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WHAT WE DO
Our style of karate here at East Coast Karate is called Ryukyu Hon Kenpo Kobujutsu as taught by Grand Master Seikichi Odo of Okinawa. We maintain a traditional karate and weapons system with origins dating back more than 2,000 years. Traditional martial arts were developed strictly for self defense thus enhancing their effectiveness. If it didn’t work, there was nobody left to pass it on. Master Odo combined his karate with kobudo or weaponry many years ago in order to teach a complete kobujitsu system in the spirit of the samurai.
Our traditional martial arts program develops MIND-BODY-SPIRIT. Our program teaches skills to protect oneself and the confidence to do so. Positive attitudes are created, self-discipline develops, responsibility increases, and the ability to be persistent allows success. Our students gain focus, respect, and enthusiasm. Consistent participation in our program leads to success in other areas of life. Our introductory class is designed to introduce you to what we do in our program and is open to students ages 6 through adult. Students should come in comfortable exercise clothes and participants will be in their bare feet. No uniform is required. Introductory classes are held the last Tuesday of each month.
Once students have completed this 1 time course, they are able to register for full time classes between the 1st and 5th of the following month. Between the introductory course and the beginning of the next month, new students are invited to purchase a uniform and attend classes. Information on placement in classes will be given to families/students at the conclusion of the introductory course. Upon registration for classes, students will be required to purchase a uniform to be worn in all classes. The cost of the uniform is $20 and will be purchased through the department.
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Beginners: white, yellow, and orange belts
Intermediate: blue, green, and green stripe belts
Advanced: purple and brown belts
Little Kuma Martial Arts (Ages 3-5)
“Kuma” means bear in Japanese. The class meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and students are requested to attend 2 times per week with families choosing which days. Families sign in each night of attendance. Attendance days may vary from week to week but the minimum of 2 days per week is required.The objective of the program is to develop karate skills and life skills in a safe, fun, and controlled environment. The format includes developing each child in the following areas: self-control, respect, focus, listening, paying attention, teamwork, self-confidence, balance, physical fitness, and following directions. All this will be done utilizing games, skills and drills, and age appropriate activities. The students will have their own belt system and rank requirements. A uniform is required and can be purchased through the Martial Arts Department.
Martial Arts Beginner Kids (Ages 6-12)
This class is open to students ages 6 through 12 and belt levels white, yellow, and orange.
Martial Arts Intermediate and Advanced (Ages 6-Adult)
For intermediate to advanced students who have previous martial arts experience. This class is open to students ages 6 through adult and belt levels blue, greens, purple, and browns. Attendance days may vary from week to week but Intermediate and advanced students should attend at least 3 classes per week and a beginner class at least once a week.
Martial Arts Beginner and Intermediate Adults (Ages 13-Adult)
This class is open to students ages 13 and above and belt levels white, yellow, orange, blue, and greens. Attendance days may vary from week to week but Beginner students should attend 2 classes per week. Intermediate students should attend 3 classes per week.
Martial Arts Advanced Adults (Ages 13-Adult)
This class is open to students ages 13 and above and belt levels purple, browns, and black. Advanced students should attend at least 3 classes a week along with a beginner/intermediate class at least once a week.
Martial Arts Advanced Weapons
This class is open to belt levels purple, browns, and black. Students are encouraged to purchase their own weapons. Weapons used are bo, nunchaku, tunfa, sai, and tekko.
Martial Arts Brown and Black Belts
This class is open to all brown and black belts.
East Coast Karate Black Belts
Questions? Please email EastCoastKarate@YocumInstitute.org