Dojo Cleanup

We held our last class at the dojo on Tuesday night. We will be at the dojo at 7:30 PM on Thursday and 1:30 PM on Saturday to finish packing up and cleaning. Anyone willing to come help on either day is more than welcome.

Shodan Test Cookout

To all Shodan test attendees – You are cordially invited to stay for a cookout immediately following the completion of the upcoming Shodan test.

In the past it has been a potluck, but this time it will be a limited menu event and food will be provided. Please do not bring dishes to share.

If you wish to attend, please text Laura Cross at (440) 679-1572. She is organizing this event and needs to know how many people will be attending. Hoping to see you there!

Shodan Test

Gab and Josh are testing for shodan (1st degree black belt). This is a huge achievement that doesn’t happen very often, so be sure not to miss it!

When:Saturday, August 22nd at 11:00 am
Where:10777 Clark Road in ChardonMap & Directions

The test will be outdoors so that attendees will be able to keep a 6 ft. personal distance – please do so. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available, as well as a restroom.

Entry and exit of the yard/testing area will not require entering the house, although the restroom is in the house.

All attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs along with masks and any other personal protection they want. In case of severe weather, we may need to move the event indoors where it might be harder to keep a 6 ft. distance.

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Kevin Earns Gokyu

Here’s Kevin with his well-deserved gokyu belt and certificate, which he earned on July 2nd. It was a long time coming, but he put in the work and showed solid techniques on his test. Congratulations Kevin!

Another Successful Shugyo

Another Odayaka shugyo is officially in the books. It was windy and mostly cloudy, but we avoided any major rain.

A special thanks to Lynn Forbes for putting together and running a great shugyo, especially with all the social distancing modifications that had to be made. It was still a great workout!

For the complete photo album, visit (photos courtesy of Sensei Brumbaugh).

Shugyo on June 27th

Shugyo is a deep, intense workout of the mind and body.

We don’t hold shugyo very often and it’s definitely a unique training experience. Attending shugyo is optional (until it becomes a requirement for shodan), but eligible students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Who: Students in the adult class who know at least our first three kata.

What: An intense, 4-hour workout on the beach.

When: Saturday, June 27th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor. We will meet at the far east end of the parking lot. map & directions

The weather is expected to be sunny with temperatures in the 80s. There is usually some wind. There is a lot of sun, sand, and water. Be aware that at some point, we usually end up in the water and there are a lot of stones in the water along the shore.

Here are some things to consider bringing:

  • Plenty of liquid for rehydration
  • Snack, if you need one (this is a long workout)
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Wear an old gi
  • Footwear for trekking to and from the beach area/restrooms.
  • Old sneakers or water shoes.
  • If you bring a camera/cellphone, put it in a ziplock bag (sand will get into EVERYTHING)
  • Anything else that you feel would be needed for the weather and activity

In general, plan for a hot, sunny and very active day at the beach.

Shugyo at Headlands Beach

Dojo Reopening

Dear Odayaka Students and Families,

Beginning Tuesday, June 9, 2020 the dojo will reopen in a limited and cautious way. Safety is our highest priority. 

To start with, the dojo will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. There will be two 45-minute sessions on each day, one starting at 7 pm and one starting at 8 pm. In order to maintain proper distancing between participants, classes will be limited to a specific number of students each session. Students should only come for class if they have talked to a black belt who has verified that they have a slot.  

Face coverings will be required and students must come to class in their gi or whatever they will be wearing for training. The changing rooms are closed. 

At least for the early sessions, a COVID-19 screening will be done including a non-contact temperature check and a set of questions.

Given the restrictions, if you are interested in attending and have not talked to anyone about reserving your space at one of the classes, please send an email to or call the dojo at (440) 285-5699 and leave a message stating your name and which day and time fits your schedule. We will get back to you ASAP.

Jim Brumbaugh, sensei

Online Training Available

Don’t let your karate training suffer while you’re stuck inside. Until we can meet at the dojo again, we are offering online training sessions where you work individually with an instructor to keep moving on your material. If we have enough interest, we will also offer live online classes.

Interested? Click the button below to sign up:

Class Schedule Update

Odayaka students and families,

In accordance with Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home order issued over the weekend, the dojo will be closed through Monday, April 6th.

But this doesn’t mean that your karate training has to stop! We are in the process of putting together some online training materials, including pre-recorded videos and live stream classes.

In the meantime, please continue to work on your karate at home. Don’t forget that we have flashcards available on the website, along with videos of our kata for reference while you are training.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, and continue to monitor our website, Twitter feed and/or Facebook page for more updates as they unfold.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Class Schedule Update

Odayaka Students and families,

We will be holding class at the dojo (both kids and adults) tonight (Thursday, 3/19) and Saturday (3/21). After Saturday, we will re-evaluate and make a decision about classes next week.

Kevin Goodrich’s gokyu (green belt) test, originally scheduled for tonight, has been postponed.

During class tonight and Saturday, students should come prepared to work on their own. Instructors will be available for help, but we will not be practicing any partner work that requires person-to-person contact.

Please note that students are not obligated to attend classes at the dojo if you or your child are not comfortable. We are currently putting together plans for remote teaching and training.

We are asking that if you or your child feels ill, please remain at home until the symptoms are gone so others are not potentially exposed.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, and continue to monitor our website, Twitter feed and/or Facebook page for more updates as they unfold.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

COVID-19 Update

While we are aware of and continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, at this point we are not going to close Odayaka Martial Arts Studio or cancel Tai Chi classes.

Odayaka Martial Arts is currently taking actions to maintain a safe and clean environment for our students, their families and our instructors. We are:

  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfectant procedures on touched surfaces and our mat.
  • Providing hand wipes or hand sanitizing liquid where students can use it.
  • As is published by the Center for Disease Control, hand washing is the first most effective method suggested for limiting exposure, so we will be educating students in hand-washing and social distance techniques.

We are also asking that if you or your child feels ill, please remain at home until the symptoms are gone so others are not potentially exposed.

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) and health recommendations, we will remain fluid in our response and keep communication lines open with our students and families. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.

For more information about COVID-19 please visit the CDC website at

Steve Earns Hachikyu

On February 11th, Steve took his hachikyu (yellow belt) test and did an excellent job. His hard work paid off with some great techniques and a solid kata. He even made it past some challenging rounds of kumite. Good job, Steve!

Jeff Reaches Jukyu

Jeff took his first test on January 21st and passed it with some strong techniques. He puts in the work during class and it showed. Here he is with his jukyu (1-tip) certificate – congratulations, Jeff!