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Since 1994, Traditional Karate Center has been providing instruction in Karate and the martial arts in Matawan, New Jersey and formerly in Staten Island, New York.

We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.

We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.

The ABCs of Why to Choose TKC?

"Karate training offers something for everyone."
Goshi Yamaguchi - IKGA Grandmaster


  1. AUTHENTICITY: TKC offers authentic Goju Karate by instructors trained and/or certified by IKGA Hombu (headquarters) in Tokyo, Japan.

  2. BROTHERHOOD: TKC is an open, inclusive, family-friendly environment open to all persons without prejudice. IKGA organization is like a global karate "family" with branches in 60+ countries.

  3. CHAMPIONS: Shihan Michael Buttermark is a World, National and Military Karate Champion. TKC is the only New Jersey dojo actively fielding a team at USA National Karate Federation (US Olympic Committee member) National Championship and US Team Trials.
Karate

Training in Karate emphasizes a fairly equal measure of basic technique training (kihon), sparring (kumite), forms (kata), and protective rolls/falls (ukemi). Forms are stylized patterns of attacks and defenses done in sequence for training purposes.

An art of self-defense as well as a sport, Karate has in recent decades proliferated worldwide. It is one of the most widely practiced of the Asian martial arts, with a large following globally.

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