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Learn the art of Yoshukai

Corey Williams | The Brewton Standard Yoshuaki teacher Hirokai Toyama works with student and yellow belt Bryan Parker at the YMCA.

Corey Williams | The Brewton Standard
Yoshuaki teacher Hirokai Toyama works with student and yellow belt Bryan Parker at the YMCA.

If interested in martial arts, then look no further than the Brewton Area YMCA where karate instructor Hiroaki Toyama teaches Yoshukai, a Japanese style form of karate.

Yoshukai is known for its rigorous physical training and self-discipline.

Toyama teaches classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for youth ages five to 15 at 6 p.m. and adults at 7 p.m. Experience varies from beginners to the advanced level.

“I want my students to learn patience and respect,” Toyama said. “We start with the basics to build a foundation. I try to show my students good basics, then they can get more advanced.”

Toyama has studied martial arts for more than four decades and is a certified eighth degree black belt. He is ranked No. 1 in the United States in the style of Yoshukai and No. 2 world-wide. He has been teaching for the YMCA for more than 20 years.

Cost for Yoshukai karate class is $35 monthly for members of the YMCA with a $10 discount for each additional member. For nonmembers cost is $70.

The YMCA is open Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the Brewton Area YMCA at 251.867.9622.