修道館 Shūdōkan literally means “Hall where the way (of karate) is studied.” It is a style of karate, and it isn’t.

The art of Shudokan Karate has been taught by the American Shudokan Association (ASA) under the leadership of Hanshi Morris Mack of the Yakima School of Karate. The ASA, with over 15,000 members in the Pacific Northwest, was founded by Walter Todd and Morris Mack in the 1980s. Walter Todd was a student under Yoko Takahashi who was a direct student of Kanken Toyama. Later, Kanken Toyama appointed Walter Todd as Shibu-cho (Branch Director) for the U.S., authorizing him to rank students in Shudokan (Toyama-Style) karate and direct the development of Shudokan in America. NSK  began operation in Nampa in 2004 under the leadership of Benjamin Kincheloe Sensei.

Andrew Mecham Sensei began his study of karate in 1993.  He competed nationally in the sport karate circuit for several years and completed his black belt in Shito-Ryu karate at the age of 16, which was when he first began instructing karate.  He began his training in Shudokan at the age of 30 under Benjamin Kincheloe Sensei, and holds a black belt under the American Shudokan Association as well. He continues his studies regularly and shares the knowledge he can with any who care to learn.  He has trained and continues to train with several prominent martial artists, and incorporates a practical approach to karate instruction.  The American Shudokan Association best fits his philosophy and teaching style.

Our school focuses on the practical application of Karate with the understanding that the "art" was used to teach a science.  We focus on being effective in movement and less on being fancy.  Karate, while it has fantastic benefits for physical and mental health, was created as a combative system of self defense and we view it as such.   Kihon (basics), Kata (forms), and Kumite (sparing) are also heavily incorporated in our curriculum.