Seito Shito-Ryu Santa Barbara

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Seito Shito-Ryu Santa Barbara, Bartholomay Dojo

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The Pacific Karate-Do Institute (PKI), is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and teachings of Seito Shito-Ryu karate as taught to us directly by Mabuni Kenzo Soke (1927-2005), son of Grandmaster Mabuni Kenwa (1889-1952), founder of Shito-Ryu. 

The Pacific Karate-Do Institute (PKI), is also dedicated to the promotion, preservation and teachings of United States Kobudo Association (US Kobudo Kai), as taught to us directly by John Sells Shihan. We emphasize the tactical use of the bo, jo, nitanbo, sai, kama, tonfa and nunchaku.

The Pacific Karate-Do Institute (PKI) was founded 1974 in Santa Barbara, California by David Krieger Sensei. We are dedicated to transmitting the highest ideals of Karate-Do, both in spirit and technique. David Krieger Sensei began studying karate in Kobe, Japan in 1963 under Master Chojiro Tani, a direct student of Master Kenwa Mabuni the founder of Shito-Ryu Karate. He later co-founded the International Karate Federation in Hawaii. Also a top world tournament competitor, he has written widely on karate spirit and philosophy. PKI is under the direction of John Bartholomay Sensei (Santa Barbara Dojo) and Miguel Villalobos Sensei (Santa Maria Dojo). Villalobos Sensei has been with PKI since the beginning, with Bartholomay Sensei joining PKI in 1975. Villalobos Sensei and Bartholomay Sensei are direct students of Kenzo Mabuni Soke (family head), the son of Master Kenwa Mabuni. They are Shihan’s (licensed instructors), of Seito(pure) Shito-Ryu Karate. Visit our full website at: 

See Sensei Bartholomay's karate lineage on the 
Shito-ryu Karate family tree....

Nippon Karate-Do Kai is headquartered in Osaka, Japan and is the honbu (home dojo) of Kenzo Mabuni Soke. Shito-Ryu USA Karate Do Kai is our organization of karate dojos in the United States, PKI is one of the dojos that represent this organization. Kenzo Mabuni Soke is the president of Shito-Ryu USA Karate Do Kai, which is the American organization that is part of the Shito-Ryu International Karate Do Kai. The Shito-Ryu International Karate-Do Kai represents all the Seito Shito-Ryu dojos from each country around the world. 
All PKI dan ranks (black belts) are registered in Japan, and all kyu ranks (color belts) are registered with Shito-Ryu USA Karate Do Kai. This offers students a legitimate rank worldwide. 

Sells Hanshi demonstrating sai in Japan


1. I will train faithfully to strengthen my mind and body. 
2. I am willing to endure rigorous training to achieve my goal. 
3. As my strength increases I shall seek to cultivate a gentle heart. 
4. I will not use my skill outside the dojo except in the most extreme circumstances. 
5. At all times I will try to avoid inflicting injury upon another person. 
6. I will not brag about my skill nor will use it maliciously. 
7. I will train with the spirit of humility.

Class Times:

Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday 
7:30pm - 9:00pm ongoing at the Montecito YMCA 
516 Santa Rosa Lane 
Santa Barbara, 
CA 93108 
YMCA Ph. (805) 969-3288

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Photos (left to right): Mabuni Kenwa (foundr of Shito-ryu), Soke Mabuni Kenzo, Soke Tsukasa Mabuni (Osask Japan), Hanshi John Sells (8th Dan), Kyoshi John Bartholomay (7th Dan)


Contact: John Bartholomay 
Montecito YMCA 
516 Santa Rosa Lane 
Santa Barbara, 
CA 93108 
YMCA Ph. (805) 658-7829 

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