Kata is the heart of Karate - If your dojo isn't teaching it there is a reason.

http://obikarateschool.com/social/blog/view/187/kata-training-is-the-heart-of-karate

The heart of Karate is the kata. In Shorin-ryu under the Shorinkan association there are 15 kata.  These kata teach all aspects of fighting, they are the encyclopedia of karate.  Kata trains the body to be Quick, there is a distinction between "fast" and "quick". It also develops strength and balance.

There is are two schools in Arizona who can effectively teach Kata, they are:

Gilbert, Arizona

Hughes Karate-Do
Renshi Tony Hughes

and 

Scottsdale, Arizona
Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts
Sensei Richard Poage


When seeking a martial art school if they don't teach kata ask why.  Those who don't teach generally dismiss it as punching air or call it dance, these 'martial artist' have never taken the time to learn what it means to study martial arts.  
In both Renshi Tony Hughes and Sense Richard Poage's dojos you will find instructors who have the knowledge and expertise to teach you what true martial arts are all about.


Tony Hughes karate in Gilbert Arizona

{
"@context": "http://www.schema.org",
"@type": "WebSite",
"name": "Shorinkan",
"alternateName": "OBI Karate",
"url": "http://www.obikarateschool.com"
}
>

{
"@context": "http://www.schema.org",
"@type": "SportsActivityLocation",
"name": "OBI Karate Shorink-ryu Shorinkan Karate",
"url": "http://www.obikarateschool.com",
"logo": "http://obikarateschool.com/images/FINAL_LARGE_CHINATEXT_border.jpg",
"image": "https://yt3.ggpht.com/-_aDBNFFEX7Y/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAAA/-BxZHWPiwfg/s900-c-k-no-rj-c0xffffff/photo.jpg",
"description": "Shorinkan Shorin-ryu Virginia beach since 1968. Karate taught in the manner it was intended for the purpose it was intended",
"address": {
"@type": "PostalAddress",
"streetAddress": "5465 #D Virginia Beach Blvd ",
"addressLocality": "Virginia Beach",
"addressRegion": "Virginia",
"postalCode": "23462",
"addressCountry": "United states"
},
"geo": {
"@type": "GeoCoordinates",
"latitude": "36.8507062",
"longitude": "-76.1729296"
},
"hasMap": "https://www.google.com/maps/place/OBI+Karate+School+of+Virginia+Beach/@36.8507062,-76.1729296,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x92ecc071e5100b2c!8m2!3d36.8507062!4d-76.1707409",
"openingHours": "Mo, We, Fr 18:00-20:30 Sa 10:30-12:30",
"contactPoint": {
"@type": "ContactPoint",
"telephone": "+1(757)499-4474",
"contactType": "phone"
}
}
>

{
"@context": "http://www.schema.org",
"@type": "Organization",
"name": "SHORINKAN ASSOCIATION",
"url": "http://obikarateschool.com/social/pages/view/60/shorinkan-original-7-instructors-and-their-7th-dan-kyoshis-lineage-chart",
"logo": "http://www.obikarateschool.com/images/Shorin-RyuPATCH.png",
"image": "http://obikarateschool.com/offers/images/attributes/hidarigomon.jpg",
"description": "SHORINKAN SHORIN-RYU KARATE VIRGINIA BEACH SINCE 1968. SENIOR KYOSHI NOEL SMITH, 8TH DAN NORTH AMERICA",
"address": {
"@type": "PostalAddress",
"streetAddress": "5465 #D Virginia Beach Blvd ",
"addressLocality": "Virginia Beach",
"addressRegion": "Virginia",
"postalCode": "23462",
"addressCountry": "United states"
},
"geo": {
"@type": "GeoCoordinates",
"latitude": "36.8507062",
"longitude": "-76.1729296"
},
"hasMap": "https://www.google.com/maps/place/OBI+Karate+School+of+Virginia+Beach/@36.8507062,-76.1729296,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x92ecc071e5100b2c!8m2!3d36.8507062!4d-76.1707409",
"contactPoint": {
"@type": "ContactPoint",
"telephone": "+1(757)499-4474",
"contactType": "phone"
}
}
>

{
"@context": "http://www.schema.org",
"@type": "person",
"name": "Noel Smith",
"jobTitle": "Kyoshi 8th Dan Shorinkan - Dojo Owner",
"url": "http://obikarateschool.com/social/pages/view/53/kyoshi-noel-smith-shorin-ryu-shorinkan-united-states-keep",
"address": {
"@type": "PostalAddress",
"streetAddress": "5465 #D Virginia Beach Blvd ",
"addressLocality": "Virginia Beach",
"addressRegion": "Virginia",
"postalCode": "23462",
"addressCountry": "United states"
},
"email": "obibudo@gmail.com",
"telephone": "+1(757)499-4474"
}
>

{
  "@context": "http://schema.org",
  "@type": "Product",
  "description": "Shorinkan Shorin-ryu Association, the premier Okinawan Shorin-ryu ( Kobayashi-te) martial art for self-defense. Developed by the best hand to hand fighters in the world, this system is a true Mixed Martial art. In the 1300's the Okinawans started to combine their fighting system with elements of Shaolin Kungfu, the name Shorin-ryu pays tribute to this fact. Shorin-ryu utilizes the hands, feet, elbows, and knees for strikes, it also has throws and pressure point strikes.",
  "image": "http://obikarateschool.com/offers/images/attributes/hidarigomon.jpg",
"name": "Shorinkan rating",
  "aggregateRating": {
    "@type": "AggregateRating",
    "ratingValue": "5",
    "reviewCount": "11"
  },
  "review": [
    {
      "@type": "Review",
      "author": "Andrew",
      "datePublished": "2015-02-11",
      "description": "My name is Andrew and I started Obi karate about a month ago . It is a great workout and is super fun. It teaches you so many different things about karate. I'm on my first kata . Obi karate does not just teach you karate, it teaches you respect and discipline. I am an eleven year old white belt and I love Obi karate. You can also find my review on YELP Too!",
      "name": "Lots of Fun",
      "reviewRating": {
        "@type": "Rating",
        "bestRating": "5",
        "ratingValue": "5",
        "worstRating": "5"
      }
    },
    {
      "@type": "Review",
      "author": "Ethan",
      "datePublished": "2014-03-25",
      "description": "What I like about this school is that the focus isn't on producing black belts, but instead teaching karate in a sensible and logical manner. Shorinkan schools always say 'We teach and train for quality not quantity. We train for real life and not for competition..'",
      "name": "A life long student",
      "reviewRating": {
        "@type": "Rating",
        "bestRating": "5",
        "ratingValue": "5",
        "worstRating": "5"
      }
    }
  ]
}
>