April 14, 2020

Staying at home this month? Now is a great time to explore ways to train by oneself and at home! While group training is on hiatus, karateka must be vigilant in self-training now more than ever to polish technique and improve overall fitness level. 

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April 10, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to get more creative with karate training. 

Chef & Sempai Johnny Caluda improvises 50 lb sacks of flour as reverse punch and shifting training targets at Cottage Catering's Caluda King Cake bakery in Elmwood. 

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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...

September 8, 2018

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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...