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.

Kevin Gains Blue Belt

April 25th, after a long journey with unforeseen twists and turns, Kevin took and passed his rokukyu test and here he is with his certificate.  Kevin works hard and listens to his instructors, always improving as he goes.  Congratulations, Kevin.

Bruce Reaches Godan

On April 6, 2019, Bruce became the first member of Odayaka Martial Arts to attain the rank of godan (5th degree black belt).  Below is a photo of sensei presenting Bruce with his certificate.  This comes after years of dedicated training and teaching and is certainly well deserved.  We all should thank Bruce for his help along our karate journey and congratulate him on his promotion.

Steve Earns Jukyu

On Saturday, March 23, Steve took his first test and got promoted to Jukyu.  He has worked diligently on all the material and it showed as he passed with fine marks.  The smile says it all.  Congratulations, Steve.

Augustus Passes Two-Tips

March 14 saw Augustus take his second test which he passed easily after all the hard work he’d done to get ready.  He even received a 9+ on one kihon which is a rare score for anyone.  Congratulations, Augustus.  Great going.

Autumn Earns Yellow-Stripe

On February 26th, Autumn took and passed her next test and now has a brilliant yellow stripe running along her belt.  She worked hard on all the requirements and showed that she knew exactly what she was doing.  Congratulations, Autumn.