Sacramento Traditional Shotokan Karate

Serving Gold River, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Orangevale, Sacramento - CA.

John Leggett, Sensei - 7th Dan

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Sensei John Leggett, 7th Dan - has been training in traditional Shotokan karate for well over 30 years with some of the top Shotokan instructors in the world, especially Sensei Nishiyama, 10th Dan and head of ITKF, AAKF, JKA International-USA and co-founder of the legendary JKA. Sensei Leggett continues to train with other top instructors at seminars on a regular basis. Sensei Leggett also studied Budo Taijutsu for over 10 years and is also a black belt in that style.

Sensei Leggett is an accomplished professional trumpet player with a Master's Degree in Music. He plays regularly in the Sacramento area with local orchestras and arts organizations such as the Sacramento Symphony, Opera, Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Choral Society, etc. Sensei Leggett currently works full time for Williams Sonoma as a Senior Security Compliance and Disaster Recovery Analyst.

Karate classes are rigorous with emphasis on understanding the principals of JKA Traditional Shotokan Karate. The classes are not geared towards "sport" karate, though we have had some students who have competed very successfully. 

Kihon, Kata, Kumite are the 3 pillars of our training regime.

Any race, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation persons are welcome to train at Sacramento Traditional Shotokan Karate. Courtesy, discipline and hard work will be expected of you. The ultimate goal of our training is to improve the character of the individual, both physically and mentally.

Kid's Classes: There are no separate kids or beginning classes. Beginners are incorporated into the regular class and separated out for specialized instruction. Recommended minimum age for training is 12 - though this is based on the maturity and character of the student, not strictly on age, so some variance is possible on a trial basis, especially if the student has had prior martial arts training. We are also associated with the Kids Karate program at Broadstone Sports Club in Folsom, Ca. Sensei Al Trimarchi is the instructor. Contact the club for details. Ages 7-11.

Anyone who just wants to try out a class or drop-in, even from other styles is always welcome. If you are interested in coming by to train with us or trying out a class, just show up at one of our regularly scheduled classes.

Feel free to stop by a few minutes before or after class to speak to Sensei Leggett or one of the Black Belts if you want to know more about Sacramento Traditional Shotokan Karate, or contact Sensei as listed below.


Gold River Sports Club

2201 Gold Rush Dr, Gold River, CA 95670 (916) 638-7001


John Leggett, Sensei

 (916) 934-2510



Tuesday and Thursday 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Inside: Group Exercise room

No training on major US Holidays


Club membership + $20 per month

Single Class Training Fee: $20 for Tues or Thurs class. Pay at the front desk.