Who We Serve
FKU was founded in 1971 as a women-only organization, and it remains the case that all senseis are women.
As of 2020, the Board recognizes that FKU can serve a larger community of individuals who are discriminated against for reasons of gender identity, including non-binary and transgender individuals. These groups are victimized disproportionately and need a supportive and safe place to learn self-defense and find balance and community through the art of Shito-Ryu. FKU welcomes anyone who identifies as a member or ally of such a community.
All children (regardless of gender or gender identity) train in the children’s class, and boys who remain at the dojo as they mature, who understand and promote our values, are permitted and encouraged to train in some classes alongside the adult students.