Health and Fitness Classes


Los Angeles

East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

Ballroom Dance — Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Social Hall. All ages.

Hula Dance — Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Rm. 3 & 4. All ages.

1203 West Puente Ave., West Covina, CA. (626) 960-2566

Hollywood Japanese Cultural Institute

Warabi Kai Exercise — Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Open to people of all ages.

Hatha Yoga — Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Focuses on breathing and toning/sculpting muscles throughout body. Low-impact. Open to all ages.

Judo Dojo — Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. and Fridays, 7:30-9 p.m. Fees: Over 18 — $30/month, under 18 — $25/month. All ages and levels of experience (men and women). Tryouts welcome.

Ondo Dance — Saturdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., HJCI Large Rm. Fees: Ondo — $10/month (Group Lesson); Koten — $40/month

3929 Middlebury St., Los Angeles. (323) 664-2070

Venice Japanese Community Center

Karate — Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Membership open to anyone.

12448 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles.



Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Ballroom Dance — Auditorium, Wednesdays, begins Nov. 4. 8–8:45 p.m. (Beginning); 8:45-9:30 p.m. (Intermediate). Sign up monthly: $8/class. Drop-in: $9/class. Learn such dance steps as the merengue, jitterbug, swing, waltz and rumba. 16 and up.

Qigong — Auditorium, Wednesdays, begins Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 12 classes — $180 ($15 each class). Learn to circulate and direct your Qi or energy toward calming your heart-mind. All ages and skill levels welcome.

388 Ninth St., Suite 290, Oakland.

Asian Community Center

Bodhisattva Yoga — Mondays, Nov. 2-30; Thursdays, Nov. 5-19; Fridays, Nov. 6–20; Monday and Thursday classes, 10-11:30 a.m.; Thursday classes, 6-7:30 p.m. Morning classes held at ACC Greenhaven Terrace. Evening classes are held at ACC Park City. Limited to 12. Monday, Thursday and Friday: $12. Drop-in is $3/one-hour class and $4/1.5-hour class, payable on the day of the class. Calm the mind, enhance concentration, improve flexibility, and cope with life’s stresses. Bring own mat, block, strap, etc. Pre-registration and pre-payment secures your space.

Tai Chi — Tuesdays, Nov. 3-24, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ACC Greenhaven Terrace, $12.
Yoga and Pilates — Wednesdays, Nov. 4-25, 10-11 a.m. $12. Location to be decided. Improve balance, flexibility and strength. Strengthen and flatten the abs and improve muscle tone. Drop-ins welcome if space is available and/or with instructor’s approval.

7375 Park City Dr., Sacramento. Contact Lucy Chao, program specialist, at (916) 393-9026, ext. 322. Visit to register and to download the fall 2009 class schedule.

San Francisco

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

Ballroom Dance — Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m. $12/month for members; non-members: $15/month.

Hula — Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. (Beginning); Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m. (Adults); Saturdays 9-10 a.m. (Keiki), 10-11 a.m. (Intermediate Keiki), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Kupuna), 12:30-2 p.m. (Adults). Fees: $30/month members and $40/month nonmembers Adults (Thursdays) and Keiki; $40/$50 month Adults (Saturdays); $60/$80 month Adults (Wednesdays or Thursdays and Saturdays). Learn both Auana (modern) and Kahiko (ancient) hula, and experience anaerobic (lower impact) exercise.

Odori — Mondays 3:30-6:30 p.m. $35/$45 month. Students will develop rhythm, poise, self-confidence and learn kimono etiquette and basic dances. Children and adults are welcome.

Taiko — Monday–Saturday. Call for times. $45/$55 month. Beginning classes focus on drumming fundamentals including: Traditional Japanese Sensei/Gakusei etiquette, proper playing stances and forms and discipline and harmony of mind, body and spirit.

1840 Sutter St., San Francisco. (415) 567-5505. E-mail:


San Jose

Yu-Ai Kai

Ballroom Dancing — Beginning/Intermediate, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. $3/couple/class.

Hula — Beginning on Mondays, 2-3 p.m.; Intermediate on Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. $5/class. $1/session building usage for non-senior club members payable to Yu-Ai Kai.

Line Dancing — Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $2/class ($1 senior club members)

Qigong — Wednesdays, Nov. 18-Dec. 9, 10-11:30 a.m. $13 senior rate/$33 non-senior. An internal Chinese meditative practice that often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of qi within the body, and enhance one’s health.

588 N. Fourth St., San Jose. E-mail:

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