Shotokan karate is a traditional Japanese style of martial art originating in Okinawa, founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi.
Indiana ISKF is an amateur non-profit sports club association (part of West District YMCA Karate program) dedicated to the practice of traditional Japanese karate. The basic objective is to provide its members a means of developing and strengthening both physically and mentally. Indiana ISKF adheres to the same high standards and principles set forth by Master Gichin Funakoshi to attain this goal.  The guiding principles of Master Funakoshi; Character, Sincerity, Effort, Etiquette, and Self-Control.

Indiana ISKF is a member club of the I.S.K.F. Mid-America Region which is affiliated with the International Shotokan Karate Federation (I.S.K.F.). All testing is by qualified examiners of the ISKF. All instructors volunteer their time in teaching karate.  

[ Message from Chief Instructor / Sensei - Dr. Martin Vaughan ]

Dear Parents/Students,

Welcome to the West District YMCA Karate program. My goal for this class is for the students to learn some basic karate skills while having fun and building many aspects of physical fitness.

The instruction will be professional and easy to understand. I teach biology, anatomy, and physiology at IUPUI and I have taught karate for 30 years. I am a 6th degree black belt of the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) a graduate of the ISKF instructor-training program. I am also a personal trainer certified by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Reasearch of Dallas, TX. I will be assisted in the class by Richard Merrifield. Rich has been with me for three years, but has an extensive martial arts background. Also assisting me is one of my first students in this program, Sam Utley. Sam, who is a 2nd degree black belt, has been with me for five years and has helped me teach for three years.

The emphasis of the class will be on safe and effective methods of teaching karate techniques and physical fitness. With Consistent practice, students will develop physically (strength, coordination, agility) and metally (concentration, awareness).

PRACTICES; The class will begin promptly (6:35 pm for Karate Kids I and 7:25 pm for Karate Kids II and Adults). Please make every effort to be on time. If you are late, please join the class with as little disruption as possible.

DRESS; Students should wear loose fitting workout clothing. I will order uniforms (karategi or gi) in the next week or so. The cost is $20.00. It is not necessary to buy a uniform to participate in the class. However, if you wear uniform it should be a plain white uniform. No jewelry should be worn in class.

RANK; Student may be eligible to participate in a rank promotion exam at the end of the session. I am a qualified examiner of the ISKF and the exam will be given by me at this (Ben Davis HS) location. There is an additional fee for the exam and individual registration.

Participation in Karate training should teach students more than kicking and punching. The students should learn values that will shape the development of their character as they participate. This YMCA program emphasizes this character building aspect of karate training in the following five principles; character, sincerity, effort, courtesy, and self-control.

It is my hope that my students will realize all the physical and mental benefits that karate training has to offer and enjoy these benefits for many years to come.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Martin Vaughan, Sensei - Chief Instructor
Indiana ISKF / West Distric YMCA Karate
Ph: 317-839-1401

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[ 2012 Class Time & Fee Schedule ]


Karate Kids I (grades 1-3) 6:35-7:15pm
Karate Kids II (grades 4-7) 7:25-8:30pm
Adult Karate (ages 13 & up) 7:25-8:30pm


$40 per participant per month.
Classes are held at Ben Davis High School. Enter door #5.

[ Instructors ]

Chief Instructor / Sensei - Martin Vaughan, Rokudan

Sempai - Joji Ishikawa, Nidan
Sempai - Sam Utley, Nidan
Sempai - Carla Matlock Killion, Shodan
[ Club Officers ]
President - Joji Ishikawa
Secretary - Carla Matlock Killion

Kyu Ranks & Belt Colors ]

10 kyu, novice --- White belt
9 kyu --- White
8 kyu --- Yellow
7 kyu --- Orange
6 kyu --- Green
5 kyu --- Purple
4 kyu --- Purple
3 kyu --- Brown
2 kyu --- Brown
1 kyu --- Brown
Shodan --- Black

Indiana ISKF
Web Admin:  Joji Ishikawa  indianaiskf@gmail.com
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