Karate offers many developmental advantages to youth: improved attention, better focus, self control, anti-bullying, self confidence, and a host of other benefits. It was Anko Itosu, one of our founders, who brought karate to the school system in Okinawa.
Youth classes are Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 pm, and Saturday at 10:00 am. The minimum age for youth is 5 / 6 years old.
We are the 3rd generation of Midwest Karate Academy, a martial arts school in South Bend, IN. It was founded by Hanshi Tadashi Yamashita and Sensei James Ninios over 50 years ago. Kyoshi Jerry Wroblewski ran it for over 40 of those years. Today, Shihan Kris Gravender and Shidoin Brian Bengtsson continue its legacy and tradition as Suibukan of Indiana, an homage to Osensei Yamashita's organization.