Upcoming Events

  • 10/24: No Karate Classes
  • 10/30: 5th Friday Family Flick Night
  • 10/31: Wear Costumes to Class Day
  • 11/7: Book Lovers Day
  • 11/11, 18, 25: Karate Fan Form 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/14: Testing 10:00 a.m.
  • 11/17: World Peace Day
  • 11/21: PreDan 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • 11/23-28: FUN Week
  • 11/25-26: Dojo closed Happy Thanksgiving!

About Us

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Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family. It is in the spirit of ‘ohana that Libby & Tom Hill and their dedicated staff open Family Karate, the ‘Ohana Dojo, and invite all who share in that spirit to join us.

Family Karate is a community of martial artists of all skill levels striving to be stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually through training in martial arts. We conduct our training in a supportive family atmosphere. We believe training in such a manner not only creates stronger individuals but stronger families, and ultimately creates a larger family of which we are all a part.

If you're interested in learning more about Family Karate, give us a call 440-255-7300 or email us with questions!

Class Offerings

Kajukenpo style
Ages 7 & up
Mind & Body Martial Arts Ages 7 to adult
Lil' Dragons Ages 3-4
Junior Dragons Ages 5-6
Fitness Kickboxing Ages 13 & up, Morning & Evening classes
Yoga Saturday Morning class
Tai Chi
Tai Chi for Health forms
Ages 13 & up
Zumba Evening & Saturday classes
Adult & Teen class Saturday classes

Small Biz Saturday

November 25 2015

Family Karate believes in small business!  We are participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28.  The dojo will be open until 3:00 p.m. There will be some terrific prices just for that day for your martial artist or fitness zealot.  Also, you can buy two Family Karate gift certificates and get one free!  We are even offering better prices on our clearance items, so plan on visiting Family Karate on Saturday, November 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Don’t eat too much, but if you do, come and work out with us on Saturday, November 28!

Senseis Doug and Susan DiPalma are testing for their Sandan.  Alyssa Maynard, Hannah Roos, and Maddie Tanner are testing for their Shodan!  Come in to watch and cheer them on any time in the afternoon.  If you would like to be an uke, please see Sensei Libby.  Have a wonderful weekend!

World Peace Day

November 14 2015

On November 17 drive with your headlights on as a public demonstration for peace, think about peace throughout the day and fold some origami cranes.  Instructions on how to fold a paper crane will be available at Family Karate all day.

Remember your full uniform is required for testing.  Do your best!

Wear Costumes to Class Day

October 21 2015

On Saturday, October 31 we encourage all students to wear their Halloween costumes to class.  Everyone who wears a costume will get to select a prize from our overflowing prize box.  Get in the spirit!

5th Friday Family Flick Night will be October 30 at 7:00 p.m.  We will be showing a family-friendly Halloween-themed film.  Cost is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family and includes a drink and snacks.  Please sign up on the Activity Table.

How would you like a vacation in a beautiful Maui condo for 10 days with $5000 in your pocket to spend? This dream vacation can be yours by purchasing the winning raffle ticket for the Family Karate fund of the Sidekick Foundation. This fund provides scholarships to our students that have financial, behavioral, mental, or physical problems.

Only 300 tickets will be sold!! They cost $50 each and are available at Family Karate. The drawing will be November 28, 2015 at noon. They are disappearing rapidly, so purchase yours today!  Send a check for Sidekick Foundation to Family Karate 8901 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060 or call 440-255-7300 with a credit card.

Already we have sold 165 tickets!  Get your ticket NOW before they are all gone!

World Teachers’ Day

October 02 2015

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on October 05, 2015. The day, which is held annually, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. Today World Teachers’ Day is observed in more than 100 countries.

According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development. Education International (EI), the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide, strongly believes that World Teachers’ Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world.

A teacher or schoolteacher is a person who provides education for pupils (children) and students (adults). In many countries, a person who wishes to become a teacher must first obtain specified professional qualifications or credentials from a university or college. Education in its broadest, general sense is the means through which the aims and habits of a group of people lives on from one generation to the next. (With material from: Wikipedia) The text “World Teachers’ Day” has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com

Confucius Day

September 26 2015

Confucius Day is celebrated on September 29, 2015. It honors one of the world’s greatest philosophers. Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.

Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death.

Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, an early version of the Golden Rule. (With material from: Wikipedia) The text “Confucius Day” has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com

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