What we're about
Berkeley Isshin-ryu welcomes adult students of all ages, body types, and levels of (in)experience. Classes at our dojo are always small, allowing for detailed and personalized instruction for each student. Although workouts are rigorous and we take our practice seriously, we also emphasize safety, fun, and learning.
Isshin-ryu was founded in 1956 by Tatsuo Shimabuku based on his decades of experience with a centuries-old martial tradition. Isshin-ryu is based on the Goju-ryu and Shorin-ryu styles of karate and emphasizes direct and natural movements, mobility, and precision.
We meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 pm and are happy to host beginners or visitors at any class. (If a class falls on or adjacent to a national holiday, contact us to make sure we will be meeting.)
Our workout spaces are located in the Sawtooth Building at 2525 8th St. in Berkeley, just south of Dwight Way. Parking is available on the street.
On Mondays, we meet in Spring/Fall Studio. To get to Spring/Fall Studio, go through the second double doors you encounter as you head south from Dwight Way. Head to the back of the entryway and Spring/Fall is on your left.
On Wednesdays, we meet in Wildcat Studio. To get to Wildcat Studio, go through the first double doors you encounter as you head south from Dwight Way. Head to the back of the entryway and Wildcat Studio is on your right.
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