Our Classes & Our Way

Oakstrong Martial Arts offers classes covering each of the different aspects of Tang Soo Do karate. Come experience the power of positive reinforcement – while getting a good workout, enhancing the ability to defend yourself and learning an ancient art.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, currently we are offering outdoor, socially (physically) distant, no-touch instruction. Gotta work out, but gotta be safe. If interested in our teachings, please contact us to attend or set up a personal introduction.

Come take a class with us…

  • Basic Karate & Self-Defense – Saturdays 10:00-11:30am… A great 90-minute workout employing a mix of stretching, karate techniques, self-defense, and qigong exercises. Come check us out – beginners welcome and your first class is free. Contact us.
  • Advanced Karate & Self-Defense – Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm… Martial arts for experienced students – employing a mix of stretching, advanced karate techniques, weapons, forms studies, and qigong exercises. Are you and experienced karate practitioner looking to expand your skills and check out something new? Contact us.

Each class employs a mix of stretching, warm-up, karate techniques, self-defense strategies, and qigong exercises.

Oakstrong’s karate instruction employs various formats to teach skills – basic techniques, multi-technique combinations, movement training, traditional forms, and free sparring in a safe and noncompetitive environment.

In each class you will see, hear and practice the physical and energetic aspects of Tang Soo Do karate that display the art and enable the potential to generate and transmit qigong energy. Along the way you will gain confidence, strength, and in no small way make it possible to defend yourself.

Classes are small for personal instruction, and the other students form a wonderful support system and community.

Each type of class follows a standardized basic-to-advanced curriculum that provides the opportunity for you to learn and grow at your own pace and ability. Curriculum is comprehensive from beginner to black belt and beyond.

Classes are open to men, women and serious young adults. New students are welcome to join at any time. Beginners need no special uniform or equipment, just a curious nature and a desire to learn. All techniques are explained and demonstrated to help students at every skill level achieve and enjoy.

To find out more, check out the general class descriptions below.

Class Descriptions

Self Defense &

Basic Karate

This core class is the bedrock of our standardized curriculum using hard-style “Weh Ga Ryu” karate energy. At the basic level you will learn to move, to breath, how to block, kick, and strike.

  • Students learn though a mix of basic techniques, multi-technique combinations, movement exercises, partner practice and controlled sparring.
  • Curriculum is non-competitive and students learn at their own speed and ability.
  • All techniques are taught with technical excellence and practical “street” application in mind.
  • Basic self-defense strategies are discussed and core techniques are practiced.

Train with an expert instructor with over 30 years’ experience.

Tang Soo Do

Advanced Karate

This class takes the studies to the next level in the curriculum, exploring advanced subjects, techniques, and “soft style” internal energy use along with artistic, unique and sophisticated aspects of Tang Soo Do.

  • Subjects include timing, breath control, power generation, and self-defense scenarios.
  • Controlled sparring includes advanced strategies and tournament considerations.
  • Traditional forms capture the artistic majesty of the eagle or the fluidity of the snake.
  • In-depth, advanced self-defense strategy, psychology, and legal aspects are discussed.

This class is by invitation of our senior instructor for those who have exhibited proficiency in basic karate studies.

Self-Defense &


Gain skills and the ability to defend yourself against and use traditional armaments – specifically the quarterstaff (bo), the short stick, and the blunt object.

  • This class is perfect for those wishing to learn practical weapons use, core karate techniques, and powerful artistry.
  • The curriculum uses a combination of technique building and weapons combinations in a highly controlled, super-safe environment.
  • Skills are taught in a practical, no-nonsense manner emphasizing respect for these weapons and their vast potential.
  • Self-defense strategy, psychology, and legal aspects are discussed.

Weapons classes are open to everyone – prior karate experience not required, but useful.

“After training with Oakstrong Martial Arts for just over 8 months I have gained a new level of self respect, confidence, strength and the wonderful feeling of being more centered and connected.”

Wendy L.  – Scotts Valley

“I can’t say enough great things about Oakstrong Martial Arts and I highly recommend anybody who is thinking about learning a martial art, to contact Neville. I promise you, you won`t find a better teacher and mentor.”

Philip L.  – Santa Cruz

“Neville achieves a great balance of introducing the formality of the art, but while teaching in an accessible manner. His instruction and approach and personal patience have been incredible.”

Joel R.  – Santa Cruz

Locations & Schedule

Come check us out – new students are welcome to join our Basic Karate & Self-Defense classes at any time.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Covid-19 -Safe Class Locations – Due to the pandemic, everything has been changing… we are currently conducting classes outdoors and keeping student safety top of mind. Distance. No touching each other or sharing pads and weapons.

  • Outdoor class locations are in Santa Cruz (west side), Scotts Valley, or Ben Lomond  depending on the class and air quality.

Always check our schedule for specific class/seminar times and contact us for specific locations.

Fees & Costs

Below are the costs for our classes – buy one of our payment cards, show up for class, and we check off a credit for class. Easy. At Oakstrong Martial Arts we want our classes to be accessible to everyone. No contracts or auto-withdrawals – pay only for the classes you attend. The only commitment is the one you make to yourself.

Introduction Classes – Come experience the way we teach, the curriculum, and what Tang Soo Do karate is all about. Participate or watch from the sidelines – your first class is free!

Drop-in Fee $15 per class

10-Class Payment Card – $120

Seminar Costs – For individuals the cost is listed for each scheduled seminar. For group seminars each is different – customized for full effect. Costs vary by number of students, seminar duration, and location. Kindly click here for info and contact us to discuss.

Other Fees – There are none. Some studios charge “extra” fees connected with joining an association or advancement/promotion in levels of skill. Oakstrong Martial Arts charges no additional fees and follows the tradition of promotion testing for knowledge and ability, not for money. You earn your rank testing with the dedication, humility and the effort it takes to achieve the required skills.

Equipment Cost – At first, there is no special equipment to purchase. Oakstrong Martial Arts does not sell uniforms or martial arts equipment – but will make recommendations to retailers and on-line sources to buy needed items. To promote for your first rank, a traditional karate uniform is required. As you develop skills, common-sense safety equipment is required for free sparring. For our weapons classes, “training” weapons will be provided – but certainly you will want your own!

Private Instruction – Although our classes offer the best in comprehensive physical and mental training, private lessons are available to fine-tune skills, work on specific areas of study, or prepare for promotions testing. Cost is $60 per hour or 5 payment card classes. Private lessons are subject to scheduling and availability with our instructor.

The small print: Pricing is subject to change without notice. Payment cards are non-refundable and non-transferable. Classes are subject to change and availability – options are non-refundable because of such changes.

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