The Karate Center
The Karate Center
Walla Walla's Premiere Karate Studio
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We have classes for for all ages and skill levels.

Brown & Black Belt

Based on Experience

Adult Beginner

Ages 13+

Family Class

Ages 5+

Youth Beginner

Ages 5-8, 9-12

Youth Advanced

Ages 5-8, 9-12

Youth Private Lessons

Age 4


Our Philosophy

The Karate Center of Walla Walla was founded in 1992 by Shihan Dave Lybbert and is an award winning gym. We have skilled instructors and pride ourselves on being family friendly. We teach traditional Shotokan Karate-do: “the way of the empty hand”. Our view of Karate is one of well roundedness. We teach the fighting and self-defense aspect of Karate as well as the spiritual and philosophical benefits of Karate-do.

We believe that every children is important. We use the techniques of positive reinforcement to create an atmosphere of compassion. We help our young students develop great self-esteem, confidence, communication skills, positive attitudes, and understand the value and rewards of hard work. And yet, we never forget to laugh and have fun.

The Karate Center is perfect for the beginning student as well as the advanced expert. No appointments are necessary to visit and observe. Please come by any time during class hours.

We are proud to offer affordable classes, with family discounts available, as well as NO contracts!

Call to register today!

(509) 386-0520
220 E Alder Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362


Meet our instructors.

Erik Locson


Dave Lybbert


Cindy Lybbert



Take a look at our class times:

Private Youth Lessons (4)
Arranged in half hour blocks.
Youth Beginner (5-8)
Monday & Wednesday: 4:15pm-5:00pm
Youth Beginner (9-12)
Monday & Wednesday: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Youth Advanced (5-8)
Tuesday & Thursday: 4:15pm-5:00pm
Youth Advanced (9-12)
Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Family Class
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Adult Beginner (13+)
Monday & Thursday: 10:00am-11:00am
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Advanced Class
Monday & Wednesday: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-10:00am
Open Gym for all students:
Saturday: 10:00am-11:00am


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