The Torrance Aikido Club is a non-profit charter club offering instruction in Shin Shin Toirsu Aikido (Aikido with Mind and Body Unified, or Ki Aikido). Aikido is a gentle, dynamic martial art for all ages, allowing one to cultivate balance, calm, ki, confidence, and a positive attitude in all areas of life. The club has been in existence for over 50 years and is affiliated with Ki Society Headquarters in Japan. The club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Cultural Arts Center. Youths meet from 7 pm to 8 pm; adults from 7 pm to 9 pm. Quarterly fees are $100 for adults and $60 for children, with discounts for families and college or high school students. For more information visit our website at torranceaikidoclub.org, or call Clarence Chinn Sensei, 7th dan at 310 938 2381.
Torrance Artists’ Guild is a non-profit fine arts organization that recognizes all medium of paintings, etchings and photography. It was formed for the cultivation and advancement of art and to promote art awareness in our community. The general meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00p.m. at the Ken Miller Recreation Center. After a short business
meeting, a guest demonstrating artist or speaker is featured. Admission is free. Yearly dues are $25 or $35 per couple. For more information visit TorranceArtistsGuild.org or email TorranceArtistsGuild@gmail.com
The Torrance Craftsmen's Guild is a non-profit organization promoting interest in all arts and crafts and the exchange of artistic ideas. Members include jewelers, painters, wood crafters, ceramicists, sculptors, textile, doll makers, glass and paper artists. Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of each month at the Ken Miller Recreation Center (no July or December meetings.) Meetings begin at 7:00pm, with refreshments served at 6:45pm. Annual membership fee is $30 and covers May to April. If you are a crafter, please consider joining the Torrance Craftsmen's Guild. Money raised is used to provide scholarships for eligible high school seniors in the Torrance Unified School District. For more information email TorranceCraftsmensGuild@gmail.com
The Torrance Fencing Club provides instruction in the European style of fencing and the opportunity to enter competitions. The club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-9:30 pm in the Ken Miller Recreation Center. Equipment fee is $2 and applies to all participants. Beginning fencers are recommended to enroll in City of Torrance Fencing classes. For more information call Tom Trulove (310) 327-7348 or Sud Deland (310) 375-1792.
Judo the "Gentle Way" is an Olympic Sport, practiced worldwide. Judo is an excellent workout that increases your stamina, strength and endurance. Judo promotes mental toughness, discipline, respect and helps instill confidence and teaches self-defense and self-control. South Bay Judo has been a Torrance Charter Club since 1999. The club offers four sessions each year at the Dee Hardison Sports Center at Wilson Park. The head instructor is Ed Shiosaki 5th dan. Information on the classes can be found at www.SouthBayJudo.com or you may contact Joan Shiosaki at (310) 212-6158.
The Kendo Club teaches the "Way of the Sword", which includes mental and physical self-control and self-development. Open to youth (ages 7 years and older) and adults. Beginning class meets Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm Intermediate and advanced classes meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:30 -9:00 pm Classes are held at the Cultural Arts Center. Monthly fee is $20 (prepaid quarterly). A one-time registration fee of $50 is required and does not include SCKF/AUSKF yearly dues or equipment costs. Sign-up at the Tuesday class. For more information send an e-mail to: TorranceKendo@hotmail.com
The Torrance Naginata Club offers instruction in the traditional martial art of Naginata (pole-arm). Naginata is a discipline that teaches physical technique, mental awareness, concentration, etiquette, and self-development. Instruction is offered to students (ages 10 and above) and adults. Beginners meet from 7:30 - 8:45 pm. Intermediate and advanced students meet from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Fee is $20 per month, payable quarterly, plus initial USNF fee of $40. For information, call Helen Nakano at (310) 530-6288.