USA Karate Academy

USA Karate Academy

5.0 (5)
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3 employees
29 years in business

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The Mission of USA Karate
is to teach a moral education instilling the basic rules of life, such as how to develop a positive mental attitude, set worthy goals, and how to be the very best you can be.

We Use Safe and Positive instruction techniques that develop the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually.

We Offer a Variety of classes that allow students – ages 5 through adult, beginner through advanced – the ability to develop at their own pace.

It’s Easy To Start
Contact us by calling 206-440-5533 or 206-228-2392 to start your journey in karate-do. Located at 1535 NE 177th St. Shoreline, WA 98155 we are easy to access. Our introductory course, provides you with 1 -45 minute semi-private class, three group lessons and a FREE uniform all for $39.95.  The introductory course will give you the opportunity to meet the instructors and learn basic stretching, fitness, and self-defense skills. Find out which program meets your needs.

Providing life lessons, empowering our students and the community to develop their inner strength to feel confident in facing life's challenges with courage, and tenacity. 

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Seattle, WA 98155
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5 Reviews


  • Rob Harrill

    USA Karate Academy offers the perfect mix of traditional and sport karate. Sensei Joni and her staff provide expert instruction and a proven training methodology to help students reach their goals. I can't recommend this dojo highly enough.

  • Lura Dunn

    USA Karate provides an excellent learning environment for children and adults. They are very safety conscience but still allow contact between students to allow students to be able to apply their skills. Younger students wear safety gear when sparring and there is light contact. The teachers are constantly watching all students and are aware when one person needs extra help. Students learn respect of others and how to behave while in the dojo. There is a family atmosphere at the dojo and everyone is very friendly towards new students. I highly recommend this dojo to anyone wanting to learn karate!

  • Linda Knapp

    Joni Sharrah has been my daughter’s sensei since 4th grade (15 years ago) and Shihan Joni has tirelessly and expertly guided my daughter’s leaning in karate as well as learning to become a leader, a teacher, a healthy, hard-working, and generally better person. I am forever grateful.

  • Rebekah Demirel

    USA Karate Academy is my happy place to learn the art of karate, be with friends and sweat! The instruction is top notch and Shihan Joni Sharrah is a force of nature who inspires us all with her expert skill and Killer smile!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

New students have the flexibility to visit our program to observe our program during regularly scheduled classes. We offer a no-obligation, affordable introductory program that includes a 45 minutes private lesson, three group sessions, and a complimentary karate uniform for the new student to keep whether or not they decide to pursue a martial arts training program. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Owner and Chief Instructor, Joni Sharrah is certified by the Japan Karate-do Itosu-Ryu International Federation as a 6th degree Black Belt, under the direction of Soke Sadaaki Sakagami. In addition, she is certified by the World Martial Arts Federation as a 7th degree Black Belt in American Karate led by Master Danny Lane. A martial arts school owner since 1983, and certified Technical Coach by the Amateur Athletic Union, the knowledge, skill, expertise and continued honor for the martial arts as a whole is the primary focus of the life skills program offered at the USA Karate Academy in Shoreline, Washington. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Prices vary depending on the age, skill, and program that a students is enrolled in. 

Little Dragons ages 5-8 attend twice a week $95.00 per month

Youth 8-12 twice a week =$110.00  per month

Teens 13 - 18 twice a week = $125.00 per month

Adults 19 & Up twice a week = $135.00 per month

Unlimitied attendance is available for extra fees. 

Taxes and membership fees are assessed separately. 

A full price schedule is available upon request. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started training in  martial arts in response to the need for self-defense training. As a young adult female having dealt with stranger danger frequently, it was my goal to learn to protect myself, and stop living in fear of potential personal assaults. Having earned my first black belt under Chuck Norris's United Fighting Arts Federation, I overcame my own fears, and became empowered to have the confidence to share the life lessons learned with others. 

What types of students have you worked with?

At USA Karate Academy we work with children as young as 5 and as old as 99. 

Our students are Beginners, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Classes are devised to help each student learn at their own pace. 

Younger students are developing concentration, coordination, self discipline, respect for themselves and others. 

More experienced students are continuing their martial arts journey by deepening their understanding of the life-skills in martial arts, such as living a life of ethics, loyalty, and honor. 

We have students who are setting their goals high in the sport kararate world in making every effort to develop their skills to compete in local, regional, national, and international events, including the Olympics. 

There is a class that can meet the needs of many types of students. Since martial arts training can be a life-long art to be practiced, classes are available for Men, Women, Children, at the recreational as well as the elite levels. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

After 24 years of teaching martial arts in the Snohomish/King County area, there are many fond memories that I'm proud of. 

On the sporting side, recently we took a small team to a friendship tournament in Washington State, and we had a 100% success rate. 

In the life-style side of martial arts, one of our young students was being bullied at his school.  This young students used his mental martial arts skills to stop the bullying without using physical force. 

Once a month we offer Black Belt training, and we recently had 15 black belts show up and demonstrate multi-faceted approaches to defending against punches, kicks, strikes, grabs, grasps, and more. All the students demonstrated deep and broad knowledge in their understanding of tactical self-defense, and the art of karate-do. 

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