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Isshin-ryu Karate
Isshin-ryu means "one mind, one heart, one spirit" way

Jersey Judo Karate Academy has been around for over 35 years.  We are the largest karate school in Northern New Jersey.  JJKA  is run by Sensei Rick Norris, a Ku-Dan (9th degree black belt) who has been practicing for over 50 years. Our staff includes over eighty certified, fully trained black belts. Our professional staff focuses on providing individualized classes to our students. All ages are welcome!


Different styles of karate have their origins in various Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea, etc. We study and train in Isshin-ryu Karate, which was developed in Okinawa by Tatsuo Shimabuku. As master of this style, he was a Ju-dan (10th degree).

Tatsuo Shimabuku formulated Isshinryu by combining his teaching from three different masters: Chotoku Kiyan and Choki Motobu, of Shorin-ryu martial arts, and Chojun Miyagi of Gojo-ryu martial arts. After mastering these styles, he created Isshin-ryu karate

Shimabuku used katas from these three masters, and created a kata himself, to formulate the eight hand katas of Isshin-ryu. Jersey Judo Karate Academy teaches these traditional katas, as well as effective fighting techniques. Our school helps students develop coordination, balance, posture, and endurance. Students also gain self-confidence and discipline through progression in karate, while studying the authentic form of Asian Martial Arts.

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