MARTIAL ARTS
Martial Arts

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MARTIAL ARTS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Note: Prices are monthly fees for classes between the first day of the month and the last day of the month. Registration paid after the first of the month in the 

Not all classes available at all camps.


AIKI JU-JUTSU
This type of martial art builds harmony with others and shows how to control the attack. It focuses on the idea that balance is essential to all things. The technique of this class will teach students to defend themselves with little power. Aiki Ju-Jutsu can be recognized by the subtle flowing throws, joint-locks, and extremely effective control of an opponent’s center of gravity. The class also teaches kata and weapons. Youth welcome with instructor approval; must have adult supervision.

Instructor: Masayoshi Umeda (Camp Foster)
Adults: $30
Youth: $30


BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU
Also known as "The Gentle Art", BJJ is a grappling martial art that allows an individual to successfully defend themselves and prevail against a bigger and stronger opponent through the use of leverage-based techniques. These techniques include take-downs, joint locks, and strangle holds. The general aim of a BJJ practitioner is to take an opponent to the ground, establish a dominant position of control, and then force the opponent to concede by applying a joint lock or strangle hold.  BJJ is unique among martial arts in that it allows an opponent to be soundly defeated without causing injury.

Instructor: Ivan Sakamoto (Camp Foster & Camp Courtney)
Adults 14+: $90
Youth 5-13: $60

Instructor: Joe Davis (MCAS Futenma)
Adults 18+: $80

Instructor: Emerson Azuma (Camp Schwab)
Adults 18+: $90

Instructor: Elton Hoshihara Cruz (Camp Kinser & Camp Hansen)
Adults 14+: $80
Youth 5-13: $80


ISSHIN RYU
Isshin-Ryu stresses close-in techniques necessary for self-protection. Unlike most Karate styles, the Isshin-Ryu punch has the fist in a vertical position, rather than palm-down. You will learn a combination of Karate and Kobudu. The class incorporates eight different Empty Hand Kata (a choreographed series of movements) as well as weapons. As in most martial arts, mind and body play a major role in developing patience, self-control, and spiritual stability, especially when developing these skills to improve focus and concentration.
Youth classes open to ages 8-15 years old & 5-7 years old with Sensei approval.

Instructor: Sensei Uechi-san (Camp Foster)
Adults: $50
Youth: $50


MUGAI RYU IAIDO
This class will teach the art of reacting to a surprise attack by counteracting with a sword. Students will learn posture, movement, grip, and how to swing or cut with a sword. Students will also learn respect for other students, the teacher, and the sword.

Instructor: Robert Smith (Camp Foster)
Adults: $30


SETKUDO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Setkudo was founded by Master Hirahara in 1992.  Hirahara Sensei has 6 black belts and over 44 years of martial arts experience. This class is a blend of Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Karate, and Capoeira. Adults and youth may be taught in the same sessions at some locations. Youth ages 6-15 may participate. Children ages 3-5 may participate in the class with the presence and participation of a parent/legal guardian (both child and parent need to enroll as students).

Instructor: Nobuhiro Hirahara (Camps Kinser, Foster, Courtney, & Hansen)
Adults 16+: $60
Youth 3-15: $50


SHORIN RYU
This class will promote range, endurance, and strength. You will learn self-defense and kata, a choreographed series of movements. The use of Okinawan weapons is integrated into the class structure as well.  The fundamentals of this class are: Kata, Kobudo, and Kumite.  Currently only Adult classes scheduled, please speak to the instructor regarding classes for youth ages 5-15.

Instructor: Master Fusei Kise (Camp Foster)
Adults: $75
Youth: $70


Please click here for the current schedule of available classes at all camps.

If you would like to participate in any of these martial arts classes, please come to the facility and meet with the instructor before regularly scheduled class times. Upon receiving instructor approval, you may then register at the fitness center's front counter.
For any additional questions, please email fitnesscenters@okinawa.usmc-mccs.org


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