Self Defense/martial arts

The Zanshin Martial Arts Program aims to provide students with a comprehensive self-defense curriculum. With strong roots in the traditional martial arts of Japan, the Zanshin Dojo curriculum features striking, joint locks, takedowns, ground scenarios, and weapons defense. All instructors have extensively cross-trained in the four martial arts of Japan: Ju Jitsu, Judo, Aikido, and Karate with additional self-defense study incorporating techniques from boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling. Students will have the opportunity to practice and drill techniques cooperatively with coaching and feedback from instructors. They will also experience the application of these techniques in a more “live” or application format with active resistance from their peers. As students learn, develop, and refine their technical abilities over time, their confidence will grow alongside their fitness and skill set.

YOUTH MARTIAL ARTS

Zanshin instructors have been teaching the martial arts to children, ages 8 to 13, since 1990. Although the curriculum parallels the same skills required in the adult class, the youth program places even greater emphasis on self-discipline and positive life-choices. Far more than a simple study of physical techniques, students progress from controlling their own fears and behaviors to performing under pressure. After several months of training, student have opportunities to develop their leadership skills both on and off the mat.

OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE MISSION

As a non-profit organization, Zanshin Dojo is dedicated to providing all members of the community with access to high quality martial arts and self-defense instruction in a world class facility. Our individual rate of $40 per month and our family rate of $70 per month are intentionally far lower than typical martial arts programs in order to make exceptional training available to everyone. Families in financial hardship can receive waived tuition through work-study or scholarship, and children can obtain uniforms through a dojo donation program. The traditional Japanese Martial Arts serve as a foundation for teaching self-confidence and self-control as well as social responsibility. Our students learn self-defense as they increase their fitness and improve their ability to reach their goals in life and contribute to their community. Students participate in an annual outreach event in which they identify and help community members in need. Instructors volunteer their time and passion in the hope that students will one day become Zanshin instructors themselves and continue the tradition.

WHY ZANSHIN?

Students that pursue their martial arts training with us become a part of the Zanshin family. The connection to instructors and fellow students provides an enriching life experience that extends beyond physical training. Our world class facility is perfectly suited to self-defense and martial arts training. By operating as a non-profit, Zanshin gives access to equipment and instruction that would normally be financially out of reach for many members of the community.

Student Ranks

(Click on a belt to download the belt's student guide PDF)

 Yellow Stripe (Kids only)

Yellow Stripe (Kids only)

 Yellow Belt (Rokkyu)

Yellow Belt (Rokkyu)

 Orange Stripe Belt (Kids only)

Orange Stripe Belt (Kids only)

 Orange Belt (Gokyu)

Orange Belt (Gokyu)

 Green Belt (Yonkyu)

Green Belt (Yonkyu)

 Blue Belt (Sankyu)

Blue Belt (Sankyu)

 Purple Belt (Nikyu)

Purple Belt (Nikyu)

 Brown Belt (Ikkyu)

Brown Belt (Ikkyu)

 Black Belt (Shodan)

Black Belt (Shodan)