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Kobukan Martial Arts

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and educate students through martial arts training and discipline to have an impact on their lives in a way that enriches not only themselves but also others.

The philosophy at our studio is one of constant improvement. It is understood that perfection is unreachable and there is always work to be done and progress to be made. We have found this to be a valuable life lesson that serves the student well beyond the martial arts arena.

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East Beach Shoppes
9563 Shore Drive
Norfolk, VA 23518
United States
Phone: 757-963-8463

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at Kobukan Martial Arts:

  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
  • Jiu-Jitsu (Jujutsu/Jujitsu)
  • Kick Boxing
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • Shorin Ryu Karate

Programs & Class Schedule

Roku GoRyu Shorin Ryu Karate ( This class is appropriate for ages 4 & Up) is a Sport-based art containing some of the traditional Matsumura Kata techniques and skills, but combined with higher kicking and faster hand drills. The students are allowed to create their own defenses in conjunction with the formal Kata. Curriculum and mastery for promotion is achieved when the information can be properly taught by a senior to a junior student. Our White Belt classes are for ages 4-adult and teach the basics of escape maneuvers, defense, and core concepts. We offer a 30-minute White belt beginner class to teach the basic Karate etiquette required in the regular classes. This class is MANDATORY for all beginners and graduates will receive a BLACK stripe on their white belt to show their progress. All other belt levels are earned at the individual student’s pace. Sparring becomes a component of Yellow belt and above instruction.

Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu Karate (Adult ONLY ages 15 & Up) is a traditional style of White Crane Karate using a more upright stance and incorporating a whipping speed to techniques. It is felt that the upright stances allow the fighter to move faster than from the lower power stances. The Kata Matsumura brought back techniques from China and includes others added by Hohan Soken; this makes up the core of the Kata used in all Shorin Ryu styles. It is noted that variations of these same Kata have developed and are used in most styles of Shorin Ryu and can be easily recognized.

Our Kickboxing classes ( This class is appropriate for ages 13 & Up) are designed to introduce members to the fundamental strikes and kicks of the Wu Pass Fighting system of Kickboxing while also providing an exciting, high energy workout. Imagine…Kickboxing combined with a CrossFit-style WOD workout! The classes have a rotation for Basics and Advanced curriculums…including sparring days! It has been proven that the best way to increase lean muscle mass, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and decrease unwanted body fat in a limited amount of time is by interval training. This is done by doing low resistance, intense cardio work in a short period of time (3 minute round) then slowing the heart rate down by doing a higher resistance exercise during the (30 sec.) rest period. This allows everyone, regardless of fitness or skill level, to get their heart rate up to a level that is ideal for them to improve their overall ability to perform, then drop it back down and improve recovery time.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (This class is appropriate for ages 4 & Up) BJJ’s parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport – a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in all people, and ultimately, a way (Do) of life. BJJ promotes the concept of using proper technique, leverage, and taking the opponent to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training. A premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, and a healthy lifestyle in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

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