SLU Karate Club History
The Karate Club at Saint Louis University was formed in 1991 by Matt Warshauer. He originally learned Tang Soo Do while attending Central Connecticut State University as an undergraduate, and has since returned to Connecticut. His instructors were seventh degree Master Harry Needham and fifth degree Master Frank Capodicasa. Prior to the current instructors, SLU Karate Club has been instructed by Dan Bramer, Kate Steinhable, Keith Montgomery, Patrick Renick, Beth Kovaly, Chris Beardsley and Jamie Mize, and Nam Nguyen.

About SLU Karate

While many student clubs come and go, SLU Karate has withstood the test of time to become one of the longest-running organizations on Saint Louis University’s campus. SLU Karate was formed in 1991 with the goal of teaching self-defense to college students, since SLU’s campus was centered in a higher-crime area. Today it remains one of the only martial arts school at SLU, with regular class sizes of 15-25 students.

Martial Arts Benefits

With SLU Karate, you will learn:

  • Self-Defense Skills
  • Flexibility
  • Improved concentration
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Control
  • Confidence
  • Discipline

Schedule & Classes

Classes are held Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30pm – 9:00pm in the Simon Recreation Center (Multipurpose Room 1, lower level) until the end of the semester. Should the university close, class will also be canceled. 

Getting Involved

No experience is required to join!

SLU Karate offers a unique opportunity for college students to develop themselves through the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do. Classes are taught similarly to a traditional martial arts school, providing you the chance to test for belt rank at the end of each semester.

The club is a part of the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation.

If you have prior experience in other styles of martial arts, you are welcome to join and train with the club.

If you have specific questions, please contact

What To Wear

For beginners, loose-fitting or comfortable workout clothing is recommended. Footwear must be removed before entering the dojang (training studio).
Returning students must wear their uniform and belt.


Understanding that most college students cannot afford the standard $70-$150/month for martial arts lessons, SLU Karate is proud to offer affordable classes. Try us out first! The first 2 weeks of classes are free, no-obligation training sessions for new students to check out the club. Dues will be collected following this grace period.
For beginners (white belts & blue belts), dues are $95/semester, which includes dues and full uniform/belt/basic sparring gear (a $122 value).
For returning students (green belts and above), dues are $50/semester.

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