We believe that you can't teach what you can't do. That
being said, all of our instructors have trained with us and have exhibited a love for karate, teaching others, and the ability
to help others become successful.
Shihan Randy Thompson has been training in the martial arts since he was a young child
and currently holds a fifth degree Black Belt in Sukunaihyashi Shorin Ryu (Traditional Okinawan Karate) and is sanctioned
and internationally recognized by the IOSSKA in Okinawa. His 40 plus years in the martial arts have proven to him
that they are beneficial for young and old alike and he strives to give every student who walks through the dojo doors
a great experience. He acts as the lead instructor for both the traditional karate classes and the weapons training. Under
his leadership, our students have competed all the way to the national level and won. He himself has competed internationally,
and while tournament competitions are not the focus of the training, he strives to make these opportunities available to students
who are interested and capable. Unlike some other schools across the nation, Shihan Randy believes in sharing the training
floor with his students and can be seen actively participating in most classes.
Sensei Liese Thompson has been training in the martial arts for over twenty-five
years. Having begun her training as an adult, she understands the dedication and struggles that our older students may face
and is always available with a word of encouragement. As a former educator and home school mom for more than 9 years, she
has seen firsthand the benefits to be gained from the martial arts by all ages groups. Under her guidance, a successful preschool
program was developed that allows students as young as 2 1/2 to begin their journey and see the benefits of a structured class
designed to introduce the martial arts and traditional karate.
A variety of other advanced students work with our classes each week. Not only do they get an opportunity
to pass along what they've learned, they get to experience true leadership and advance their abilities by teaching others.
All instructors have first proven themselves to be dedicated students of our school, and have demonstrated a knowledge of
the techniques and priniciples of our martial arts style.