Karate Classes

What is Karate?  Karate is considered to have originated in Okinawa as a system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows.  Very little is known of the exact origins of karate before it appeared in Okinawa, but one popular theory states that it came from India over a thousand years ago, brought to China by a Buddhist monk called Bodhidarma.

Because of the location of Okinawa to China, Korea, and Japan, karate has heavy influences based on the self-defense system from these cultures.  The use of ordinary items to be used as weapons (kobudo) was incorporated into karate.

Our karate program uses the Okinawan Isshin-ryū karate system created by Tatsuo Shimabuku. It is summarized by its formal practice techniques (a.k.a. kata). 15 kata are recognized in this fighting method. Practitioners of the art of strive to achieve harmony, balance and coordination.  Isshin-ryū karate is a blend of two popular karate styles: Goju-ryu (Hard) and Shorin-ryu (soft). 

Isshin-ryū employs a vertical punch with the fingers tucked in and the thumb on top of the fist, blocks are performed with muscle instead of bone, and kicks are “snapped.”

The benefits of our Isshin-ryū Karate program are many. Apart from learning valuable self-defense techniques, you will eventually improve movement fluidity, dexterity, balance, and stamina. The classes are fun and energetic – and a great workout!

Try a class today to see if our Isshin-ryū Karate classes are right for you!


Adult classes are priced with our yoga packages. Children get their first class for free, and the cost is $65/month for two classes a week. To read more about our studio’s pricing, see our prices page.