July 21, 2018

Daryl Rappold was only 10 years old when he started training in Johnny Caluda’s youth class at the original LKA dojo on Metairie Road. As he advanced up the ranks and began to train with Sensei Mikami, he gained insights that went beyond karate. “I always remember Sens...

May 26, 2018

Jimmy Juno has had a lot of memorable moments in his long career. Beginning as a white belt in 1987, he has the distinction of being Sensei Mikami’s longest continuously

 training male student.

Jimmy first met Sensei when he brought his car in for service at a local car...

March 15, 2018

I had studied ballet and dance as a young girl, but I was always interested in martial arts and did not know which martial arts club to join. Then as a freshman at LSU, I saw a demonstration performed by the LSU Shotokan Karate Club that seemed magical to me. I wanted...

February 21, 2018

Vey was interested in karate from a very young age, but she thought that the idea of training and competing with fighters was simply too intimidating for a young girl.  It took her a long time to finally be confident enough to join a martial arts school.  In fact, it w...

August 9, 2017

After almost 40 years of effort and commitment, Cathy Jarushi has become the first woman from our dojo to achieve the rank of rokudan. It is a rank held by only a handful of people in our state and represents tireless dedication to improvement and excellence.

 Her train...

July 26, 2017

Havard Albright might not fit everyone’s image of a martial artist. Soft spoken and affable, this high school English teacher has been a serious student of shotokan karate since his own high school days at Jesuit. He began training with Sensei

 Mikami in 1984 at the old...

July 21, 2017

Godan Helen Stone has long been one of the main stays of our club. Anytime there is an event or tournament she  is always there helping to make it a success. At 76 she is our oldest member still actively training. Helen trains in two classes three times a week, week af...

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