About Pinewood Karate

Pinewood was founded in 1989 by (Napa Valley doctor), Dr. Daniel E. Andrews III and his wife Laurie to teach their children the ancient art of karate-do. They started the school on Pinewood Drive in Napa, thus the name, "Pinewood". As with any good idea, especially one backed by a good and pure motive, it caught on. Other students joined in to study the martial arts. The students called themselves the "Pinewood Karate Club". The "club" continued to grow, but quickly needed a larger place for classes. Since then, the school has been in 3 facilities (dojos) before building a permanent Headquarters in 1994.

The main training hall has beautiful pine-paneling on the walls and the floor is hard wood. A large tatami mat before the shomen is used for practicing a number of techniques - tumbling, sparring, grappling, and throwing. The school is well equipped with heavy bags, pads, staffs, taiko drums, makiwara boards and other traditional training equipment. In addition to the inside, there is plenty of room outside for students to train. The students do the upkeep around the dojo. Work is done with traditional hand tools to teach discipline and manual dexterity. Students use these tools for weapon training as did the ancient founders of karate-do.

Pinewood Karate Mission statement

"To Help Napa Kids Grow Up Safe and Strong."

Pinewood Karate Mission Statement "To Help Napa Kids Grow Up Safe and Strong." The first members of the Pinewood Karate Club were Napa kids who were interested in learning karate. Fortunately, their parents and the Napa community made sure they had adequate food, shelter and educational opportunities. Our emphasis in Pinewood Karate in those days was directed almost exclusively toward teaching the children self-defense. In addition to self-defense techniques however, the kids were also taught life skills that are known to instill self-discipline, self-control and confidence. By 2009 M. Selvam, the first Pinewood Karate international branch chief, was invited to Napa to continue his instructor training. Selvam teaches Pinewood Karate to children in India. Many of these children are from low income families. Without the help of Selvam and Pinewood Karate, these children would not have the opportunity to learn. The expansion of Pinewood Karate to India and other countries requires a change in the Pinewood Karate Mission Statement. The new statement was written to include not just Napa but "the entire world" and not limit the emphasis to "kids" but rather to all "youth." Therefore the new Pinewood Karate Mission Statement is as follows:

"The Mission of Pinewood Karate is to help youth around the world grow safe and strong."

The outreach of Pinewood Karate to the world was made possible by the development of the internet. The international branch schools will be supported online by this expanding technology. This growth also allows Pinewood Karate to expand its role from simply a self-defense school to an international program designed to promote the welfare of youth around the world. Just as the Boy Scouts is centered on camping, Pinewood Karate is centered on self- defense and healthy exercise. Like the Boy Scouts, Pinewood Karate has other objectives that are directed toward promoting the student's health, character and spiritual growth. Of course, world wide outreach will require additional funding. Pinewood Karate Inc. will need the support of another business model. This new business model will be a non-profit based in the United States and patterned after organizations such as Feed the Children. It may be possible to network with other humanitarian non-profit organizations that share the vision of feeding, clothing and educating the underserved youth of the world.

Pinewood Pledge

Pinewood Affirmation

"I have returned to strengthen my spirit."
"To train my heart, mind and body to never give up."
"I resolve to do my best and follow the Matsunoki way!"
Instructor: "Are you ready to train?"
Students: "We are ready!" (all together)
Everyone: "OSU!"

The Pinewood Affirmation and the Pinewood Pledge were written by Dr. Andrews based on traditional karate ethics and teachings. The word "Matsunoki" is Japanese for "Pinewood". Note: the Pinewood Pledge forms an acrostic with the first letter of each sentence, spelling the word Matsunoki.


The following are two of Dr. Andrews's favorite poems which provide inspiration and wisdom that is useful for Pinewood Martial artists.

Don't Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
"Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he worked it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another try.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
--Rudyard Kipling