Steve began studying karate with his wife and son in 2006. He has competed in tournaments as an orange, green, brown and black belt. Steve achieved Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in 2013 and is now an Assistant Chief Instructor to the Youth Program.
"I wanted to take karate to be there with my son"
Paul began studying karate under Sensei Omar Shendy in early 2011 alongside his 5 year old son. After years of hard work, he achieved Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in late 2014. He is now in charge of our Lil Dragon Program and is the Assistant Chief Instructor to the Youth Program.
"I had always wanted to take karate as a kid but never did do to involvement in other sports at the time. When my 5 year old son wanted to take class he asked if I would like to take it with him. Of course I said yes. That rekindled my passion for martial arts and the drive to see what I could accomplish"
Sensei Omar is a 5th Degree Black Belt who has been studying karate for 40 years. He began his training as a child in 1976. He is a direct student of Grandmaters Hidetaka Nishiyama and Hideki Okamoto. Master Nishiyama himself, was a student of Grandmaster Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate, the man who introduced karate to Japan in 1922.
Sensei Omar has taught all levels of Shotokan Karate, including world champions, for over 20 years. He continues to pass on his teachings and experience of traditional karate to his students in the United States. He brings his attention to detail and strict adherence to the correct forms in Kihon, Kata and Kumite.
He is sought out worldwide as an instructor and regularly teaches seminars in Europe. His close ties to many other respected names in karate gives us the opportunity to have some of the world's best Sensei's come and teach. This also gives our students the opportunity to go overseas to train and compete.
Theresa began studying karate in 2004 following her two oldest children who began karate classes in 2003. Both of them earned their black belts. Theresa has continued on and has earned her Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) and continues to train alongside her youngest son. She is the Assistant Chief Instructor for the Lil Dragon and the Youth Program.
"Karate gave me an activity I could do with my children. We all gained self-confidence, self-discipline, coordination and the knowledge that we could defend ourselves."