Sensei John Leggett, 5th Dan - has been training in traditional Shotokan karate for over 28 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 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 the IT Disaster Recovery Compliance Tech Lead in Information Technology.

Training 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 strickly on age, so some variance is possible on a trial basis, especially if the student has had prior martial arts training.

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 Racquet Club

2201 Gold Rush Dr, Gold River, CA 95670

(916) 638-7001




John Leggett, Sensei

 (916) 865-9902



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

Racquetball Court

No training on major US Holidays



Club membership + $20 per month

Guest Training Fee: Club day use fee and $5.00 per week paid directly to the instructor

See Fees Document for full information

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