About

Family Karate Center

The dojo features:

  • Beautiful wood floors
  • Separate dressing rooms complete with showers
  • Spectator viewing area for parents
  • Plenty of parking

You have chosen one of the finest karate schools in the Spokane area, dedicated to making your martial arts experience enjoyable and satisfying. Our instructors are the best. They have studied and trained for years to qualify as part of The Family Karate Center team. Now their primary task is to assist you in being the best that you can be. Our carefully structured programs go far beyond punching, blocking and kicking. At the same time as we help you to acquire effective self-defense skills, we provide a comprehensive program of personal development. It is our goal to raise the quality of life of all our students in every way. Although we honor karate traditions that go back centuries, we are not static. We constantly seek new and innovative ways to enthuse and excite our students. The Family Karate Center is also actively involved in serving our local community. A wide variety of programs are available to your group or organization, including presentations to school age children, special classes on self – defense and how to deal with stress. Your best interests are always in our utmost in our minds. Our instructors are always ready to help you in any way during your training. We will be happy to discuss your progress at any time. Good Luck, and welcome once again. Sincerely, Sensei Gene Villa Head Instructor.

Sensei Gene Villa started his martial arts training in 1963 at the age of five under the instruction of his father, a 3rd degree black belt in judo.  As he got older, his interest in other martial arts grew.   This led him to study several martial arts: Shotokan (Karate), Kenpo (Karate), Thai Kickboxing, Chinese Wushu and in 1977 he found his favorite, a style called Goju-Ryu.

“Goju-Ryu” means hard and soft style, and the essence of the style is in the balance of strong, powerful techniques with more circular and flowing techniques. The philosophy of Goju-Ryu emphasizes the importance of balance between mind, body and spirit.

He received his 1st degree black belt in 1981, became an assistant instructor and in 1983 opened his first karate school.  From 1981 to 2004, Sensei Villa competed all over the United States winning many regional and national titles in kata (forms), kobudo (weapons), and kumite (both in point sparring and full contact).

To learn more about the art of Goju-Ryu, Sensei Villa began training in 1990 under Master Morio Higaonna.  Under Higaonna Sensei’s guidance, he has become one of the most respected Goju-Ryu instructors in the United States.

313 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 309-2978