Over the last 20 years we have been frequently asked by parents if karate would be good for their children. The answer is without a doubt. We recommend that kids have some type of structure in their lives. We have witnessed significant improvements in attitude, grades, respectfulness, and self awareness in many of the students we have taught. We are also frequently asked what type of karate would be good. Several years ago, we answered that question by saying "Simply Isshinryu." This is how we came up with the name Simply Isshinryu – which has now become our dojo and web-site name.
Of course other styles of karate are good some of which are better than others but in our hearts Isshinryu is the best. We opened our dojo because we want to share what we love with people and help other people who feel the same way promote this great art. Yes you heard it right, we said "Art." Karate is not all about fighting and learning how to fight. Karate is the art of self-defense. With karate you can learn how to diffuse a situation, and if need be, take care of your attacker.
Over the years, many fads have come and gone in the martial arts. "Tae-Bo," cardio- karate, kick-boxing, and mixed martial arts (MMA) to name just a few. At Simply Isshinryu Karate & Fitness, our students (called "karate-ka") learn techniques that work in real life situations. Isshinryu Karate basics, Kata, and self defense that we teach do contain an aerobic or cardio-karate component but they also have take down, pressure point, rapid fire, grappling, and "get out of harm's way" components.
Our dojo uses a standardized curriculum that ensures consistency and fairness in determining when karate-ka are eligible for promotion. We teach all of the traditional Isshinryu "empty hand" and weapons katas, and while sparring is not a strict requirement, we encourage our karate-ka to spar under our supervision and controlled circumstances (always refereed). As we frequently ask our karate-ka, "Do you want to take that first hit and be completely surprised when you're on the street in a bad situation, or would you prefer to learn in our controlled and safe environment?"
We offer beginner, advanced, and brown/black belt classes. We welcome karate-ka and black belts (Dans) that have training in other styles. Click on our class schedule, found under the Karate & Fitness tab, for further information about class schedules.