Dawson Community Center, San Antonio, TX

Dawson Community Centre

From 04 April 2016 through 31 July 2018, Seishin-Kan instructors taught classes in traditional Shitō-Ryū Karate-dō at the Dawson Community Center, located at the corner of E. Commerce St. and S. Walters.

Street Address
2500 E. Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78203

Unfortunately, the programme did not generate sufficient revenues for the City of San Antonio, so our contract was not renewed after July.  We are now providing more comprehensive instruction at Victory Assembly of God church in Universal City.

For information about classes and participation at the Victory Dōjō, please click here or contact Pellman Sensei directly at:
( USA (01) 210.591.7551 or info@seishin-kan.org.

Map & Directions

Map of Edo (now Tokyo) circa 1850 AD NOTE:  The map has been removed, since instruction is no longer available at this location.

Class Schedule


Class ScheduleSORRY!  Classes in classical Shitō-Ryū karate-dō are no longer available at the Dawson Community Center.  For information about our classes at Victory Assembly of God church, please click here.

Class Participation

Karate-doTraining in classical karate-dō is suitable for everyone.  However, not everyone is suitable for training in classical karate-dō.  Karate-dō is a Way of Life that demands attentiveness, dedication, personal discipline, and a strong desire to achieve excellence.  It is not merely an exercise programme, a leisure activity, or a hobby.  Even sport karate is more than a game!  This is why we offer two different programmes of instruction at the Dawson Community Centre:

Youth & Family Class:  designed for youth aged 8 through 12, along with older members of their immediate family who wish to participate with them as a family activity.  The focus of the Youth & Family class is on karate as a sports and recreational activity, so emphasis in class will be on learning the rules, etiquette, techniques, and sportsmanship of karate as a competitive sport.  Physical fitness and conditioning in preparation for tournament competition is also a key componenent of the Youth & Family Class.  Opportunities to compete in local, state, and national tournaments will be afforded those participants desiring to do so.

Adult & Seniors Class:  designed for participants aged 13** and over who demonstrate maturity in their karate training.  The focus of the Adult & Seniors class will be on the traditional aspects of karate-dō as a healthy, enriching, and disciplined lifestyle that balances physical, mental, and spiritual development, as well as the practical self-defence applications of karate techniques.  Physical conditioning is less rigourous in this class than in the sports-oriented Youth & Family Class, making it well suited to seniors (55 and older) and adults seeking to improve their fitness and stamina at a more gradual pace.

**NOTE:  The classes described above are no longer available at the Dawson Commuity Center.

Fees & Costs


Gold Koban CoinInstruction was offered at the Dawson Community Center in order to make training in classical karate-dō available at more affordable costs than are typically charged in a commercial dōjō that must pay high rental rates for facilities in a commercial strip mall. 

Thanks to the generosity of Victory Assembly of God church, more comprehensive instruction is now available at the same low cost.  Participants can now learn Shitō-Ryū karate-dō, Aragaki-Ryū Okinawa kobujutsu, Musō Jikiden Eishin-Ryū iaijutsu, Ono-Ha Ittō-Ryū kenjutsu, Shindō-Musō-Ryū jōjutsu, and Daitō-Ryū aiki-jūjutsu all for the same low monthly fees that were charged just for karate-dō instruction at the Dawson Community Center!

Please click here for details.

Notice & Disclaimer


Seichu Gishi DenInstruction at the Dawson Community Center by Pellman Shihan and/or John Mills Sensei was being provided as independant contractors; not as employees of the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department, or the Dawson Community Center.

Accordingly, the Seishin-Kan and Pellman Sensei were solely and wholely reponsible for the curriculum, class content, instruction methods, and activities conducted during the karate classes provided at the Dawson Community Center.

Any and all questions concerning the class activities, methods of instruction, and/or curriculum should be directed to the Seishin-Kan's authorised instructors.  Please refer to our "Contact Us" page at the link below for information on contacting representatives of the Seishin-Kan.

The staff of the Dawson Community Center should only be contacted regarding the facilities themselves and its hours of operation.

Classes Canceled!

From 04 April  2016 to 31 July 2018, the Seishin-Kan provided instruction in karate-dō at the Dawson Community Center, located at 2500 E. Commerce Street in central San Antonio. Unfortunately, the programme did not generate as much income as the City desired, so our contract was not renewed.

We are currently offering more comprehensive instruction at Victory Assembly of God church in Universal City, Texas. For more information, please click here.