about our martial arts school

Eric Banks – Owner / Chief Instructor

Eric D. Banks has been leading South KC Shotokan Karate since he founded it in February of 1996.  Mr. Banks began his training at Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) in Kirksville, MO during his freshman year under the instruction of Dr. Robert DelMas, Dr. Lewis Hershey, and Ms. Tracy Clark.  After transferring to the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), Mr. Banks continued his training and began a club for college students. He later received Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan (3rd degree black belt) rankings from Master Hidetaka Nishiyama (9th Dan), first President of the International Traditional Karate Federation and the American Amateur Karate Federation.

In his teaching and interacting with his students, Mr. Banks seeks to help each individual reach their maximum potential. His teaching style is relaxed yet disciplined, and he enjoys using creative methods involving physics and engineering, art and movies, and simple everyday life experiences to explain concepts. He is fortunate to receive guidance from some of the top instructors in the ITKF / AAKF including C. M. Smaby, and T. Shimoji.

See for more information:  Sensei Eric D Banks – Karate Resume

The Dojo


South KC Shotokan Karate has become a landmark of Grandview martial arts.  This traditional dojo is an institution of self-improvement and the home of champions. You and your family are in good, caring hands with the South KC Shotokan Karate team.

With our focus on creating a POSITIVE, safe, injury-free training environment, South KC Shotokan Karate has earned the reputation in Grandview as well as Lee's Summit, Leawood, Belton, Raytown, of being the top Karate school and character development center in the area.

Although some people think the martial arts are just about fighting, our program is so much more.  When you train in our Karate classes, you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.  Through the practice and honing of physical self-defense skills, you will follow a blueprint for a successful life based on discipline, focus, and perseverance.

You will experience the satisfaction that comes not from winning over others, but from winning over yourself as you become stronger, healthier, and happier than you have ever been in your life.  Get started now and find out how you can be healthier, happier, AND more successful through South KC Shotokan Karate training!

If you’re looking for information about the best Karate programs in Grandview and surrounding areas (like Lee's Summit, Leawood, Belton, Raytown), you’ve come to the right place. South KC Shotokan Karate will empower you with the self-defense and self-improvement programs you’ve been searching for!

To learn more about South KC Shotokan Karate,
call us at (816) 304-8892

Or Visit: We are conveniently located at
12930 13th St
Grandview, MO 64030,
so you, your friends, colleagues, and entire family can train in a
convenient, safe, clean, professional, welcoming environment.