About Our Dojo
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Roberts Karate is owned and operated by Sensei Rick Roberts, a 7th Degree Black Belt with over 30 years of study who holds the title of Kyoshi.  Since 1988, our dojo has taught top-quality Okinawan Karate-do to students of all ages.  In those years, we have taken 40 students to Yudansha - the Black Belt level, resulting in an exceptionally knowledgeable and skillful group of instructors in this ancient fighting system.

Roberts Karate is a member dojo in good standing of the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kyokai, headquartered in Naha City, Okinawa.  Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan is presided over by one of the most influential living Okinawan Karate Grandmasters - Hanshi Shugoro Nakazato.

Our students range in age from 4 to 55+.  Because no two students are alike, every student brings a unique set of skills and abilities to the dojo.  Each student is driven towards being the best they can be, and constantly strive to “raise the bar” on their quality as both a student of the martial arts, and as a human being.

Roberts Karate is a family-oriented dojo with classes for children, teens and adults.  Our training is focused and serious, however, we maintain a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere for all.  Our fees are reasonable and family discounts are available.  We welcome new students at any time throughout the year.

Roberts Karate was among the first dojos in Guelph to have an online presence.  We have been on the world wide web since 1997!

2013 marks 25 strong years of Roberts Karate.  Roberts Karate is honoured to have been an institution within the Guelph community for a quarter century.

In July 2014, Kyoshi Rick Roberts made the decision to step back from operating the business aspect of Roberts Karate after 26 years, and sold the business to Sensei Sandy Koch, 4th Dan of Sanshin Karate in Guelph, as of July 1st, 2014.  Roberts Karate will continue to exist under Sensei Sandy at its present location.  Kyoshi Roberts will continue to teach at Roberts Karate and consult as the senior Shorinkan karate Instructor to the other Dojos in Ontario.

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Disclaimer:  Effective July 2014, this website presents the 26 year original history of Roberts Karate.
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