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Oroville Karate

Oroville- YMCA School of Karate builds self-esteem, creates self-discipline, and fosters self-discovery. 


Monday      6:00 PM Beginners Only
Wednesday 6:00 PM All Levels
Saturday 10:00 AM All Levels

Fees: $40 for Members  or $60 for Non-Members, Those needing assistance to reduce fees may apply for Y-Assist.

Private Lessons are also available with Sensei and Sempai. $100 for four hour-long sessions.

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Ages: 5 and older, great for the whole family


Location: 1684 Robinson Street, Oroville, CA 95965

Other Information: Uniforms will not need to be purchased to start. Children must earn them before the parents buy them. Ask the front desk for a uniform and equipment sheet if you would like size and rate information.


More about our school

Founded: February 2016

Style: Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu originating in Japan

Members of: USA Karate, International Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu Federation, Northern California Karate Federation.


Sensei: Clifton Jackson is a third degree black belt in Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu and has studied this style for 35 years. He has been teaching for 30 years, including as head instructor at the Washington Karate Association's Everett and Kirkland Dojos. He has been a weapons instructor at the WKA's Kirkland dojo, and Instructor at Everett and Edmond's Community College. He Founded Northwest School of Karate in 1992. Sensei Jackson is a gold medalist in international competition. He is also a National Karate Judge.

Sempai: Bryce Keeney has 10 years total martial arts experience. 8 years training in mixed martial arts, specializing in Dutch style kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do (the style that Bruce Lee invented) and Jui Jitsu. Currently the Sempai, assistant instructor, and student in Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu karate at the Oroville YMCA school of karate.











Belts and Promotions

White Belt: Beginner

Yellow Belt: Understanding of kihon- blocks, punches and kicks. The student shows an ability to focus on instruction. Good conduct in the      dojo as well as the home and school. The student can name their style of Karate, instructor, and school. 

Orange Belt: Basic Blocks, kicks, punches, zenkutsu dachi, basic movement, kihon kata, ni, yon and go. Good attendance. 

Blue Belt: Improved Basic, chi no kata, tenno kata, hein nida, hein sanda, ippon kumite and kumite.

Red Belt: Improved basic, all kihon kata chi no kata, tenno kata, heian yondonm, godan and shodan. Kumite (free sparring), ippon kumite,  and shows and understanding of karate-do behavior both in and out of the dojo. 

Purple Belt: Strong basic, chi no kata te, no kata, heian nidan, sandan, yondan, godan, shodan, good karate-do. Ten kihon waza for bo. 

Green Belt: Few advanced kata, strong kumite, shodan no kon. And continued development of karate-do. 

Brown Belt: Good performance of several advanced kata (required Bassai dai), sanbon kumite, strong kumite, shodan ni kon and nidan ni kon Good attitude. 

Shodan-Ho: All of the above including kubo no kon. At least three years of practice. Loyalty to Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu, written paper on the meaning of honor. 

Shodan: No test. One year (minimum) after Shodan-Ho. Is helpful in the dojo and shows good character in keeping with the principals of bushido.

What to expect on Day 1:

Come on in. Meet Sensei Jackson and the other students. Take off your shoes and join the class. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Uniform will be earned after learning some basic commands, maturity, and good attendance. This allows the student to decide if karate is for them before purchasing a uniform. Make sure to ask the front desk for a handbook. 

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