We believe movement is one of the keys to happiness.

So we wanted to create a safe, inclusive community space that offered a chance for everyone at every level to enjoy moving their bodies in their own style. We treat our community like family. We hope you will join us.

We offer karate and martial arts classes, as well as, yoga and dance.



Isshin Ryu Karate

Isshinryu Okinawa  (one heart/one mind) Karate  is a traditional style introduced in 1954 by Tatsuo Shimabuku. Sensei Shimabuku Studied both the Shorin-Ryu and Goju-Ryu systems; studied Kobayashi-Ryu under Chotoku Kiyan and later under Choki Motobu and Goju-Ryu under Miyagi Sensei. Further more, He studied the Bo, Sai and Tonfa under Taira Sensei, one of Okinawa's most noted weapons instructors.

Isshinryu karate's main goal is to perfect  oneself through physical and mental development. As students learn they acquire self-confidence, serenity, and humility.
Isshinryu has many advantages over other styles such as:

  • Isshinryu stresses "close-in" techniques that are more practical on the street vs. high flashy kicks.

  • Isshinryu techniques are mostly thrown from natural stances, limiting wasted motion, maintaining stability and giving you split-second advantages over other styles;

    • Isshinryu uses a "snap style" that permits you to move quickly, deliver more punches or kicks, and lead naturally into other techniques. e.g. the straight punch has no corkscrew motion common in other styles.


Okinawa Kobudo

The Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai®  is an organization of people who pursue maturity of one’s personality through learning Okinawa Kobudo.

Doushi: People who have the same will, comrades.
Rensei: Train your body and soul.
The Meaning of the Crest

The symbol in the center is called “Hidari Mitsu-Domoe, which symbolizes three souls circling clockwise.  This is the crest of Ryukyu (Okinawa) royal families, around which are decorated nine crowns.  Our crest expresses the hope that Okinawa Kobudo, the traditional Okinawa martial art, will expand and develop through out the world by Kushu-Rengyou and Kugyou-Kyukyoku of our comrades.  Nine crowns express Kushu-Rengyou and Kugyou-Kyukyoku  by using the same beginning sounds of each of the words. (Nine is pronounced “Ku” in Japanese).

  • Kushu-Rengyou:  Be skilled in martial arts through many years of training.

  • Kugyou-Kyukyoku:  Master the true martial arts through unbearable practice.



Nurys Saldana

Chief Instructor-

5th Dan
Isshin Ryu Karate & Kobudo

Katsuhide Kinjo

Okinawa Goju Ryu-

7th Dan
Kata & Tournament Instructor

Jorge Caro

Shito Ryu Karate-

6 th Dan
​Guest Instructor
Kumite & Tournament  Instructor

Tsuyoshi Uechi

Isshin Ryu Karate & Kobudo 9th Dan
Misato Dojo, Okinawa

Dr. Stuart

Shigeo Sumida

​Aikido Instructor

Hawaiian Kenpo  

6th Dan


1224 W 9th Street Upland,CA 91786
Tel. 909.500.1205 | sensei@elitekaratedo.com


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