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


Karate-do Yushin-juku
空手道優心塾


ABOUT KARATE-DO YUSHIN-JUKU

Traditional Japanese karate-do ("the way of karate") is a martial art which originated in the ancient samurai's training and education designed to develop and strengthen personal integrity, discipline and character. It is a form of moving meditation in order to achieve a higher level of awareness and focus, to balance the body and the mind, and to cultivate good leadership and judgement skills.

Traditional karate practice consists of kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Our karate is non-contact, meaning no physical contact ("hit")  is permitted during any of the practice including sparring.

Our chief instructor, Sensei Akihiro Omi, is a 7th degree blackbelt with 40 years of experience in karate. Born in Japan as a descendant of a samurai family, Sensei Omi started his karate training at age 15, studied under many legendary Shotokan karate masters both in Japan and in the United States. He served as president of the Northern California Karate-do Federation, a member of the technical committee for the U.S.A. National Karate-do Federation (USA Karate), and an international referee/judge for the Pan American Karate Federation (PKF) as well as the World Karate Federation (WKF).

Yushin-juku Difference:  Our karate classes focus on character development rather than tournament competition or military-style discipline you might find in other so-called karate schools which can negatively affect students' personality formation and judgement skills while stripping away their self-esteem while overinflating ego. Instead, we use the power of encouragement, compassion and tolerance to guide each student to achieve their life's goals.

We accept student as young as age 4, some even younger. We welcome both complete beginners and people with previous experience in karate or other martial arts.

Please feel free to come and watch or take a free trial lesson at any time; no appointment is necessary. There is no long-term contract; no monthly or annual fee; membership is free. You only pay for the classes you attend, either by dropping in or by purchasing a 10-lesson punch card.


KARATE CLASS HOURS
August-thru-December 2019

Monday
  • 5:00 pm  Beginner Children
  • 6:00 pm  Intermediate & Advanced Children
  • 7:00 pm  Adults

Tuesday
  • 5:00 pm  Beginner Children
  • 6:00 pm  Intermediate & Advanced Children

Wednesday
  • 5:00 pm  Beginner Children
  • 6:00 pm  Intermediate & Advanced Children

Thursday
  • 6:00 pm  Beginner & Intermediate Children
  • 7:00 pm  Adults & Advanced Children

Friday
  • No class

Saturday
  • 2:00 pm  Beginner & Intermediate Children
  • 3:00 pm  Adults & Advanced Children

Sunday
  • 10:00 am  Beginner Children
  • 11:00 pm  Intermediate & Advanced Children
  • 12:00 pm  Adults
Class Fee:  $25 (adults) / $22 (children and full-time students) per class

  • 10-lesson Punch Card:  $230 (adults) / $200 (children & students)
  • Free Trial Lesson is available.
  • No long-term contract or commitment necessary. 
  • No enrollment fee, annual fee or monthly fee.


UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Sunday, December 15: Belt Test @ 1pm

  • NO CLASS from Monday, Dec. 23 thru Jan. 1, 2020.


Sunday, Nov. 18: Belt Test @ 1pm
Sunday, Nov. 18: Belt Test @ 1pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 18: Belt Test @ 1pm



    BELT TEST INFORMATION:

    Our 2013 Belt Tests are scheduled on the following Sundays:
    April 28
    May 19 *
    July 28
    August 25
    September 29
    October 27 *
    November 17
    * indicates blackbelt tests are also available.
    To register, fill out the application form, detach and give the bottom portion to the JACC receptionist with $65 test fee (check or cash only please) on or before the day of the test. We cannot take credit cards for belt tests. Please make all checks payable to "Yushin-juku".
    Candidates should attend 1:00pm class to review their test requirements. The actual test will start around 2:30pm and will end around 4:00pm.
    Upcoming Belt Tests are scheduled on the following Sundays:

    • Dec. 15
    • Jan. 26
    • Feb. 23
    • March 29

      * Blackbelt Exams are scheduled only twice a year in May and October. Make-up blackbelt exams are available in June & November for those who had to miss or failed to pass.





      • Judan - 10th degree Blackbelt
      • Kyudan - 9th degree Blackbelt
      • Hachidan - 8th degree Blackbelt
      • Nanadan - 7th degree Blackbelt
      • Rokudan - 6th degree Blackbelt
      • Godan - 5th degree Blackbelt
      • Yondan - 4th degree Blackbelt
      • Sandan - 3rd degree Blackbelt
      • Nidan - 2nd degree Blackbelt
      • Shodan - 1st degree Blackbelt
      • 1st kyu - Brown belt
      • 2nd kyu - Brown belt
      • 3rd kyu - Brown belt
      • 4th kyu - Purplebelt
      • 5th kyu - Purplebelt
      • 6th kyu - Green belt
      • 7th kyu - Blue belt
      • 8th kyu - Red belt
      • 9th Kyu - Orange belt
      • 10th Kyu - Yellow belt
      Kyudan - 9th degree Blackbelt
      Hachidan - 8th degree Blackbelt
      Nanadan - 7th degree Blackbelt
      Rokudan - 6th degree Blackbelt
      Godan - 5th degree Blackbelt
      Yondan - 4th degree Black belt
      Sandan - 3rd degree Black belt
      Nidan - 2nd degree Black belt
      Shodan - 1st degree Black belt
      1st kyu - Brown belt
      2nd kyu - Brown belt
      3rd kyu - Brown belt
      4th kyu - Purplebelt
      5th kyu - Purplebelt
      6th kyu - Green belt
      7th kyu - Blue belt
      8th kyu - Red belt
      9th Kyu - Orange belt
      10th Kyu - Yellow belt

      Shotokan Kata practiced at Yushin-juku


      Shito-ryu Kata practiced at Yushin-juku

      • Sanchin
      • Matsukaze
      • Seienchin
      • Bassai
      • Kururunfa
      • Nipaipo
      • Shisochin
      • Super-rinpei

      Goju-ryu Kata practiced at Yushin-juku

      • Teisho
      • Seipai
      • Saifa
      For more information, please contact our chief instructor: Akihiro Omi <aki@yushin-juku.org>