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Get moving at Oakland's top martial arts gyms

Get moving at Oakland's top martial arts gyms
Four Elements Fitness | Photo: Shawn T./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on August 28, 2019.

Want to know where to go when it comes to martial arts in Oakland?

Luckily, there's no shortage of great martial arts options to check out in and around Oakland.

To find the top martial arts gyms in the area, Hoodline analyzed data from Yelp, Facebook and ClassPass to identify which studios are the most popular. Read on for the results.

(Bonus: You can try them all out if you're a member of ClassPass, a monthly fitness membership that provides access to thousands of different studios, gyms and wellness offerings.)

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Shaolin Life

1244 23rd Ave.

Photo: Shaolin Life/Yelp

Shaolin Life is Oakland's favorite martial arts gym by the numbers, with 4.9 stars out of 49 reviews on ClassPass, 4.5 stars out of 12 reviews on Yelp and 876 fans on Facebook.

"Shaolin Life's mission is to preserve and continue the 1,500-year-old tradition of Shaolin," states the business's ClassPass profile. "Historically, the Shaolin Temple was enriched by the people and masters of its community. Shaolin Life focuses its efforts on bringing inner awareness and enlightenment studies through martial, spiritual and wellness arts."

Its Yelp page states: "Our amazing program and community helps to develop your skills. We specialize in Shaolin kung fu and qigong for youth."

Check out reviews of Shaolin Life's different classes on ClassPass here.

East-West Wing Chun Kung Fu

192 10th St., Suite 202, Chinatown

Photo: East-West Wing Chun Kung Fu/Yelp

Also among Oakland's favorites is East-West Wing Chun Kung Fu, with 4.8 stars out of six reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of five reviews on Yelp and 316 fans on Facebook.

"As the name implies, East-West Wing Chun combines characteristics of traditional Asian fighting theories with Western methodologies toward training them," according to the business's ClassPass profile. "Join now to learn the traditional kung fu art."

Take a look at reviews of East-West Wing Chun Kung Fu's selection of classes on ClassPass here.

Genbukan Ohka Dojo

5427 Telegraph Ave., Shafter

Genbukan Ohka Dojo | Photo: ClassPass

With five stars out of one review on ClassPass, five stars out of one review on Yelp and 125 fans on Facebook, Genbukan Ohka Dojo has garnered plenty of local fans.

According to the business's ClassPass profile, Genbukan Ohka Dojo teaches "traditional martial arts, ninpo taijutsu, jujutsu, chin na and ba gua. They also teach qi gong and meditation."

See what people are saying about Genbukan Ohka Dojo's different classes on ClassPass here.

Four Elements Fitness

322 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Four Elements Fitness | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.8 stars out of 357 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 32 reviews on Yelp and 767 fans on Facebook, Four Elements Fitness holds its own among the competition.

"Four Elements Fitness a functional training gym committed to helping their members develop their physical potential," according to the business's ClassPass profile. "They help them identify their own physical objectives and the most efficient way to get there, all in a fun and supportive environment."

"With several decades of martial arts experience under their collective belts, Sharon Sanghera-Sidhu and Shawn Tamaribuchi helped cofound Four Elements Fitness in 2014 out of a desire to share the transformative and lifesaving principles they have experienced from training," Four Elements Fitness' Yelp page explains. "They were particularly interested in the potential of martial arts as a tool to cultivate restorative and gender justice by equipping at-risk communities with expert-level instruction and community support that centers the needs of survivors."

See what people are saying about Four Elements Fitness' selection of classes on ClassPass here.


This story was created automatically using ClassPass and other local business data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.