Louisiana Karate Association

Over 50 years of excellence

The Louisiana Karate Association (LKA) was founded in 1961 as a non-profit karate club. In 1965, the club received one of the first certified instructors from the Japan Karate Association (JKA) Instructor Training Program, Takayuki Mikami, whose mission was to expand the presence of karate in America. The southern region would never be the same. The LKA quickly developed a reputation for producing some of the best karateka in the nation. After a just a few years in New Orleans, Sensei Mikami had produced the first of many national champions and U.S. team members. By the end of the 80s there would be over a dozen more, and today, we have several national team members and U.S. champions.

At the LKA, we continue to provide traditional, top-level karate training to the southeast Louisiana community. All are welcome to train. We offer classes to youth and adults, beginners and experienced practitioners. 

What is karate?

Karate, which literally translates to empty hand, is a traditional Japanese martial art that teaches self-defense. Karate training incorporates blocks, punches, strikes and kicks to defend oneself against an opponent. Through training karate, practitioners develop not only their physical condition and learn self-defense, but also strive to develop their character through “perseverance, integrity and self-control.
Our style, Shotokan Karate, is characterized by strong focus (concentrated moments of energy), large movements and a total body committment to the technique. Shotokan was brought to Japan from Okinawa by Master Gichin Funakoshi. Sensei Mikami trained directly under Master Funakoshi as well as his chief instructors, Mr. Nakayama, and Mr. Nishiyama. Shotokan is the modern form of karate comprised of three main parts, kihon which forms the basics, kata which is a pattern of moves and kumite which is free sparring. All the instructors at the LKA have been trained through this direct lineage through Sensei Mikami to the founder of our art.

Japan Karate Association
The LKA is a member of the Japan Karate Association (JKA). Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the JKA one of the oldest and most influential Shotokan karate organizations in the world. Sensei Mikami is the Senior Technical Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors for the JKA.
The LKA is also the headquarters for the Japan Karate Association/American Federation (JKA/AF). The JKA/AF is an organization of JKA clubs throughout North America, founded by Sensei Mikami in 2009.