Manuel DaCosta
Learn from a 4-Time National Champion! 2011, 2009, 2006 and 2005 National Karate Champion

  • "Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.".........Colin Powell

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  • Transform your Dreams into reality!, It is not by accident that our students are excellent. It is our goal to succeed, success is our choice.
  • The only school in Killeen with an active, competitive instructor. Students at our School are very happy to have as their instructor, Sensei Manuel DaCosta, a 4-Time National Champion, who leads by example.
  • We provide TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE classes to Killeen, Fort Hood, Coperas Cove, Nolanville, Belton and Harker Heights community. Our instructor is a 2011, 2009, 2006, 2005 and 2004 National Karate champion and a National Karate Referee. Some of our students also are State and National Champions, the only Karate school in Killeen to coached and trained students to become National Champions consistently since 2004. We are affiliated with the USA-NKF, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Shobukan Shotokan Karate Association (I.S.S.K.A.) in he USA.

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    Pay as low as $65.00 for your Afterschool Program. Call for details. This is a licensed facility. Call for more Information. YOU HAVE A CHOICE!


    6 Tasks Character Development Program

    This is a unique program that no one in Killeen offers. At a Glance: The Six Tasks Character Development Program Six Tasks is a character development program where we ask our students to perform --and log in journals --six theme-based "tasks" involving more than 1000 actions. The objective of the program is to have a significant, positive impact on our student's behavior outside of our school. The program is administered through six wallet-sized booklets (the Six Tasks Journals); upon completion of each journal the student earns a merit badge (patch) that corresponds with the themes of each task. Each task is assigned to a various belt level in our system.


  • Respect: 50 acts of courtesy, kindness and respect.
  • Teamwork: 50 home chores.
  • Perseverance: 1000 repetitions.
  • Self-discipline: Five days of healthy eating.
  • Leadership: Ten mentoring sessions w/another student(s).
  • Knowledge: Read two books, write ten letters.

    Outline of Primary Benefits of the Six Tasks Program

    Affects your child's behavior outside of our martial arts school Our character development program is something parents can see, feel and participate in, which clearly demonstrates the value of martial arts training at our school.

    The effort of our students in the Six Tasks Program directly affects our community in a positive manner. Six Tasks is a program unique to our martial arts center (they're not doing this in soccer, baseball, gymnastics or even most other martial arts schools in the area!).

    Six Tasks Journals are self contained with instructions, examples, motivational quotes, an area to log performed acts, and supporting information. The program also teaches students about other valuable success-skills, like goal setting and journaling.

    Our school motivates our children, through the Six Tasks Program, to "take action"? We are proud to have available to us the most practical, quantifiable and intelligent character development program available for young people today. Our program will have a profound affect on your children's behaviors, habits and motivation. To find more call us at 254.368.2311

    2011 National Champions

    Students follow in the example of their teacher: 4-Time NATIONAL CHAMPION!

    Manuel DaCosta 2011 National Champion

    Antonio Rios 2011 National Champion

    Nicolas Candia 2011 National Champion

    We keep producing champions every year we compete at the highest level in the nation. Our afterSchool program is a success. Antonio Rios an 11 year old in the After school program is now USA NATIONAL CHAMPION, Elizandro Campos a 10 year old is silver medalist (second in the nation), Nicholas Candia 8 year old is silver medalist (second in the nation), Dustin Stevenson 6 year old is bronze medalist and our own instructor is for the 4th time NATIONAL CHAMPION. (The only one in Killeen Texas with this impressive record). We invite you to come and meet these students and join our class.

    Our training has proven very effective in the past 10 years. We invite you to join the Home of Champions, where your children will be exposed to quality teaching and training. The experience gained by our chief instructor will pass on to you. We follow traditional Japanese Training in our daily classes.

    We are located in Plaza de Rosales Shopping Center,in Suite 800A, on 2201A West Stan Schlueter loop, Killeen, Texas. Our School training area is a 2000 sq. ft. facility in a new building with plenty of space for everyone to practice.

    We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our organization, location of other members, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well. Please visit our new online Karate Store for your favorite items.

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    2009 National Champion

    5 NEW NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. Congratulations to all the team members and parents for going to the Nationals. We have done it again! Click here and read the story printed in the Killeen Daily Herald on 16 July 2009.

    2008 Champions

    In 2009 we competed at the Texas Regionals in San Antonio in May and we returned with 6 State Champions that are ready for the Nationals in July. In 2008 we added 7 New National Champions and State Champions to our list, ranging from 6 years old to 50 years of age. On 18 July 2008 we traveled to Houston with 18 students to do battle at the Nationals and we proved it again, we won 7 National Champions, 7 silver medals and 7 bronce medals. On May 2008 we won 7 State Champions at the state level competition. Visit our link on the left to view the list of Champions. Click here and read the story printed in 2008 in the Killeen Daily Herald.

    WELCOME. This is the school that turns students into Champions, Mentors and Leaders.

    2008 Champions

    What is Karate?

    "True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice."
    -- Gichin Funakoshi


    Karate translated either means "Chinese hand" or "Empty hand" depending on which Japanese or Chinese characters you use to write it.

    Okinawan Karate styles tend to be hard and external. In defense they tend to be circular, and in offense linear. Shobukan Students Okinawan Karate styles tend to place more emphasis on rigorous physical conditioning than the Japanese styles. Japanese styles tend to have longer, more stylistic movements and to be higher commitment. They also tend to be linear in movement, offense, and defense.

    Both tend to be high commitment, and tend to emphasize kicks and punches, blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, joint manipulations and a strong offense as a good defense. Karate techniques consist basically of hand and foot techniques. Hand techniques are divided into defensive or offensive moves. Foot techniques are divided into kicking techniques; snap and thrust kicks. Other important elements of Karate include stances, posture, body shifting, hip rotation, and breathing.

    Training differs widely but most of the Karate styles emphasize a fairly equal measure of basic technique training (kihon), sparring (kumite), and forms (kata). Forms are stylized patterns of attacks and defenses done in sequence for training purposes.

    An art of self-defense as well as a sport, Karate has in recent decades proliferated worldwide. It is one of the most widely practiced of the Asian martial arts, with a large following in the U.S., Japan and Europe.

    Benefits of Karate for Children

    The self-image, self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-control; your child development will determine the level of happiness and success he or she will be allowed to experience as an adult. The Martial Arts can aid your child in developing all of the above qualities and more, leading to a healthier, happier, and more successful life. We can also help your child attain:

    •Improved Grades •Leadership Skills •Respect for Others •Increased Concentration •Coordination & Dexterity •Goal Setting & Achievement

    Martial Arts training also gives children something gravely needed in today’s world; the strength not only to say “NO” to drugs and to negative, potentially harmful peer pressure, but to also back up their words with deeds. Our young students become leaders of their peer groups, not the compliant followers who must do whatever is necessary to appease the group, to fit in, to be accepted. The Martial Arts offer your child many benefits that are critically needed in today’s world.

    Karate for Adults

    The Martial Arts are an exciting, unique, and multi-faceted blend of physical, mental, and spiritual qualities. This allows them to offer many life-changing benefits not found in any other activity. They are fun, yet challenging, capable of of honing you gradually into the best shape of your life. They will enable you to control your weight, gain greater energy and stamina, develop a strong, toned, healthy body, and fight premature aging; resulting in a longer, fuller, and more exciting life. The Martial Arts were originally developed from man's instinct for self-preservation. But, as an art, it must also develop the whole person: physically, mentally and spiritually. A way of life that eventually becomes a life-time marathon. Martial Arts can be practiced at any age and require no special equipment, facilities or other people to practice. Plus they give you the ultimate in self-defense. Martial Arts also offer self-control and self-discipline, which are critical to achieving success at anything important in life. They also enable you to achieve mental calmness in emer­gencies and to better manage stress. They instill leadership skills and give you the confidence nec­essary to enjoy more of life. The Martial Arts are also a great place to meet wholesome, new friends. Here you can find a positive, healthy life style for yourself and your family.

    Our Goals

    To Promote the Practice of Traditional Shotokan Karatedo in the Community
    To Promote Friendship with all practitioners
    To Provide a location for all to practice Traditional Shotokan Karate
    To Promote cultural exchange within the Community through the practice of Karate-do
    To Contribute to the Improvement and development of Individual Character, Physical and Mental Fitness of the individual
    To Promote Friendship, Respect, Integrity, Loyalty, Discipline and Family values
    To Motivate Students to become Positive Role models in their Community (to keep students away from crimes and improve their school grades)

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