Gales Ferry Community Center, 18 Hurlbutt Rd, Gales Ferry, Connecticut 06335

Hello and welcome to Gales Ferry Karate home of the Okina Kashi no Ryu (Great Oak Style of Karate).

Whether you are new to the Martial Arts or an experienced Black Belt or Student looking for a new home or if you are Military or Military Family transferring into the New London/Groton area you are invited to join us and find a home that focuses on teaching quality Martial Arts at a reasonable price. GFK is not a gym, so you will not see spandex, gym shoes, aerobics or Cardio-karate we don't teach you how to dance, and "look" like you know karate. We teach the Great Oak Style that is based in a practical scientific approach to applied Martial arts, we also teach Shotokan & Olympic Karate (AAU/WUKO Rules) and are selective in what tournaments we attend. We respect everyone’s rights and consider all students part of our large and diverse family. All of the Gales Ferry Karate students, Black Belts and Soke Palko would like invite you to come to visit our school and train with us and become part of our family. We look forward to seeing you.

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Gales Ferry Karate:

We are a Family oriented, continuous year round Karate program with no seasonal breaks and no contracts. We provide quality Beginner and Advanced Training and recognize previous rank. To our Active Duty, Reserve and Retired Military and Uniformed Services Brothers and Sisters; we Honor and Celebrate your service to our Country and the Consititution of the United States and we welcome you and your families to come and train with us.

Thanks for everyone who attended, helped or supported Soke Palko at the 71st Annual Ledyard Fair on September  9, 10 & 11, 2016 and those who suported and attended the Gales Ferry/A.I.M.A Symposium Columbus Day Weekend October 8th and 9th, 2016. Check us out at

Instructors and Students at Gales Ferry Karate


Class and Test Schedule

Testing is condcuted 3 times a year April, August, December
The testing dates for 2016 are: April 16, August 20 and December 10.
Testing Fees for Kyu Rank Students is: ($40.00/test) required on or before the the day of test. New this year testing fee for Little Tigers is $10.00.

Testing begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. Candidates and Non Testing Students are are required to be at the Dojo at 9:30 a.m. to help set up and assist the Black Belts.
Brown Belt Candidates are required to arrive at 9:15 a.m. to accomplish their requirements prior to the test.


Little Tigers: 4 yrs to 8 yrs old
Youth Class: 8 yrs to 18 yrs old;
Adults class 18 yrs and older

Little Tigers: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Combined Class (Youth and Adults):
10:00 a.m. - Noon

Tuesday and Thursday
Little Tigers: 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Youth and Jr Rank Class: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Black Belt Class/Adult Class: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Brown Belts are invited to the Black Belt Class at Shihan Palko's discretion and subject matter will be presented at an advanced pace

Students KIAI (Spirit Shout) at Gales Ferry Karate


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The Dojo Kun are the 5 precepts created by Shotokan's Founder Gichin Funakoshi. They are recited by all students before and after class to remind all Karate Practicioners that the Martial Arts are not only about building good fighters, but also building good citizens of Good Character, with Self-Confidence, Self-Control and Self-Discipline.

The Dojo Kun is:

Seek perfection of character
Be Faithful
Respect Others
Refrain from Violent Behavior

- Gichin Funakoshi -