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Our Background & Philosophy

The Missouri Karate Association (MKA) is a family-oriented dojo (school) that provides quality karate instruction in a safe yet challenging environment. Our goal is to offer an enjoyable and supportive atmosphere.  Our Instructors are themselves a family, which is one of the reasons our Karate Dojo has a family-like atmosphere.

15 years ago we started our Karate Dojo in Chesterfield, and are happy to call it our home.  Training and growing together with our Karate family has been such a rewarding experience.  Being surrounded by a community of supportive and like-minded people only makes the Dojo feel more like home.


But can a Karate Dojo really feel like a second family? 

Check out Karate Testimonials from our Students to find out! 

Karate is one of the best all-around training for a child’s physical and mental growth. Child development experts now recognize the correlation between movement and cognitive learning — especially movement that emphasizes balance and coordination like karate.

Confidence • Concentration • Accomplishment • Self-defense • Self-esteem • Character • Fitness





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3rd Dan - Chief Instructor

Sensei Barry Power is a 3rd degree (Sandan) black belt. He received his Shodan (1st degree) ranking from Nishiyama Sensei in 1993. He received his Nidan (2nd degree) ranking in 1998 by Nishiyama Sensei and his Sandan (3rd degree) ranking by Smaby Sensei in 2005.

  • International Finalist in Kumite (fighting) 2010

  • 5 times US National Team Kumite champion (2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011)

  • 3 times US National Kumite champion (2010, 2012 & 2013)

  • 2 times US National Silver Medalist in Kumite (2011 & 2014)



3rd Dan - Co founder

Sensei Darrell Power is a 3rd degree (Sandan) black belt. He received his Shodan (1st degree) ranking from Nishiyama Sensei in 1992. He received his Nidan (2nd degree) ranking in 2009 from Avi Rokah Sensei. He received his Sandan (3rd degree) ranking in 2016 from Shimoji Sensei.

  • World Bronze medalist in Kogo (fighting) 2014 

  • International Finalist in Kumite (fighting) 2010​

  • 7 times US National Team Kumite champion (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)

  • 4 times US National Kogo champion (2012-2015)



3rd Dan - Co founder

Sensei Brian Power is a 3rd Degree (Sandan) black belt.  He received his Shodan (1st degree) ranking from Nishiyama Sensei. He received his Nidan (2nd degree) ranking in 2006 from Smaby Sensei. He received his Sandan (3rd degree) ranking in 2016 from Shimoji Sensei.

  • World Bronze medalist in Kumite (fighting) 2014 

  • International Finalist in Kumite (fighting) 2010​

  • 8 times US National Team Kumite champion (2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)

  • 3 times US National Kumite champion (2011, 2014, 2015)

  • 2 times US National Kumite Bronze Medalist (2010, 2013)

Sensei Brian currently owns and operates a Karate Dojo in Canada with his father Brian Power Sr.

Traditional Karate Background & Philosophy

Traditional karate, that is original karate, came into being as an art of fight in Japan. Traditional karate is based on the concept of the "Finishing Blow". The finishing blow is defined as a technique sufficient to render an attacking opponent. Together with other accompanying techniques, the finishing blow technique unites in itself the total body power, focusing it on one blow. Traditional karate competition is entirely based on the art of self-defense.

For example, only the finishing blow technique is awarded a point. Moreover, according to the rule that the finishing blow is the last blow of the fight, in traditional karate competition the fight lasts till one point is awarded. Thanks to the rigorous observing this rule, the number of facile actions and careless techniques are limited to a minimum.

As in the case of every other art of self-defense, the height and the weight of the competitor is neither defined nor important. According to the rules of self-defense, competitors must be ready to
repel the attack of every opponent, regardless of his weight and height. Moreover, many a time an individual who attacks is of a more powerful build than the attacked person. 

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Martial arts such as karate are excellent fitness and stress management tools for children and adults alike. At the Missouri Karate Association (MKA), we emphasize the development of the whole person, from physical strength and dynamism to a calmer and more positive outlook, even in the most stressful situations.


Ours is a non-contact karate dojo where the concentration is on skill development and learning excellence. This is especially important for children; it is consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics position on martial arts training for kids.


Karate aims to integrate the whole body to achieve powerful techniques with the least amount of effort possible. Moreover, it teaches practitioners to interact with the opponent using optimal distance and timing. This allows one to use the opponent’s action rather than conflict with his/her power.


The Ultimate Goal of karate is the infinite expansion of human potential through self-defense art. In striving for this goal, practitioners will master self-defense as a means to polish mind and body.

Principles of karate can be applied to life as a whole. When one can handle themselves optimally under threatening conditions, regular life activities can be handled optimally. 

-Rokah Karate


The late Hidetaka Nishiyama was one of the original founders of Japan Karate Association (JKA), he established and ran the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) until his death in 2008.


As a direct student of Gichin Funakoshi (the founder of modern-day karate), Master Nishiyama pioneered in movement analysis and development of techniques associated with JKA-style Karate, from performance as well as from a pedagogical perspective. Eventually, he coined the term Traditional Karate, which he preferred over labels such as "Shotokan" or "JKA-style", as his method and approach to training ultimately applied to all styles of karate, and ultimately any movement art or sport. 

-Jinsendo Karate

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Power Bros
Traditional Shotokan Karate
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