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

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

I would like to welcome you to our site and invite you to train with us. My name is Donald Palko, Shihan; I hold a 8th Degree Black Belt in A.I.M.A Shotokan
Kwanmukan and I am the founder of the Okina Kashi no Ryu (Great Oak Style of Karate).
I began my training in October of 1979 at the F.H. Buhl Club in Sharon Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Hanshi Max Ciscell and Soke Joseph Bonacci.

We are proud members of the American Institute of Martial Arts, Kwanmukan and the International Brotherhood of Martial Artists
Our goal is to build GREAT Martial Artists, that are Ladies and Gentlemen stressing good Citizenship for students of all ages.
Our goal is to provide all of our student with the tools to maintain Healthy Bodies, Strong minds and spirits and establish good habits that will help students maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives. Our focus is on progress and a positive self image not politics




Gales Ferry Karate Runs a continuous year round Karate Program, we accept students that are new to the Martial Arts and those who are seasoned veterans in the Martial Arts we do recognize rank after an evaluation period. We do not have Seasonal Breaks, we do not use Contracts and we are a Family Oriented school. To our brothers and sisters in uniform we honor and thank you for your service and past and future and we welcome you and your families to come and train with us.
Testing Months are: April, August and December every year; next test is April/May, 2015 Date TBD.
All those testing be at the Dojo 1/2 hour prior to test
Testing as always begins promptly at 10am.
Key yearly events are: Gales Ferry/A.I.M.A.Symposium Columbus Day Weekend in October.
This event is open to all local Dojos to train with some quality instructors

We have started a by invitation only online dojo using Please check your email for your invitation.
If you know someone that would like to participate contact me via email or facebook



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 2015 are: April 25, August 22 and December 12.
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.


CLASS DAYS AND TIMES - Little Tigers: 4yrs to 8yrs old
Youth Class: 8yrs to 18yrs old; Adults class 18yrs and older

Little Tigers: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Combined Class (Youth and Adults):
10:30 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: 8:00 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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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Sensei Donald Palko at (860) 908-8168;
or send an  email to: 
Subject line "Gales Ferry Karate Website Inquiry"

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 -