Classes are Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Sparks Senior Center, located at 97 Richards Way. There are two classes, one for ages 8-13 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on both days, and an adult class (14 and above) from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. on both days.
Amba is considered one of the top pointfighters in his division in the United States, having won three national championships and ﬁnishing 2010 ranked third in the National Blackbelt League (NBL) World Championships. NBL recognizes its top three ﬁnishers in each division as a world champion, so Amba is considered a World Champion by NBL.
Also a member of the world championship team, Team Proper, Amba is the only member of the team from Nevada and one of two martial artists not from California. Team Proper is based out of California and is primarily made up of martial artists from the state. Members of Team Proper are hand selected by the team’s coaches.
Although he is recognized as a top tournament competitor, Amba will primarily be teaching the martial art in which he received his black belt, Goju-Shorei Karate. Goju Shorei is a close-combat, Okinawan, martial art. Amba is one of only 127 Goju-Shorei black belts since the self defense system came to the United States in the early 1950s. Amba’s son is also sponsored on a national martial arts team and happens to also be one of the 127 as well.
The base of the martial arts program will be Goju-Shorei but will also feature tournament-style sparring, forms, and conditioning.
To sign up or for more information, see the Community Classes page listed in the Activity Guide located on the City of Sparks Parks & Recreation Web site. The direct link is: http://cityofsparks.us/sites/default/files/assets/documents/parks_and_rec/Community%20Classes.pdf