OUR STAFF

RICARDO A. GUERRERO

Chief Instructor

5th Dan

Former Member

US and Venezuelan

National Teams

Our Head Instructor and Coach, Sensei Ricardo, is originally from Valencia, Venezuela. In 2011, Sensei earned the highest achievement an athlete can get in the United States, a spot on the US National Team with USA Karate. 



Sensei Ricardo holds a 5th Dan from one of the most important Karate organizations in the U.S (Shotokan Karate USA). Ricardo has been practicing Karate for over 35 years and has taught Karate for more than 23 years. In 2011, Sensei Ricardo was ranked 2nd in the country and ranked 6th in the world at the WSKA World Championships.  

Professionally, Ricardo obtained his Master's degree in Sports Management, his Bachelor's degree at Metropolitan State University- Minnesota, and Associate's at North Hennepin Community College-Minnesota. Ricardo has been married to his wife Michelle for 13 years.  

Michelle is the Director of the dojo and handles all scheduling, finance, communications and social media. Professionally, Michelle worked in Higher Education for 13 years prior to becoming the Director of the dojo. She received her Masters Degree in Education from Jones International University and her Bachelors from Indiana University.

 

Ricardo and Michelle are members of Community Church of Greenwood and the Gathering Place. They have  a 11 year old son that is on the Shodan Competition Team and 4.5 year old daughter that also takes classes at the dojo.



MICHELLE GUERRERO

DIRECTOR

Alexander and Mia Guerrero 

SENSEIS AND SENPAIS

Our  teaching staff is made up of high rank instructors and students who have demonstrated great success in Karate. All Senseis at our dojo have a minimum of 6 years of class time, have earned their second Dan Black Belt, and have coaching, referee, and assistant teaching time before they are allowed to teach. Our Senpais or Assistants, have a minimum of 5 years of class time, First Dan Black Belt or Brown Belt, coaching or referee experience.  They have all obtained different state, zone, and national titles. Being national champions in their age/division shows the level of commitment they have towards excellence.

*All of our adult instructors and staff (over 18) must pass an Indiana State Police background check in order to teach our students.

SENPAI NYA

2nd Dan Black Belt

2 x National Champion

USA Team Member 2019-20

PKF Competitor

Shodan Team Member

Licensed Referee

SENPAI LINCON

2nd Dan Black Belt

19-20 Season Ranked 1st AJKL

Advanced Traditional Kata/

3rd Advanced Kumite

Shodan Team Member

Licensed Referee

SENPAI ALEXANDER

3rd Kyu Brown Belt

2 x AAU Silver Medalist

2 x NKF Bronze Medalist

19-20 Season Ranked 2nd AJKL

Advanced Traditional Kata

Shodan Team Member

SENPAI CAMERON

 Black Belt

1 x AAU National Team Member

4 x AAU National Champion

1 x NKF Silver Medalist

1 x NKF Bronze Medalist

19-20 Season Ranked 1st AJKL

Advanced Traditional Kata and Kumite

Shodan Team Member

Licensed Referee

SENPAI VADIM

2ND Dan Black Belt

Shodan Team Member

Licensed Referee

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