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About the New Orleans Shotokan Academy

Martial Arts in New Orleans

About the Owner


Dimitri Papadopoulos began martial arts at the age of five in and after-school program in Milan, Italy.  When his family moved back to New Orleans, he continued judo at the Sensei Nobuo Hayashi at the Hayashi Judo School.  A few years later, he began practicing karate under his father at the Tulane Karate Club, and eventually also became a member of the Louisiana Karate Association, under the instruction of Sensei Takayuki Mikami.  Abroad, the individuals he considers to be his most influential karate instructors are: Carlo Fugazza in Milan, Italy and Tetsuo Otake in Athens, Greece.


After achieving a great deal of success in karate competition, Dimitri changed his focus to spreading the martial arts he had learned to his community.  By establishing programs at different campuses throughout the city, NOSA has been able to reach individuals of all ages.  Because martial arts are for everyone, it is important to have kids programs, college programs, and regular adult programs.  The style of martial art one trains in is secondary in importance to the dedication and attitude of the participants. 


Dimitri Papadopoulos is the owner of NOSA, a martial arts academy in New Orleans with programs for kids and adults in Karate, Judo, Aikido, and Yoga

Martial Arts in New Orleans


About Our Studios


Our mission is to spread MARTIAL ARTS in the New Orleans area.  The programs we offer include JUDO, KARATE, AIKIDO, and YOGA.  We offer programs for both adults and youth. Some of our sites are open to the community, and others may be open only to the institution members. Please check individual locations to find a program that's right for you. We have studios throughout the Greater New Orleans area including:


Tulane Karate Club

JCC Karate

Broadmoor Karate Dojo

Newman Karate

Lusher Karate

Xavier Karate

Call us today for more information about our locations, instructors, and classes.

Photo:Kate Gegenheimer, Marigny Photography

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