Programs & Fees

Regular classes

From September through June, classes for all levels are held 2000 - 2100 Monday and Wednesday, 1900 - 2000 Tuesday and Thursday, and 1000 - 1100 Saturday. Advanced classes are held 2100-2130 Monday and Wednesday, 2000-2100 Tuesday and Thursday, and 1100-1200 Saturday. All classes are held in the Dance Studio at Strathcona Composite High School.

In July and August, our access to the building is limited, so class days and times are adjusted according to availability of the space.

Newcomers are welcome to start anytime; you need not wait until the beginning of term or year.

Classes are intense and disciplined, but the atmosphere is relaxed and non-militaristic, akin to what you’ll find in the best dojo in Okinawa. No yelling; just lots of sweat, effort, and laughter. The spirit is one of mutual support and cooperation. Everyone works hard, not only to better themselves, but to help those around them become better, too.

Students and staff of Scona train for free. Community members pay $180 for each four-month term: Autumn (September - December), Winter (January-April), and Spring/Summer (May-August). If you join partway through a term, the tuition will be pro-rated. Private tutorials are available at no additional cost. The fees are low because the we are a registered non-profit organization. dedicated to the teaching of traditional Okinawan karate. All instructors are volunteers; none receives remuneration. Monies received defray expenses, including insurance, website hosting, advanced training for instructors, obi (rank belts), first-aid supplies, and training equipment.

If you are sincerely interested in training but cannot afford the regular tuition, pay whatever you can. No one is ever turned away because of inability to pay.


Physical Education Classes at Strathcona High School

We teach a two-week introduction to karate unit as part of the regular Grade Ten physical education curriculum for both boys and girls at Strathcona High School. The classes are taught with the cooperation of the terrific, dedicated Physical Education staff of the school: We have also taught in summer phys ed classes at Scona and Allendale School. We teach as volunteers at no charge, as one way to give back to the school and community.


Auxiliary costs

Seibukan USA Dues

All members are required to pay $45 US annual dues to our parent organization, Seibukan USA.


Grading Fees

The grading fee for promotion to a higher kyū (grade) is $40.


Keikogi (uniforms)

Beginners are welcome to train in regular workout gear. We can supply keikogi (uniforms) for about $42, which is a substantial discount off of retail pricing. All students with keikogi are required to purchase and wear a Seibukan patch. We sell these at our cost, $14.


Sparring equipment

The dōjō receives a discount from the Vancouver martial arts equipment distributor, Mikado Enterprises. We sell equipment to students at our cost.

Sparring gloves $24

Sparring shin and foot protection $44

Head protection $25

Shipping costs from Vancouver and GST are added to the above prices.

Students ranked 9 kyū or higher are required to have their own sparring gear.