Ojishi Martial Arts

Ojishi Martial Arts

5.0 (8)
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

We teach a variation of Shotokan Karate in small class setting with a maximum of six in-person students. Our intention is to focus on giving our community self confidence, self discipline and self awareness through the teachings of Karate.

In light of the pandemic, we now offer lessons online via Zoom for both children and adults. 

The sense of family and community is a strong driving force in my practice. I thrive in the environment of having a message to relay and finding different ways to translate that message in an effective way to students of different learning styles. There is no greater joy than watching the lights turn on for a student and seeing them grow in a strong and positive way.

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Winnetka, CA 91306
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8 Reviews


  • Michael Carney

    Jay is an excellent martial artist, and a very intuitive teacher. He was a Sensei to my 8 year old son and daughter and I was impressed how engaging he was and kept their enthusiasm going (which is hard at that age). The only thing stopping me from being his student is my long production hours on set, otherwise I would be down for it in a heartbeat!

  • Parent

    We came to Ojishi in search of an activity to help our son build esteem, confidence, respect, discipline and active listening. I can honestly say that this is hands down the best thing I have ever invested in for my son. He is more confident, happier and doing better in school. Thanks Sensi Hawk

  • Alexzandria Dye

    Sensei Hawk has so much patience with our daughter; virtual lessons with a 5 year who can’t stay still is beyond challenging. He takes his time and has taught her to stay focused with her Tiger Eyes when she gets antsy. It’s a joy to watch someone so dedicated to sharing his art, we appreciate him so much!

  • Matthew Lane

    I have had the pleasure of training with Sensei Hawk both online and in person. He is not only a great mentor as a martial arts instructor, but as an upstanding human being. His passion and expertise in his craft is clear as day and you can tell he truly loves passing his knowledge on to his students. He has helped me feel more confident in myself through an ever developing set of self-defense skills, life lessons, and even helped me improve my posture (and back pain) through his teachings. I wholeheartedly recommend Sensei Hawk to ANY and all ages and skill levels of martial artists!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

All new students are offered a trial private lesson

Upon assessment, students are directed to private lessons or group classes (unless the student has a preference prior)

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Collectively, 15 years of teaching experience in multiple forms of martial arts. Specializing in youth instruction, adult self-defense, competitive form presentation.

2nd Degree Black Belt in Ai Mute Shotokan Karate, 19 years

Black Sash in Bak Fu Pai Kung Fu, 6 years

1st Degree Black Belt in Go Zen Karate, 2 years

Professional Hollywood Stunt Actor, 11 years (Specializing in Fight Choreography and On-Screen Fighting)

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

For group classes, prices vary depending on the number of participants. Minimum cost is $15

30min Single Private Lesson: $50

1hr Single Private Lesson: $100

Private lessons may be purchased singularly or in packages of 10; which includes a discounted rate.

Semi-Private lessons are available. Prices vary depending on number of participants.

How did you get started teaching?

I found my calling in teaching martial arts at the young at of 16. I knew first hand the transformative powers of martial arts and wanted to find a way to pass that on to others. The confidence and discipline were amazing attributes I learned from training, but most of all, I learned respect. The respect for yourself, others, and the environment around us is something that I believe the world can never have enough of.

What types of students have you worked with?

My youngest student has been my daughter, Jade. She started practicing with me when she was 18 months old and still trains with me today.

I have trained actors with very little or zero martial arts experience to be able to perform for television and film. These rehearsal sessions are usually short and spread, so I have had to learn to teach in a way that is comprehensive and gratifying to instill confidence and empowerment.

I also have experience teaching different forms of martial arts to advanced practitioners. In teaching them, it has been important to recognize their proficiency in movements while still building a strong foundation of the basics. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The quarantine due to the pandemic has been a blessing with rough edges. On one hand, it is made the normal ways of life almost impossible to pursue. But in the other, it has provided very specific challenges to my teaching practice that I have been resilient enough to overcome.

Teaching online via a screen is no the most ideal way to learn for most, but I have found different methods to make this transition smoother.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The most important aspect of your training is your connection to your instructor. Make sure you take the time to get a good feeling from your teacher. The foundation of this connection is crucial to the future of your journey.

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