Past News

Honoring Lawrence C. Hawkins Jr., Esq., Kyoshi

The Passing of Lawrence C. Hawkins Jr., Esq., Kyoshi

On the morning of May 27, 2020, Lawrence C. Hawkins, Jr., Esq., Kyoshi passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Yoseikan Anderson wishes to express our sincere condolences to Lawrence C. Hawkins, III, Esq., Shihan and the rest of the Hawkins family. Kyoshi Hawkins was the Chief Advisor and Chairman Emeritus of the United States Chito-ryu Karate Federation in addition to being special to us because he was Shihan Shawna Lingo's teacher and helped inspire her in the martial arts.  Several of us had the privilege of learning from Kyoshi Hawkins first-hand and have many great memories.  He will always be in our hearts and watching over us.

Dojo Re-Opening Tuesday, May 26th

We’ve missed you so very much, and we are SO excited to announce we will be re-opening our doors on Tuesday, May 26th!
As you know, you won’t be returning to the same dojo you left. Until the threat of the virus is behind us, we have to take precautions to make sure we can stay open. Here’s how you can help keep our dojo safe for everyone:
  • Wait outside until it’s time for your class. We want to limit the amount of people in the facility at one time. Parents we will have seats for you but please practice social distancing. 
  • Please come in with your gi/uniform clean and ready to go. If coming from work and need to use the locker room please see the cleaning requirement.  
  • Remember to wear a covering over your gi to keep it clean, show respect and to not draw attention to yourself.
  • Please bring your own mask.  There will some disposable masks available if needed.
  • Wash your hands as you come in and again as you leave. We have hand sanitizer available for your hands and feet should you need it.
  • No personal items in the gym except for a water bottle please fill prior to coming to class.
  • The water fountain is not available at this time.
  • Your Temperature will be taken before getting on the deck.
  • Follow our cleaning procedures. Should you have to use a locker, clean the surfaces with the Clorox wipes provided and anything you touched. If you are the last ones on the deck we may need you to help to whip some items.
  • Once you’re done with your class or appointment, please leave the dojo so our staff can clean for the next class. 
  • PLEASE do not come to the dojo if you are sick or don’t feel well.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 please let us know.  
New Summer Class Times!  NOTE: time can change to better handle what we need for the dojo. 
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 10:30am Dojo/Virtual
  6:00pm to 7:00pm Dojo/Virtual
  7:00pm to 8:00pm Dojo/Virtual
Sunday 6:00pm to 7:00pm Dojo/Virtual
I want to make a class for the 4-6 year olds and New Students.  Please feel free to reach out.  We can add classes or days but we need to seethe need first.  
Feel free to reach out if you have questions about any of these new guidelines. It’s an adjustment for all of us, but we know we can all work together to make our dojo a safe and fun place to stay fit and healthy.
Finally, remember to have fun! Things will be different, but we’re still the same community. Allow yourself grace as you transition back, but also be prepared to crush it! 
We can’t wait to see you!
Sensei Shawna


Please consider joining us for one of our online training sessions via Zoom.  Beginners and experienced students alike are all welcome.

For the access code and schedule, please contact Sensei Shawna via email at or by phone at (513) 232-1035.

Don't forget to install Zoom on your laptop, phone or tablet.

The Benefits of Children Learning Chito-ryu Karate

Self-Discipline - Chito-ryu karate will help teach children self-discipline.  Sometimes children can become accustomed to getting what they want when they want it.  Chito-ryu karate teaches restraint and patience.

Get Active - It gets kids away from their screens and off the sofa and encourages them to be more physically active at the same time as having fun. Learning Chito-ryu karate is a full body workout that includes the mind as well!

Setting Goals - Whether it's working towards perfecting a technique, attending a tournament or being evaluated for a new rank, Chito-ryu karate will teach children the ability to set goals, work toward those goals and help them to deal with the outcomes which will be beneficial for a lifetime.

Respect - Chito-ryu karate teaches kids to respect their instructors and each other as they learn the art.

Listening - Children learn how to listen and follow instructions in a one-to-one and group setting.  Listening is the key to learning and achievement in Chito-ryu karate.

Increases self-esteem and confidence - When a child masters a new skill or technique it will boost their confidence and gives them a sense of achievement. In addition, progressing up through ranks in Chito-ryu karate is a recognition and reward that builds confidence and demonstrates that hard work pays off.

Teamwork - During some classes, children will be asked to work together in pairs or small groups.  This not only teaches them to respect other children but helps them learn to work together to achieve their mutual goal.

Conflict Resolution - A common misconception of martial arts is that they promote violent behavior but in fact it is quite the opposite. Chito-ryu karate teaches children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasizes that physical altercations are to be avoided.  The best way out of a bad situation is having the awareness and confidence to not be there in the first place.

Reference: The Benefits of Children Learning Martial Arts