Japan Karate Institute Daniel Island

Named "Charleston's Best Martial Arts Program" by Lowcountry Parent magazine

A fantastic first week of summer camp under the new Covid-19 Mitigation Procedures. The kids had lots of karate, learned an advanced kata: Niseishi, practiced bo staff drills, went to a nearby pond to collect biospheres, created and tie dyed their own unique summer camp shirts, weaved friendship bracelets, played games, enjoyed the toys, watched Avatar: The Last Airbender series, learned how to disassemble and clean a PC and hit the local playgrounds. All this while wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands and generally being really cool!
Looking forward to more fun next week!

Guidance for Families and Pediatricians on Camp Attendance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In creating our Summer Camp Covid-19 Mitigation Procedures, JKI DI & CF heeded advice from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), ACA (American Camp Association) and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). We have implemented pre-screening of campers & staff every morning, social distancing when possible, wearing of face masks when social distancing is not feasible, increased outdoor activities, routine handwashing/sanitizing and a twice daily stringent facilities cleaning regimen. Our goal is to offer a fun, dynamic, and engaging summer camp experience in the safest environment that we can possibly provide. And when in doubt, we will always err on the side of caution. We have also decreased the number of campers accepted to camp each week.


services.aap.org This guidance is intended for use by pediatricians and families as they make informed decisions on sending children to overnight/sleep away or day camp this summer.

Congratulations to Kohai Daniel...last week’s Student Of The Week.

Kohai Daniel is a great example of the three factors for a strong attitude...he shows initiative, he accepts responsibility and he takes pride in improving his karate. A true joy to have in class! Way to go, Kohai!

Thanks to Beachables for the great mask and Orlando's Pizza for the $10 gift card

The old, faded, peeling, dingy red bench in front of the dojo got a fresh coat of black paint today!

Brothers Matthew & Teddy working on tai sabaki and kumite waza during kihon called sparring drills.

6:00PM Outdoor Class for All Belts.

[06/08/20]   Due to the first day of camps, all virtual & outdoor classes are cancelled for today.

New Summer Virtual & Outdoor Class Schedule starts tomorrow!


Congratulations to our Co-Student Of The Week winners for last week, Cyprian & Liam. Through their training, both of these young men have embodied the three factors of mental strength: Be Serious, Try Hard, Never Give Up!
Great Job!!!

Special thanks to Beachables for providing the JKI Logo Mask and Orlando's Pizza for donating the $10 gift card prizes.

Spaces still available in this afternoon’s 4:00 Outdoor Class. Text S. Glenn to reserve your spot.

This is the last week for our current virtual & outdoor class schedule. New times will be announced later this week.


Due to some dojo improvement projects, this evening’s 5:00 Virtual Class is cancelled. We will resume normal classes tomorrow.

Sorry for the inconvenience...but here is a sneak peak of one of today’s projects:

New part bathroom got a facelift!

Although they will have a different vibe this year, our Karate Kids Summer Camps are a go!
In this Summer of Covid, we pledge to do all we can to provide a fun, dynamic & engaging experience in a clean and safe environment. We will implement as many of the responsible measures that we reasonably can. The health and safety of each and every camper & staff member is of utmost importance to us. We will follow suggested protocols provided by the American Camp Association, which was created using federal and state guidelines.

The cooperation and understand of attending families is imperative.

At this time, we have suspended any new enrollments to camps until we have a better sense on how camp numbers impact the quality & safety of our offerings.


Sensei Glenn Raus

Due to Tropical Storm Bertha making landfall over Charleston today...all Driveway Sessions and the 4:00 Outdoor class are cancelled. The 10:30am & 5:00pm Zoom class will still be held...as will private Zoom lessons!


As we wade back into the pool of normal, our first outdoor class is in the books. Although small in attendance, it was so great to be teaching in person, in a group class setting.

Text me to reserve your space in class.
Monday through Thursday 4-4:30pm weather permitting!

We’ll be ready for you when you’re ready for us!

(Most assigned training areas are 9’x18’)

Ten minutes left to reserve your spot in today’s 4:00 Outdoor Class. We have several spots available

Text over waiver form!

Exciting News!

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th, we will hold a 4:00 to 4:30pm Outdoor All Belt Class in the parking lot behind JKIDI (look for Red Bus). Class will be held every Monday through Thursday for the foreseeable future.

We have marked off twelve ITAs (Individual Training Areas). Most are 9’x18’ and all are at least 8 feet apart.

Attendance to class will be by “Reservation Only” since there limited ITAs. Reservations MUST be made through Sensei Glenn.

Parents of students, check your e-mail for further details.

Prepping for camps to start in three weeks.

Dojo score!

Today marks the start of a new adventure for JKI DI & CF!
We held our first ever, international class via Zoom.
Two great students of ours, Merjin and Lotte, moved back to Rotterdam, Netherlands a week ago. Instead of looking for a similar style dojo in Zuid-Holland, they will continue training with us virtually!

Talk about silver linings...this one is definitely Fine Silver!

Kelly Verschoof-Cramer


Martial arts a great form of exercise for kids when done safely

Nice article from the American Academy of Pediatrics


aappublications.org PEDIATRICS COVID-19 COLLECTION We are fast-tracking and publishing the latest research and articles related to COVID-19 for free. View the collection.

Reminder: Today & tomorrow’s virtual class will begin 15 minutes earlier to allow for “Introduce Us To Your Pet” time from 4:45 to 5:00.
Bring Fluffy and Fido!


After School Karate - japankarateinstitute.com

As of today, we are preparing and planning that our Summer Camps will be fully operational as scheduled. An e-mail regarding balance payment procedures is being drafted. If you are the contact person on file, look for that to arrive in your inbox over the next few days.

Since the pandemic crisis is such a fluid situation, our camp plans may change over the coming weeks. Please be patient and understanding.

To reiterate: we are moving forward with plans that Summer Camps will be fully operational as scheduled.

Please check our website as well for updates.



Sensei Glenn Raus

japankarateinstitute.com Our Transported After School Karate Program has been Daniel Island's best after school program since we started offering it in January of 2007. This 5-day a week program is designed to supply your chi

[04/27/20]   My apologies for tonight’s class. Technical difficulties have been resolved.

See you all at 5:00 tomorrow

[04/27/20]   Experiencing technical difficulties with Zoom at the moment.

A great morning of Karate in the Driveway, topped off with some delicious Zavarella’s Pizza on my front porch while chatting with my daughter!

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s “Karate in the Driveway” sessions!

Call today!

Manna for the soul!

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated”
- Maya Angelou

Day 3: Karate in the Driveway

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated”
- Maya Angelou

Day 3: Karate in the Driveway

Another round of “Karate in the Driveway” lessons. Such a treat to see all these great students!

“Awesome! That is the most appropriate word for me to use to express how it was to see some of my students face to face this morning. Still practicing social distancing, but each stop touched my heart!”
- S. Glenn

(Goal is to visit as many students as possible over the course of the pandemic. Students will be contacted individually to schedule)

Daniel Island JKI: today we begin our “Karate in the Driveway” sessions.
Individualized instruction brought directly to your home.
Current students, look in your inbox for your scheduling e-mail...arriving soon.

Lesson 7: Low Block
Earn Your Yellow Belt Video Series
Our free public service during the pandemic.

It took a few days to get the next video up, but here it is.

Lesson 6: Earn Your Yellow Belt Video Series
(A free public service during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please share!)

Lesson 5 in our free public service video series “Earn Your Yellow Belt”

So glad so many of you are finding this a helpful respite from the stresses and anxieties of this new normal.

Three basic factors for mental strength:
1. Be Serious
2. Try Hard
3. Never Give Up

Peace and blessings for all!

[03/30/20]   White through Orange Belt Zoom class with Sempai Matilda in 30 minutes!

Hyperlink on Schedule e-mailed.

15 point day: Two 30-Minute Runs and 100 push-ups. Almost halfway to the 100 point goal.

Who else is doing the challenge? Post your pics!

[03/26/20]   5:00 All-Belt Zoom Class in 30...

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