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“What you have been taught by listening to other’s words you will forget very quickly; what you have learned with your whole body you will remember for the rest of your life.” 

Gichin Funakoshi

Developed by Sam Justice and his students in 1973, Justice Karate American Shotokan is a unique hybrid of American style boxing techniques and traditional Okinawan Shotokan Karate. Through decades of research and application, Justice Karate American Shotokan has proven effective in teaching the tradition of Shotokan Karate and imparting the desire for success among its hundreds of practitioners. 

Our mission is to provide quality instruction of the martial arts, while instilling the desire for success into each student. Whatever your martial arts avenue may be, you can find it at Justice Karate. We provide access to a variety of martial arts at the same location: Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Iaido, Kick Boxing and Tai Chi.


All advanced pracititoners of Karate are expected to pass on their knowledge to subsequent generations.
Sam Justice

Sam Justice

Hanshi 9th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Justice is the Founder and President of Justice Karate American Shotokan (JKAS), established in 1972 in Richmond, Virginia.

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K. Deckert


Mr. Deckert has been an instructor at Justice Karate for almost 20 years under Hanshi Sam Justice; they've known each other in marital arts since the 1970's, now almost 50 years. Since 2000, Mr. Deckert also trained in Eishin Ryu Iaido. In 2010, he won the Silver Medal in the IAIDO competition at the USA-NKF National Championships in Las Vegas. USA_NKF is now the ruling body for Olympic karate and is called USA Karate. They are certified under the USOC (United States Olympic Committee). Mr. Deckert is a USA lifetime member and an official.

A. Houston


Al Houston views Karate as a way of life. He values the friendship, health, and discipline learned from treading the way. Al enjoys instructing adult classes.

N. Kudelya


Ms. Kudleya began training in Shotokan Karate at the age of 4. 11 years and 68 gold metals later, her journey has led her across the world in karate competitions. Her most recent accomplishments will be seen at the Pan-American Championships, 2018.

C. Sherlock


Ms. Sherlock began with JKAS at 5 years old. She achieved 1st degree black belt at 10. She has won six gold medals and competed in multiple state tournaments, nationals, and the Junior Olympics. She is currently pursuing a 2nd degree black belt.

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M. Costa


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Weight Loss at Justice Karate American Shotokan

We are experts in fitness. JKAS offers a variety of ways to lose weight through regular fitness and an encouraging environment from which to begin your weight loss journey. Make no mistake, losing weight, like many other challenges in life, is a journey.

Shotokan Karate for Kids

Is Shotokan Karate right for kids? Many of our youth are A students, on honor roll, and go on to college. Want proof? Come in to our Youth classes and get unbiased reviews from our parents.

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7801 W Broad St #29, Richmond, VA 23294

JKAS is only minutes from I-64 in the Olde Town Shopping Center at the corner of Hungary Spring Road and West Broad Street.

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Sam Justice

(804) 539-6116
Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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