Welcome to
Ito’s White Tiger Kempo Karate Tai Chi Chuan!

ITO’S WHITE TIGER KEMPO KARATE TAI CHI CHUAN is a martial arts school in Novato, CA, that has been offering classes in Marin since 1979. Mr. Ito, our head instructor, began his studies in 1968 in Castro Valley. A decade later, he opened up his family-owned school to focus on training kids and adults how to discipline their mind, body, and spirit.

Our school offers a variety of programs, including Kempo, Karate and Tung Tai Chi Chuan classes. These classes are available to children, moms, and dads of all ages and levels of experience. Additionally, we offer hybrid classes six days a week with flexible hours in person and online using Zoom.  White Tiger follows all Marin County Covid-19 safety guidelines for youth and adult indoor activities.

Special introductory and family rates are available to our students to make it even easier for you to afford the helpful training and lessons provided at our school. Call us today for more information about how to take advantage of these offers.

As previously announced, it is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Paul Yamaguchi, Hanshi.  Paul Yamaguchi, Hanshi passed away on May 29th, 2021 at the age of 96. Please continue to our community (link) page to read more about this great person and teacher.

 

Mr. Robert Ito, Head Instructor

Instructors: Mr. Genzo, Mrs. Gotti, Mr. Cory

Robert and Donna Ito

Mr. Robert Ito & his wife Mrs. Donna Ito

Contact us to sign up for one of our Kempo, Karate or Tai Chi Chuan classes for kids or adults. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE.

Testimonials

V. Spremich

After an accident and months of rehab, I began classes in Tai Chi at White Tiger three years ago.  Beginning with a chair and a walker, I slowly progressed in strength and balance, thanks to the careful professional care from Mr. Ito and Mrs. Gotti, the instructors.  I assumed a school that had been in business for as long as White Tiger knew how to teach Tai Chi, but what I learned is they also understand body mechanics, strengths and limitations of all age groups, and the psychology of when and how to encourage effort.

With a feeling of community, the classes are fun, encouraging, but always a challenge. The results for me has been increased flexibility, strength and most important, balance.

Valerie Spremich
2021-07-29T17:52:10-04:00
After an accident and months of rehab, I began classes in Tai Chi at White Tiger three years ago.  Beginning with a chair and a walker, I slowly progressed in strength and balance, thanks to the careful professional care from Mr. Ito and Mrs. Gotti, the instructors.  I assumed a school that had been in business for as long as White Tiger knew how to teach Tai Chi, but what I learned is they also understand body mechanics, strengths and limitations of all age groups, and the psychology of when and how to encourage effort. With a feeling of community, the classes are fun, encouraging, but always a challenge. The results for me has been increased flexibility, strength and most important, balance. Valerie Spremich

Ann Greth

"During the 4 years I practiced at White Tiger, I learned lessons that are priceless. Karate made me tougher physically and mentally, a better athlete, teammate, and a more compassionate and understanding person. Under Mr. Ito’s guidance, I experienced achieving a goal through hard work, patience and perseverance."
~ Ann G.
2018-07-10T07:34:16-04:00
"During the 4 years I practiced at White Tiger, I learned lessons that are priceless. Karate made me tougher physically and mentally, a better athlete, teammate, and a more compassionate and understanding person. Under Mr. Ito’s guidance, I experienced achieving a goal through hard work, patience and perseverance." ~ Ann G.

Kaitlyn Thomson

“I have been a student at Ito’s White Tiger Kempo Karate Tai Chi Chuan for the past 14 years. Throughout my time studying under Mr. Ito, I have learned many skills that have application not only in the dojo, but in other aspects of my life as well. These skill helped me succeed though high school, college, and in my adult life.”
~ Kaitlyn T.
2018-07-10T07:34:29-04:00
“I have been a student at Ito’s White Tiger Kempo Karate Tai Chi Chuan for the past 14 years. Throughout my time studying under Mr. Ito, I have learned many skills that have application not only in the dojo, but in other aspects of my life as well. These skill helped me succeed though high school, college, and in my adult life.” ~ Kaitlyn T.

Jennifer V.

"My child has been going to Ito's White Tiger for almost two years now. He has learned life lessons that will guide him as he grows. The challenge level and pace of advancement is very appropriate for him. I appreciate and respect the fact that kids will not automatically advance, but that they have to demonstrate knowledge and application of skills at each level." ~ Jennifer V.
2018-07-10T16:54:47-04:00
"My child has been going to Ito's White Tiger for almost two years now. He has learned life lessons that will guide him as he grows. The challenge level and pace of advancement is very appropriate for him. I appreciate and respect the fact that kids will not automatically advance, but that they have to demonstrate knowledge and application of skills at each level." ~ Jennifer V.

Jon Bretan

“Training, learning and growing up at Ito’s White Tiger, from before I turned 5 and staying active with my martial practice until family and career started to take priority at 30, instilled in me perseverance, endurance, mindfulness of myself and others, the ability to set and reach goals, family values, and many other traits that I still strive to hold….The mindset of practice and diligence that was ingrained in me at an early age at White Tiger helped carry me through UC Berkeley’s Physics and Astronomy program.”

- Jon Bretan
2018-08-24T17:10:59-04:00
“Training, learning and growing up at Ito’s White Tiger, from before I turned 5 and staying active with my martial practice until family and career started to take priority at 30, instilled in me perseverance, endurance, mindfulness of myself and others, the ability to set and reach goals, family values, and many other traits that I still strive to hold….The mindset of practice and diligence that was ingrained in me at an early age at White Tiger helped carry me through UC Berkeley’s Physics and Astronomy program.” - Jon Bretan