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We consider ourselves a family here at National Karate, and we’d love to tell you more about our story.

National Karate

Our Story

National Karate was founded in 1974 by Grandmaster Jim Butin. Before starting his school, he was a world champion in bare-knuckle karate. Mr. Butin has taught thousands of people in our community and has made a huge impact on the lives of many students.

In 2018, two of Mr. Butin’s own black belts, Phillip Rosier and David Steece, took over ownership. Phillip and David started taking classes at National Karate at the age of 6 and they both received their black belt at a young age. They have competed across the nation and won several national championships. Both started out helping in class as assistant instructors and 15 years later they continue the legacy. We consider ourselves a family here at National Karate, and we’d love to tell you more about our story.


We provide top-level instruction to the community we love.

  • History

    Founded in 1974, National Karate has been a part of the OKC community for over 47 years.
  • Facility

    National Karate is newly renovated! Trust and Gain Confidence in the best surroundings.
  • Community

    We consider ourselves a family here at National Karate and we would love for you to be a part of it.
  • Pricing

    National Karate offers flexible membership plans to fit your needs.


  • We absolutely love National Karate!! They are very kind and dedicated to what they do! They teach with patience and attention to each student!

    Aleise Cowsert


  • We love National Karate. It has become my son’s very favorite extracurricular activity.

    Alison Lowe Estus


  • It is by far the best combination out there of staying affordable, willing to work with parents, and committed to providing good classes with an encouraging attitude.

    Angela Drumb Dunlevy


  • Before starting karate here our granddaughter was shy and quite an introvert. They have really brought her out of her shell.

    Dana Oliver


  • I have been so impressed with this place. The workers are very kind and encouraging to my kids.

    Debi Davis


  • We have been a part of the National Karate family for 3 years now and couldn't be happier! When I say family, I really mean that.

    Erik Catalfu

    Parent and Member

  • We love National Karate—David is an excellent instructor and endlessly patient with my two kids. They’re learning so much!

    Nicole Andrews


  • Watching [my son] inspired me to take the adult classes and I love it!

    Tracey Hickey

    Parent and Member