Okinawa Karate Academy

Okinawa Karate Academy

Mehran Shahkar

San Pablo, CA

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32 years in business
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Our dojo has been in El Sobrante/Richmond since 1986.

We practice Uechi Ryu karate for adults, Shotokan and Uechi ryu for Children and Chi Gong for all ages.

I love teaching ways to stay healthy and in good shape and spirit.

As an 8th degree instructor from the Okinawa Karate association my passion is martial arts and have been a part of it for the past 45 years. I am a certifed fitness trainer, specialst in: exercise therrapy, youth fitness and senior fitness. 

Lessons

Karate, Fitness, Mixed Martial Arts, Personal, Qigong, Self Defense


Location

San Pablo, CA 94806

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

Students have a 1/2 hour presonal training with the instructor the they join the group for workot and techniques.

Basic steps, posture position, blocks and stance are thought during the first week of trainig. 


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

I have: 8th degree black belt from the Okinawa karate association. Certified Master Fitness Trainer with International sports science association, Specialist in youth fitness (ISSA) specialist in exercise therapy. Certified group exercise instructor with (AFAA). 


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

Classes are 3 to 4 times per week, the monthly fee is $60 for children and $80 for adults.

Private lessons and personal training fees are 60/hour or 4 lessons for $200.


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching in 1983 when I realized my son needed to learn to defend himself. my first students were my son and 3 of his friends.


What types of students have you worked with?

I work with ages from 4 to seniors. I have some kids with autism and some with physical limitations, but mostly healthy students with viguer and enthusiasm.

 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

All events are enjoyble and exciting, each class and every event is a pleasure for me. Our most recent event was last weekend, we had a visit form the vice president of the Okinawa Karate Association, a great workout and seminar.


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

Visit the school, participate in a class, consider the teacher's attitude towards other students, analyze the character of the stdents at the school.


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

Be as honest as you can be, know what you want from the lesson and how much effort you are willing to apply to achive your goal, then ask the questions that relate to your ultimat goal.