(303) 234-9236
Wado Kai Karate Denver Colorado



Lakewood, Colorado

Sadaharu Kurobane, Shihan

On Friday, January 5th, 2024, we said goodbye to Sensei Kurobane. His teachings extended far beyond the dojo, emphasizing the importance of perseverance, integrity, and humility in all aspects of life. Sensei Kurobane’s legacy will forever live on in the hearts and minds of those he has taught, as we continue to carry his teachings forward, both inside and outside the dojo.

Our hearts are filled with immense gratitude for his 53 years of teaching us all what karatedo, way of life, truly means.

On behalf of Sensei Kurobane’s family, Sachiko, June, and Ken, as well as the Denwakan Karate Family, we thank you all for your heartfelt condolences, sharing your memories, and for your support.

We also invite you to share your memories and photographs with our social media page. @Denwakan

Thank you,
Denwakan Karate Center

Classes are running as scheduled. If you have any questions, please call the dojo.

Traditional Japanese Karate, Denver, Colorado



Karate classes at Denwakan are traditional and friendly. Cultivating habits of respect and courtesy are an important part of learning traditional martial arts.

Before the formal beginning of class, one of our karate instructors or senior students leads warm-ups. These are combinations of karate movements, stretches, and conditioning exercises.  

We formally begin each karate class by acknowledging our founder and showing respect for our instructor and fellow students. Next comes a moment of meditation as we recite the dojo precepts. We are now physically and mentally prepared for class.

Class varies each day, depending on what Kurobane Sensei feels we need to work on. There are many ways to improve! We may practice basic drills, timing, rhythm and footwork.  We practice kumite drills (sparring) and we work on our katas (forms) at different speeds to focus on the application of the moves and to obtain a better understanding how our mind and body work together. 

There is a great deal of individual attention in every class. Students are expected to pay close attention to the instructors, and also to their fellow students. 

Please contact us by phone (303) 234-9236 or by e-mail to discuss a trial class karate and for information on class schedules.   

Keeping your mind engaged, your body healthy and your spirit invigorated is a great way to deal with COVID.  

Karate is a great way to work on these goals.  

We hope to see you at our Denver area martial arts center!!!

We teach karate in Lakewood, Colorado. Our karate students come from throughout the Denver metro area including all of Jefferson County including Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, and Littleton.

Denwakan Karate Center LLC
Traditional Japanese Karate
7909 W. 16th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214

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First rate traditional Japanese karate dojo. Sensei Kurobane has 40 years of teaching experience. He adapts his teaching methods to the student’s age and abilities with students ranging from 6 to 65 yrs old. Injuries are minimized, the training is both physical and mental. It applies well to everyday life and refines character. The students are friendly and helpful, some have been with the dojo for decades. The karate style is very efficient and logical. Highly recommended!!
Jim Nolan

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