December 23, 2018

'Tis the season for planning how we'll improve ourselves in 2019! If your new year resolutions include improving your physical condition, being more present in daily life, or making new, interesting friends, then beginning to study the traditional Japanese martial art...

December 21, 2018

Karate-Do literally means “the way of Karate.” The two Chinese
characters making up the word Karate (空手) translate to “empty hand.”
“Kara” connotes “emptiness,” but can also mean “sky,” which
symbolically refers to the universe or nature. “Kara” also means
“absence of...

November 1, 2018


Top-level athletes across North America will travel to New Orleans to demonstrate their practiced technique and strong spirit in hopes of winning the gold.

Come watch competitors from youth to collegiate, young adults to super seniors, compete in the 2018 JKA/AF N...

September 6, 2018

Leilani Heno fell in love with the mindfulness and physical aspects of karate when she began training at LKA in 2009, and recently earned her nidan (2nd degree black belt) this summer at the Japan Karate Association/American Federation National Training Camp in Metairi...

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...