When an ordinary person practices karate, ordinarily, for many years, he can become an expert.
The key is to not lose interest, be lazy, or stop practicing.
— Akio Minakami

Since 1968, Minakami SHIHAN has helped thousands of students find success in karate and life.

Shihan Minakami

It is Shihan's goal to teach traditional Japanese Karate and to pass his knowledge on to dedicated students who will learn and enjoy the techniques and attitudes of the true martial artist. He pursues this goal teaching at his Seattle Karate dojo, and also by traveling the world to teach martial arts seminars and perform demonstrations.

In 1983 Minakami Shihan received his Shihan Certificate from both Japan Karatedo Hayashi-Ha Shitoryu-Kai and from the Federation of All Japan Karatedo Organization - FAJKO.

Shihan means "master instructor" and only those with the highest levels of skill in both the art of Karate and the vocation of teaching, are awarded this honor. Minakami Shihan is a dedicated and enthusiastic practitioner and teacher of Karatedo. He is also the President of Japan Karatedo Hayashi-Ha Shitoryu-Kai USA and the first person to receive unanimous approval from the governing body of Karatedo in Japan, for certification as Shihan.

  • 8th Dan, Karate, from Hayashi-Ha Shitoryu-Kai
  • 7th Dan, Karate, from the Federation of All Japan Karatedo Organization
  • 5th Dan, Chinen Yamanni Ryu Bojutsu, under Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai (RBKD)
  • 3rd Dan, Kendo
  • 1st Dan, Judo

What We've Accomplished

  • Trained thousands of students since 1968 who have improved physical, mental and spiritual well-being. 

  • Positively impacted the lives of thousands of kids that have come through our program by teaching respect, self discipline and honor.

  • Inspired countless students to be leaders among their peers and achieve personal goals.

  • Developed and instilled life skills that children as well as adults can use the rest of their lives.

  • Students have won numerous awards in competition locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Internationally known for karate and weapons training.

  • Operate several affiliate dojos in Washington, Hawaii and the UK.

  • Created lifelong relationships with students and consider them part of our dojo family. 


Instructors

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Shihan

(Master)

AKIO MINAKAMI SHIHAN

CHUCK STERNOD SHIHAN

HERMAN SETIJONO SHIHAN

Shidoin

(Instructors)

JERRY GUNVILLE, 6th Dan

JERRY WALSH, 6th Dan

JIMMIE SORNITO, 6th Dan

PAT McDONALD, 4th Dan

JOHN GOUGH, 3rd Dan

 

Fuku Shidoin

(Assistant Instructors)

TOKO WEAVER, 1st Dan