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About our classes

The self-defense class in Kailua, HI that can change your life

Classes for everyone

"When we moved to Hawaii, we had the opportunity to study Isshin-Ryu under Sensei Knight for two years. Three things immediately impressed us about Sensei Knight: he is extremely knowledgeable about Isshin-Ryu history, kata, kobudo, and kumite; he teaches Isshin-ryu techniques and principles, along with their practical applications, in a clear and easy to understand manner; and he was unfailingly professional, respectful, and responsible with his students. We were confident that Sensei Knight always had our best interests and safety at heart and that we were getting the highest level of instruction possible. Our training with Sensei Knight was a fantastic challenge!" Jennifer and Greg Healy

Knight's Isshin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo is an excellent program that caters to everyone from complete beginners to advanced students of all ages.

Isshin-Ryu Karate

At Knight's Isshin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo, we practice Isshin-Ryu Karate, a style of karate that developed in Okinawa whose name means "The One-Heart Way." This style of karate is focused on the development of one's character and self-defense.

While other styles such as MMA, Kickboxing and Taekwondo emphasize and hone their martial arts skills for tournament and competition, Isshin-Ryu karate emphasizes close-in fighting against multiple opponents by practicing and applying applications from karate kata for real life self defense situations. A valuable asset in women's self defense. It's also a great way to get aerobic exercise in each class while learning self defense at the same time.

Whether you're training for self-defense or self-improvement, Isshin-Ryu Karate can benefit you greatly. Drop in to our Kailua studio to find out how we can help you, or one of your loved ones be the best that you can be!

Qualified instructors

Knight’s Isshin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo was established in 1995 by David and Stacie Knight.  We are proud that our instructor, Sensei Arcenio Advincula, USMC MSgt (Ret), is one of the cofounders of the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program. 

 * Chief Instructor, David Knight (LTC, U.S. Army, Ret), is a 7th degree Black Belt,  Kyoshi  certified Instructor of Isshin-Ryu Karate.  He is one of only ten certified Isshin-Kai instructors and the only one in the state of Hawaii. Sensei David Knight also has a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence and  Master of Arts in Liberal Arts.  Sensei Stacie Knight is a 4th degree Black Belt  in Isshin-Ryu Karate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences.

We are qualified instructors that know what it takes both mentally and physically to not only progress, but succeed in reaching  goals. Most importantly  we care about you and helping you reach your goals.

With world class trainers instructing our classes, you won’t be sorry you came. Come see the difference authenticity makes! Contact Knight’s Karate in Kailua today at  (808) 492-2725.
  • Group Self-Defense Seminars for team building and business employee enrichment. Give your the employees the gift of confidence while               learning practical self-defense techniques that are immediately usable.
  • Knight's Isshin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo  Self-defense Courses are extremely popular. We provide a safe, positive, and fun environment for                 your children to enjoy themselves, burn off excess energy, learn focus and develop discipline, character, and respect. All students                                    especially ages 4-18 also learn Safety Concepts on how to handle real life scenarios: being lost, emergencies, strangers, and anti- bullying.     *         Little Dragons: 4-5 yr. olds learn karate building blocks, following instructions, and game-like fitness drills designed specifically for them                    and have super fun doing it. These skills prepare them to excel in life and the 6+ youth classes.  
  • Youth: 6+ learn the foundational basics of Isshin-Ryu karate, gain confidence, grow in fitness, perseverance, and respect for others. 
  • Women and Adult: gain practical self-defense skills and weapons training and the confidence to apply them in real life scenarios. 
  • Interview Classes:  All membership begins with our complimentary and private introductory/interview classes so you and your child can                  get a feel for what they will  be learning and what is required in a regular class. We believe you'll be convinced. Visit a class in Kailua and see            for yourself the difference authenticity makes. You'll be impressed with what you see. Call to schedule your private introductory/interview            class today!
  • Private Classes: for those interested in more individualized training
  • Speaking Engagements: We are happy to speak about the confidence that can be gained from  training in handling bullies and self-defense.
  • Facility Rentals:    Do you need a place to conduct your meeting or class? Call us for availability  (808) 492-2725.

Class schedule

Monday and Wednesday

4-4:50PM – Youth: Beginners

5-5:50PM – Youth:  Advanced

6-6:50pmPM – Adults: 18+

Tuesday and Thursday

9-9:50AM -  Ladies' Class

3-3:30PM - Little Dragons: Ages 4 and 5

3:40-4:30PM - Youth: Intermediate


Seminars, Speaking engagements, Private instruction by appointment only


8- 8:50AM - Youth: White thru 1st Green

9-9:50AM - Youth: Advanced

10-10:50- Adults All ranks
*Facility Rentals
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