NORTH LOOP — A brand new dojo sits at 1010 East Lyndale Ave. N. opened by Robert Fusaro, an eight-degree black belt known as Sensei Fusaro to his students at Midwest Karate.
The site near the Minneapolis Farmers Market is the newest location for Midwest Karate. Its previous home at 1940 Hennepin Ave. S., the former Burch Pharmacy building, is undergoing renovations and will reopen with a restaurant and office and retail space.
The dojo offers classes for both adults and children age 5 and older.
“It’s a non-contact sport that teaches powerful and sharp techniques,” Fusaro explained. “Not only is it a great cardiovascular activity, but it improves flexibility, confidence, mental awareness and, of course, self defense.”
Fusaro took up karate while stationed in Japan during the Korean War. After his return, he opened his first dojo in downtown Minneapolis in 1960 and has taught karate classes at the University of Minnesota since 1965.