Colorado Budokan been providing the highest quality instruction in Shotokan Karate and Japanese Martial Arts for kids and adults in the Denver Metro area for over 40 years.

We offer excellent children's karate programs tailored for kids as young as 4 years old as well as regular classes for older kids, teens, adults and families. We provide professional instruction in the art of karate and promote the history, philosophy, and techniques of traditional Karate-Do.

Whether you are looking for an activity for your child that will foster focus, self-discipline, and physical fitness or are a current or past practitioner looking to start again or further your martial arts skills, Colorado Budokan has a karate training program for you.

25th Anniversary Friendship Cup
Karate Tournament

Sunday, February 18th, 2024
University of Denver
Richie Center - Hamilton Gymnasium
Denver, Colorado

:: Register for the tournament here ::

Registration Deadline is Thursday, Feb 15th @ 11 pm PST

The 2023 Friendship Cup begins in:

Our outstanding group of instructors come from a wide range of backgrounds and include United States of America National Karate-do Federation Team members, certified referees and judges, numerous National and International Championship medalists, and sports medicine professionals and fitness trainers.

Karate in the Olympics
Karate made its first appearance as an Olympic sport at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan; a new and exciting development for sport karate practitioners around the world.

Although there are many independent karate organizations across the United States, each using their own rules and regulations, the Olympic games will utilize the World Karate Federation (WKF) rule set in its competition; the same rules and regulations that Colorado Budokan teaches as part of its regular curriculum and has utilized in their annual regional tournament (Friendship Cup) for many years.

This makes Colorado Budokan an ideal place for those interested in learning Olympic-style sport karate structure including technical rules, procedures, scoring, and allowable techniques as they apply to both Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring); both to be featured in the 2021 Olympic games.

The head instructor at Colorado Budokan, Mr. Isao Gary Tsutsui, is a founding member of the USA National Karate-do Federation (USANKF); the national governing body appointed by the United States Olympic Committee for traditional karate in the United States.

Please browse our site and donít hesitate to contact us by email or phone with any questions you may have about our school - or feel free to just drop in for a visit!