Our instructors have each been students of Sensei Mayne and Sensei Iha for at least 35 years. As a newcomer, you will receive one-on-one private instruction as part of every class. Up until 2010, the ranking of each of our instructors was tested in person by Seikichi Iha and granted by Hanshi (Grand Master) Katsuya Miyahira prior to his passing in 2010. Since that time, all blackbelt testing has been personally conducted and validated by Hanshi Seikichi Iha.
Allen Mayne, Branch Director, began studying karate in 1978 at age of 12 with Mr. Michael Griffin, a senior student of Master Seikichi Iha. In 1985 he began studying directly under Iha Sensei and opened a dojo in Grand Rapids at 1153 Giddings, where he taught for 9 years. In 1994 he renovated the current school at 5260 Division Ave SE.
Mike began practicing 1983 under Allen Mayne, Michael Griffin and Sensei Iha. He has been with the school since its inception, and also taught at the University of Michigan while attending law school.
Mark began studying in 1989 under Senseis Seikichi Iha and Gus Kouklis in Lansing Michigan. He arrived at the Grand Rapids dojo in 1992 under Sensei Mayne and Griffin, and has practiced and taught here since.