

Sensei Sato has travelled to 41 countries for workshops and tournaments.

Sensei Sato and a team of experienced black belt instructors provide classes at all levels for both adults and children. Students very quickly master the skills necessary to advance through the various levels. Many Vancouver Shito-Ryu students excel in local, national and international tournaments.

Convenient Training Hours

Children’s Classes

Little Samurai Play to Learn (3 month session, July-Oct 2021)
Saturday: 10:15 am – 11 am (in-person)
Learn to Develop:
Monday, Wednesday: 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm (Zoom)
Saturday: 11:15 – 12:15 (in-person) or 10:30 – 11:15 (Zoom)

Vancouver Shito-Ryu provides specialized advice on dealing with and preventing bullying amongst children.

Adult classes

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Zoom)
Saturday: 10:30am – 12:30pm (Zoom)

No Contracts to Sign

There are no contracts to sign, and your first class is free with no obligation to join or sign up for other classes. Multi-month packages are also available. Students will be required to become members of Karate BC and the Satokai Organization. Annual fees for membership in these organizations are modest and are based on the student’s belt rank. It should be noted that, amongst other things, Karate BC provides insurance. Please contact info@shitoryu.net for details on training fees.


Shito-Ryu is one of the four major styles of Japan. Shito-Ryu Satokai remains true to the classical karate of feudal Okinawa. It combines two of the great traditions of karate – Shuri-te and Naha-te – and in Japan is considered to be the foremost at teaching kata – a series of offensive and defensive moves for dealing with multiple opponents. Although solidly rooted in centuries of tradition, Shito-Ryu also incorporates the modern discipline of sport karate.