Martial Arts Lessons in English: Tokyo

ByBert Wishart
Aug 13, 2015

Martial Arts Lessons in English: Tokyo

82387772_9ac78c3410_zWhether you are a total beginner or a high ranking expert, there is something extremely special about learning a martial art in the nation of inception. As well as providing you with the skills necessary to progress in the sport, it also gives an invaluable insight into the background, culture and discipline of, not only the art itself, but also Japan as a whole.

Japanese Martial Arts

Martial arts in Japan have their ancient origins in the times when the caste based society meant that only the samurai class were permitted to carry weapons, thus making knowledge of hand-to-hand combat imperative for all aspects of society. Japanese martial arts can be separated into two classes: koryū, the traditional school referring to codes such as sumo, jujutsu and the various forms of swordsmanship that were used pre-Meiji Restoration on the battlefield; and gendai budo, modern, post-Meiji sports such as karate, kendo and judo that have more emphasis on self improvement than warrior combat.

Martial Arts Lessons in Tokyo

If you are interested in taking part in a martial art during your stay in Japan, there are plenty of classes you can join. The dōjōs (training schools) listed below offer at least some instruction in English.

Japan Karate Association – ISKC Karate

Classes taught in English by Richard sensei, a certified JKA instructor.

Japan Karate Association – Shimokitazawa

Current karate practitioners who cannot speak Japanese are welcome, though for beginners, some basic level Japanese is required.

Japan Karate Association – Meguro

Information in English, Portuguese and Spanish is available, though some basic Japanese may be required.

Japan Karate Association – Joosai

Current karate practitioners who cannot speak Japanese are welcome, though for beginners, some basic level Japanese is required.

Hero Karate Girls

Karate lessons for women and girls instructed by English speaking JKA instructor Hiromi Hikishi.

  • Address: Check website for your nearest class or contact the school.
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 03-3772-8846
  • Email: (Ms. Hiromi Hishiki)

Seidokan Akido of Tokyo

All level akido lessons are offered for both men and women at Seidokan Akido of Tokyo, instructed by American and fifth level black belt Chris sensei.

Kodokan School of Judo

This judo school has an English speaking instructor. Information in English can be given on the below telephone number.

Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo

English lessons are available here for all levels of student, including children, wanting to learn this swordsnamship based martial art.

Tribe Tokyo MMA

Tribe Tokyo has a wide range of Mixed Martial Arts classes including jujutsu, striking and yoga. Classes are available from children to professional levels.


Another MMA gym, Grabaka offers classes in many martial arts disciplines including judo and jujutsu for all experience levels.

JS Gym Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art also practiced in Japan. The Danish instructor at JS Gym speaks English and Japanese.


Mark Guthrie

Photo: "High kick" by Pandiyan V (CC BY-SA 2.0) -Modified

About the author

Bert Wishart editor

Novelist, copywriter and graduate from the most prestigious university in Sunderland, Bert whiles away his precious time on this Earth by writing about popular culture, travel, food and pretty much anything else that is likely to win him the Pulitzer he desperately craves.

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