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Karate Open House

Join us the first Saturday of every month for our Shotokan Karate Open House. These free classes are open to beginners or anyone looking to brush up on their skills.

Class schedule:

  • 10:15am – Beginners ages 4-7
  • 11:00am – Beginners ages 8-12 (this integrated class is for beginners and parents who would like to train together with their children)
  • 11:45am – Intermediate and advanced levels students 13+

Location: Gilruth Center

Cost: Free

Karate cultivates mental discipline, focus, self-confidence, and self-control, enabling individuals to handle challenging situations calmly. It promotes emotional well-being by reducing stress, boosting self-esteem, and instilling a deep sense of respect for others and oneself. Overall, karate is a holistic discipline that nurtures both body and mind, while fostering a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Membership Details

  • 1x week – Saturdays at 11:00am
  • $99 per month / Autorenewal required
  • Family discount available
  • Age: 6 to 99 years
  • Limited class sizes
  • Where: Gilruth Center Gymnasium

Register Here

Please note this is a combination adult and youth class.

About the Instructor

Kato Celeste (Sensei) began his training in the Martial Arts at the age of 10 in “Praying Mantis” Kung
Fu. From Kung Fu, Sensei Celeste ventured into Judo, Tae-Kwon-Do, and eventually Karatedo. He received
his first Black Belt at the age of 15, and became an official Instructor by the age of 16.


Sensei Celeste holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karatedo, as well as a 3rd Degree Black Belt
in Tae-Kwon-Do. Sensei Celeste trains under the tutelage of Shihan Kevin Funakoshi (Founder of
FKSAWorld), eldest son of Kancho Kenneth Funakoshi, and relative of Gichin Funakoshi, Father of
Modern Karatedo (Shotokan). FUNAKOSHI KARATE TX represents Funakoshi Karatedo, and is an affiliate
of FSKA World (Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association World). FSKA World is a Funakoshi Shotokan
Association, with thousands of members from across the globe. Shotokan Karatedo is considered the
most widely practiced Japanese Karate with over 6 million active participants all around the world.

Sensei Celeste is the Senior Instructor at the FSKA World-Honbu (Head Quarters) in Richmond Texas, and
brings 34 years of teaching experience on the Dojo floor.


“Kara-te-Do means ‘The Way of the Empty Hand.’ Philosophically, this means there is nothing to hide.
Our motives are clear, and our intentions are both peaceful, and precise. Yes means ‘Yes’ and no means
‘No’. The empty hands are also open hands. This is the position to both receive, and to give. Karatedo is
about peace. However, to understand the principle of peace, you must understand the dynamics of
violence. For this reason, the practitioners of Karatedo learn to develop the following: Discipline,
Control, Patience, and Respect. Karatedo aims to strengthen the mind, emotions, and physical capability
of each individual. Karatedo is not a seasonal activity, but a way of life. It is a vessel that helps to navigate
the practitioner, from children to adults, through the many seasons of life. This is the power, and the
beauty of Karatedo.”

For more info, please contact Starport at 281-483-0304.