Japanese Art & Cultural Center
A Learning Place for Traditional Martial Arts and Fine Arts
アメリカで日本の伝統武道/文化を学びませんか


 
Many thanks to our friends and neighbors who generously assisted the people in the Tohoku region of Japan affected by the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami happened on May 11, 2011.

Japanese Art & Cultural Center (JACC) in San Jose, California, provides a venue for anyone who is interested in learning or teaching traditional Japanese martial arts and fine arts based upon the meditative culture, civilization, and tradition of the entire Asian region of the world, spanning from ancient India, China, and Japan.

 

The Zen meditation training at JACC, including martial arts as moving meditation, is an educational tool to enhance individual integrity, compassionate character, profound awareness, and self-actualization promoting personal, physical and psychological growth and development of each individual, empowering them to live a happier and fuller life. Such well-balanced, decent individuals capable of making correct judgments and compassionate decisions will contribute to advance our civil, prosperous, and peaceful society.

 

シリコンバレーで誰もが日本の伝統武道、文化、言語を学べる場所

 

2010年に米国カリフォルニア州サンノゼ市に設立された日本芸術文化センター(Japanese Art & Cultural Center (JACC) )は、古代インドから古代中国を経て日本に伝承され、東アジア地域全体の文化的基盤である禅の思想に基づく日本の伝統的な武道・文化に関心を持つすべての地域住民のために、学び、教えるための場所を提供することを目的としています。

 

JACCにおける禅の修行は宗教ではなく、伝統武道の稽古を通じて個人の心身を鍛えると同時に、誠実さ、他者への思いやり、高い認知力、忍耐力、向上心と自己実現を求める優れた心を育む教育手段であり、各生徒の心理的な成長と発達を支援し、幸福で有意義な人生を過ごすために必要な能力を育むためのものです。特に、シリコンバレーで幼少期を過ごす子どもたちが日本の伝統文化に触れ、伝統武道の修行を通じて日本文化に対する理解と友好を深め、広い視野と認識力と困難に立ち向かう強靭さと優しい心を合わせ持つ社会人となって、豊かで平和な国際社会の実現に貢献することを願うものです。
JACC martial arts class schedule image
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Our in-person martial art classes are now available! Regular class fee is $25 per student per class. Please use the link below to view the latest class schedule:


We use Wellnessliving web portal service which can be accessed via smart phones as well. Register as a user (FREE) and agree/sign the waiver to view the class schedule and/or to sign up and pay online.

Please note:

(1) Mask or alternate face covering is requested.
(2) Class size is generally limited to 15-20 students.
(3) Social distance is observed; no physical contact is allowed.
(4) Social conversation should be minimized.
(5) Parents may wait inside or outside.
(6) Students are encouraged to put on uniforms at home instead of using the dressrooms.
(7) Water fountain is available; however, bringing your own bottled water is recommended.
(8) Gender-free restroom is available for use.
Welcome to JACC !!
Please also visit our Facebook Group page .

JACC offers the following classes in Traditional Japanese Martial Arts, Language and Culture:
The Japanese Art & Cultural Center (JACC) in San Jose, California offers the following classes for anyone interested in learning:
JACC Entrance

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts:

Karate / Kendo / Aikido / Kyudo / Iaido


Language Classes:

Japanese / English (ESL)


Children's classes:

Karate / Kendo / Japanese / English (ESL)


View or print our Brochure / Class Schedule (via wellnessliving.com)

We Always Welcome New Members!
Volunters & instructors
Some of our volunteers & instructors
COVID Notes: We currently require all participants (new or existing members) to sign up for classes via wellnessliving.com due to limited capacity to ensure social distancing.

How to Join: Find the class you would like to try out, sign up via Wellnessliving, and select "Free Trial" in the payment option. Most classes offer one free trial lesson. No uniform or equipment is required in the beginning. We also welcome visitors and guests from other dojos. Some (not all) classes offer fulltime high school and college students free access. If you are eligible, select "High School & College" in the payment option, if available, to receive a 100% discount. Parents may join their children's classes free of charge.

Questions? Ask the instructor(s) directly. Or, email us at staff@jpnarts.org. Email is the best way to contact our volunteer staff members.

We are located at 4334 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129 U.S.A. (View MAP) in the Strawberry Park Shopping Center between Tomi Sushi and Teaspoons, next to the Mitsuwa Japanese Grocery Store at the corner of Moorpark Ave. and  Saratoga Ave. just off I-280.
JACC Iaido class photo
Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship) Class Participants
Zazen photo
Zazen (sitting meditation)
Karate class photo 1
Karate class photo
Children's karate class
Beginner children's karate class
Karate lesson photo
Kyudo photo
Kyudo (archery) demo by Scott Sensei
Kyudo class photo
Kyudo (archery) class
Kendo class photo
Kendo (fencing) class
Kendo class photo
Kendo practice
Kendo practice with bogu
Kendo practice with bogu (armor)
Cleaning up photo
Cleaning up the dojo after practice
日本芸術文化センターは、主に古(いにしえ)の武家や公家により育まれた禅に基づく日本古来の伝統武道・文化の教育的普及を通じて、心と身体のバランスがとれた人間形成、優れた人格と豊かな人間性を育み、地域社会・日本人コミュニティーのみならず、地球的視野で国際理解と友好を積極的に推進し、思いやりの心と優しさを持ち、世界平和に貢献できる人材の育成を目指しています。特に、海外で教育を得る機会を持つ子供たちが様々な分野で将来の日本のリーダーとして活躍できるよう、平安・鎌倉時代から江戸時代にかけて主に平和な時代に培われた高度な日本文化の伝統を次の世代に伝承したいと考えています。是非ご支援・ご協力をお願い申し上げます。
Dojo photo
The dojo floor
Entrance photo
Entrance to the dojo
Summer Festival photo
At the Summer Festival
Balloon fishing
Fusen-tsuri (balloon fishing)
Shaved ice photo
Shaved ice at Summer Festival
Curry cook-off photo
Japanese Curry Cook-off
Japanese lesson
Children's Japanese lesson
Halloween party photo
Halloween party
Karate photo
Classroom photo
Classroom
Summer Festival photo
Summer Festival
Summer Festival BBQ
BBQ during Summer Festival
Shoto photo
Shodo (brush calligraphy)
Halloween photo
Halloween costumes contest
Karate photo