Oroville- YMCA School of Karate builds self-esteem, creates self-discipline, and fosters self-discovery.
Days: 3 days weekly instruction based on belt color
Monday 6:00 PM Beginners (White-Orange Belts Only)
Wednesday 6:00 PM All Levels
Thursday 6:00 PM Blue Belt and Higher
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 Sempai. $100 for four hour-long sessions.
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
Sensei: Clifton Jackson is a third degree black belt in Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu and has studied this style for 27 years. He has been teaching for 22 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 College, and Edmond's Community College. Sensei Jackson is a gold medalist in international competition.
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 senpai, 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 Sensi 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.