Seichou Karate History
opening of our 2,100 square foot dojo in North Old Town,
Alexandria, in February 2008, has allowed us to expand programming to
serve the entire community and people of all ages. We offer a unique
inter-disciplinary program that includes traditional karate, sparring,
self-defense, traditional Japanese weaponry like the short-staff,
Japanese calligraphy, Japanese language, and other special courses
for adults and youth, including our unique Kids Interdisciplinary Culture and Karate® program.
In 1997 Richard Romero Sensei founded Seichou Karate® in
Alexandria, Virginia, in1998. A former
Northeast and Southeast U.S. middleweight, knock-down karate champion, Romero Sensei's .
goal is to help students to achieve a high level of physical
conditioning as well as mental focus and a balanced attitude that will
help them succeed in their everyday lives.
In 2000, Seichou Karate® began offering classes at the Old Town Sport & Health Club
of Alexandria, Virginia, where it rapidly grew its membership of
committed karate students. At this location, Sensei Romero graduated 12
black belts ranging in age from 12 to 50, divided equally in number
between males and females.
On February 25, 2008 Romero Sensei opened the doors to a new, state-of-the-art facility at 807
North Royal Street in Alexandria that boasts 2,100 square feet and an authentic
Japanese environment. At the new space Seichou Karate® offers an extended schedule of classes for students of all
ages. It including many an array of separate classes for children 4 and 5 years of age, children 6 years and older, for teens and adults. Romero Sensei also offers private training.
In recognition of his tireless efforts to promote traditional Japanese martial arts and culture, in December 2012, Romero Sensei was promoted to the rank of Shihan by the Seichou Karate® Advisory Committee.
In January 2013, Seichou Karate® will add Kodokan Judo to its course offering to provide its students with a complete self-defense and personal development curriculum.