Satsuma Dojo is a proud contributor to the Sunnyvale community and member of the rich traditional karate community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Satsuma Dojo is one of the first member dojo of Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (of Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa) in the United States, ca. 1983.
Satsuma Dojo was founded and led by Sensei Isao Wada. Wada Sensei began his karate training in Shorinji-ryu karate with Soke Isamu Tamotsu, 10th dan founder of Renshinkan Karate-do and the All-Japan Shorinji-ryu Karate-do Federation in Kagoshima, Japan. While in the U.S. Army, Wada Sensei trained in Shotokan karate with Sensei Takayuki Mikami while stationed in Louisiana. After his military duty, Wada Sensei, focused his efforts on building up the Satsuma Dojo in the Bay Area before he joined SKIF in 1983. Wada Sensei retired from active participation in 2000 due to health reasons.
Since 2000, Satsuma Dojo's chief instructor has been Sensei Jay Castellano. Castellano Sensei began karate training in 1966 with Sensei Cal Avila in Monterey, CA, then of O'Sensei Richard Kim and the Zen Bei Butoku Kai. Castellano Sensei joined Wada Sensei's Satsuma Dojo after finishing college in 1980. In addition to being chief instructor of Satsuma Dojo, Castellano Sensei is the General Secretary of SKI-U.S. Federation, one of two SKIF national organizations in the U.S. He is also the karate instructor at San Jose State University. Castellano Sensei was awarded 7th dan and the kyoshi designation by Kanazawa Kancho in 2011.
Through the generous sharing of time and knowledge by the all-volunteer instructor corps, Satsuma Dojo enjoys its partnership with the Columbia Neighborhood Center to provide opportunities for families to enjoy traditional karate training and its many benefits in the areas of personal and character development.