Welcome to Yama Shi Karate

Yama Shi Karate focuses on the improvement of one's self.

Yami shi Karate

Some words about us

Yama Shi Karate focuses on both aspects of mental and physical developments.  Our system is forged from the blending of different Traditional Karate styles that come from Okinawa.  Our foundation is engrained in the katas from Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, and Tomari-te.  Yama Shi Karate karate-ka (karate practitioners) study blocks, punches and kicking (as found in various styles of Karate), evasive movements and grappling (similar to Aikido), and traditional weaponry.

We train in the classical katas and weaponry while instilling the development of a non-aggressive mindset in our karate-ka. Perfecting physical movements and patterns is only one aspect of training. The other is the focus of understanding the importance of the "Way."

  • Mission - Focus on harmonizing the mind and body for balance, strength, perseverance, and patience.
  • Training - Intense and challenging but strives to bring balance between the physical and metal to achieve a deeper understanding of the martial arts and their influence in one’s daily life.
  • Belief - The journey of training is a life-long task of perfecting movement effortlessly and efficiently while maintaining a still mind.  The harmony of mind and body creates a true form of self-defense, confidence, humility, peace and a true sense of silence.

The Seven Virtues of Bushido

Take a look at our classes

Yama Shi Karate only offers private and semi-private (no more than 5 students in a group) classes. Classes are taught primarily in English. The lessons are tailored to help the karate-ka to learn how to successfully unite kihon (basic techniques), the kata (forms), and the kumite (entangled hands). This union reveals the path to balance. Whether training in or outside of the Yama Shi Karate dojo you are expected to demonstrate the respect, humility, and courtesy upon which karate's long-standing tradition is founded. Be committed to your karate training and always put forth your maximum effort in training and life.

kihon (basic techniques)

Japanese term meaning "basics" or "fundamentals." The term is used to refer to the basic techniques that are taught and practiced as the foundation of most Japanese martial arts.


the kata (forms)

Is a detailed choreographed patterns of movements practiced either solo or in pairs. The term "form" is used for the corresponding concept in non-Japanese martial arts in general.


kumite (Entangled hands)

Is the part of karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques learned from the kihon and kata.


Dojo (Training area)

Literally means "place of the way", a room or hall in which martial arts are practiced.

Funakoshi's Principals (Nijyu Kun)

Benefits of yama shi karate

After twenty years of teaching martial arts to students from age seven to sixty-seven, I have observed that the benefits to every age has been nothing less than astonishing! Some include control of aggressive behavior and the gain of self-respect, self-control, self-defense, self-esteem, focus, confidence, and courtesy. Martial arts training gives yourself the chance to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit. It encompasses not just the physical aspect of the "sport," but mental and emotional lessons as well.

Below are a few more examples of the benefits of studying the martial arts:.

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Contact Yama Shi Karate so we can make arrangements for your training needs.

The first two class are free, and various course packages are available with discounting pricing.

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