A Thousand Years of Karate
Yoseikan Hombu Dojo

by Jim Sorrell

You look up and down the quiet neighborhood of two-story houses in south Covington, Kentucky and wonder if you missed the address. The high wooded fence prevents your gaze of what lies beyond, yet a sign hanging from the oriental portal informs you this is the Headquarters of the United States Chito-ryu Karate Federation. The strands of a Hombu front gardenHombu front entranceJapanese samisen and a female voice beckon you to enter; you do so in wonder.

You are facing a gravel path. A few steps away a tiny walk bridge. A stream of recycled water drops from a tiny waterfall to your left and empties into a pool to your right, To your left side is a sliding door with the lettering "Zen center". Before you is a Japanese temple with sliding door, overhanging coves, and paper lanterns. Pine and a willow give shade. A Buddha niche in one side wall, stone dragons, and other curious artifacts cause you to marvel that you are standing in Japan, with America outside the fence. Students who pass you smile and welcome you to the Yoseikan.

The Yoseikan is Headquarters of the United States Chito-ryu style of Karate. The building also serves as a Buddhist temple. Inside are offices, meeting rooms, a kitchen, and a main and secondary training deck, as well as a Buddhist sanctuary. The Yoseikan was a dream of William J. Dometrich since 1954 . The school was founded in 1961 and given the name of Yoseikan in 1967 by Dr. Chitose (O-Sensei) at which time he appointed it "The sole headquarters for Chito-ryu in the United States" .


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Classes at the Yoseikan are taught on Tuesday and Thursdays mornings from 10:30 A.M until 12:00 noon and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday classes are from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and the first Saturday of each month Black Belt training takes place from 1:00 p.m.until 3:00 p.m.


Special classes and clinics are also scheduled throughout the year, classes are taught to children starting at 9 years of age. The oldest adult at the Yoseikan actively training is 72 years young. The Yoseikan has been in continuous operation since 1961, has no contracts, and is a member of the Amateur Athletic Union and the American Karate Federation. At the Yoseikan we teach karate for physical fitness, weight control, self awareness, stress reduction, self defense and sport competition. If you are in the neighborhood stop by and visit, our address is:

22 Martin St, Covington, KY. USA 41011, phone number is 859-291-7232. We are very fortunate to have William J. Dometrich, Hanshi as our Founder and Chief Instructor.

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