Classes are held in Hilliard, OH at the Hilliard Community Center.

Please register for classes online via the Hilliard Rec and Parks website. The current session dates can be found on our NEWS page or by searching for the "karate" program on the Rec and Parks registration webpage. If you have any issues with the online registration, you can register at the front desk when you arrive at the Community Center.

Our karate class meets at the Hilliard Community Center; 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026; every Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Students must be 10 years of age or older to participate due to the practical self-defense nature of the class (students ages 8 - 10 may be admitted after an individual evaluation). Students range in age and experience and each is taught at their own pace. They are graded on their physical skills of kata and sparring, physical and mental discipline, teaching ability, responsibility, and their maturity in the Martial Arts. Advancement is strictly based on merit regardless of the amount of time spent in class. Rank can be achieved in the Arts of Karate, Aikido, Iaido, Judo and Jujitsu.

While every class differs each week, these fundamental elements are common :

Stretching and Warm-ups are used to begin each class. General conditioning and flexibility are gained as well as learning and perfecting essential techniques such as stances, punches, and kicks.

Kata is a series of movements against multiple attackers. Kata is used teach proper technique, balance, and how to use various weapons. Combinations from these forms can be applied to sparring.

Self Defense techniques are taught from general ideas up through specific situations. Students will learn how to avoid these situations, how to retreat if possible, and how to defend themselves if there is no other option. Situational awareness, how to escape from specific grabs and chokes, and weapon defense are taught.

Sparring and Grappling teaches you how to be tactical, maintain control of your emotions, physical conditioning, and how to use the techniques you've learned in true self defense situations. Bruce Lee said "You can't learn to swim without getting into the water". We spar for learning, not for points or trophies. Approved protective gear must be worn during all sparring sessions.