The founders of MKA and principle instructors are 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005 and 2003 US National champions (and part of a family instructing, training and competing in Karate for over 30 years). Sensei Brian Power is the 2012 Canadian Gold medalist in Fukogo and Kumite.
Each Power brother started training in Shotokan Karate at the age of seven. Starting with their father, Brian F. Power Sensei, the Power's have produced four Black Belts and continue to maintain an undying passion for the tradition and sport of Shotokan Karate. They have trained in Newfoundland, Canada under Jerry Lee Sensei, and in the United States under the direction of Christopher Smaby Sensei, Toru Shimoji Sensei and Avi Rokah Sensei.
The Power Brothers actively attend seminars and tournaments around the world to continuously enhance their ability and to ensure they are taking advantage of all the combined knowledge and experience of Karate masters from around the world.
All Missouri Karate Association (MKA) instructors are ranked and certified under the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF).
Sensei Rokah is the traditional karate world's most sought after instructor. He studied daily under master Nishiyama for 27 years.
Studying under Nishiyama Sensei, Avi Rokah (6th Dan) became a highly acclaimed international competitor, thoughtful student of karate and instructor at his own dojo. Beyond competition, his passion is in learning and improving karate and sharing its beauty. Many karate experts consider sensei Rokah the finest and most knowledgeable karateka after his teacher master Nishiyama. Sensei Rokah is a gifted, devoted and patient instructor who spends his waking hours finding better ways to teach his many dedicated students.
"I studied under Sensei Nishiyama daily and full time for the past 27 years, while I study I run my dojo and taught many hours. He passed away on November 7, 2008. I competed sucssesfuly for 27 years nationaly and internationaly, but my passion is in learning and improving karate and sharing its beauty."
Toru Shimoji (5th Dan) is chief instructor at Traditional Karate Atlanta. Sensei Shimoji has over 3 decades of internationally recognized teaching experience. He is the current President of the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and a member of the American Amateur Karate Federation Technical Board.
Mr. Shimoji received his Dan rankings and instructor certification from his teacher, Hidetaka Nishiyama (a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi – the founder of our system). Mr. Shimoji additionally holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from UCLA.
Among his notable achievements, Sensei Shimoji is the head coach for the US National Team, Kata Champion of the 2000 Nishiyama Cup in Moscow, and silver medalist at the 2002 ITKF World Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
— courtesy of Traditional Karate Atlanta
Brian Power Sr. is ...