About Our Dojo

EWC Dojo's Karate class

About Us

The East West Connection has been serving the Milwaukee area for over 48 years.  We have been in our present location for over 40 years.  We teach Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Aikido. 

Our main concern is the health and well being of our students regardless of what program they become involved in. 

Each of our instructors have had years of professional experience in their respective fields of expertise which give them a strong personal insight into their respective arts.

We teach the traditional values of our Martial Arts and pursue our training with a shared will and strong spirit born of a deep passion for each of our arts.

We train together and encourage each other by fostering respect for one another we grow together not only as martial artists but has human beings.

We hope to continue to have a strong positive influence on our community of producing strong leaders and continuing our support of the health and welfare of all the people in our community. 

We Offer

  • Affordable Programs
  • Gift Certificates
  • Family Programs
  • 2,000 sq. ft. workout area
  • Large locker rooms
  • Student lounge
  • Air conditioning

About Master Yamashita

Master Yamashita at EWC dojo

Soken Tadashi Yamashita has dedicated over 60 years of his life to the practice of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo. He is Head of Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and currently ranks 10th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and 10th Degree Black Belt in Kobudo.  A highly respected man in all circles of the martial arts, Master Yamashita is sought after for karate and kobudo seminars from all over the world. He is also the President, Director, and founder of the Yamashita International Budo Association.

Meet Our Staff

Dan Schroeder Sensei bio pic

Master Dan Schroeder

Chief Instructor (Owner)

9th Degree Black Belt Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate

8th Degree Black Belt Kobudo

Master Schroeder's Biography
Mike Meyers instructor pic

Mike Meyers


Tai Chi

Mike Meyers' Biography
Dan Schmitt Aikido instructor pic

Dan Schmitt



Sensei Schmitt's Biography
Jan Schroeder business manager pic

Jan Schroeder

Business Manager (Owner)

Jan Schroeder's Biography