USA Karate Clubs has been in operation since 1991. Over the past twenty-five years our club has evolved into the top producer of Karate players in our region. We maintain a high standard of practice which has been recognized by both the World Shitoryu Federation of Japan (Shito-Kai) and the National Governing Body of the sport (USA-National Karate Federation)

Players require speed, strength, endurance, agility, distance, timing, technical knowledge, experience, tactics, and strategy. We model and develop these attributes in a positive, safe, supportive, athletic environment. We present a wide variety of skills and drills to develop striking, kicking, throwing, grappling, and submissions. Additionally, we expect our players to conduct themselves with decorum in and out of the dojo. Champions are by definition confident and disciplined.

We provide the environment, the expertise, and the opportunity to gain the experience to progress in grade. Players need to attend practices regularly, pay attention to the coaches instruction, and give their best effort during practices and meets. There aren't any secret techniques or magic pills to swallow...just a lot of sweat and sacrifice to become proficient.

In all my years, I've never had a black belt tell me the journey wasn't worth the effort.



About Sensei Jeff Bedard:

  • 5th Dan - USA National Karate Federation (USA-NKF)

  • 5th Dan - World Shitoryu Karate Federation (USA Shito-Kai)

  • Class "A" Referee - USA National Karate Federation (USA-NKF)

  • Class "A" Kata/ Class "C" Kumite Judge - Pan American Karate Federation (PKF)

His primary mentors include:

  • Kyoshi Shoko Sato - Pan-American president of the World Shitoryu Federation (WSKF - Shito-Kai)

  • Sensei John DiPasquale - President of Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs

  • Daniel Inosanto - Inosanto Martial Arts Academy

  • Paul de Thouars - Bhakti Negara Pentjak-Silat

  • Jim Smothers Sr. - Black Belt Karate Association - St. Louis, Missouri

    Bedard is originally a product of Fred Wren's Black Belt Karate Association of St. Louis, Missouri. In 1997 he was recruited and trained by World Shitoryu Karate Federation (WSKF) pan-American president Shoko Sato to serve as executive director for the American branch (USA Shito-Kai). Under his direction, the Shito-Kai National Team earned male and female USA-NKF National Team Kumite Titles, in addition to Team and Individual awards at the 2006 (Tokyo), 2009 (Beijing), and 2016 (Monterrey) WSKF World Championships. The USA Shito-Kai Team dominated at the WSKF Pan-American Championships held in Gatineau, Canada in August of 2012 and again in Miami, Florida in November of 2015. He currently serves as Secretary General to the USA Shito-Kai Chapter. Additionally, he officiates at USA-NKF/PKF/WSKF sanctioned championships.

A veteran competitor within the disciplines of Kickboxing and Karate; Bedard and the club's athletes have been featured in Midwest area publications, radio, and television including: The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Suburban Journals, Belleville News Democrat, KMOX, KSD, KTVI, K-SHE, Fox Sports News, Steve Savard’s Sport Challenge, and Show-Me-St. Louis for their achievements.

Bedard has amassed lengthy competitive records with:

  • World Shitoryu Karatedo Federation (WSKF)

  • USA National Karatedo Federation (USA-NKF)

  • USA Karate Federation (USA-KF), 

  • Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

  • American Shotokan Karate Association (ASKA)

  • Japanese Karate Organization (JKO),

  • World Kickboxing Council (WKC), 

  • Karate International Council on Kickboxing (KICK), 

  • International Kickboxing Federation (IKF). 

He has coached adult and junior teams at the: 

  • WSKF World Championships

  • WSKF Pan-American Championships

  • WSKF Venezuelan National Championships

  • WSKF Mexican National Championships

  • WSKF United States National Championships

  • PUKO Junior Pan-American Championships

  • U.S. Open Karate Championships

  • USA-NKF National and Jr. Olympic Championships 

  • USA-Shito Kai National Championships

  • USA-KF National Championships 

  • AAU National and Junior Olympic Championships

  • ISKC American Shotokan Championships

As USA-Shito-Kai Head of Delegation:

2016 WSKF World Championship, Monterrey Mexico

As USA-Shito-Kai Team Coach:

WSKF World Championships

  • 2009 – Beijing, China (Team 3rd place)

  • 2006 - Tokyo, Japan (Team 3rd place)

  • 2003 - Moscow, Russia (Team 8th place)

  • 2000 - Tokyo, Japan (Team 39th place)

USA-NKF National Championships

  • 2008 – Houston, TX – (Men – 3rd, Women – 2nd)

  • 2007 - Charleston, WV. - (Men - 2nd place)

  • 2006 - Charlotte, N.C. - (Men - 1st place)

  • 2005 - San Jose, California - (Men - 2nd place)