Instructors

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O'Sensei Tadashi Yamashita is the head of Midwest Karate Academy. He founded the dojo in 1964. O'Sensei lives in California, and runs dojos worldwide. O'Sensei returns to Mishawaka routinely to teach us. He is seen here at his 50th dojo anniversary seminar.

O'Sensei Tadashi Yamashita is the head of Midwest Karate Academy. He founded the dojo in 1964. O'Sensei lives in California, and runs dojos worldwide. O'Sensei returns to Mishawaka routinely to teach us. He is seen here at his 50th dojo anniversary seminar.

Kyoshi Teru Hendry ran her dojo in Elkhart for many years, and recently retired. She is ranked 7th Degree in Kobu Do and Shorin-ryu Karate Do. She teaches Kobu Do primarily tonfa, sai, bo, nunchaku, and sword.

Kyoshi Teru Hendry ran her dojo in Elkhart for many years, and recently retired. She is ranked 7th Degree in Kobu Do and Shorin-ryu Karate Do. She teaches Kobu Do primarily tonfa, sai, bo, nunchaku, and sword.

Shihan Kyle Nichols is 4th Degree (Yondan) in Karate. He has been studying at our school since his teens, and he is the second generation of his family here!

Shihan Kyle Nichols is 4th Degree (Yondan) in Karate. He has been studying at our school since his teens, and he is the second generation of his family here!

Sensei Norm Hood is 2nd Degree, Hojutsu-Ryu. He has more than 35 years of experience in operational law enforcement, training, logistical and support planning for private security companies, military and state police organizations, as well as over 28 years conducting rifle, pistol and shotgun training, including Concealed Carry courses as an independent contractor with a private firearms academy in Alaska and as a former adjunct instructor at Blackwater Worldwide, Inc.

Sensei Norm Hood is 2nd Degree, Hojutsu-Ryu. He has more than 35 years of experience in operational law enforcement, training, logistical and support planning for private security companies, military and state police organizations, as well as over 28 years conducting rifle, pistol and shotgun training, including Concealed Carry courses as an independent contractor with a private firearms academy in Alaska and as a former adjunct instructor at Blackwater Worldwide, Inc.

Kyoshi Jerry Wrobleski (right) ran Midwest Karate Academy from 1977 to 2016, when he retired from day to day operations. He continues to teach, and is currently 9th Degree Shorin-ryu Karatedo and 6th Degree Kobudo (weapons). He is seen here training with Kyoshi John Sorg, also 9th Degree.

Kyoshi Jerry Wrobleski (right) ran Midwest Karate Academy from 1977 to 2016, when he retired from day to day operations. He continues to teach, and is currently 9th Degree Shorin-ryu Karatedo and 6th Degree Kobudo (weapons). He is seen here training with Kyoshi John Sorg, also 9th Degree.

Shihan Kris Gravender holds ranks of 4th Degree (Yondan) Shorin-ryu Karatedo, 3rd Degree (Sandan) in Kobudo (weapons), and 1st Degree (Shodan) in Aikido. He and Shidoin Brian Bengtsson run Suibukan, and Shihan Kris teaches the majority of classes.

Shihan Kris Gravender holds ranks of 4th Degree (Yondan) Shorin-ryu Karatedo, 3rd Degree (Sandan) in Kobudo (weapons), and 1st Degree (Shodan) in Aikido. He and Shidoin Brian Bengtsson run Suibukan, and Shihan Kris teaches the majority of classes.

Shidoin Brian Bengtsson has been a student at Suibukan for over 15 years. He currently is 3rd Degree (Sandan) in Shorin-ryu Karatedo and 1st Degree (Shodan) in Kobudo and Hojutsu. He and Sensei Kris Gravender run Suibukan of Indiana.

Shidoin Brian Bengtsson has been a student at Suibukan for over 15 years. He currently is 3rd Degree (Sandan) in Shorin-ryu Karatedo and 1st Degree (Shodan) in Kobudo and Hojutsu. He and Sensei Kris Gravender run Suibukan of Indiana.