Dan Kiss Sensei
Dan began his training in New Jersey in 1994 in Isshin-Ryu Karate. From there is where he learned Traditional Isshin-Ryu Karate. Dan is a Sandan (3rd Degreee) in Isshin-Ryu Karate. Other styles that he has trained in are: Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo (Terry Brothers Jiu-Jitsu), Kobudo, Nihon Goshin Aikido (Aikido Academy), Isshin-Ryu Karate & Chen Style Taiji quan. Dan has taught in college and privately for many students. Dan joined Okinawan Karate Club of Atlanta in September of 2016.
Kerry Anderson and Janet Anderson Sensei
Kerry and Janet started experimenting with martial arts during their senior semester in college by joining the newly organized Georgia Tech Kendo Club. After graduating, the newly married Kerry and Janet attended Song Moo Do martial arts school for a few months before looking elsewhere for a more traditional school. They found the Okinawan Karate Club of Atlanta and joined together in February 2006. They both hold the rank of nidan in Shōrin-ryū and Shūdōkan Karate.
Janet and Kerry started supplementing their karate training by taking Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho Aikido. When that dojo changed locations, they joined the Aikido program at Roswell Budokan. Janet continues to pursue Aikido and Kerry has recently started Tai Chi with Dragon Cloud Tai Chi under Sifu Jeff Cook.
Tim Kelley Sensei, Rokudan (6th degree black belt) owner and chief instructor
Kelley Sensei began his martial arts training in 1980 in Kent, Ohio, with Sensei Bill Marcum, who at that time held the rank of Godan, 5th dan black belt in Isshinryu, Karate-do, awarded by O'Sensei Kichiro Shimabukuro, nephew of O’Sensei Eizo Shimabukuro. In the late 80’s, Kelley Sensei studied with Steve Zeleznikar Sensei, at that time a Sandan, 3rd dan blackbelt in Shorinken Karate-do. Kelley Sensei continued his study of Okinawan Karate-do in 1990 with Ilene SmogerSensei,currently a 7th degree black belt in Shorinryu Karate-do, a 7th degree in Shudokan Karate-do and a 3rd degree in Jujitsu. Smoger Sensei had considerable training under Sensei Karl Scott III, who presently holds the rank of 7th dan black belt in Shudokan Karatedo and 5th dan black belt in Shorin Ryu Karatedo. Sensei Hu and Sensei Scott trained under Herbert Wong, a 7th dan black belt under O'Sensei Shimabukuro. Sensei Wong is only one of two Americans to receive a 7th dan black belt under O'Sensei Shimabukuro (awarded in 1975). Sensei Wong trained in both the Shudokan and Shobayashi Shorin Ryu systems of karatedo, Sil-Lum Hung-Gar (Tiger-Crane) Kung Fu, Wing Chun Kung Fu, and a number of internal Chinese martial arts. Sensei Smoger continued her training with Sensei Barbara Christensen from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sensei Barbara Christensen, holds the rank of Rokudan, 6th dan black belt by O'Sensei Shimabukuro, Godan, 5th dan black belt, by Sensei Todd and the rank of Shodan, 1st dan black belt, in Aikido. Our dojo is very fortunate to have the support of both Christensen Sensei and Smoger Sensei, who continues to be Kelley Senseis’ primary instructor today.
Ramsey Cawthon Sensei
Ramsey started studying the martial arts when he was just 10 years old and it quickly became one of his lifelong passions. Over the years, he has studied several different styles including American karate, Shoalin Kung Fu, and Krav Maga. As a police officer, he uses not only the physical techniques but the mental ones on a daily basis. Ramsey holds the rank of shodan in Shorin-Ryu and Shudokan Karate.
Matt Abbott Sensei
Matt began studying martial arts as a student at Northwestern University in 1991. There he trained in Wado Kai Karate under Sensei Greg Young and was promoted to the rank of Shodan. After graduating, he attended graduate school at the University of California San Diego, where he breifly trained in several styles, including Brazilian Jujitsu and Jeet Kun Do. He then spent several years working in Portland Oregon during which he again tookup a new style in Wun Hop Kuen Do Kung Fu under Sifu Al Dacascos.
In 1991, Matt moved to Atlanta and trained in Taekwondo and Hopkido with Grand Master Joo Nam Lee, where he achieved the rank of 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo. After some time away from the martial arts after the birth of his son, he spent a year training in Shuri-Ryu Karate. Following another break after the birth of his daughter, Matt began training here at the Okinawan Karate Club of Atlanta in 2008. Matt currently holds the rank of nidan in Shorin Ryu and Shudokan Karate.