About Us

KARATE is an Okinawan Japanese form of Self Defense centuries old and rich in tradition.
The Ocala Karate dojo has been the leader in martial arts in Marion County for over 2 decades.

Proclamation from Gov. Jeb Bush

Proclamation from Gov. Jeb Bush

If you have questions feel free to contact us directly, know we will always do our best to answer these honestly and openly. We look forward to hearing from you.


Bill Woodard’s first Marion County Karate Dojo opened in Belleview in 1985, because of his passion for the Martial arts. It has been known world wide for excellence ever since.
Now more than 2 decades later and located in Ocala.
Bill Woodard’s Karate Dojo is better than ever.

Voted one of the USA’s top 200 Martial Arts Schools, by Martial Arts Business.com
Bill Woodard’s Ocala Karate Dojo:
Has received proclamations and awards from:
The President of the United States, The Govenor of Florida, the Mayor of Ocala, Dept. of Juvenille Justice, City of Ocala, and most of the schools in Marion County (private and public) just to mention a few.

Receives the Mary Sue Rich Award from City of Ocala for Cultural Awareness and Racial Harmony.
Our Philosophy

Over 200 State, National, World Titles

Over 200 State, National, World Titles

When you enter our Dojo, a world of stress release, pleasure, and calm awaits. We are here to help you with your goals of self improvement, and to take away all the pressure of everyday life.

At the Dojo we transform back for one hour leaving our problems, and excess baggage at the door. Here we learn to react without thought to trust our emotions and reflexes. To be with complete confidence and at peace with ourselves.

At our Dojo, we are dedicated to giving you the most complete and highest quality martial arts training available anywhere, Body, Mind and Spirit working together. Feel GREAT!! mentaly and physicaly.

We use the ancient Sempai – Kohai system which means the senior has the responsibility to assist the junior as they were assisted by their seniors.

There are no ego in Traditional training only karate-ka working in harmony.

This way you are never left alone. It’s like having your own personal trainer beside you every step of the way.
Our History

Mayor Gerald Ergle Presents Proclamation from City of Ocala

Mayor Gerald Ergle Presents Proclamation from City of Ocala

“Hanshi”, “Kyoshi”( Master Instructor), “Shihan” (teacher of teachers) “Sensei” (Instructor) “Sempai” Senior Student

Bill Woodard has been teaching Karate and Kobudo in Marion County for over two decades. His Ocala Karate Dojo is known for excellence world wide. With a span of over 20 years of State, National, or International Champions trained by Sensei Woodard personally.

Martial Artist travel from around the globe to train at the Ocala Karate Dojo and Hanshi Woodard. His Dedication to the Martial is reflected in his students.

Bill Woodard “Hanshi”:

  • President and Founder of the National Karate and Kobudo Federation (NKKF)
  • Sogo Budo Kaneta Kai USA Kaicho (US Director)
  • U.S.A. Representative for Toshio Kaneta “Soke” (Founder/Chief) Japan
  • U.S.A. Representative for Hidemi Tamayose “Kaicho” Ryu Kyu Kobudo Okinawa
  • Representative for Kuniba Kai of Osaka, Japan (Soke Kozo Kuniba)
  • Nanadan (7th degree) in Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Karate Do Kaneta Kai
  • Nanadan (7th degree) in Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Karate Do Kuniba Kai
  • Rokudan (6th degree) in Okinawan Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tiara Ha
  • Yondan (4th degree) in Sogo Budo Kaneta Kai Iaido
  • Godan (5th degree) in Goshin Budo Kaneta Kai (Self Defense tactics)
  • Nidan (2nd degree) in Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan
  • Certified by the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan, Kuniba Kai International of Japan, Seishin Kai Karate Union, Sogo Budo Kaneta Kai of Japan, International Shito Ryu Association, The All Japan Karate Do Organization, The Okinawan Karate Federation, World Karate Federation, Japanese Karate Federation, and the World Okinawan Rengokai
  • Oversees and operates the Traditional Karate systems Dojos
  • Honored with N.K.J.U. School of the Year in 1990
  • Honored with S.B.K.K. Instructor of the Year in 1992
  • 1989 Florida F.A.M.E. State Forms Champion
  • 1990 Florida F.A.M.E. State Champion Forms and Weapons Runner-up
  • 1990 N.A.S.K.A. Regional Triple Champion (Forms, Fighting, Weapons)
  • 1990 One of the top N.A.S.K.A 10 National Weapons Competitors in USA
  • 1991 Receives Karate Shihan Title from Soke Toshio Kaneta of Fujioka, Japan
  • 1991 Receives Godan in Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tiara Ha and Goshin Budo
  • 1991 Karate and Kobudo Master of the Year
  • 1994 Awarded Master Captain Licenses by US. Coast Guard
  • 1997 Member of Ryu Kyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai
  • 1999 Joined Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan Okinawa
  • 2000 Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2001 His Ocala, Fl. Dojo was elected as one of the top 200 schools in the USA
  • 2003 placed in the top 10 Black Belts at the World Tournament in Okinawa
  • 2003 Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Recipient of the Ocala Mary Sue Rich Cultural Awareness and Racial Harmony Award
  • 2008 USA Hall of Fame Alumni Award Martial Arts Pioneer
  • 2008 Received “Kyoshi” title from Soke Kozo Kuniba of Osaka, Japan
  • 2009 Received Rokudan in Okinawan Ryu Kyu Kobudo from Soke Kozo Kuniba Japan
  • 2009 Received Shihan Title in Okinawan Ryu Kyu Kobudo from Soke Kozo Kuniba Japan
  • Written articles published in the youth publication Moms and Dads
  • Participated along with several students in the film “The Last Pow” with Martin Sheen & Ralph Machio
  • Teaches Aggression Control techniques to  Law Enforcement, S.W.A.T., Correctional Officers and Mental Health Associates
  • Teaches seminars on Karate, Bunkai and Kobudo Internationally
  • Travels to Japan and Okinawa to train with the Original Masters of the Arts
  • Has trained with some of todays top martial artists as well as legends  of the ancient arts
  • The Ocala Karate Dojo Demo/Competition team is second to none. With over 30 State, National, International, and World Champions.
  • 2015 Received “Hanshi” title from Soke Kozo Kuniba of Osaka, Japan