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The Martial Arts Academy

Get in shape, build confidence, change your life

The Martial Arts Academy is Marin County’s Premiere School for studying Lineage Karate. Discover your path with our Shorinji-Ryu Karate as a complete fighting system. Refined over centuries, our Karate is an eclectic methodology, containing powerful self defense skills including striking, grappling, weapons practice, and more. Located in Downtown San Rafael CA, our school is in the heart of Marin, serving Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, Kentfield, Terra Linda, and Novato. Sign up for a 1 Week Free Trial, and begin your journey today!


  • Sensei Will is very accommodating and inviting, while openly explaining the ethos of his Dojo. I was immediately impressed with the traditional teachings and comradery.

    Jacob Clymo


  • The Martial Arts Academy has it all--history and tradition, solid styles, whole-being conditioning (mind, body, spirit, soul), camaraderie, kumite, sparring, and quality people.

    Eddie Robertson


  • Since joining the Martial Arts Academy my skill and understanding of the arts has greatly improved; due to Sensei Will's in-depth and practical approach to teaching.

    Spencer Lewis


  • There isn’t a big emphasis on getting belts and competing, the class is about actually learning karate, its principals and way of life. I am so grateful we decided to come here.

    Kristen Vyas


  • I love how kind, patient, devoted, and genuine Sensei Will and his advanced students are; 2) the historical & philosophical contexts and spiritual power of the karate practice.

    Marie Thouin