Currently, karate classes are free and available to individuals over 16 years old. We meet on Monday & Wednesday at 7 pm – 8:30 pm.
In exchange for no-cost workouts you must agree to work hard, come to class on-time and train frequently. No previous experience is required (although it is welcome). Please wear comfortable workout clothes if you do not have a Karate Gi (uniform).
Classes are located at:
Takoma Park Recreation Center
7315 New Hampshire Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
We teach Isshin-Ryu Karate.
Isshin-Ryu Karate was created by Tatsuo Shimabuku in 1956, who combined parts of the Goju-ryu and Shorin-ryu schools of Okinawan Karate that he had mastered, as well as adding his own unique additions. Isshin-ryu is different from other Karate syles in several ways. A vertical fist is used for many punches, and there is a focus on quick snapping techniques that quickly retract. In addition, kicks are almost always targeted at lower areas of the body.
We don’t charge any membership fees or dues or anything of that nature for the classes. Our club believes in offering this training for free, but there are some related costs. After an introductory class if you wish to continue you will need to be a member of the Takoma Park Recreation center. You can purchase a 1 year membership here: Membership . This is required to participate. Occasionally we will have a high ranking guest instructor, or attend a training offsite with several high ranking instructors, and in those situations a small donation is appreciated. We would also ask that a student join the Isshin-Ryu World Karate Association (IWKA), as well as contribute to some miscellaneous club costs, such as a small yearly insurance payment. You will also need to purchase some additional items detailed below. Please contact us for current details about the costs of these if you have questions.