Our Mission

East Side Martial ArtsĀ is a martial arts school dedicated to teaching children and teens positive character traits through martial arts training. Through our age-specific development program we teach our students to become leaders and positive examples in school as well as at home. As students progress through the belt ranks they are expected to demonstrate character traits such as self-discipline, respect, integrity and concentration at higher levels at the dojo, at school and at home.

The Dojo

East Side Martial arts recently opened a new dojo in the center of Mendon.

Isshin Ryu Karate


Isshin Ryu Karate was developed in Okinawa Japan by Master Shimabuku who combined the power of Gojo Ryu Karate, the speed of Shorin Ryu Karate and the weapons training of Kobu Jitsu. It was formally introduced as a martial arts training system in 1953 by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku.

Isshin Ryu made its way from Okinawa, Japan to the United States by way of the United States servicemen who trained with Master Shimabuku while stationed in Okinawa after World War II. It continues to be a popular form of martial arts today because of its strong traditions and focus on character development as well as physical development.


Master Shimabuku named his form of martial arts Isshin Ryu, which translates to “one heart system” because he felt that a person’s character was more important than a person’s physical strength when training in martial arts.

Master Shimabuku had four main principles for Isshin Ryu Karate and those who trained under the system:

  • To Strengthen the mind and the body
  • To instill Self-discipline
  • To instill self-confidence
  • To gain a means of self-protection which should never be misused