WELCOME

West Wind Schools has been the leader in Bay Area martial arts for over 45 years. We teach martial arts, fitness, self discipline, self defense, whole health, boxing, weight loss, karate, balance for all ages (4yr-70yr).

All Ages

We specialize in teaching self-defense to people of all ages.

Unique & Rewarding

We have a unique style of teaching using positive reinforcement allowing very fast results.

Multiple Disciplines

In addition to teaching both Karate and Kung-Fu style martial arts, we also specialize in American Boxing.

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OUR HISTORY

West Wind Schools was founded in 1969 by Master Ron Lee, making us the oldest Karate School in the East Bay. We are passionate about our art, and are committed to helping each student succeed beyond their expectations.

This is not a hobby for us; it is our live's calling. Most of us started teaching at West Wind as teenagers, and this is the only career we've had for decades. We believe you will not find a better learning environment to achieve fitness, self-discipline, confidence and mastery of the martial arts than what we have upheld for 45 years at West Wind Schools.

We want you to become a part of our long and cherished legacy!

WHY OUR SCHOOLS ARE SPECIAL

instruction for all ages

We teach all types of students ages four to seventy-four, men and women. Our motto is 'The Family That Kicks Together - Sticks Together'.

Multiple Disciplines

We also specialize in American Boxing which includes a full fitness training -- you will get in shape fast in our private and group sessions

self improvement

Our goal is to develop a positive, healthy and disciplined individual who can handle any of life's challenges.

summer camp

We also offer a fun summer camp for children ages 6-16. You can sign up for a week or two, or come all summer if you want to immerse your child in martial arts culture and training.

unique style

We have a unique style of teaching using positive reinforcement allowing very fast results.

dedicated staff

Our top tier teachers have been teaching at West Wind for 20-30 years, grew up in the system, and chose it as a lifestyle.

WHAT THEY SAY

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Our Team

 Mr. Flint

Mr. Flint

Senior Chief Instructor

Mr. Flint is a tenth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, a seventh generation Kung-Fu Master registered with the World Kung-Fu Headquarters and a second degree black belt in Iaido. His daughter Katrina and son Jared are both black belts. Mr. Flint started at West Wind in 1977, and has been teaching with us for over thirty-five years. He was our founder Master Lee’s top personal and student, and Chief Instructor Mr. Thompson’s personal teacher.

 Mr. Thompson

Mr. Thompson

Chief Instructor

Mr. Thompson is a tenth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, a third degree black belt in Iaido and a sixth generation Kung-Fu Master, the highest rank awarded by The World Kung Fu Headquarters to any living martial artist outside of China. His wife is a Black Belt and their triplet children are Green Belts. Mr. Thompson earned his White Belt in 1986 and has spent the last three decades training and teaching at West Wind Schools.

 Mr. Kohgadai

Mr. Kohgadai

Assistant Chief Instructor

Mr. Kohgadai is a ninth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. He started at West Wind in 1993, and has been teaching for over two decades. He tested for Bok-Fu Black Belt in 1999 and broke all speed records, completing the three-hour long exam in only one hour and thirty-four minutes.

 Mrs. Thompson

Mrs. Thompson

Executive Instructor

Mrs. Thompson broke the mold as West Wind’s first female Head Instructor in 1995. She started at West-Wind in 1994, earned her Black Belt in under 5 years and has been teaching for over twenty years. She has been married to Mr. Thompson for over fifteen years, and their children the Thompson triplets are green belts.

 Ms. Delossantos

Ms. Delossantos

Senior Head Instructor

Ms. Delossantos is an eighth degree Kenpo Karate Black Belt. She started at West Wind in 1994, and has been teaching for over fifteen years. She broke Mr. Kohgadai’s speed record for Bok-Fu Black Belt by one minute, finishing the demanding three-hour format in only one hour thirty-three minutes, making her the current female speed record holder.

 Mr. Shah

Mr. Shah

Head Instructor

Mr. Shah is an eighth degree Kenpo Karate Black Belt. He started at West Wind in 1990 at six years old, and has been teaching for over fifteen years. He brought our West Wind families closer together when he wed Assistant Chief Instructor Mr. Kohgadai’s sister Wana in 2013.

 Mr. Baker

Mr. Baker

Assistant Head Instructor

Mr. Baker is a seventh degree Kenpo Karate Black Belt and The World Kung-Fu Headquarters Model of the Martial Arts. He started at West Wind in 2003 and has been teaching for over ten years. He tested for his Bok-Fu Black Belt in 2011, breaking all speed records by finishing the three-hour long test in one hour 30 minutes.

 Mr. Sheppard

Mr. Sheppard

Senior West Wind Instructor

Mr. Sheppard started training at West Wind in 1992. After retiring as Asst. Chief Instructor to pursue a career in law enforcement, Mr. Sheppard can still be seen teaching during off-duty hours at the Berkeley Dojo. In over two decades of teaching he has developed over 30 personal Bok-Fu Black Belt students (including Mrs. Thompson!), far more than any other teacher in West Wind history.

 Mr. Leon

Mr. Leon

West Wind Instructor

Mr. Leon began training at West Wind Schools in 2011, and shot through the system to earn his red belt two years later. He is working hard to capture his First Degree Black Belt in 2016.

 Mr. Cano

Mr. Cano

West Wind Instructor

Mr. Cano began training at West Wind Schools in 2009. In 2015 he and his son were the first ever father-son team to test for Black Belt together. Mr. Cano earned his red belt in 2009, and is a USA Boxing certified coach.

 Mr. Monroe

Mr. Monroe

West Wind Instructor

Mr. Monroe started at West Wind Schools in 2003 at 8 years old. He is a third degree black belt who has been teaching with us since 2011.

 Mr. Carter

Mr. Carter

West Wind Instructor

Mr. Carter started at West Wind in 2005. Despite setbacks from injury, he is pushing for his Bok-Fu Black Belt exam in 2016. Mr. Carter’s daughter is also training for her Black Belt. Mr. Carter has been teaching at the Alameda Dojo since 2008.

 Mr. Michel

Mr. Michel

West Wind Instructor

Mr. Michel started at West Wind in 2011. He is working hard on capturing his Bok-Fu Black Belt in 2016, and has been teaching with us since 2012.

 Mr. Thomas

Mr. Thomas

West Wind Instructor

Mr. Thomas started his training at West Wind Schools in 2004 at six years old. He is a third degree black belt and has been teaching since 2012.

 Mr. Dahal

Mr. Dahal

West Wind Instructor

Mr. Dahal started at West Wind in 2009, and raced to full-fledged instructor status in record time, earning his promotion to West Wind Instructor after just six months of teaching. Mr. Dahal is racing to capture the Bok-Fu Black belt in 2016, and has been teaching since 2014.

 Ms. Rachal

Ms. Rachal

West Wind Instructor

Ms. Rachal is a third degree black belt who started her training with us in 2001. She tested with her daughter for Black Belt in 2011, our first ever mother/daughter black belt team. Ms. Rachal has been teaching with us since 2011.

 Mr. Wong

Mr. Wong

Assistant Instructor

Mr. Wong started at West Wind in 2012. He is working though his brown belt degrees, and has been teaching at the Berkeley dojo since 2014.

Trial
$20
4 Private Lessons
  • 4 Private Lessons
  • Basic Kicks
  • Basic Strikes
  • Basic Self-defense
  • White Belt
Beginner
$163
Per Month
  • 4 Private Lessons
  • 8 Group Classes
  • Kicks
  • Strikes
  • Self-defense
Advanced
$325
Per Month
  • 4 Private Lessons
  • Unlimited Group Classes
  • Kicks
  • Strikes
  • Self-defense

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2154 San Pablo Ave.
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(510) 841-1426
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Tuesday 9AM–9PM
Wednesday 9AM–9PM
Thursday 9AM–9PM
Friday 9AM–9PM
Saturday 9AM–6PM
Sunday Closed