David Ames Karate: Programs

Here at David Ames Karate, it is about you! We have programs that break down karate into specific rank levels to fit your needs.  We also have programs for people who would like to work on their leg strength and balance (Tai Chi).  Anyone wanting to work on how to fall properly, learn self-defense techniques, and understand human movement, Jujitsu is for you! Read the descriptions below to see what interests you! 

We have broken down our programs into two main sections, adult (ages 13+) and children. As children mature, their needs and wants change which is why we have broken the children's programs down further: ages 4-6 and 7-12.  Above 13, the child will be considered an adult and thus will be placed under the adult program section.

Children Programs

Young Samurai: Ages 4-12

Within this curriculum we endeavor to develop self esteem, confidence, social awareness, cooperation with peers, respect, courtesy and an understanding of following a series of instructions.  This is done by utilizing a step-by-step process, beginning with one idea and gradually increasing to a more complex level of multiple directions.  We redirect the students mistakes with the philosophy "remove errors and focus upon success."
We utilize physical training to assist in the development of higher concentration and focusing on the task at hand.  This is done by not only using traditional training but interactive games as well!

Adult Programs

In the adult track, we focus on traditional values like sincerity, dedication, and respect as well as physical fitness.  We teach students Karate, Okinawan Weapons, Jujitsu, Kung Fu, Judo, Aikijitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Tai Chi.  The classes will be divided into four sections: Karate, Kobudo (weapons), Jujitsu/Judo, and Tai Chi.  Karate classes are then broken down by rank level.

Our adult karate is a tiered program with classes designed for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate, and black belt students.  As the student progresses through the belt ranks he/she will receive instruction for their rank level and needs.

We concentrate on harmony between the body, mind, spirit and the unification of thought through action.  This is done by training kihon (basics), wasa (partner work), kata (floor patterns), and kumite (sparring).  



Karate - Monday Night Class

Monday night's we hold a slightly different karate class than the rest of the week and lasts slightly longer than the others.
The class will begin with a stretching and training period.  After this is instruction for subject of the day (found under the schedule section). Class ends with a practice session where the students will work on the concept presented in class.  

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan, or Taiji Quan, was created in Chen's village in the 1600's by Chen Wangting.  Around 1890, it was taught to the first outsider, Yang Lu Chan, who was given permission to teach publicly, and the art quick spread.  Sun Taiji, the most recent of the five major styles, was created by Sun Lu Tang.
Laurence had attempted to lean Taiji in Ohio, but couldn't find anyone who was competent.  He knew the slow gentle movements contained throws, take downs and joint locks, but no one in Ohio seemed to understand it.  Laurence contacted Mr. Tim Cartmell in California to pursue his interest.  Tim learned from several famous and competent teachers in China and Taiwan, including Sun Jain Yun, the daughter of Sun Ly Tang, and other Sun family members.  He visited Tim in his school, and taught Laurence the Sun Taiji form, showed him how to use all of the moves in the form, and taught several "push hands" drills and exercises. 
What makes Laurence's Taiji class different from almost every other Tai Chi class in Ohio is, after we do the form we pair up and practice the application, including throws, locks, and good basic fighting techniques.  Please join us Wednesday evening from 8:00 to 9:30pm at David Ames Karate school on 335 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. in Akron, OH.
In the first part of the class, we stand in San Ti, stretch, and do power exercises.  The second part of the class is spent learning the footwork and the form.  In the third part of class we learn alignment drills, basic push hands exercises, entering and striking, joint locking and throwing.  Please contact us for more information.
Laurence Frese has studied martial arts in Ohio for several years, he is a beginner in Brazilian Jujitsu, a black belt in Judo, and practices a variety of other martial arts as well.

Judo / Jujitsu


Jujitsu is the method of unarmed combat utilized by the Japanese Samurai (Warriors).  In the event one may become disarmed on the field of battle this method facilitated not only survival but also the possible rearming of themselves whether with their own or an enemies weapon.

Within this ancient martial art is included atemi (vital stroke/strikes and kicks), nage-wasa (throwing techniques), ne wasa (grappling, jointlocks, submission methods), shime wasa (choke-outs), and the understanding of weapons.  It is recognized in order to disarm an opponent of a weapon one must understand the application of said weapon.


At the beginning level students will first learn correct methods of falling (breakfalls) and rolls (rollouts).  From there the student moves into fundamental throws, joint-locks, and choke-outs in cooperation with a partner.   These classes are closely monitored to ensure the safety of the student at all times.

Eventually the student will progress to randori (free movement or sparring) in the Judo tradition.



Kobudo (or "old martial way") is the ancient Okinawan martial arts of weapons.  In this class there is instruction in the following weapons from Okinawa as well as from other Asian cultures.  These weapons are:

Rokushakubo - Six foot staff, also known as "bo" or staff
Sai - Short unsharpened dagger
Tonfa - Handled club
Nunchakun = Short 12" - 14" sticks joined by a rope
Cane - As taught by the Koreans

Weapons develop a greater sense of interval distance as well as ones surrounding area along with a strong perception of grip.

In this class the students will learn the fundamentals of each weapon graduating to basic manipulation, and developing more complex manipulations and dexterity.  From there students move into partner work experiencing combat applications and then not only learning forms but their bunkai, or translations.