• Shotokan Karate

    traditional karate instruction
    Shotokan Karate


    Class 3-days a week for beginners through Black belts. Progressive training in traditional Shotokan Karate through continual work on karate basics, kata (forms), and kumite (fighting). Instruction performed in group setting with lesson-plan individualized by each student's current level.


    • Jeff Sanders
      Sensei, 4th Dan
    • Jan Smearsoll
      Sensei, 4th Dan


    • Greater self-discipline
    • Self-control & character improvement
    • Flexibility, power, speed, agility & coordination
    • Stress relief
    • Peace of mind
    • Camaraderie & true friendship


    • 1 family member
      $ 80.00 / mo.
    • 2 family members
      $ 120.00 / mo.
    • 3 family members
      $ 140.00 / mo.
    • 4+ family members
      $ 160.00 / mo.
    • Jeff Sanders

      Jeff Sanders

      Philosophy: "Karate will challenge, frustrate, and humble you at first, but through your hard work and discipline you'll progress in the perfection of your character."

      I believe in the traditional philosophy of Shotokan Karate, which develops the whole person by instilling self-discipline, confidence, and mental strength along with the physical aspects of karate. I co-founded the Mukin Shori Karate Dojo with Jan Smearsoll over 10-years ago with the goal to create a family-oriented dojo that strengthened our students from the inside out. We encourage our students and challenge them to achieve more than they ever thought was possible.

      There are different places around town that claim to be teaching martial arts. Unfortunately, what many people don’t understand is that karate is more than the “flash” and “immediate gratification” that many misrepresent it to be.  Our Shotokan-style Karate instruction is based on traditional martial arts, which builds a student’s character as well as their karate skills. This single difference in approach, while subtle, is significant and extends outside of our dojo and into our student’s lifelong journey in perfecting their character.


      • Building self-esteem in students.
      • Developing physical and mental strength.
      • Instilling the value of respect and honor.
      • Motivating youth and adults to achieve what they thought was impossible.


      • Co-founder of Mukin Shori Karate SSKI-USA.
      • Black belt; Yondan (4th Dan).
      • Over 15-years of experience in Shotokan Karate.
    • Jan Smearsoll

      Jan Smearsoll

      Philosophy: “Learn one thing every class- then go home and practice."

      My children began karate at our local Champaign County YMCA for fun. Little did I know that soon I would recognize Karate as more then just fun for the kids but a passion for training my mind, body and spirit that has become a way of life. I saw other women and adults training and thought, “why not me?” I felt so silly at first and afraid when we would spar about getting hit. I couldn’t even do two ‘girl” push-ups since I was so out of shape from having children. But, I stuck it out. After 5 months or so of training I attended my first tournament. I was terrified. But, faced my fears and won 1st in both kata and kumite! I couldn’t believe it. Soon I was completely hooked on this awesome form of both physical and mental exercise. I faced many fears as I traveled to tournaments in many states and Canada, earning numerous trophies and medals alongside my children. We had such fun learning together. Soon an added benefit of strengthening and toning made me stronger, lose weight and improved my mood. Eventually my son and I earned our 1st degree black belts, Shodan, on the same day.

      Fast-forward (15 years): Training regularly has become a way of life. Now my passion is to pass on the discipline of strength, balance and focus of mind, body and spirit to all whom I teach. I am particularly passionate about teaching women and girls. Hearing a timid student suddenly belt out their spirit yell- “kia” is a moment of celebration! It says their personal strength has been successfully found. As a former home schooling parent of children with dyslexia and also with 30 years of nursing experience, I am able to work with all levels of physical ability as well as with children who may have a bit of trouble with focus.

      As a Family Nurse Practitioner by profession, my focus is on health for every one of all ages. Regular physical exercise has been called the “youth pill.” Karate is a fabulous stress relief, improves balance, coordination, focus, and flexibility, improves mood and overall well-being. You owe it to yourself to check out what karate has to offer for everyone in the family.


      • Applying in-depth knowledge of the human body within the context of Shotokan Karate instruction.
      • Training all ages and skill levels, especially women and youth.
      • Preparing for local and international competitions.


      • Co-founder of Mukin Shori Karate SSKI-USA.
      • Black belt; 4th Dan (Yondan).
      • 15+ years experience teaching dozens of hard-working students in Shotokan Karate.
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  • Special Discounts

    extra savings on monthly fees

      (2017-2018 YMCA members only).
      Reg. $80/mo. | Now $40/mo.
      Reg. $80/mo. | Now $20/mo.
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  • Belt Certifications

    test & assessment fees

    • Pre-certifications-- $ 10.00
    • Under belts-- $ 35.00
    • Brown belts-- $ 60.00
    • Black belts-- $ 100.00
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  • SSKI International

    certification & licensure

    • 1st year membership
      $ 64.00
    • Annual renewal
      $ 24.00
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