About Us

Doshi-Kai (meaning “the group pursuing the way”) was founded by Master Nagao Matsuyama, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1984.

The atmosphere at Doshi-Kai is unique—serious and focused, but friendly and not militaristic. In this setting, you can really feel the difference between “commercial” martial arts and the rare traditional non-profit groups where the “art” is more important than the promotion, the technique more valued than the belt, and the individual progress is not measured by how much you’ve paid out, but by how hard you work on yourself.

These classes will challenge you to excel, much like the way they were taught in Japan to promote mental and physical discipline. Master Matsuyama’s advanced take on Shotokan combines the flexibility and fluidity of Taisabaki (shifting) with the speed, power and forward focus of traditional Shotokan.

Every class with Master Matsuyama is like a special seminar—he has been mentored by Master Watanabe, who himself is the oldest living student of the founder of Shotokan Karate, Grandmaster Funakoshi. Advanced students come from a long way off, just to have a chance to work out with Master Matsuyama at his level.

The adult classes are open and beneficial to students of all levels, from the very beginners to Black Belts, men, women and adolescents. A special class schedule is in place for children of all ages, to get them started on the path of true Martial Arts: discipline, physical and mental health, balance and personal growth.

Although the classes are very strenuous, much like the way they were traditionally taught in Japan, in order to promote mental and physical discipline, there is a very smooth transition from Kihon (Basics) and Kata (Form) to Kumite (Sparring), unlike the traditional workouts, so students can appreciate and enjoy them more. The classes are open to beginners as well as advanced black belts.

About Master Mastuyama

Master Matsuyama started training in Karate at Waseda University in Tokyo in the early 1970s under Master Toshio Watanabe who is the oldest living student of Grandmaster Funakoshi. He is one of the few students who is authorized to teach Shotokan Karate overseas by Master Watanabe.

Master Matsuyama has also trained extensively in Aikido and Mugai-Ryu Iaido, as well as Ryukyu-Kobudo (Okinawan weapons). He has developed a unique training system by using tai sabaki or body-shifting techniques along with the traditional, fast, strong and straight forward Shotokan techniques – smooth yet strong and effective. From the basic body-shifting to the advanced body-shifting, students of any levels will be able to learn this system step by step.

If you are serious about training Karate, Doshi-Kai is the dojo for you.

Master Matsuyama with his mentor, Master Toshio Watanabe.
Master Matsuyama with his mentor, Master Toshio Watanabe.
Master Matsuyama with his senior, Master Tsutomu Ohshima, the founder of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) – the first Shotokan organization in the US.
Master Matsuyama with his senior, Master Tsutomu Ohshima, the founder of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) – the first Shotokan organization in the US.

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