Welcome to the Grosse Pointe Karate Club and its website!
Our mission is to teach traditional, Okinawan Isshin-Ryu karate as it
was taught to us by
Grand Master Willie Adams,
10th degree black belt.
As your martial arts training progresses, you will become healthier
and more confident. Martial arts training will permeate every aspect
of your life, making you more relaxed and positive, and giving you the
energy and focus necessary to accomplish your goals - at home, at
work, and in school.
Students progress at their own pace with the help of a large number of
black belts, and under the guidance
of our Sensei - Grand Master Michael J. Schaefer,
9th degree black belt.
Students will be taught basic exercises, blocks, strikes, and kicks.
Thereafter, students will learn kata, ippon, and kumite. A kata is a
set of predefined steps against a set of imaginary opponents. Ippon
is a set of contact exercises performed with a partner to reinforce
the basic blocks, strikes, and kicks. Kumite is free sparring, or
More advanced students will also learn traditional kobudo, which is
weaponry. Isshin-Ryu karate teaches two primary weapons: bo and sai.
Beginning students are ranked as white, then green belts. More
advanced students are ranked as brown belts, with the goal of becoming
a black belt.
If you are interested in improving yourself, learning self-defense,
and getting in shape, contact the
or see our Classes and Locations page,
for more information and class availability.