Last Kata

On the last day in the dojo, I couldn’t leave without running one last kata. Thanks to my videographer, here’s the filmed record. After 25+ years it was a sad day but won’t be the last kata I run.

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.

Marjorie Receives Promotion

On May 1, 2020 Marjorie completed her “zoom” test for kukyu, two-tips. A different sort of test that went well and had special help from Eric as uke. Overall, well done. And finally she made it to the dojo to get her certificate though we can’t tell if she’s smiling or not. Congratulations.

Dojo Closing

Dear Odayaka Students and Families,

After 25 years operating in the same location, we regretfully must announce that the dojo will cease operations on October 1, 2020.

We want to thank everyone who has been a part of this wonderful journey – teachers, students, families and friends. We hope in some small way we have enriched the lives of those who have been a part of this and want everyone to know how much we’ve learned and grown from having known you.

Jim Brumbaugh, sensei

Gab gains shodan (black belt)

On Saturday, August 22, 2020, Gabriele demonstrated her knowledge, skills, stamina and humble attitude by taking and passing the comprehensive test for first degree black belt. In an unusual setting, she completed the test with high marks and finished strongly against a set of determined opponents. Reaching this level isn’t something that can be done quickly and Gab certainly put in the time and effort to reach this goal.

Congratulations, Gab.

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.

* Not a current photo

Elizabeth Earns Junior Orange

Elizabeth took her Jr. Orange belt test on Monday, July 13th. She did a fantastic job, showing great improvement in focus and technique. She also had the opportunity to experience outdoor sparring, and adapted well. Sending congratulations and well done to her!

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!

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

Charles gains Orange stripe

Charles continued to train and gain skills through zoom class sessions and advanced enough that he took and passed his orange striped white belt test. Congratulations, Charles who now has graduated to the Juniors program.

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: