Since 1960


In 1964 a thirteen-year-old junior high school student named Larry Flournoy joined the Shuto Karate Club and began to study under Rabouin, Sensei and the JKA instructors.  By 1968 he would be promoted to shodan  and would open his own school in Phoenixville, PA in 1972. In 2007 Rabouin, Sensei would name him charter holder and Chief Instructor of the Shuto Karate Clubs, and the President of the American Self Defense Karate Association.

Flournoy joins Shuto 1964

Nate Sparrow also joined the club in 1964. In 1968 he was the first of Rabouin, Sensei's students to be promoted to the rank of shodan. From the mid 1970's until the time of his death in 1997, Nathaniel Edward Sparrow (yondan, Chito-Ryu) headed the Kendrick Recreation Center Karate Club in North Philadelphia


Throughout the 1960's Louis Rabouin and members of the Shuto Karate Club promoted the spread of karate throughout the northeastern U.S. with numerous demonstrations at schools, businesses and recreation centers.

SKC demo 1960's

By 1966 Shuto Karate Club had an enrollment of 180 students, men, women, and children, and operated from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM Monday thru Friday and from 10:00 AM 'til Noon on Saturdays.

Rabouin sensei leads SKC class

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