Although Isla Vista lost a good teriyaki bowl place when Sushi Teri closed, the building’s successor is offering some amazing knuckle sandwiches.
Martial Artist Community Club founder and UCSB Tae Kwan Do coach Patrick Shea moved his group into the new dojo this summer to Pardall Road after eight years without a permanent location. He said the club offers a range of classes from Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do to yoga and weapons training.
To celebrate its recent move, the club is hosting a day of free classes this Saturday and on Oct. 7.
“People of all levels are welcome,” Shea said. “It’s a great community club, we want experts to compete and lead others in their training, as well as invite those with no previous experience to join.”
The club is open from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Shea said he is currently offering a three-class special trial for $20.
Tim Rodriguez, a second-year computer science and mathematics major, who holds a second-degree black belt, leads weapons training classes at the club.
“I’m extremely optimistic and excited about the new location because the club is such a great place to learn,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a great place to learn mental endurance as well as receive physical training by pushing yourself to your limits.”
The club’s influences come from various martial art forms, Shea said, and classes range from stretching to cardio kickboxing. He said he is currently hiring instructors for other exercise programs, including Pilates.
“We’re targeting college students in the community to both train and lead,” Shea said. “We’re always looking for talented people to come instruct others.”
With the club’s new location – and a great sound system – Shea said he thinks the club has something to offer everyone.
“We have a fat sound system and like to blow out the subwoofers when we train,” Shea said. “We like it loud when we’re training.”