Carnegie Mellon University
Karate at CMU
CMU Karate Club is one of the earliest clubs on the East Coast. Started in the mid 1960's and ran through the early 2000's under the leadership of Sadaharu Honda and his students.
CMU Student Dan Sullivan and Dr. Marty Eisen (Prof. Mathematics @ University of Pittsburgh) officially start CMU Karate Club from Delaware Valley Karate Association.
1968 Mr. Honda invited by fellow Waseda University graduate Mr. Kazumi Tabata to help with the first Special Training.
1969 Mr. Kazumi Tabata asks Mr. Honda to resume CMU Karate Club as leader and chief instructor.
Pittsburgh Shotokan Karate Association not-for-profit registered in 1972 by CMU student Ray Artz and Mr. Honda
Carnegie Mellon University produces some of the highest level Karate Masters from the guidance and instruction of Master Sadaharu Honda.
2022 Alan Esquenazi (Computer Science)
2021 Ela Gulsen (Mathematics)
2020 Captain Emeline Fromont (Physics)
Dr. Mark Weingarden (Godan)
Chuck Moyes (Yodan)
Invigorate your energy
Master your mind
Build muscle and strength
Learn self defense
Engage in an invaluable life-long activity for any age
Quality of Instruction matters
Level/Rank of Instructor is the highest
Affiliated with other high-quality academic institutions in the US and Japan
Opportunities to progress to the highest level
About the Club
Free to join
Highest-quality instruction from high-level instructors
2x per week, with optional classes on weekends
Opportunities to test for belts a minimum of 2x per year
Next session begins January 2023
CMU KARATE, a rich history
Carnegie Mellon in 1990's, led by Professor Mark Cincuitti (right) and Rahul Suthankar CMU graduate (left)
2017 CMU Graduate Dr. Tadanobu Furukawa, Shodan
CMU Students learning knife hand & back stance
Special Training @ CMU
Carnegie Mellon in 1968 - Mr. Honda (far right)
Dr. Mark Weingarden (Yodan)
CMU Karate Club Members get the advantage of connections to other reputable Karate organizations.
Nippon Budokan (日本武道館) - Budo University Exchange Program
Waseda University - Karate Club Exchange Program
North American Collegiate Karate Conference (NACKC) - Exchange with Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Tufts, and Wellesley
American Budo Consortium - Reputable Budo organizations throughout the world
Hokubei Shihankai (Japanese Masters in the USA) - Reputable shihans throughout the US, connect to continue your martial arts.
Mumon delegation at Budokan 2019
Mr. Honda's delegation at Budokan 2017
Nippon Budokan & University
The Nippon Budokan was funded by the Emperor of Japan to serve as the central organization for the promotion of Japanese Budō.
Budō is a form of Japanese physical culture that has its origins in the ancient tradition of bushidō – literally, “the way of the warrior.” Practitioners of budō develop technical martial skills while striving to unify of mind, technique and body; to develop their character; to enhance their sense of morality; and to cultivate a respectful and courteous demeanour. Thus, budō serves as a path to self-perfection. Budō as a general term refers to the modern Japanese martial arts disciplines comprised of jūdō, kendō, kyūdo, sumō, karatedō, aikidō, shōrinji kempō, naginata, and jūkendō.
© 2014 The Japanese Budō Association
Mumon at Budokan 2019
Waseda University Karate Club and Alumni Club
Mumon Seniors after training with Waseda University Alumni Club 2019
Waseda University Karate Club in Japan founded by Master Funakoshi in 1931.
Karate found great purchase at Waseda because of the type of student the University enrolls.
Waseda was o'sensei's manifestation of Modern Karate after years of evolution from To-de and traditional Okinawan martial arts.
Instruction by Master Funakoshi and Yoshitaka Funakoshi (Gigo - Master's 3rd son)
Notable Alumni in order of graduation. Each exceeded rank and are recognized Masters.
Hiroshi Noguchi, First Waseda Captain
Tsutomu Ohshima & Mitsuke Harada
Mumon Seniors instructing Waseda University Karate Club 2017