New Beginner classes
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
We have resumed classes for existing members. All classes are at OACC. Use our Slack channels (or contact other members) for details.
Kids (age 8 and above) classes were suspended during the pandemic and have not yet resumed. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
What to expect
Be prepared for active fun
New students may begin on the first Wednesday or first Saturday of the month only. Once you've attended a first beginner class, we'll share info on additional class opportunities. The more often you attend, the faster you'll learn and the more fun you'll have! Beginners play alongside more experienced students and teachers - it's a supportive group activity.
What to wear
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. All jewelry (rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces etc.) should be removed before class. This is an active class - dress for martial arts.
Arrive early to sign up and get instructions. Payment is cash or check only.
OACC: 388 9th St #290. The OACC entrance is on the second floor, on the north side of the courtyard. Convenient to BART, and parking in the basement. [map] Look for Emeryville Taiko sign inside or outside the OACC lobby to guide you to the classroom.
Most of our classes have the same structure:
Once we begin warmups, class is in "dojo mode". We'll teach you our dojo etiquette that makes class effective and still fun. For instance:
Taiko is taught in the tradition of martial arts. The essence of Taiko is not only looked upon as the skillful playing of percussion instruments, but as the discipline of mind and body in the spirit of complete respect and unity among the drummers. Taiko players are more than just fellow drummers. They are sisters and brothers. We are family. We help each other.
How to learn and practice
Sensei and assistant teachers will tell you what to practice. Give us your email when you signup at class to receive study materials, reminders and announcements.
We are now accepting donations from current students for online classes. All donations are tax deductible.
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