Who we are?

Traditional Karate Jacksonville is considered a private Dojo - NOT a commercial one. This will secure that each student - regardless of age - have been evaluated before being accepted as a Regular Student. This 'evaluation' is based on the willingness of candidates to follow directions, show respect, attend classes regularly and to show a genuine interest in learning Karatedo.

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Jacksonville Traditional Karate School

Class Schedule

Beginners are always welcome to try for free one class

Beginners: Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

More training sessions available upon successfully completing the Beginner's Program. We have morning and evening sessions available.

  • Private Lessons are available.
  • Please make an appointment.
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Shihan Jose Juan Cruz - Jacksonville Traditional Karate School


Years of Experience

Our classes are directly instructed by

Shihan Jose Juan Cruz

  • Black Belt 8th Dan, Kyoshi Shorinryu Karatedo, International Okinawa Shorinryu Karate Union / All Japan Budo Association
  • Black Belt 7th Dan, Shotokan-ryu Karatedo, Gima-Ha Shotokan-ryu Karatedo Association & International Martial Arts Federation, IMAF, Japan
  • Black Belt 7th Dan, Kyoshi Kobudo, International Karate Kobudo Federation / All Japan Budo Association
  • Black Belt 3rd Dan, Shidoin Nihon Jujutsu, Kokusai Budoin IMAF / All Japan Budo Association
  • International Instructor G.1, certified by Kokusai Budoin, IMAF, Japan
  • Senior Branch Director, IMAF/Americas
  • Head Instructor United Alliance of Shoto Karatedo - UASK
  • Head Instructor Okinawa Budo Kenkyukai - OKIBUKAI
  • Head Instructor Okinawa Kobayashi Shorinryu Karate Kobudo
  • Represented Puerto Rico at the 5th World Traditional Karate Championship in Lima, Peru, 1990
  • Recognized in the Latin American Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1997, and again at the The Karate Voice’s Hall of Fame in 2001
  • Recognized by the U.S. Congress, the Government of the State of Pennsylvania for his “Outstanding Community Service” to benefit the youth and low-income families.
  • Represented the USA at the IMAF International Martial Arts Tournament in Ageo City, Japan in 1999, 3rd Place
  • Represented the USA at the IMAF International Martial Arts Tournament in Tokyo, Japan in 2002, 1st Place
  • International Referee at the 2nd JKS World Karate Championship in Okinawa, Japan in 2007
  • Represented the USA at the Metropolitan Tokyo Kendo & Iaido Tournament in Tokyo, Japan in 2008, 1st Place


These are the 5 Dojo Principles we strive to follow in our daily lives whether we are in the Dojo or somewhere else.

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