D-DOJO / THE SCHOOL OF MODERN JAPANESE KARATE
Welcome to D-Dojo. As an official affiliation of Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) it is our pleasure to provide the residents of New York City with unique methods of karate training developed by legendary master of karate, a founder of SKIF Hirokazu Kanazawa. And we are looking forward to providing our students with the best karate training possible. Members of D-Dojo will automatically become a part of the largest karate organization in the world, with in excess of 2,500,000 members worldwide, in 103 countries. D-Dojo headquarters is located in the heart of Manhattan at Pearl Studios, 500 Eighth Avenue (between 35th and 36th streets), 12th Floor. For more information and registration appointment call 212.537.6441
D-Dojo's great strength is the personalized instruction you receive
from Sensei Igor. This individual attention has not only given me a
profound understanding of karate, but has helped me get my body into
incredible shape. Over the past couple of months, I have seen my body
do things I never thought possible prior to receiving instruction from
Sensei Igor. If you're looking to receive individualized attention,
gain a thorough understanding of Karate and its forms, and get in
shape, D-Dojo is the place for you!!
Training at D-Dojo has been such a wonderful experience for me. Since
I was a kid I wanted to give karate a try but was intimidated. I found
D-Dojo on the web and decided to check it out. Since then I haven't
looked back. I am stronger, healthier, more disciplined and more
confident than I have ever been. If you have ever considered martial
arts but are shy or intimidated you owe it to yourself to check out
I began training at D-Dojo in October 2008; I honestly never thought
that I would enjoy it as much as I do. Igor Dyachenko is a wonderful
instructor, he is very passionate about the sport of karate-do and
that shows through his dedication and commitment to the school and his
students. I get a lot from my training, flexibility, strengthening,
toning, and balance and of cause I got to meet a lot of new friends.
“I joined D-Dojo to learn Karate with my daughter after having taken martial arts when I was younger. The classes have exceeded my expectations! Sensei Igor takes us through a vigorous workout that is both enjoyable and challenging while keeping us focused the whole time. He varies the classes to keep things interesting for both of us, which is important given my daughter’s age. Since starting, we have increased our skill level in karate as well as both our cardio and strength levels. It has also helped us tremendously in the other sports we play and motivated us to add new exercises to our routines. Finally, Sensei Igor is very professional and knows how to strike the right balance with each student, regardless of age and skill level. Overall, I highly recommend D-Dojo if you are looking to learn karate or just improve your overall fitness level in a highly stimulating way.”
Place of birth: Hyogo-Pref, Japan
Occupation: IT Project Management
I learned traditional ryuha (Shito-Ryu) karate and earned my black-belt in Japan. When I came to New York, I struggled to find a Dojo that teach the karate I learned and most of the New York Dojos teach Shoto-kan Karate. Therefore I decided to find the best Shoto-kan Dojo in Manhattan. In order to find my Dojo, I placed emphasis on the items below:
1. Officially Certified Dojo: Some Dojos may not have certification, but D-Dojo is an officially recognized Dojo of Shotokan Karate-do
2. Flexible Class Schedule: Because of my work, I cannot practice on weekdays. D-Dojo has classes on Saturdays, therefore I am able to
3. Teacher / Sensei: Skill and passion of the teacher affect the motivation and growth of students. Igor-Sensei is passionate with advancing his karate skills and also inspire his students to do the same. As a result, Igor-Sensei has won several tournaments and his students also win. Additionally, he is well educated with karate and logically shares his knowledge with his students.
4. Training: Karate training consists of several elements. An imbalanced practice doesn't make a high-performanced Karate-player. However, at D-Dojo, Basic, Kata, Kumite, and muscle strengthening exercises are taught in a balanced manner.
For these reasons, I started training at D-Dojo and now I practice at D-Dojo every Saturday as it makes me feel refreshed and stronger.
I started practicing karate at the age of 27 in the Ukraine. The karate taught at that time was the only martial art form that was nicely structured and scientifically well-developed. Initially, I was driven to learn karate because of the fighting aspect; until I discovered other important qualities of karate, including health, self-awareness, dignity, persistence and excellence. Over the years, I participated in countless karate tournaments, becoming an Ukrainian champion in kata as well as an Alaskan champion in kumite.
I was also very lucky to have met D-Dojo's Igor Dyachanko in 1994, when he assisted me with my karate technique. In fact, I am proud to say that I'm his very first student! It has been 16 years since and it is an honor for me to join the D-Dojo team.
Now I am 43 years old with a 4th degree black belt and karate is a still a big part of my life as it encourages me to be a better person and lead a good life.
Place of birth: Moscow, Russia
Occupation: Chinese interpreter/Chinese tutor
I began practicing karate in Russia 13 years ago. When I moved to the US and left my teacher I had to find a new one here. So, after a month of research and gathering information about karate clubs in NYC I eventually chose D-Dojo.
When I first visited the training in D-Dojo I immediately could see that the students were practicing at a very high level which without doubt would indicate the professionalism of the sensei.
Igor, the sensei, has very serious attitude towards his club and his students. His own skills are very impressive and he does all the best to pass his knowledge of spiritual and technical components of karate to the students. He is very patient but nonetheless very strong in teaching students to do all the things in the right way.
I’m very happy to be a member of D-Dojo and I believe that Igor sensei can help everyone who wants to practice karate to achieve their goals.
I love working out at D-Dojo! Sensei Igor is a great teacher who definitely knows what he is talking about. He not only makes the classes fun and makes sure every student is learning the technical aspects, but he also makes sure we know the possible real-life applications of every technique we learn. I have learned a lot of great self-defense techniques and feel like I can now better defend myself in various situations. D-Dojo is definitely one of the top karate schools around.
D-Dojo has been an excellent experience for me. I have not only learned many valuable techniques, but have also learned fun and different ways to stay fit. D-Dojo is very welcoming of all levels and the group sessions are a great way to work out with others and have a good time exercising. I would definitely recommend D-Dojo to anyone interested in learning karate and looking for a great way to stay in shape.
After studying karate for over 25 years at different dojos, I can say that D-Dojo has been a great place for me to reconnect with karate. I have not only been able to share the knowledge that I have learned but have also learned more modern techniques that I can apply to my training and teaching. I have had a great experience with D-Dojo and think it is an excellent place to learn modern karate for kids, beginners, and advanced students alike.
Place of birth: Middletown, CT
Occupation: Music/Film/Media Professional
"Joining the D-Dojo team was one of the best things I ever did! Since starting karate, I feel more alert and confident, and feel like I can better defend myself. I am much more focused on fitness now and am in the best shape of my life. We make sure to do a good amount of stretching and exercises, many of which I have used outside of class as well. Thanks to D-Dojo, I have managed to gain better balance, get in better shape, and have lost about 30 pounds and counting. I work out at D-Dojo in the group classes and have met some great new friends. Everyone is willing to help each other out, whether it be someone demonstrating a technique or someone providing encouragement for their fellow classmate. The class sizes are very manageable and no matter how many people may be in a given class, Igor Sensei always makes sure to provide individual attention to each student, troubleshooting personal errors and making sure we all understand the proper technique. The tempo of the classes are excellent, and are structured where each student can work out with other students at their same level, allowing everyone to progress at a steady pace. Another great thing that I have learned at D-Dojo is that karate is about being relaxed and not all about strict technique. The main agenda is self defense and often we will have a self defense focused class, where we apply everything we have learned to possible real-life situations and how to best be prepared should we need to defend ourselves. I have also had the opportunity to apply what I have learned in competition, and even won two medals in my first competition. I originally started karate as a way to exercise and learn self defense, but I have gotten so much more out of it than I ever expected. I love working out at D-Dojo and look forward to going to every class. Igor Sensei and my fellow classmates have helped me to develop a passion for karate and it is something I plan to never give up."
My name is Anna Chen. I was born in Russia. I am half Russian and half
Korean. My father is a doctor and my mother is a Pharmacist. My father
practiced Judo for many years and what's interesting - his college
Judo teammate was former Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Growing up in Russia was difficult. After all, there were not too many
girls in school with Korean features. My peers always teased and
picked on me because I looked different. That was one reason why my
mother brought me to the local karate school, so I could learn self
I was always very active in different sports and enjoyed physical
activity. Karate came very naturally to me and soon I could not
imagine life without it. By age 12, I was the youngest in my school to
receive a black belt.
As I advanced in training, I took part in tournaments and won. First,
I won all the local, regional, and national competitions, becoming
junior champion. At 17 years old, I won second and third place in the
World Cup Championship. After transitioning into the adult category I
took fifth place in the European Championship.
By this time, I felt that my current training did not challenge and
draw out my full potential. After I came to the United States, I
researched different karate schools. I wanted a school that would take
my current karate skills to the next level. After extensive research
my answer was D-Dojo. What intrigued me most about the teacher is the
way he visualized karate. His useful tips and coaching advice are very
unique. Also, his technique and style are highly advanced and when I
met him, I realized that I still have a great deal to learn.
D-Dojo founder and chief instructor Igor Dyachenko was born in the
Ukraine and practiced karate with his father as early as six years
old. It was also 1987, one year after the explosion of the atomic
reactor at Chernobyl's nuclear power plant that his father believed
karate would improve his spirit and physical condition.
Fast forward a couple of years and Mr. Dyachenko found great success
winning numerous awards, including world titles as well as
international and national competitions. He has experience practicing
with top coaches and athletes from Japan, Brazil, Yugoslavia,
Slovenia, Hungary, Egypt, Azerbaijan, and of course Ukraine and USA.
To supplement his karate training and to become a complete fighter, he
practices Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai. He believes
that the knowledge of other martial arts techniques help achieve a
novel and modern approach to both teaching and practicing karate.
A former member of the Ukrainian National Karate team and Funakoshi
Shotokan Karate Association World Champion in the kumite division, Mr.
Dyachenko was recently featured on The Colbert Report, where he helped
Mr. Colbert commemorate Ronald Reagan's historic Berlin Wall speech.
To honor the fall of the Berlin wall, Dyachenko broke a board, busted
a watermelon, and chopped a slice of cake.
2008 - 1st place at SKIF-USA National Championships; Coconut Grove,
Florida; individual kumite.
2007 - Received 4th degree black belt (Yon-Dan) from Hirokazu Kanazawa.
2005 - 1st place at SKIF-USA National Open Karate Tournament; Mounds
View, Minnesota; individual kumite.
2004 - 1st place at Ozawa Cup, Las Vegas, Nevada; individual kumite;
awarded most outstanding tournament competitor from Kotaka Sensei from
2003 - 1st place at FSKA 5th World Karate Championships in Las Vegas,
Nevada; individual kumite.
2003 - 1st place at USAKF National Championships; Akron, Ohio;
2002 - 2nd place at WTKO World Karate Championships; Staten Island,
New York; senior individual kumite.
2001 - Received 3rd degree black belt (San-Dan) from Hirokazu Kanazawa.
2000 - 1st place at USA-NKF National Championships; Houston, Texas;
senior team kumite.
2000 - 2nd place at the 19th Annual Traditional Karate Tournament
International known as Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament; Las
Vegas, Nevada; senior team kumite.
1998 - 1st place at SKI-Ukraine National Championships; team kata.
1998 - 2nd place at WKO World Championships; Orlando, Florida; junior
1997 - 1st place at the 6th SKIF World Championships; Milan, Italy;
junior individual kata.
1997 - Received 2nd degree black belt (Ni-Dan) from Hirokazu Kanazawa.
1995 -1998 - 1st place at the National Ukrainian Championships of
Shotokan Karate-do; junior kata division.
1993 -1997 - Eight 1st place medals at Kiev Championships in various
divisions including adult divisions in kata and kumite.
1993 -1996 - Four 1st place medals at Kiev Cup in various divisions
including adult divisions in kata and kumite.
1988 - Began practicing karate-do
We are happy you have found D-Dojo. Our job is to provide our students
world-class training. We take it pretty seriously and hope you will
All of our students (also known as D-Dojokas) who complete this
rigorous program will receive a certificate from Japan's Shotokan
International Karate Federation(SIKF), which is the most prestigious
karate organization in the world. This distinct certificate is also
recognized in over 103 countries, which means you can continue your
karate education wherever you go.
The "D" in D-Dojo represents the first letter of the founder, Igor
Dyachenko's surname, which is a common practice when naming a dojo.
The "D" also stands for dream, because we want D-Dojo to be a place
for D-Dojokas to make their dreams a reality.
D-Dojo employs innovative techniques that are not taught anywhere else
in the world. With over 20 years of research and development, we
incorporate both biophysics and biomechanics in this unique
The training at D-Dojo is exciting. Results are not only guaranteed,
they are instantaneous. Our program can and will benefit you in
D-Dojo offers a modern approach to a classical Japanese karate
education where we integrate our curriculum with modern science and
various martial art principles. As you progress in rank, you'll gain
athletic agility, improve performance and have a greater sense of
well-being. What's more, D-Dojo students who pursue and earn a black
belt will also complete an enriching experience.
The D-Dojo training program incorporates kihon, kata and kumite
exercises which will eventually serve as your foundation education. As
you advance, kihon, kata and kumite techniques will be more
challenging and refined.
Kihon is Japanese for “basic." In class when you practice Kihon, you
will develop proper breathing techniques, coordination, muscle
control, agility, flexibility and strength.
Kata is the next stage of exercise you will learn. It is a sequenced
performance incorporating kihon with proper rhythm and angular
movements. At D-Dojo, kata is taught as a fundamental skill that will
enhance your kumite training. You'll become proficient in this
physically and mentally challenging exercise when you practice
visualizing, breathing properly, and repeating the movement.
There are two major types of Kumite training in the D-Dojo program:
Kihon-Kumite and Jiyuu-Kimite.
Kihon-Kumite is a practice that helps you transition from both kihon
and kata training into a sport or jiyuu-kumite.
Jiyuu-Kumite means free sparring. Jiyuu-Kumite provides students the
opportunity to apply their skills in a combat setting with an
opponent. Furthermore, Jiyuu-Kumite develops your reflexes and
cardiovascular endurance. This training is essential for students who
wish to compete and beneficial for anyone who intends to advance in
Group training is a wonderful opportunity for students to practice
karate and work toward your goals with other students. Alongside your
peers, you'll gain momentum and energy, qualities you wouldn't
otherwise experience if you were practicing alone. Not to mention,
you'll be motivated, encouraged, and receive feedback from your peers
when you practice techniques and exercise together.
During group training, D-Dojo instructors will personalize each
student's training to achieve his or her maximum potential and
performance. A favorite feature for many of our current students are
small class sizes as it allows each student to progress accordingly.
Group training classes are scheduled to accommodate professional and
academic schedules and is offered during weeknights and Saturdays.
Our creed consists of 5 mantras that reflect D-Dojo's positive culture
and attitude. The creed is recited at the beginning and end of class
to engage, focus, and mentally center students.
Seek perfection of character
Refrain from violent behavior
Traditionally Okinawans practiced karate alongside a sensei within a
one-on-one setting. At D-Dojo, we offer this same tradition for
individuals of all ages and fitness levels who wish to practice
karate. Additionally, you will benefit from a customized workout to
suit your needs and goals. Personal training sessions are perfect for
individuals with odd or demanding schedules.
PERSONAL TRAINING FOR FITNESS
With D-Dojo's approach to fitness, our students will achieve
instantaneous results because from the beginning you will be properly
trained - making each movement count. After your first personal
training session, you will feel invigorated and enthusiastic about
your potential to thrive in a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. After
a few sessions you will notice increased strength, improved endurance
and greater flexibility. Regardless of your age, fitness level or
physical abilities, if you have the desire to be healthy and strong,
D-Dojo can teach you all the tools and knowledge to practice a healthy
lifestyle for life.
PERSONAL TRAINING FOR COMPETITIONS
Training for a competition? Under the tutelage of Igor Dyachenko,
you'll learn and gain confidence in your abilities to compete and win
elite level competitions. If you are preparing to compete or are
looking to gain a competitive edge over your opponents as you will
learn specific winning techniques that will make all the difference.
Your current capabilities will be assessed and customized into the
best training regimen for your fighting style and strengths.
PERSONAL TRAINING FOR SELF DEFENSE
Learning self defense is important for everyone at any age. You'll
never know when you'll need it. Regardless of age or fitness level,
anyone can learn techniques and feel safe while going about one's
daily routine. If you have specific safety concerns, your lessons will
be customized to suit you and your lifestyle.
Our school philosophy practices non-violent behavior and ideally none
of us will ever be faced with a violent attacker, however, if you find
yourself in danger we want you to be prepared to defend yourself. You
will learn how to escape from street attacks such as holds, grabs, and
chokes. In case of an attack, you'll learn specific pressure points
that will give you the upper hand. Also, you will learn how to protect
yourself from attacks with weapons and you will learn how to escape
white belt- seed
A seed will germinate with proper sustenance. Likewise, a white belt
will flourish given proper instruction and training.
yellow belt - sprout
Yellow belt marks the growth of the student that is as strong as the
sprout that brakes through the ground.
green belt - stem
A green belt student understands and performs techniques as strong and
solid as stem.
blue belt- sky
Just like a tree that grows as tall as one can to reach the sky, the
student has intense desire and interest to learn more sophisticated
red belt - fruit
When the tree yields fruit and is ready for harvest, it is also when
the student finally pulls together all elements learned and is ready
to be challenged.
brown black belt - deep roots
This brown-black belt student is rooted with all major techniques and
also aware of the non-physical entities vital to karate.
black belt - night
The student's cycle is complete and ready to start a new cycle to dig
deeper into the night.
To advance to the next belt color, you will be taught all the
necessary and proper techniques according to Shotokan International
Karate Federation's regulations. From the first day of training, you
will receive a manual and learn what needs to be practiced prior to
taking a test, which is taken every 3 months until you earn your brown
D-Dojo is an official branch of Shotokan Karate-do International
Federation (SKIF) which is the largest karate organization in the
world. With your SKIF certificate, you'll gain worldwide acceptance
into thousands of karate schools. The SKIF is headed by Hirokaza
Kanazawa - a world renowned karate instructor, who tested and trained
D-Dojo's Igor Dyachenko. In addition, Hirokaza Kanazawa was trained by
Gichin Funakosh, the creator of shotokan karate. This prestigious
certificate, when earned at D-Dojo means you've been coached by one of
the world's most distinguished and accomplished.
Please specify if you have any previous martial arts experience and
what your goals are.
We are actively seeking enthusiastic sponsors to support D-Dojo's team
- one that has been coached and trained by D-Dojo founder, Igor
We also welcome sponsors for Igor Dyachenko's forthcoming
participation in the World, European, and Pan-American Karate
Championships. Moreover, Mr. Dyachenko has exciting plans to
participate in the New York marathon as well as IronMan 70.3.
With your active support and participation, we are happy to create
opportunities to place your logo on our t-shirts, sport suits,
banners, newsletter, social media, and our karate-gi. A friend to the
press, we are in close and frequent contact with the local news media,
magazines as well as national television programs.
Lets start a dialog and align our resources to create a success partnership.
Winning. Innovative. Dynamic. Diligent. Committed. These are all
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