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The Woodlands Shotokan Karate Dojo offers traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate classes for both children and adults. Our instructors are certified by SKIF Japan and all Black Belts are tested and credentialed by Chief Instructors from Japan. Our curriculum follows the same principles and techniques as used in Tokyo. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment where students can develop their skills and achieve their goals.

The Woodlands Shotokan Dojo is a Member of the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) and active member of the Shotokan Karate International-United States Federation (SKI-USF) in the United States (USA). 


Dojo Motto (Dojo Kun)

Seek perfection of character

Be faithful!


Respect Others!

Refrain from violent behavior!

María R.

“The best experience my son could have."

Malabika S.

"Sensei Dennis is an excellent instructor. He shows a lot of passion in teaching karate to his students. Especially, he has a lot of patience with kids. He takes care of each and every student and puts in a lot of effort for their improvement. He is ably supported by his team in his endeavor."

Bibiana V.

“This Dojo is great! Sensei Livotto and the rest of instructors offer best quality training. There is also great support from the black belt sempais, which is a big plus. And twice a year we get to participate in SKIF´s trainings in the Houston area with World Chief Instructor and Kancho Kanazawa from Japan. Highly recommended!”
meet the staff


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Sensei Dennis Livotto is a highly accomplished martial artist holding a 7th Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate within the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF), which he joined in 1978.

As a martial artist, he participated in three editions of the SKIF World Championship (2003, 2006, and 2009), and two Pan American Championships (2004 and 2007). Originally from Australia, Sensei Dennis represented the USA in the last four international events.

Dennis Livotto

Owner and Chief Instructor

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Sensei Joseph Formica is a 4th Dan black belt in the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF).  

Sensei Formica started his Karate life in Wisconsin. He moved to Texas and contributed to the instruction of karate at the University of Texas Tanjin Shotokan Karate Club and Austin Shotokan Karate.

In July 2005, Sensei Formica joined The Woodlands Shotokan Karate.


Joseph Formica

Attending International Seminars and Events

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Sensei Angel Calva's martial arts journey began with Judo in Mexico at the age of 13. The following year, he commenced training in Shotokan Karate.

In 1980, Sensei Calva moved to the United States, joining JKA/ISKF.

In 2021, Sensei Calva joined The Woodlands Shotokan Karate Dojo under Sensei Dennis Livotto. He is currently affiliated with SKIF and was recertified as Yondan by Fumitoshi Kanazawa Sensei.

Angel Calva



Trial Class


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Young Children

$85/month - (ages 4-7)

Mon and Wed |

6:00 - 6:50 PM

General Class

$130/month - (All grades)

Mon and Wed | 

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Advanced Class


Saturday |

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Private Class

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