Walsh Sensei began training under Minakami Shihan in October of 1985, just a few months after the opening of the original MKD dojo in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood. Though his initial exposure to martial arts was in 1973, studying Goju-kai karate with Sensei Bill Reuter, Walsh Sensei feels his training really began the day he walked into the UKO dojo (as it was known back then) and watched Minakami Shihan teach a class. He doesn’t undervalue his previous experience; after all, it enabled him to recognize a world-class martial arts teacher when he saw one. Walsh Sensei signed up that day and has been a student of Minakami Shihan ever since.
Since being promoted to Sandan in 1995, Walsh Sensei has been leading classes on a weekly basis. Today, he shares responsibility for judging at dojo promotions and serves on the MKD Advisory Council.
When not at the dojo, Walsh Sensei can most often be found at work, plying his trade as a builder of aluminum boats. Other interests include skiing, hiking and Nordic folk dancing.
Walsh Sensei feels extremely fortunate to be involved in martial arts training, especially as a student of Minakami Shihan. He is inspired by Shihan’s constant development of mind, body, and spirit and plans to keep to “The Way” as long as he draws breath. His goal is not to grow old gracefully, but rather with attitude, a martial artist’s attitude.