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 Martial Artist looking for a new home or transferring into the New London/Groton area. When you come in to visit or begin training you will soon realize that there is a familiarity to the Dojo yet realize that there is something unique going on. GFK is not a gym, so you will not spandex, gym shoes, aerobics or Cardio-karate we don't teach you how to dance, and "look" like you know karate. Though we do teach more of the sport aspect of Karate to the youth we do not require participation in tournaments as we feel that it ust a way to line soeonne elses pockets with your hard earned money. All of our skills are based in practical applications and are a direct scientific approach to Karat
We respect everyones rights and consider all students part of ouir large and diverse family. All of the Gales Ferry Karate students, Black Belts and Shihan Palko would like invite you to come to visit our school and train with us and become part of our family.


- Read about Shihan Donald Palko -  |  - Read about our Goals, Focus and Our Promise - - What is Shotokan Karate -

We look forward to seeing you.




Gales Ferry Karate is a Family Oriented school that runs a continuous year round Karate Program. We accept both beginners and seasoned Martial Arts Veterans and provide Quality training for all skill levels. If you have previous experience in the martial arts we will recognize your rank after an evaluation period but we encourage you to wear the rank that you earned. We do not have Seasonal Breaks. we do not use Contracts.  To our brothers and sisters in uniform we honor and thank you for your service to our Country and the Consititution of the United States both Active Duty, Retired and Reserves and we welcome you and your families to come and train with us.

Key yearly events are:

Come visit our booth at the71st Annual Ledyard Fair September  9, 10 & 11, 2016
Ledyard Fairgrounds (Look for us next to the U.S. Marines (Hoorah!))

Don't miss our demonstration on Sunday morning September 12, 2015


Gales Ferry/A.I.M.A Symposium Columbus Day Weekend October 8th and 9th, 2016

This event is open to all local Dojos we invite you to check out our facebook page at: Follow the link above for the Symposium Poster, Registration form and see a Sample of the Symposium Certificate.

We are trying to keep with new trends while keeping a traditional basis so we have started a by invitation only online dojo using, or Skype. If you know someone that would like to participate contact Shihan Palko by email, skype or via 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 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.


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):
10:00 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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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Sensei Donald Palko at (860) 908-8168;
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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 -