Japanese Art & Cultural Center

Japanese Art & Cultural Center

12 years in business

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We host various traditional Japanese martial art & language classes. Located at the corner of Saratoga Ave. and Moorpark Ave. just off I-280, in the same shopping center as Mitsuwa which is the largest Japanese grocery store in Northern California, JACC offers karate (Shotokan style), kendo (Japanese fencing), Iaido (sword draw), Kyudo (Japanese archery) and Aikido. Both private and group lessons are available in conversational Japanese classes designed for busy professional adults as well as young children who are interested in learning to speak & read Japanese.

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San Jose, CA 95129
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

For martial art classes (karate, kendo, iaido, kyudo and aikido), a new student should simply come to the dojo (studio) and watch or take a free trial lesson. No appoitment is necessary.

For Japanese language lessons, a new student should send an email to [email protected] to receive the latest class hour info and/or to schedule a private lesson. 

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

We use the punch-card system, instead of monthly fee, to enable students to skip classes when they are busy witout penalty.

There is no hidden cost. Membership is free. There is no enrollment fee, monthly or annual fee. No contract to sign. And there is no long-term commitment or obligations.

How did you get started teaching?

All of out instructors have been teaching their martial arts (and Japanese language) for many years and are experts in their fields.

What types of students have you worked with?

Karate and kendo classes accept small children age 4 and up. Aikido and kyudo are for youths age 11 and older. Adults are welcome in all of our classes.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Summer Karate Training Camp, Japanese Summer Festival & Open House, Halloween Costumes Contest, Spring & Fall Karate Camps, Group Trips to Japan.

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

Our karate (Shotokan), kendo, iaido, kyudo and aikido consists of non-contact, low-impact and safe physical exercises and activities designed to integrate the body and the mind, build the character, and cultivate humanity.

These traditional arts are different from other so-called full-contact karate (kick boxing), MMA, or military-based combat arts. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Many so-called "karate" schools require new students to sign long-term contracts with "huge discount" deals. Beaware, they can trap you! You would be legally obligated to pay even if you drop out or fail to attend their classes.

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