Wayne Earns Jukyu

Wayne works hard in class and on September 17th, he took his first test and passed it with some really strong techniques. He’s already started work on his next rank requirements. Here he is with his certificate – great job, Wayne!

Halloween Party!

We will be having our annual Halloween party on Tuesday, October 29th. All students in the kids class are invited. Be sure to wear your uniforms, not Halloween costumes. Get ready for games, treats, and lots of fun!

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: taichi@odayakamartialarts.com.

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.

Steve Earns Kukyu

Here’s Steve with his new kukyu (2 tips) certificate. He took his test on Saturday, August 24th and showed some really solid techniques. He’s already started on the material for his next rank. Great job Steve!

Emma Reaches Junior Orange

Here is Emma with her newly-earned junior orange belt and certificate. Emma is a very hard worker and showed some great techniques on her test. Now she’s on her way to blue belt. Congratulations Emma!

Emma earns junior orange

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.

Elizabeth Gains Brown Stripe

May 30 and the much anticipated brown-striped white belt test began.  Only the second time at Odayaka has someone gotten this far in the Little Dragons and Elizabeth wasn’t going to tarnish the history of that accomplishment.  She nailed it!  Excellent techniques, combinations and some good sparring against tough opponents.  Congratulations, Elizabeth.

Neil Earns Jukyu

On May 21st, Neil took his first test and earned his jukyu certificate. He’s been working hard on his techniques and it showed on his test. He’s already on his way to the next one. Great job Neil!

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

Deacon Reaches 2-Tips

May 7th, Deacon took his second test and passed it with some really good techniques and a lot of enthusiasm.  And now he’s on toward the next step.  Here he is with his certificate.  Great job, Deacon.

Tai Chi Schedule

Below is the Tai Chi class schedule for the next few weeks before the summer break.

  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Monday, May 13
  • Monday, May 20
  • Wednesday, May 29
  • Monday, June 3

Classes will resume in September after school starts. More information coming soon. Enjoy the summer!

Tim Tests for Yellow

April 30, Tim passed his third test and was promoted to shichikyu.   Tim has come back with a vengeance and trains regularly, works hard when he’s at the dojo and tries to perfect his techniques.  All that showed during his test.  Congratulations, Tim.