Sensei Howard has been training in martial arts since 1977 with his primary emphasis being Shobayashi Shorin-Ryu. Sensei has achieved many accolades in wrestling and point fighting, but you would never know it because he doesn't boast. Sensei believes in the spirit of giving and developing ones self to his/her full potential. It is also noteworthy to mention that sensei made an entire career of working in a rehabilitative forensic environment. This is especially noteworthy because the clients he worked with had severe mental health issues that had caused them to be sent to the treatment center he worked at. Due to the health issues the clients had, there were numerous times throughout his career that sensei had to employ self-defense tactics to prevent the residents from harming themselves or others.
Sensei Jeremey Ahlgren is a sandan (third degree blackbelt) in Shobayashi Shorin-Ryu. He served in the U.S Army, has worked in forensics, security and in the education field as a high school teacher. Sensei has a degree in Family Life and Community Services from Kansas State University, CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) through NSCA, and previously held a professional teaching certificate for the state of Florida covering k-12 ( ESE, health and PE ). The certifications, rank, and experience working with various populations make Jeremey capable of providing martial art and fitness instruction to people of all abilities and needs.
Jeremey provides instruction in two formats. Traditional Okiniwan karate-do is presented and practiced in a more formal setting with participants wearing a gi (uniform) while performing the various movements associated with karate. The other instructional approach still adheres to the ethics and courtesy one learns during the the more formal classes but is performed wearing comfortable athletic wear and focuses heavily on learning and applying MMA style striking, throwing, and grappling methods in a dynamic environment.
Alfredo Araujo was born in Brazil and was first introduced to the art of healing through the practice of Shiatsu. He attributes his early contact with Shiatsu and his profound love of Asian culture to the great influence Japanese culture has on Brazil. At the age of 12, Alfredo began his lifelong study of physical arts by enrolling in Judo and Jujitsu classes. While training under the tutelage of one of Brazil's nationally respected masters, he was introduced and instructed in the techniques of Shiatsu. Alfredo Araujo a Brazilian Ju Jitsu black belt and Judo 6th Dan Black belt. Decided to unify or merge both of Judo and Brazilian Ju Jitsu techniques in his gym coaching training due to the efficiency from each of this modalities. Both modalities can improve each others technical quality. Brazilian Ju Jitsu prime for efficient techniques on the submission ground grappling. However, on the other side Kodokan Judo prime its techniques out of standing take down grappling. Alfredo also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in School Administration.