New Non-Mandatory Mask Classes

Beginning on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, 7:00 to 7:45 and 8:00 to 8:45, Odayaka Martial Arts will be offering two new class times where students will not be required to wear masks while practicing individual techniques. Individual techniques include, but are not limited to, warm-ups, running in-routines or kata and engaging in partner drills where social distancing is reasonably possible. The use of hand sanitizer or hand washing will be encouraged but we will not be requiring the use of gloves for any activity.

Students working close proximity partner techniques such as bogyu waza or sparring will be handled on individual bases.

For the time being, we will not be running drills that require random multiple partner changes.

Students and/or parents of students are asked to do self-check health screening including temperature and symptom reviews before attending class. If you or your child is not feeling well or exhibits any sign of illness, it is important that you stay home or keep your child home.

You do not need to pre-register. Just show up for class, as has been past practice. At this point, classes will be adult/youth mix, as the recent opening classes have been. Please arrive dressed for class.

This class is being offered because all students’ needs are not the same. Some people may choose more or less isolation, depending upon their lifestyles. However, as we have seen, situations change. Please understand that should laws change, the way we conduct classes may change, but at this point, we are endeavoring to respect personal choices as well as meet the needs of all of our students.

For more information, please see our class schedule. Hope to see you in class!

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:

Halloween Party!

This year’s Halloween party is on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 PM. All students in the kids class are invited. Be sure to wear your karate gi, not a Halloween costume. Get ready for games, treats, and lots of fun!

New this year! Do you have a friend between 6 and 12 years old who would have fun at the party? Bring them along!

We’ll need volunteers from the adult class to come and help. Adults can come in costume!

Tai Chi Classes Begin October 7th

Our Tai Chi classes will begin again on Monday, October 7th at 6:00 pm. If you’ve been thinking about trying it out, this is a great time to start!

Classes are held Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 at the dojo and are only $30 for a block of six. Classes are on-going and not divided into sessions, so you can begin at any time. Wear loose-fitting clothing for ease of movement. For more information contact:

Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that is suitable for both men and women, students of almost any age or physical level and does not require any martial arts knowledge. Gain the benefits of better health, mental clarity and calmness of spirit through the moving meditation of the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi.

Thank You Sensei Schlosser

We would like to thank Sensei Kraig Schlosser of Shuri Ryu Karate Academy for coming out to Chardon and teaching this afternoon. We learned about pressure points, joint locks, some self defense applications and even a new kata.

Also thanks to Kevin for being the sacrificial uke for the demonstrations.

Guest Instructor – Sensei Kraig Schlosser

Sensei Kraig Schlosser, sichidan, will be visiting to teach this Saturday, June 8th from 1 to 4pm. This is a great opportunity to come see and practice some new techniques from another style. All students from the adult class are welcome to attend.

Saturday Summer Hours

Beginning on June 1st, we will return to our “open mat” class format on Saturdays throughout the summer.

The dojo will be open on Saturdays from 10:30am until 12:00pm for Little Dragon, junior, and adult students. There will not be a formal class – students are expected to come prepared to work on their own material. Black belt instructors will be present to assist and work with students individually when needed.

Students may come and go at any time, but they must train for at least one hour to receive class credit towards their next rank. There will be a sign-in sheet on the desk for students to sign in and out.

Saturday summer hours will run June 1st through August 24th. The dojo will be closed on Saturday, August 31st for Labor Day, and we will return to our regular Saturday schedule on September 7th.

* Please note: this picture was not taken in Chardon

Chinese New Year 2019

We’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year in the kids class on Tuesday, February 5th. Lots of fun and games and different activities to celebrate the Chinese aspects of our martial arts heritage!

Holiday Schedule

There will be no tai chi classes on December 24th and 31st.

There will be no karate classes on December 25th and January 1st.

All other classes will be held as usual (weather permitting).